Autism Counselling in Hunter Region, NSW

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Dr Pauline Hall
Psychologist, PsychD, PsyBA - Clin. Psych
Verified Verified
Newcastle, NSW 2300
Dr. Hall is a clinical psychologist working with people from different cultural backgrounds. She is now seeing clients from Australia, the United Kingdom, Germany, Hong Kong, Macau, Thailand, and Vietnam. She practices evidence-based assessment and treatment for developmental disorders in children, teenagers, and adults (e.g., Intellectual Disability, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism, etc.) with mood disorders, anxiety, and cognitive disorders. Dr. Hall works in various areas, including schools, hospitals, community health services courts, businesses, and private practices.
Dr. Hall is a clinical psychologist working with people from different cultural backgrounds. She is now seeing clients from Australia, the United Kingdom, Germany, Hong Kong, Macau, Thailand, and Vietnam. She practices evidence-based assessment and treatment for developmental disorders in children, teenagers, and adults (e.g., Intellectual Disability, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism, etc.) with mood disorders, anxiety, and cognitive disorders. Dr. Hall works in various areas, including schools, hospitals, community health services courts, businesses, and private practices.
(02) 9100 0489 View (02) 9100 0489
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Amber Hunter
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Forster, NSW 2428
Supporting children with ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, anxiety and behavioural issues are of special interest to me. I enjoy helping adolescents struggling with academic stress, depression, friendships/relationships, grief and loss, gender diversity, self-esteem and their body image. I also like working with young adults as they navigate tertiary studies, their early careers and relationships. As a parent myself I am passionate about providing support and guidance to parents so they can best support their child to thrive. Find out more about me and how I can support you or your child here: amberhunterpsychology.com.au
Supporting children with ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, anxiety and behavioural issues are of special interest to me. I enjoy helping adolescents struggling with academic stress, depression, friendships/relationships, grief and loss, gender diversity, self-esteem and their body image. I also like working with young adults as they navigate tertiary studies, their early careers and relationships. As a parent myself I am passionate about providing support and guidance to parents so they can best support their child to thrive. Find out more about me and how I can support you or your child here: amberhunterpsychology.com.au
(02) 8403 1535 View (02) 8403 1535
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Renee Bennett
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Newcastle, NSW 2300
Renee also specialises in conducting assessments for Autism, ADHD, and learning disorders across all age groups, encompassing children, adolescents, and adults.
Renee is a compassionate and approachable psychologist, known for her warm and friendly demeanour. Her primary focus is on fostering a secure and trusting environment in her therapeutic relationships, which enables a cooperative approach where she dedicates time to comprehending the unique requirements and aspirations of each individual. Renee draws upon a diverse array of therapeutic techniques in her approach to care, including: Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy Neurofeedback Mindfulness-based strategies Interpersonal therapies Renee tailors her approach to suit the distinct needs of her clients.
Renee also specialises in conducting assessments for Autism, ADHD, and learning disorders across all age groups, encompassing children, adolescents, and adults.
Renee is a compassionate and approachable psychologist, known for her warm and friendly demeanour. Her primary focus is on fostering a secure and trusting environment in her therapeutic relationships, which enables a cooperative approach where she dedicates time to comprehending the unique requirements and aspirations of each individual. Renee draws upon a diverse array of therapeutic techniques in her approach to care, including: Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy Neurofeedback Mindfulness-based strategies Interpersonal therapies Renee tailors her approach to suit the distinct needs of her clients.
(02) 4071 2471 View (02) 4071 2471
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Shelley Puru - Harmony Well-being Services
Counsellor, ACA-L2
Verified Verified
Toronto, NSW 2283
Specialising in children, youth and individuals who are stressed, anxious and generally overwhelmed with life’s curve balls. Do you have children with behaviours that are challenging, diagnosis’ of ADHD, Autism or similar? Do you have teens that feel like no one understands them? Do you want to create a sense of contentment in your life? To gain some connection within your family, to feel a greater sense of self-worth and self-acceptance? To understand and not vilify the many different parts of who you are? Congratulations on taking the first and often most difficult step in your well-being journey!
Specialising in children, youth and individuals who are stressed, anxious and generally overwhelmed with life’s curve balls. Do you have children with behaviours that are challenging, diagnosis’ of ADHD, Autism or similar? Do you have teens that feel like no one understands them? Do you want to create a sense of contentment in your life? To gain some connection within your family, to feel a greater sense of self-worth and self-acceptance? To understand and not vilify the many different parts of who you are? Congratulations on taking the first and often most difficult step in your well-being journey!
(02) 4005 0240 View (02) 4005 0240
Begin Again Therapy
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Newcastle, NSW 2300
This includes Autism, ADHD and Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics assessments.
