Autism, Aspergers, neurodiversity

Member of the aspire yorkshire region autism consultancy network

Neurodiversity is a special interest for me


Within my broad counselling practice, I have 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 their own neurodiversity difficult at times, for those who find the neurodiversity  of others confusing or challenging at times and for couples for whom neurodiversity 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 and other neurodiverse areas which may or may not be associated in conjunction with autism. We 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 issues 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

Aspergirls, Simone

Women and Girls with ASD, Hendrickx

Anger counselling course, BACP

Genes, Environment and Us, Osgood article

Understanding ADHD

Different together Conference

Autism and Eating Disorders

Understanding Autism

Working With Autism

Asperger's Syndrome, Attwood

Aspergers and High Functioning Autism

The Other Half of Asperger Syndrome, Aston

Neurodiverse Relationships, Pike and Attwood

Couples Counselling

Supporting Dyslexia


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