Autism, Aspergers, neurodiversity
Member of the aspire yorkshire region autism consultancy network
Neurodiversity is a special interest for me
Finally realising after many years, that members of my own family had asperger's syndrome, enabled us to look at past and present experiences in new ways. I had tried counselling but it had not been as helpful, in regards to relationships, as I might have hoped. I can now see that the counsellors that I saw, while well meaning, had no real understanding of the frustrations for all concerned of the misunderstandings posed by neurodiverse and neurotypical views of the world. I have therefore developed a strong interest in supporting anyone for whom neurodiversity in the form of Autism, Asperger's, ADHD etc might be proving challenging, either for individuals who may find that neurodiversity can increase their anxiety in certain situations, for those who find the neurodiversity of others confusing and for couples for whom neurotypical/neurodiverse approaches to the world may prove challenging within the relationship.
I am a member of the specialist Aspire group which meets ten times per year for training and supervision on autism, Aspergers's, ADHD and other neurodiverse areas which may or may not be associated in conjunction with autism. We take part in training, update skills and share ideas and experience in order to offer the best support we can to our clients. Difference not deficit is a focus.
The kind of areas I might be working on with clients
Do I recognise my own emotions - do I recognise the emotions of others?
Communication - others don't understand me - I don't understand them?
Feeling overwhelmed, high anxiety and stress
Depression, low mood
Relationships - would like to have more - would like to improve the ones I have - would like less
ADHD together with autism
Executive function challenges
Managing social situations, wanting to do more or less
Managing study or work
Plus, of course, any other concerns that anyone might bring to counselling
My relevant Training, courses and Reading
Complete Guide to Asperger's Syndrome, Attwood
Successful Practice When Counselling Clients on the Autistic Spectrum
Women and Girls with ASD, Hendrickx
Anger counselling course, BACP
Genes, Environment and Us, Osgood article
Different together Conference
Autism and Eating Disorders
Working With Autism
Asperger's Syndrome, Attwood
Aspergers and High Functioning Autism
The Other Half of Asperger Syndrome, Aston
Neurodiverse Relationships, Pike and Attwood