At Begin Again Therapy, we are a team of caring and experienced Newcastle psychologists who recognise the importance of relationships in facilitating healing. We have created a psychology clinic with the intention of prioritising safety, connection and compassion. We endeavour to empower people to step into a place of vulnerability and find the strength to embrace their humanness. Working collaboratively, we select and integrate well-researched approaches based on your unique needs, strengths and resources.
This includes Autism, ADHD and Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics assessments.
At Begin Again Therapy, we are a team of caring and experienced Newcastle psychologists who recognise the importance of relationships in facilitating healing. We have created a psychology clinic with the intention of prioritising safety, connection and compassion. We endeavour to empower people to step into a place of vulnerability and find the strength to embrace their humanness. Working collaboratively, we select and integrate well-researched approaches based on your unique needs, strengths and resources.
(02) 4058 4013 View (02) 4058 4013
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Timothy Rex Hatfield
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Charlestown, NSW 2290
While he does have experience with Anxiety, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Depression, he has a keen interest in working with people through dilemmas of change, for example grief and life transitions.
Timothy aims to help guide you in understanding and improving your mental health struggles by exploring your history and current experiences together. He works in a collaborative way to help each individual client better understand themselves and move forward in life with healthier and more positive experiences.
While he does have experience with Anxiety, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Depression, he has a keen interest in working with people through dilemmas of change, for example grief and life transitions.
Timothy aims to help guide you in understanding and improving your mental health struggles by exploring your history and current experiences together. He works in a collaborative way to help each individual client better understand themselves and move forward in life with healthier and more positive experiences.
(02) 4082 8207 View (02) 4082 8207
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Malcolm Devantier
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Wallsend, NSW 2287
I help couples, adults and adolescents cope with Relationship difficulties, Anxiety and Stress, Depression, Workplace Stress, Adjustment Disorder, Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Disability.
I help couples, adults and adolescents cope with Relationship difficulties, Anxiety and Stress, Depression, Workplace Stress, Adjustment Disorder, Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Disability.
(02) 4012 2319 View (02) 4012 2319
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Centre for Meaningful Growth
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA - Clin. Psych
Verified Verified
Stanhope, NSW 2335
Maria can offer psychometric assessments and therapy for a range of child, adolescent and adult mental health presentations, including depression, anxiety, complex trauma & PTSD, OCD, chronic pain, grief/loss, interpersonal difficulties, learning difficulties, Autism and ADHD.
Maria has a keen interest in children as well as women’s health and has extensive experience with perinatal mental health and child development. She is passionate about supporting new parents as they navigate the exciting yet challenging transition to parenthood. Having worked extensively in the area of pregnancy loss, Maria has provided much-needed support to families through their grieving process, offering a compassionate and understanding approach. Maria’s dedication to comprehensive care for parents extends from planning to conceive through pregnancy, postpartum, and beyond. Maria speaks fluent tagalog (Filipino).
Maria can offer psychometric assessments and therapy for a range of child, adolescent and adult mental health presentations, including depression, anxiety, complex trauma & PTSD, OCD, chronic pain, grief/loss, interpersonal difficulties, learning difficulties, Autism and ADHD.
Maria has a keen interest in children as well as women’s health and has extensive experience with perinatal mental health and child development. She is passionate about supporting new parents as they navigate the exciting yet challenging transition to parenthood. Having worked extensively in the area of pregnancy loss, Maria has provided much-needed support to families through their grieving process, offering a compassionate and understanding approach. Maria’s dedication to comprehensive care for parents extends from planning to conceive through pregnancy, postpartum, and beyond. Maria speaks fluent tagalog (Filipino).
(02) 8609 3207 View (02) 8609 3207
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Frank Nicolson
Verified Verified
Newcastle, NSW 2300  (Online Only)
I'm here to support parents of young children who are struggling to manage their child's behaviour. I can also help with sleep, eating, and participating in their communities. I specialise in helping families of children with an autism diagnosis as well as kids with developmental delays or other developmental conditions.
I'm here to support parents of young children who are struggling to manage their child's behaviour. I can also help with sleep, eating, and participating in their communities. I specialise in helping families of children with an autism diagnosis as well as kids with developmental delays or other developmental conditions.
(02) 9100 0267 View (02) 9100 0267
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Natalie Close
Psychologist, PhD, Assoc MAPS
Verified Verified
Morisset, NSW 2264
Natalie offers comprehensive assessment of mental health, neurodevelopmental disorders (autism and ADHD) including adult assessment, personality, cognitive (IQ) and specific learning disorders, executive functioning, and behaviour.
