Who do I work with? Adults 18+
How do I work? Online
Where am I based? Nationwide
I offer online counselling and coaching for neurodivergent individuals and provide additional insight and empathy through my own lived experience of neurodiversity. My special interest is supporting clients with the psychological challenges associated with living with neurodiversity in a neurotypical focused world and helping clients to learn to manage and accept their neurodivergent traits.
I support individuals to work through emotional issues such as grief, relationship issues, low self-esteem, depression, anxiety, stress and traumatic past experiences and self-destructive patterns of responses that are impacting you in the present.
Ways of Working
I use a combination of Counselling and Psychotherapy skills and techniques to support my clients. These are drawn from my training in Transactional Analysis, Mindfulness and Neurodiversity. With the agreement of the client, I can also use techniques such as Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) and Brainspotting to help process traumatic events and unlock psychological blocks.
I like counselling approaches that have concepts and tools that are simple to explain and easy to relate to so that I can share them with clients to increase self-awareness and self-acceptance and facilitate a different way of thinking, behaving or feeling where that might be helpful. We work together to answer the questions ‘Why do I think, feel or do this?’ & ‘How can I change or accept this about myself?’
Please feel able to talk to me about any adjustments required for the sessions to be as comfortable as possible. For example, several clients will get up and move around during the session or use focus aids such as fidget spinners. Some also find it soothing to have their pets attending sessions as well. As the client, you are in control of the work that we do together and I will regularly be checking what you would like to work on. If at any time you don’t feel comfortable with any aspect of a session it is fine to say so.
The Types of Issues I Support Neurodivergent Clients With
- Consider whether they might be on the neurodiverse spectrum and explore the relief and grief that can come from realising this.
- Learn to soothe the impact of Rejection Sensitivity
- Become aware of Perfectionism and reduce the expectations on self.
- Build a personal toolbox of Emotional Regulation and Impulse Control tools
- Notice rigid or black and white thinking and explore other options
- Become aware of their personal energy drains and identify recharge methods
- Reduce the impact of previous traumatic experiences and limiting beliefs about self
I have 13 years of counselling experience and in the last three years my practice has progressed to focus on neurodiverse clients following my own diagnosis of neurodiversity and my increased awareness and interest, having completed the Aspire Neurodiversity professional training.
I have a Post Grad Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling and a HE Certificate in Counselling Skills.
I am a qualified Mindfulness, EMDR and Brainspotting therapist and integrate them into my therapeutic approach with clients.
I am an Accredited Member of BACP – British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy and I comply with their Code of Ethics.
Additional CPD Specific to Neurodiversity
Best Practice When Supporting Autistic Clients – Aspire Autism Consultancy
ADHD in The Therapy Room – Aspire Autism Consultancy
I attend a monthly CPD group that focusses specifically on Nurodiversity and working with neurodivergent clients.