Grace Spencer


I enjoy working with diverse professionals and students at NIU as I especially value connection with a variety of cultures and types of people. I live in Winfield with my South African soul mate and make an effort to return to Johannesburg to visit our family as often as possible. I also enjoy trying new things, especially if a computer is not involved. Most recently this has included taking up tennis and browsing the children’s section of bookstores on behalf of my adorable nieces who enjoy reading.

I joined the Counseling and Consultation Service team in August of 2017 as an advanced therapy practicum student and enjoy providing individual and group therapy as well as outreach and consultation services. I have experience in providing services across settings including therapeutic day school, community mental health center and college and university counseling center. I have a strong interest in social justice issues, particularly those pertaining to women and vulnerable populations.

My clinical areas of interest include treating body image concerns, mood concerns such as anxiety and depression, healing from sexual trauma, relationship concerns and stress management. I take an integrative approach to therapy by incorporating humanistic and cognitive-behavioral theories into my work. I draw heavily from the Acceptance and Commitment Therapy perspective that living the life of vitality is possible, even in the face of suffering.

Grace Spencer

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Campus Life Building, room 200
8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

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