Dr Natalie Close is a registered psychologist with postgraduate training including a doctorate and Master of Clinical Psychology. She has held positions in research and university education and completed a PhD in cognitive psychology. Natalie has been working clinically in private practice for over 10 years, where she provides comprehensive psychological assessments and evidence-based therapies. Natalie maintains a professional and ethical approach including practical tools, emotional support, psychological assessment, and mental health treatment backed by science. She is currently a board-approved supervisor in psychology.
Natalie offers comprehensive assessment of mental health, neurodevelopmental disorders (autism and ADHD) including adult assessment, personality, cognitive (IQ) and specific learning disorders, executive functioning, and behaviour.
Dr Natalie Close is a registered psychologist with postgraduate training including a doctorate and Master of Clinical Psychology. She has held positions in research and university education and completed a PhD in cognitive psychology. Natalie has been working clinically in private practice for over 10 years, where she provides comprehensive psychological assessments and evidence-based therapies. Natalie maintains a professional and ethical approach including practical tools, emotional support, psychological assessment, and mental health treatment backed by science. She is currently a board-approved supervisor in psychology.
(02) 4063 1491 View (02) 4063 1491
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The Heart & Mind Collective
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Morisset, NSW 2264
Leisa is a psychologist providing tailored assessment and treatment of children, adolescents and adults. Leisa provides comprehensive assessment for developmental disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD and Intellectual (Cognitive) difficulties using gold standard measures. She is experienced in the treatment of ASD, ADHD, anxiety, depression, behavioural issues, PTSD, attachment difficulties, and selective mutism. Leisa is an accredited Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) practitioner and is currently providing Telehealth support online (Zoom).
Leisa is a psychologist providing tailored assessment and treatment of children, adolescents and adults. Leisa provides comprehensive assessment for developmental disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD and Intellectual (Cognitive) difficulties using gold standard measures. She is experienced in the treatment of ASD, ADHD, anxiety, depression, behavioural issues, PTSD, attachment difficulties, and selective mutism. Leisa is an accredited Eye Movement Desensitisation Reprocessing (EMDR) practitioner and is currently providing Telehealth support online (Zoom).
(02) 4326 0725 View (02) 4326 0725
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Anine Cummins (they/them) - Ginger Cat Counselling
Counsellor, ACA-L1
Verified Verified
Newcastle, NSW 2300  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Please note: I am a counsellor, and cannot accept mental health care plans. I provide online counselling for adults and teenagers. Everyone is welcome! I work with LGBTIQ+ clients, including trans and non-binary people, people with traumatic histories, including sexual assault and abuse, people with dissociative disorders, including DID, people with ADHD and autism, and other neurodiverse brains, activists and other people struggling with burn out.
Please note: I am a counsellor, and cannot accept mental health care plans. I provide online counselling for adults and teenagers. Everyone is welcome! I work with LGBTIQ+ clients, including trans and non-binary people, people with traumatic histories, including sexual assault and abuse, people with dissociative disorders, including DID, people with ADHD and autism, and other neurodiverse brains, activists and other people struggling with burn out.
(03) 8338 1789 View (03) 8338 1789
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The Divergent Edge
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, AMHSW
Verified Verified
Newcastle, NSW 2300  (Online Only)
We work with adults with ADHD, providing a range of neurodivergent affirming services. Therapeutic ADHD coaching is a service unique to TDE which combines counselling and ADHD coaching providing holistic support. Leadership & ADHD careers coaching provides workplace support. Assessment services for adult autism and ADHD. Clinical supervision.
We work with adults with ADHD, providing a range of neurodivergent affirming services. Therapeutic ADHD coaching is a service unique to TDE which combines counselling and ADHD coaching providing holistic support. Leadership & ADHD careers coaching provides workplace support. Assessment services for adult autism and ADHD. Clinical supervision.
(02) 8403 0031 View (02) 8403 0031
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Stephanie Thomson
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cardiff, NSW 2285  (Online Only)
I'm passionate about working with both neurodivergent and neurotypical clients on better understanding their unique brains, values, and strengths in an affirming way. I most often see clients for burn out, boundary-setting, parenting support, unmasking, and anxiety, but enjoy working with a range of other client experiences and needs. I also have extensive experience navigating the realm of NDIS. I currently offer telehealth services through The Neurodiversity Clinic.
I'm passionate about working with both neurodivergent and neurotypical clients on better understanding their unique brains, values, and strengths in an affirming way. I most often see clients for burn out, boundary-setting, parenting support, unmasking, and anxiety, but enjoy working with a range of other client experiences and needs. I also have extensive experience navigating the realm of NDIS. I currently offer telehealth services through The Neurodiversity Clinic.
(02) 4071 8421 View (02) 4071 8421
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Oracle Psychology
Psychologist, MPsych, MAPS
Verified Verified
Newcastle, NSW 2300
