I warmly welcome you to my practitioner page.
These are neurodivergent-led therapy and mentoring services which means I strive to be an inviting, and inclusive space for individuals who are struggling to cope with their mental health and daily life. I am an anti-ableist arts psychotherapist and mentor.
I aim to support you to reduce your immediate anxiety and crisis and together we shall create an environment where you feel relaxed enough to explore and develop your strengths, your skills, your resilience and coping mechanisms to continue your journey.
I am available for short term and long term therapy and mentoring sessions.
We can also use art materials when words are too difficult to express, and look at the images as a means of expression. Therapy is about understanding and supporting the person and it is important you feel relaxed and supported to express and explain.
My services address the access barriers that so often fail autistic people and the many other neurodivergent individuals who encounter barriers to quality mental health support and access to therapies, mentoring and support. You do not have to identify as autistic or neurodivergent to access my services.
I advocate for radical changes in the way we approach neurodivergent access in pedagogy, higher education, mental health services and therapy, and access in the arts.
The work I do with individuals is non behaviour based, person centred and I use methodologies and methods that respect human rights and sensory preferences of individuals that are non trauma inducing.
I am a frequent writer and advocate for social justice, autistic/neurodivergent access and disability rights.
Mentoring is a little different to therapy as it is more practical and we focus on time management, organisation strategies and this can be particularly helpful for individuals in employment or who might require a little more input on suggestions to identify and reduce access barriers. I mentor professionals across various fields including medicine, the arts, psychology and science.
Some people approach me for a mix of both. This is possible.
“Elinor has been very good in helping me with coursework and study strategies.”
— A.R., graduated with a high 2:1 (Biochemistry), 2018
“Love her so much! I really enjoy the sessions! Because of her I went for an autistic assessment and finally my diagnosis has helped me to communicate better with my employers!”
— S.H. Mentee (Nursing), 2020
“Ms Elinor Rowlands has been exceptional. An amazingly patient, sincere and honest person, she offers something I have only seen in a very rare few. Elinor is an understanding, self -esteem booster and essentially a tutor who helps you assemble the learning blocks to achieve to your potential. It has been challenging at times, Elinor has done nothing but empathise and actively help me. Truly a remarkable tutor. I can not wait to continue 'trial and errors' and eventually acquire the tools to succeed in HE.”
— Fatima J., University student (Performing Arts), 2020
“She's amazing I couldn't ask for a better mentor and study skills helper!!”
— Adam, photography and design student, 23 November 2018
“I can’t imagine life with out Elinor now! She has been my saviour.”
— E.J. Psychology student, Study Skills, 29 June 2020
"I had severe depression throughout university and had to take a year out. They gave me a mentor for my final year and Elinor's sessions were so powerful. She really respected boundaries and was so caring towards me. I looked forward to our sessions and I ended up graduating with a first. I owe my degree and my mental health to Elinor, she was the tonic I needed to get through my final year." - Amy, 2017.
“The new system is very interesting, getting used to it but it makes sense. It's been helpful in seeing this method and applying it to my essay writing. Seeing my marks get higher and higher shows me that when study skills are taught properly and applied properly that it works. Elinor’s systems and her strategies do work!”
— Jason, Biology Student, 5 January 2020
“She's amazing so helpful couldn't do this without her!”
— Jay, Mental Health Nursing student, 11 May 2021
“Elinor continues to go beyond. I was hesitant to see someone much younger than me, but our discussions have always opened my mind up to seeing things in a very different light. I feel lifted after my sessions with Elinor.”
— Retired Doctor, 6 March 2022
“Thanks so much for this Elinor, I’ve worked and also done several good human things today like eating and going to the shop so I think you have a good affect on me!”
— Live Artist and Creative Producer, 2022
- You do not need to have a formal diagnosis of autism or ADD/ADHD to access these services. Nor do you have to be neurodivergent or identify as such.
- You might not conform to a specific gender and you might not have the words to describe your identity.
- You might or might not be a parent but the stress of trying for a baby or having a child is taking its toll. You might want support with identifying your true self.
- You might feel lost, confused, excluded and might be in need of some guidance or simply a kind and listening ear.
- You might experience barriers at work and be looking for an employment coach/mentor.
- You might be an art psychotherapist trainee seeking a neurodivergent art psychotherapist to have weekly therapy with.
- In our sessions it’s important you experience autonomy, respect and support.
Training, qualifications & experience
MA Art Psychotherapy (HCPC) - 2012
PGCE with particular focus on SEN and EBD (QTS) - 2010
University lecturer (Wales, England, China)
Specialist Coaching and mentoring support to teenagers, adults and children with SpLD and autism/ADHD. I have been supporting children right through to adults from 2003 onwards.
Continuing Professional Development:
- Autism (various training)
- Diversity and Equality (various training)
- SpLD (dyslexia, dyspraxia etc) and Assistive Technology
- Disability and Human Rights
- Equality Act 2010
- Identifying and reducing access barriers
Other therapies (CPD and training)
- Person centred therapy
- Gestalt therapy
- Drama therapy
- Adlerian therapy)
I am also founder of Magical Women an arts project that seeks to reduce the access barriers or women and non binary artists in the arts.
I have worked across universities in England, Wales and China supporting university students emotionally, supporting their wellbeing, and mentoring and tutoring them since 2003.
I am a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
Registered / Accredited
Being registered/accredited with a professional body means an individual must have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by their member organisation.
Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
The HCPC are an independent, UK-wide health regulator. They set standards of professional training, performance and conduct for 16 professions.
They keep a register of health professionals who meet their standards, and they take action if registered health professionals fall below those standards. They were created by a piece of legislation called the Health Professions Order 2001.
Registration means that a health professional meets national standards for their professional training, performance and conduct.
Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Neurodivergence and pluralism
The experience of being "othered"
Autism and ADHD
From £90.00 to £120.00
Free initial telephone session
Concessions offered for
£90.00 per session (1 hour)
£100.00 for an art psychotherapy session (1 hour and 15 minutes)
£120 for couples therapy or for an extended art psychotherapy session.
I currently only offer sessions online or over the phone.
I offer a free 10 minute initial telephone session on a Wednesday. These still need to be booked in.
When I work
I am sometimes available on a Monday. Please enquire.
I only offer online therapy at the present moment (I use Zoom or Skype).
Telephone can also work if it is over whatsapp.