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Michelle Blake, MBACP, BA (Hons), PG Cert Autism, PG Cert ADHD
I am a warm, empathetic, Neurodivergent Counsellor/Coach with lived experience of being both Autistic (ASC) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). I specialise in working with clients who are neurodivergent either self-diagnosed or pre/post-diagnosis.
As well as having lived experience of being Autistic and ADHD, I am also part of a neurodivergent family and am qualified in neurodevelopmental conditions across the lifespan. I have chosen to work exclusively in a Counselling/Coaching capacity specialising in supporting Autistic and ADHD individuals, including self-diagnosed and pre/post diagnosis, as well as their families. I also work with those who are exploring the possibility of being neurodivergent (ADHD and/or ASC).
Training, qualifications & experience
BA (Hons) Degree Person-Centred Counselling
Certificate in Clinical Supervision
SVQ3 Social Services Children and Young People
PG Cert in Autism and Learning
PG Cert ADHD and Neurodevelopmental Conditions
I am a qualified and experienced counsellor, now working almost exclusively in a coaching capacity specialising in supporting Autistic and ADHD individuals as well as their families. I also work with individuals who are exploring the possibility of neurodivergence (ADHD and/or ASC).
As well as 1:1 sessions, and couple and family coaching, I can provide training and workshops around my specialism in ADHD and Autism. I recently received funding to write and deliver a 10-week neurodivergent parenting programme for parents/caregivers who believe their children may have ADHD or ASC or who are already navigating parenting a neurodivergent child, in order to educate, inform and empower them on their journey. The pilot programme has already been delivered with positive evaluations and feedback and I am currently halfway through the second delivery of the programme.
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Accredited register membership
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Areas of counselling I deal with
Other areas of counselling I deal with
Lived experience as well as extensive professional experience working with ADHD, Autism and neurodevelopmental conditions
£75.00 per session
Concessions offered for
Counselling: Individual - £75 per session, Couples - £90.00 per session, Access to Work - £80.00
Concessionary slots and rates are available on request dependant on individual circumstances
I offer an initial consultation of 30 minutes, at a reduced rate of £30, whereby we can see if we will be comfortable working together. We can then agree on whether what you require is short-term, long-term, or open-ended coaching or counselling. The number of sessions you require will vary from person to person.
I believe in the importance of reviewing regularly how the coaching/counselling is going as this is an essential part of the process.
The services I offer are all centered around my specialism in ASC and ADHD;
Parent Coaching (specifically around ND Parenting)
Workshops & Training
When I work
Monday 8am - 8pm
Wednesday 8am - 5pm
Friday 8am - 8pm
I am neurodivergent affirmative, trans, and LGBTQI+ inclusive. I see clients in person and online for sessions and am sensory-sensitive. I want you to feel at ease during our time together, so please feel free to wear sunglasses to our session, have dimmed lights, and camera off, or communicate via text in order to accommodate your needs. As each person is unique, I will create a bespoke program of coaching support that works for you.
Whilst my goal is to support you to adapt your life to better fit your neurology, I am not medically trained and my role in our coaching relationship is to share my knowledge and expertise around my lived experience and my training, the responsibility for taking action and applying what you learn is yours.