Elaine Nicholson

Verified Professional Verified Professional
Verified Professional

Every professional displayed on Counselling Directory has been independently verified by our team to ensure they have suitable credentials to practise.

MBE MBACP - Asperger's syndrome/autism specialist
Limited availability
Limited availability

This professional is accepting new clients but may have a waitlist. Please enquire with them directly to discuss availability.

Corby NN17
Limited availability
Limited availability

This professional is accepting new clients but may have a waitlist. Please enquire with them directly to discuss availability.

About me

I am a BACP registered counsellor with a masters degree in autism and post-grad certification in Asperger's syndrome. I am also a parent of children (now grown up) who were both diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum (Asperger's). I have also recently separated from someone who identified themselves as being on the spectrum (Asperger's) after a 25 year relationship, but we are now happily resigned to a future as "friends". I have written many articles about Asperger Syndrome/autism. In November 2018 I spoke at The World Autism Congress about "what works when counselling lives affected by autism". This talk I give to counselling organisations within the United Kingdom also, helping to train counsellors/therapists on how to succeed with autistic clients and their families. In Her Majesty The Queen's birthday honours in 2016, I was awarded an MBE for my services to Asperger's syndrome. I founded the charity actionforaspergers.org in 2008, and remain very much a part of the organisation, working half of my time for them, with the other half of my time being spent working from my private practice elainenicholsonmbe.co.uk. I have consulted with many different ages from 3-100, and have accrued thousands of hours consulting this client group and their families. Finally, I have just completed six years of body psychotherapy study (July 2023) with Cambridge Body Psychotherapy Centre and am registered as a trainee body psychotherapist (pending dissertation completion) through the UKCP. While the majority of my work will be autism-specialist counselling, I work 1-2 days a week  in my body psychotherapist role.

Training, qualifications & experience

  • Shame, the crippling emotion ~ Leicester University ~ 31.5.03
  • Erotic transference and countertransference ~ Leicester University ~ 7.12.02
  • Speaking through our dreams ~ Leicester University ~ 9.11.02
  • Expanding dream awareness ~ Leicester University ~ 1.3.03
  • Loss Death and Bereavement ~ Leicester University ~ July 03
  • Envy as a healing process ~ Leicester University ~ 13.3.04
  • Creative Non-directive work with Children, Dr Garry Landreth 9 June, 2007
  • BAPT Conference, Brunei Gallery, London
  • Visual Supports The National Autistic Society -22.5.07
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder & Mental Health ~ Dr Fiona Knott et al ~Reading University 2011
  • Int. Conference on Autism ~ (Autistic Intelligence) ~ Prof. Tony Attwood et al ~ Torquay 2011
  • My Town Tiggers Annual Autism Conference: "Research, Reality & Rock 'n Roll" ~ Professor Simon Baron-Cohen et al ~ Blackpool 2011
  • Diagnostic Issues, Dr Judith Gould, November 2011, The Lorna Wing Centre for Autism.
  • Computers and Autism, Research Autism/Lorna Wing, November, 2011, Westminster
  • PTSD following childbirth – 2012 University of Reading
  • Traumatic Bereavement – 2012 University of Reading
  • Working with Survivors of Sexual Abuse -2012 University of Reading
  • Using CBT to address Insomnia – 2012 University of Reading
  • CBT for Eating Disorders – 2012 University of Reading
  • CBT for PTSD in Children- 2012 University of Reading
  • OCD – 2012 University of Reading
  • Understanding ADHD - March 2016, Nottingham Mental Health Institute.
  • ADOS-2 Training – 2016 Pearson
  • BACP Children and Young People Conference – London 2016
  • Adult Offenders with an ASD in the Criminal Justice System – 2017 Broadmoor Hospital.
  • Drugs awareness – 2017 in-house training through Blue Knight Ltd
  • DBT Accreditation – Level 1 - 2017 through The Association of Psychological Therapies
  • Safeguarding Children in Charities – London Conference – Jan 2018
  • Certificate in Hypno-Psychotherapy - National College of Hypnosis and Psychotherapy 2017
  • Cambridge Body Psychotherapy Centre - Diploma 2017-current
  • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy - APT - August 2020
  • Understanding reactions to the COVID 19 pandemic: insights from the Polyvagal theory and oxytocin hypothesis (Confer) July 2020.

  • Challenges in Trauma Therapy: working effectively with Resistance and Chronic Shame N Science September 2020

  • Working with Identity Based Trauma N Science July 2020

  • Polyvagal Theory, Oxytocin and the Neurobiology Confer June 2021

  • Retraumatisation and Unprocessed Trauma: Overcoming the Challenges. Feb 2021 N Science.

  • Preverbal, Nonverbal & Implicit Memories: The Keys to Addressing Developmental Trauma April 2022 N Science

Member organisations

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

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy
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).

This therapist has indicated that they belong to an Accredited Register.

British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy

Other areas of counselling I deal with

Asperger's syndrome

Asperger's/neurotypical relationship issues/couples counselling

Higher functioning autism

Photos & videos


£75.00 per session

Additional information

£75 per hour for counselling
£400 for academic, non-clinical (gateway) assessment for autism.

When I work

I work weekends as well as weekdays. I also work evenings and early mornings.

Further information

I operate competently not only face-to-face but via video consulting. I was one of the pioneers of this method of counselling and can use most video mediums.

Autism Specialist Counselling Centre, 9 Darwin House, Corby Gate Business Park, Priors Haw Road, Corby, Northants, NN17 5JG

Corby, Northamptonshire, NN17

Type of session

In person

Types of client

Children (0-12)
Young people (13-17)
Young adults (18-24)
Adults (25-64)
Older Adults (65+)

Key details

DBS check

In England and Wales, the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS, formerly known as CRB) carry out criminal records checks for individuals working with vulnerable groups, such as children. To find out more, visit gov.uk , or contact this professional directly

Online platforms



In person

I not only receive regular supervision from a chartered clinical psychologist, but I am also in weekly psychotherapy myself, for I am a firm believer in the notion that all counsellors should engage in personal therapy post-qualifying.

View supervision profile


Elaine Nicholson
Elaine Nicholson