Mr Daniel Wendt is the Principal Clinical Psychologist and Director of Oracle Psychology. His qualifications in both Education and Psychology offer a unique combination of expertise which is well suited to assisting children and young people. We also assist adults and practice across the lifespan. Oracle Psychology's clinicians are registered with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). They have extensive experience working with children, teenagers and adults. Our staff are passionate about the wellbeing of individuals in Newcastle, the Hunter and Central Coast.
Mr Daniel Wendt is the Principal Clinical Psychologist and Director of Oracle Psychology. His qualifications in both Education and Psychology offer a unique combination of expertise which is well suited to assisting children and young people. We also assist adults and practice across the lifespan. Oracle Psychology's clinicians are registered with the Psychology Board of Australia (PsyBA) and the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA). They have extensive experience working with children, teenagers and adults. Our staff are passionate about the wellbeing of individuals in Newcastle, the Hunter and Central Coast.
(02) 4077 2916 View (02) 4077 2916
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Georgina Draxler
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Newcastle, NSW 2300
Hi there, my name is Georgina and i'm a registered psychologist. I offer accessible and affirming assessments and mental health support to young people and adults across Australia. With a diverse background of experience, I've supported young people and their parents in both private practice and school settings, conducted assessments, and aided adults in exploring and embracing their neurotype. I also have experience working with individuals in the perinatal period in areas such as adjustment, perinatal depression and anxiety, and OCD (including intrusive thoughts).
Hi there, my name is Georgina and i'm a registered psychologist. I offer accessible and affirming assessments and mental health support to young people and adults across Australia. With a diverse background of experience, I've supported young people and their parents in both private practice and school settings, conducted assessments, and aided adults in exploring and embracing their neurotype. I also have experience working with individuals in the perinatal period in areas such as adjustment, perinatal depression and anxiety, and OCD (including intrusive thoughts).
(03) 7003 2409 View (03) 7003 2409
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Linda Thomas
Psychologist, PhD, MAPS
Verified Verified
Newcastle, NSW 2300
Dr Linda Thomas is a Clinical Psychologist with over 25 years experience in providing accurate diagnosis and effective care for all psychological concerns and conditions.
Dr Linda Thomas is a Clinical Psychologist with over 25 years experience in providing accurate diagnosis and effective care for all psychological concerns and conditions.
(02) 4058 4603 View (02) 4058 4603
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Vanessa Price
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA - Clin. Psych
Verified Verified
Mayfield, NSW 2304
I enjoy working with people who are interested in getting to know themselves at a deeper level and are committed to the therapeutic journey. My clients would describe me as genuine, caring and curious. Although diagnosis is sometimes important, I am more focused on the uniqueness and individuality of each client I work with and like to support my clients to have a better understanding of themselves and help them to connect with their own inner wisdom and move towards a fuller sense of wellbeing.
I enjoy working with people who are interested in getting to know themselves at a deeper level and are committed to the therapeutic journey. My clients would describe me as genuine, caring and curious. Although diagnosis is sometimes important, I am more focused on the uniqueness and individuality of each client I work with and like to support my clients to have a better understanding of themselves and help them to connect with their own inner wisdom and move towards a fuller sense of wellbeing.
(02) 4011 6727 View (02) 4011 6727
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Brendan Lowe
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Kotara, NSW 2289  (Online Only)
I am a clinical psychologist that enjoys working clinically with a diverse range of groups, however, my main areas of experience and expertise are with trauma, including PTSD and Complex-PTSD and personality disorders, specifically those who are managing difficult relationships with narcissistic or high conflict personalities, and individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder. Additionally, I work across areas including anxiety, depression, domestic violence, and grief.
I am a clinical psychologist that enjoys working clinically with a diverse range of groups, however, my main areas of experience and expertise are with trauma, including PTSD and Complex-PTSD and personality disorders, specifically those who are managing difficult relationships with narcissistic or high conflict personalities, and individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder. Additionally, I work across areas including anxiety, depression, domestic violence, and grief.
(02) 4075 5927 View (02) 4075 5927
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Lauren Freele Psychology
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Blacksmiths, NSW 2281
Lauren uses a person centered approach to therapy, meaning she places importance on getting to know you, your needs, and your strengths before tailoring they style of therapy to suit the individual. Lauren works with individuals and couples for all issues, specifically interpersonal relationship issues, trauma, and an array of mental health diagnosis.
Lauren uses a person centered approach to therapy, meaning she places importance on getting to know you, your needs, and your strengths before tailoring they style of therapy to suit the individual. Lauren works with individuals and couples for all issues, specifically interpersonal relationship issues, trauma, and an array of mental health diagnosis.
(02) 4005 2831 View (02) 4005 2831

