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Oriel Methuen

Spectrum core staff member

Oriel Methuen is a Spectrum-accredited UKCP registered psychotherapist, who has been practising since 1982 and working at Spectrum since 1989. She is a Spectrum core staff member, supervisor and group leaders on the postgraduate course in psychotherapy continued education programme.


Oriel originally trained as a teacher of English, speech and drama at the Central School in London, graduating in 1970. She worked for six years as a teacher of drama, five of these in the Philippines, where she lived and taught from 1971-1976.  Whilst in the Philippines, she studied clinical psychology and group dynamics. On returning to London, she trained with Anne Parks in intuitive massage and healing, with which she worked for several years.

In 1978, Oriel began training as a psychotherapist at Spectrum and had extensive training in gestalt with Ursula Fausset and Marty Fromm. She also participated in a bereavement counselling course run by Susan Le Poidevin in the early 1980’s. From 1986 to 1989, Oriel worked at the Open Centre in Old Street, running gestalt therapy groups and intuitive massage courses.  In 1989 she left the Open Centre to work at Spectrum.  In 1990 she became a member of the Spectrum Incest Intervention Project, a pioneering charity that worked with survivors and perpetrators of sexual abuse and incest.

In 1998, Oriel began training on the one year course in psychotherapy programme and subsequently was a trainer on this course for twelve years.  She also trained and worked on the basic and intermediate sexuality courses for ten years.

Together with her partner, Paul Allsop, she co-led PAIRS (practical application of intimate relationship skills) courses at Spectrum for many years, followed by four years running transforming relationships, a course for couples and singles that took a formative approach to working with relationships.

How Oriel works

Oriel works with both individuals and couples in her private practice, runs two supervision groups and an ongoing group for women, the menopause group, which meets twice a term.  She continues to be a member of the postgraduate team, and for her own development, studies formative psychology and is incorporating it in her life and practice.


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