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Beth Spiby

Psychotherapist/Art Therapist

About Beth:
Works as Psychotherapist/Art Therapist at First Psychology Centre, Edinburgh.

Languages spoken:

  • English

Beth Spiby is a Psychotherapist/Art Therapist who works with individual adults, young people and children with a wide range of issues and problems including: anxiety; bullying; depression/low mood; stress; abuse; assertiveness; bereavement/grief; chronic illness; eating and body image; exam stress; gender and sexual identity; life transitions; loneliness; neglect; post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); relaxation; schizophrenia; self-harm; trauma; and many more issues.

She has particular experience working with psychosis and schizophrenia; with individuals who struggle with verbal communication; and with young adults; and survivors of trauma, especially sexual abuse.

Beth's way of working

Beth is a respectful and non-judgmental therapist who works in a flexible, person-centred way with each client and tailors her approach to meet their unique needs and preferences. She aims to build a strong therapeutic relationship with each client to provide an environment in which they can feel safe to explore their issues and problems. Beth takes an Analytical Art Psychotherapy approach to her Counselling/Psychotherapy work which makes use of the art work of the client to explore unconscious information. By not being reliant on verbal communication, art psychotherapy can assist individuals to share difficult to talk about or suppressed experiences and emotions. Her approach is also greatly informed by child development theory and where possible, Beth may also use an intermodal approach incorporating elements from drama and play therapy into her work. 

Beth's background and training

Beth has worked in psychotherapy and support roles in a number of settings in both the UK and abroad. She has worked with children and adults in NHS inpatient units including those with learning disabilities. In addition, she has worked in counselling and support roles for organisations supporting children including in a primary school setting. While abroad, Beth worked in a project management role in Myanmar, supporting a counter-trafficking organisation. Beth has also had a number of voluntary roles abroad for a variety of organisations supporting street children in Nepal, sex workers in India, and people living in slums in Uganda. In addition, she has had voluntary roles in the UK on projects supporting homeless people, sexually abused women, raising awareness of trafficking, and working with disadvantaged children and young people. 

Beth has an MA in Art Psychotherapy from the University of Roehampton and a BA in International Development with Social Anthropology and Politics from the University of East Anglia. 

Beth is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).

Beth Spiby is registered with the Health and Care Professions Council HCPC

Beth's fee

Beth charges £70 a session for self-funding clients. She also works with clients referred via their employer/organisation – for further details, please visit First Psychology Assistance.