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I am an experienced Autistic therapist, fluent in English and French, specialised in counselling Autistic individuals as well as couples where one or both partners are Autistic.
I also run a social group for young people age 18+ and adults called GAP-Giving Autistics power. This group is for the more independent Autistic individuals as I found that this is the group of people for whom there is the least support available. Please read further if you are interested in attending.
I offer counselling to parents, carers and spouses/partners.
I also offer more general counselling for issues like depression and anxiety.
I offer face to face and online counselling.
When you have read a bit about me further below, you will understand why I have decided to specialise in Counselling Autistic individuals and Counselling parents, carers and partners.
I am passionate about Autism acceptance.
Using my personal and professional experience, I aim to help you talk about and make sense of the feelings you may be experiencing which can be created by the daily difficulties of being autistic.
Autism can make a person's daily life a challenge. In a world where differences are still accepted with difficulty, feeling that you are different and don't 'fit in' can bring fear, isolation, bullying and low self-esteem. Talking about those feelings can help achieve resolutions. I believe exploring your strengths and your identity as an Autistic individual is important for wellbeing and good mental health. Finding practical strategies to cope with problems you encounter in your daily life could also be helpful.
It is said that 'when you meet one Autistic person you meet one Autistic person'. I strongly believe this, which is why I will respect you as a person and not treat you like a diagnosis.
Couple Autism Counselling
There is no doubt that the male brain and the female brain work differently. Add to this the added different way of thinking of the Autistic mind and it is no wonder that a couple may struggle.
In therapy, it can be useful for both partners to work toward finding a common way of communicating, half way between Autism and Neurotypical. Even if both partners are Autistic they can think differently, just like a Neurotypical couple would.
For both individuals, to understand more how the other person thinks, communicates and functions and why they behave in a certain way can make the difference between a happy relationship and a very discontent one.
Many couples that I see have tried couple counselling before but because of the poor knowledge of Autism, the therapist will have missed vital pieces of the interaction between the couple or why the Autistic person may struggle to make some changes.
I can help you discuss these differences and difficulties in a neutral environment. I do not take side but can see both sides. My understanding of how Autism may affect the relationship is what ultimately makes the difference between classic couple counselling and what I offer.
Parents, carers and spouses/partners
Finding out that your child, relative or partner is Autistic can be a confusing, scary and isolating experience and the day- to- day care certainly brings regular challenges. Being able to talk honestly and without being judged about what you are going through can help.
I also put regular tips and articles on Autism on my business Facebook. Please press the F symbol at the top of this page to like and access it.
PLEASE NOTE : I am not qualified to give a diagnosis of Autism. I do not counsel individuals under 16.
GAP-Giving Autistics Power :
I started this group about 5 years ago. We meet up to chat and share our Autistic experiences usually once a month between 6 pm and 7.30 pm.
If you are interested in joining us yourself or want more information for somebody you know please ring or text 07872007792 or email : firstname.lastname@example.org
About Counselling and the way I work :
I provide one to one and couple counselling in a caring, safe, relaxed and non-judgmental environment in which you will be able to talk freely, explore difficult feelings, and resolve problems.
I can help you with :
- relationship issues
- panic attacks
- physical, mental and sexual abuse
- work issues
- alcohol abuse
- domestic violence situations
- low self-esteem
and much more.
Do you feel stuck ?
Do you feel unfulfilled ?
Are things getting on top of you ?
Has getting up in the morning and dealing with daily tasks become difficult ?
Maybe you are or have been through something that you find difficult to talk about with friends or family?
Are you feeling alone and misunderstood ?
Do you repeat destructive patterns of behaviour ?
Has coping with stress become too difficult ?
Have you been betrayed by somebody ?
Have you hit a crisis like a divorce or bereavement, and you feel angry, lost, anxious or depressed ?
Or maybe you simply want to know yourself better ?
Sometimes our coping mechanisms break down or do not serve us well anymore and we start to struggle with different areas of our life; work, relationships, family life, social life. we can start developing low mood, anxiety, low confidence etc...
I can help you make sense of what is happening with the aim to get you back on track and regain control of your life or experience a fresh start.
I work in an integrative way. It means I use different models of Counselling. At the beginning of our work, we will agree a plan of action based on what will work best for you and the problems you want to resolve.
So, for example, I may give you practical ways of dealing with your difficulties as well as finding out why it happened in the first place.
This way of working will allow an understanding of what is happening and offer long term solutions. This will also equip you to deal with any future problems should they arise.
