While I was training to be a counsellor, I received a diagnosis of autism. As an autistic counsellor, I recognise the unique needs of neurodiverse clients. Not only do I have personal experience but I have additional training and professional experience of working with clients who have a range of neurodiversities.
I was diagnosed with autism at the age of 39 and it helped me make sense of things that had previously been hugely confusing and distressing.
While it is not the place of a counsellor to make a diagnosis, I’m able to counsel anyone, with or without a diagnosis, who feels they would benefit from someone who has an understanding of what it’s like to feel:
- “Like an alien”
- “Like no-one else understands”
- “Other therapies haven’t worked”
- “I don’t know where else to turn”
The person-centred counselling that I offer can help make sense of how you feel and we’ll work together towards the future you want.
I’m also counsel people touched by autism or other neurodiversities in other ways. For example a sibling, child or parents who is neurodiverse can have a huge impact on your life. Grappling with anger, confusion, frustration and overwhelm are all part of the counselling journey.