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Autism Counsellors

What is the most effective treatment for autism?

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) has come to be considered the standard treatment for children with autism spectrum disorder, and research has confirmed its effectiveness for many children. Therapists trained in ABA techniques work with children (and their parents) on developing social skills, communication and learning abilities, and everyday habits of hygiene and grooming. The clinician will tailor their program to the child’s particular need but the overarching goal will be to help them advance as far as possible toward independence based on their level of symptoms and decrease the need for additional special services. Families should seek a mental health professional specifically trained in ABA, and holding special certification in the technique, who has extensive experience not only with the approach but in using it with children with the same level of symptoms as the child who needs care.

How does ABA work?

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) sessions, which typically focus on positive reinforcement, can be intensive, lasting two or more hours several times a week, and continuing for two years or more. Therapists can also be expected to ask parents to take an active role in reinforcing lessons. Research has found that the technique can lead to major improvements that decrease the need for additional special services.

How does treatment for autism work?

Therapy sessions based on Applied Behavior Analysis will likely be frequent, intensive, and highly structured. After a thorough assessment, a therapist will help a child understand and develop skills in a range of areas, including communication, motor skills, social skills, self-care, play, and academic skills, as well as routines of daily living like hygiene. Typically, the therapist will help a child break down the components of a behavior—often referred to as the antecedent (what prompts an action), the behavior, and the consequence(what immediately follows)—and then reward the child at every step, while also asking parents to reinforce the lessons, and the rewards, throughout the day. This core therapy may be supplemented by occupational or speech therapy, and antidepressants, antipsychotics, and anticonvulsants may be prescribed to address specific severe symptoms.

How long does therapy for autism take?

Some people with autism spectrum disorder may be engaged in some level of therapy for many years, but research shows that treatment will be most effective if it is begun early and delivered intensively. When therapy begins by age 3, children tend to be better able to grasp and adopt the skills needed to manage everyday life, including attending school and establishing social relationships. This type of early-intervention treatment regimen is highly structured, typically involving 20 to 40 hours of one-on-one therapy per week, along with additional hours of engagement managed by parents, for a period of two years or more, although the duration of treatment is dependent on the child’s level of symptoms and pace of progress.