Are you considering some counselling sessions - if so I would like to offer you a warm welcome!
I primarily work with Neurodivergent/autistic people, including children (although I do work with neurotypicals, parents and those who have autistic family members).
I have many years of personal experience and professional knowledge of Autism, Asperger syndrome and PDA (pathological demand avoidance).
Being Autistic can create increase the possibility of developing very high levels of anxiety as you try to make sense of the world around you. This can feel very debilitating. Together we can discuss and explore how your autism/PDA affects you and explore ways to enable you to reduce or manage the anxiety in your life.
I am an experienced Integrative counsellor and Member of the BACP. I have a diploma in child counselling and Post Graduate Certificate (Dist) in Autism with Sheffield University.
I have extensive experience of autism and can see both autistic adults and children. Exploring together the way you experience the world and what you need to enable you to live a safe, happy and successful life. This may include exploring incidents of the past including any previous trauma's, exploring with you emerging research on autism relating to the impact of the sensory system on autistic individuals, alexithymia (feeling feelings) and interoception (internal feelings and senses) and autistic burnout.
I will provide you with a safe, confidential, non judgemental and down to earth counselling experience. I am warm, welcoming and empathic and I understand that deciding to come for counselling can be a big step. I want to offer you reassurance that sessions are about you and what you need. I will explain how we can work together to enhance your life experiences enabling you to live the life you want to.
Surviving trauma (recent or non-recent) or bullying, abuse, divorce, bereavement, a diagnosis of some kind, situations or behaviour or a life event that challenges your whole perception of life can leave you with an array of different feelings that you need support to work through.
Or it could be that you might just want to feel better!
Children experience similar emotions which impact them the same as adults, however they may not yet have the verbal or cognitive ability to describe how they feel. It can be really tough to see your child having a tough time when all you want is them to be OK. I can work with your child to help them process how they. are feeling
Talking about these things can really help to someone who really listens.
I am the counsellor listed for The Curly Hair Project www.thegirlwiththecurlyhair.co.uk founded by Alis Rowe who herself has Asperger Syndrome. The Curly Hair project aims to help and support autistic individuals.
Training, qualifications & experience
I am a qualified integrative counsellor and a registered member of the BACP . I provide support and counselling to children and youths.
In addition to my accredited counselling degree with Greenwich University I have a diploma (distinction) in counselling children and adolescents and a Post Grad Certificate from Sheffield Hallam Uni in Autism.
I have in-depth knowledge of autism and have worked for many years with children and young people with autism and ADHD. I have further enhanced my professional knowledge by completing an indepth course on working with and understanding autism as a spectrum with the Open University. I also have personal experience of autism and PDA.
I also work with parents who have children with autism and we discuss practical strategies and barriers to implementing ideas and strategies to help and support family life.
I have completed CPD in mindfulness, plus an accredited course in understanding and supporting children and adults who have PDA (Pathological Demand Avoidance), a condition that is on the autistic spectrum which creates an extraordinary amount of pressure and profound anxiety.
I have undertaken an accredited course on social stories and comic strip conversations as well as many one day CPD events on working with young people with PDA/autism in the counselling room, childhood and attachment difficulties, creative therapeutic sessions, survivors of childhood sexual abuse, and motivational interviewing. I have worked for many years as family support for families where there is a family member with ADHD/ASD/PDA.
British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
BACP is one of the UK’s largest professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy. Therapists registered with the Association fall into a number of different membership categories such as Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP and Registered Member MBACP (Accred), each standing for different levels of training and experience. MBACP (Accred) and MBACP (Snr Accred) members have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association.
Registered members can be found on the BACP Register, which was the first register to achieve Accredited Voluntary Register status issued by the Professional Standards Authority. Individual Members will have completed an appropriate counselling and/or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but will not appear on the BACP Register until they've progressed to Registered Member MBACP status.
All members are bound by a Code of Ethics & Practice and a Complaints Procedure. Accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
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Areas of counselling I deal with
I am currently completely full and cannot take on any new clients. I will update here as soon as the situation changes.