About Me

I am a retired Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist, with over 35 years’ experience in the NHS, 23 as a Consultant. I am also a qualified Family Therapist. My skills are with children aged 0 to 18 and their families, with almost any presenting problems. As a psychiatrist, I am used to doing thorough assessments, and prescribing medication. As a Family Therapist, I am used to exploring issues through talking, either with several people from the same family, or one person. When doing individual counselling, I tend to adopt a “Rogerian” approach— person-centred counselling#. I will readily refer to colleagues for more specialist individual therapy, such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

I can be flexible about venues and appointment times: for instance, I can offer home visits and Saturday appointments if appropriate. See also https://www.therapyroute.com/therapist/quentin-spender-oxford-gb


Basic medical qualification: MB, BS 1979, awarded by the Royal Free Hospital Medical School, London

Paediatric qualifications: DCH (Diploma in Child Health) 1981; MRCP (Member of the Royal College of Physicians) 1983

Psychiatric qualification: MRCPsych (Member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists) 1991

Family Therapy qualification: Advanced Clinical Diploma in Family Therapy 1996, awarded by the Institute of Family Therapy, leading to membership of the United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy, via the Association for Family Therapy. 


I have been an NHS Consultant in Child &Adolescent Psychiatry since 1995, working almost exclusively in outpatient CAMHS.  I retired in 2014, and then worked intermittently in various Locums until July 2018.

# Person-Centred Therapy: following the client’s lead in the flow of the conversation, and developing the client’s own understanding and skills to their benefit.