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, and PDA (pathological demand avoidance).
Being Autistic can 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 level 5 qualification in child counselling and a Post Graduate Certificate (Dist) in Autism with Sheffield University.
As a Neurodivergent therapist myself, I have extensive personal and professional experience of autism and can see both autistic adults and children. Exploring together how you experience the world and what you need to enable you to live a safe and content 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 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 both a diploma (distinction) and a level 5 qualification 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 autistic and ADHD children. I have personal experience of autism and PDA.
I also work with parents of autistic children to provide help and support in affirming their childs autistic identity. We can 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)
BACP is one of the UK’s leading professional bodies for counselling and psychotherapy with around 60,000 members. The Association has several different categories of membership, including Student Member, Individual Member, Registered Member MBACP, Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Accred) and Senior Registered Accredited Member MBACP (Snr Acccred).
Registered and accredited members are listed on the BACP Register, which shows that they have demonstrated BACP’s recommended standards for training, proficiency and ethical practice. The BACP Register was the first register of psychological therapists to be accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
Accredited and senior accredited membership are voluntary categories for members who choose to undertake a rigorous application and assessment process to demonstrate additional standards around practice, training and supervision.
Individual members will have completed an appropriate counselling or psychotherapy course and started to practise, but they won’t appear on the BACP Register until they've demonstrated that they meet the standards for registration. Student members are still in the process of completing their training.
All members are bound by the BACP Ethical Framework and a Professional Conduct Procedure.
Accredited register membership
Accredited Register Scheme
The Accredited Register Scheme was set up in 2013 by the Department of Health (DoH) as a way to recognise organisations that hold voluntary registers which meet certain standards. These standards are set by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA).
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Areas of counselling I deal with
£70.00 per session
Free initial online session
Concessions offered for
My fees are £70 for a 50 minute session.
When I work
I am currently completely full, I will update here as soon as the situation changes.