Counselling could help you achieve the significant changes in your life that you are aiming for.
we spend money and effort on different areas of our life but often forgetting to invest into the most important thing : ourself.
If you want more information about this way of working and whether it could help you, please do not hesitate to ring me. You can also e-mail or text me.
Please feel free to visit my my Facebook page where I put interesting quotes and articles that you might find useful.
YOU AND I, WORKING TOGETHER
Creating an environment in which you will feel heard and respected is very important to me and our work together. What Counselling aims to offer is a place where you can find yourself, express what you want without fear. This is only possible if I walk next to you on this journey and you feel cared for and safe to open up regardless of what issues you might bring or your background or ethnic origin. I would feel very privileged to be able to walk this path with you.
LENGTH OF COUNSELLING
We can keep our work open-ended, which means there is no number of sessions set. We will review our work regularly and when you decide you want to end, we will then work towards an ending over 2 or 3 sessions.
If you feel you want to deal with a specific issue only, over a set time, then we can agree on a number of sessions from the beginning. This can be reviewed closer to our ending date and if you feel you want more time and more sessions that's absolutely fine.
About me :
Now let me tell you a little bit about me and how and why I became a counsellor.
I worked for the NHS as a care assistant, looking after elderly people with Alzheimer and dementia.
After moving to Gloucestershire, one of my children was diagnosed Autistic which prompted me to set up and run a support group for parents and carers of special needs children and young people.
I am fluent in both English and French and taught French for a while. I encountered different people from all walks of life who were learning the language for loads of different reasons. I really enjoyed this experience.
Having faced some complex and challenging events through my life, I got to a point when I started to struggle with my everyday life, experiencing depression and panic attacks. Although anti-depressants helped, I wanted a more long-lasting solution. I seeked Counselling and I gained so much from the process that I decided to do my training and become a counsellor to be able to deliver similar support to others.
More recently, I got a diagnosis of Autism and many things started making a lot more sense !
I have been on both side of counselling, as a client and as a counsellor, and can understand how difficult it is to make the decision of having counselling. I believe it takes a lot of courage to ask for help and really respect this.
So what's next ?
If you feel that counselling could help you move forward, then give me a call with no obligation or make an appointment. You can e-mail me or text if you prefer.
If I am unable to take your call, please leave a message. I will ring you back as quickly as possible.
PLEASE NOTE : If you send your enquiry during the weekend I will get back to you on the following Monday.
Training, qualifications & experience
I trained with Gloucestershire Counselling Service, the biggest counselling service in Gloucestershire, for 5 years where I gained:
A certificate in Counselling Skills
A diploma in Psychodynamic Counselling
A Post Graduate Associate Award
Since, I also completed a CBT Diploma and an Autism Awareness Diploma.
I have recently done a couple of training with Tony Attwood :
CBT and Counselling with Autism Spectrum Disorder Clients : A masterclass with Professor Tony Attwood.
Girls and Women with Autism
After getting my diploma I volunteered with the service, counselling individuals with a wide range of issues like bereavement, divorce, child sexual abuse, relationship difficulties, domestic violence situation, low self-esteem, depression and anxiety. I gained experience in working with people of different ages, ranging between 21 and 83.
Since moving to Hull, as well as running my private practice, I also volunteered as a counsellor for Survivors UK, which helped victims of childhood sexual abuse.
I then worked for a counselling service providing counselling for the NHS for 6 years.
I regularly do further training and attend workshops to keep my practice updated and expand my knowledge on different issues and different models of therapy.
I follow the Code of Ethics of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy of which I am a member.
I have monthly supervision.
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Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Autism and special need disabilities.
£55.00 - £90.00
Free initial in-person, telephone or online session
I offer face to face, online and telephone .
Individuals : 60 minutes session for £55
Couples : 60 minutes session for £70.00
90 minutes session for £90
It is important that you get the right Counsellor for you so I offer an initial free 40 minutes appointment so we can meet and discuss what you would like to achieve by coming to see me. Of course you can also ring, text or email me any questions you may have.
Messages can be left on my phone at anytime.
When I work
Monday to Friday.
I am a member of the National Autistic Society.
I am able to use Makaton signing and PECS cards.
I speak both, English and French fluently.
I practice from K2 building in Hull town centre which is situated about 15 minutes walk from Hull bus/train station, therefore allowing easy access by bus and train. If coming by car, Princes Quay, George Street car Park and Albion Street Car Park are all situated at a short waling distance of K2.