Autism Counselling in Wollongong, NSW

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Anita S
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Wollongong, NSW 2500
Anita is a registered psychologist with extensive experience providing psychological assessment and interventions to children, adolescents, and adults. Anita’s specific interests include anxiety, depression, grief and loss, trauma, life transitions and adjustment difficulties, eating and body image concerns, ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Intellectual Disability, Global Developmental Delay and Autism Spectrum Disorder. She also has a special interest in providing therapeutic interventions for clients who have experienced trauma such as abuse, neglect, and domestic violence.
Anita is a registered psychologist with extensive experience providing psychological assessment and interventions to children, adolescents, and adults. Anita’s specific interests include anxiety, depression, grief and loss, trauma, life transitions and adjustment difficulties, eating and body image concerns, ADHD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Intellectual Disability, Global Developmental Delay and Autism Spectrum Disorder. She also has a special interest in providing therapeutic interventions for clients who have experienced trauma such as abuse, neglect, and domestic violence.
(02) 8105 6470 View (02) 8105 6470
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Tiarna Cunial
Art Therapist
Verified Verified
Wollongong, NSW 2500
I am a registered art therapist with anzacata. My bread and butter is autism and psychosocial disability. I work with an ndis registered provider, ability links, to provide art psychotherapy to both people with a disability and the general public in both individual and group sessions, as well as art as therapy craft and art classes. We have a laser cutter, 3d printers, sublimation printer, cricut, inkjet printer, laser printer, laminator, heat press and are getting new craft tech regularly, so if you are a bit more techy than you are arty we might be the studio for you.
I am a registered art therapist with anzacata. My bread and butter is autism and psychosocial disability. I work with an ndis registered provider, ability links, to provide art psychotherapy to both people with a disability and the general public in both individual and group sessions, as well as art as therapy craft and art classes. We have a laser cutter, 3d printers, sublimation printer, cricut, inkjet printer, laser printer, laminator, heat press and are getting new craft tech regularly, so if you are a bit more techy than you are arty we might be the studio for you.
(02) 4208 0649 View (02) 4208 0649
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Tyla Stroebel
Psychologist, MSc, PsyBA Prov
Verified Verified
Wollongong, NSW 2500
I currently specialise in diagnostic, behavioural, cognitive, neurological and academic assessments and support thereafter. I have a keen interest in Autism and ADHD, specifically in woman and girls, and in helping adults explore this later in life. I conduct assessments in person and online, from a neurodiversity affirming framework, and currently focus on the following: Autism; Global Developmental Delay, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder; Specific Learning Disorders; Anxiety etc.
I currently specialise in diagnostic, behavioural, cognitive, neurological and academic assessments and support thereafter. I have a keen interest in Autism and ADHD, specifically in woman and girls, and in helping adults explore this later in life. I conduct assessments in person and online, from a neurodiversity affirming framework, and currently focus on the following: Autism; Global Developmental Delay, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder; Specific Learning Disorders; Anxiety etc.
(02) 8105 6892 View (02) 8105 6892
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Sara Oldfield
Psychologist, MSc, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Wollongong, NSW 2500
Sara is trained in the psychological assessment of Autism, ADHD, Intellectual Disability and Giftedness.
Sara works from a client-centred approach, tailoring treatment to suit each client’s individual needs. This is informed by evidence based practices including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Play therapy. Sara is also trained in EMDR. She places a high emphasis on creating a genuine, warm and non-judgmental space for clients to explore their uniqueness, strengths and challenges.
Sara is trained in the psychological assessment of Autism, ADHD, Intellectual Disability and Giftedness.
Sara works from a client-centred approach, tailoring treatment to suit each client’s individual needs. This is informed by evidence based practices including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Play therapy. Sara is also trained in EMDR. She places a high emphasis on creating a genuine, warm and non-judgmental space for clients to explore their uniqueness, strengths and challenges.
(02) 4214 8219 View (02) 4214 8219
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Nivi (Nivedita) Malik
Psychologist, MA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wollongong, NSW 2500
I am a registered psychologist with over 14 years of clinical experience working with a wider range of range of client group in UK and Australia. Services that I deliver includes: Treatment for anxiety, depression, PTSD, behavioural difficulties and other mental health issues for children, adolescents, and adults. *Post and perinatal depression *Neurodevelopmental Disorders, including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), ADHD *Cognitive Assessments: including WISC-V, WPPSI- IV, and *Parenting Skills Training for behavioural management of children and adolescents with challenging behaviours.
I am a registered psychologist with over 14 years of clinical experience working with a wider range of range of client group in UK and Australia. Services that I deliver includes: Treatment for anxiety, depression, PTSD, behavioural difficulties and other mental health issues for children, adolescents, and adults. *Post and perinatal depression *Neurodevelopmental Disorders, including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), ADHD *Cognitive Assessments: including WISC-V, WPPSI- IV, and *Parenting Skills Training for behavioural management of children and adolescents with challenging behaviours.
(02) 4607 2716 View (02) 4607 2716
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Self Reflections
Psychologist, PhD, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wollongong, NSW 2500
Self Reflections is a clinic that prides itself on delivering unparalleled quality, service and value to our clients. We have a team consisting of Psychologists, Clinical Psychologists and Accredited Practicing Dietitians providing services to those in the Illawarra and surrounding communities. In addition to individual therapeutic and dietetic services, we provide Couples Therapy, Assessment (Cognitive IQ, Functional Behavioural and Autism Assessments), Clinical Supervision as well as Groups and Workshops.
Self Reflections is a clinic that prides itself on delivering unparalleled quality, service and value to our clients. We have a team consisting of Psychologists, Clinical Psychologists and Accredited Practicing Dietitians providing services to those in the Illawarra and surrounding communities. In addition to individual therapeutic and dietetic services, we provide Couples Therapy, Assessment (Cognitive IQ, Functional Behavioural and Autism Assessments), Clinical Supervision as well as Groups and Workshops.
(02) 4288 2540 View (02) 4288 2540
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Frank Nicolson
Verified Verified
Wollongong, NSW 2500  (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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Tania Rose
Psychotherapist, ACA-L4
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wollongong, NSW 2500
Tania Rose is a neurodiversity-affirming and queer-affirming psychotherapist providing support for adults and their loved-ones Australia-wide. Tania's 30 years of experience includes working with Autistic and ADHD adults who may self-identify or have a formal diagnosis and wish to build capacity, aid recovery, or aim for renewal. Tania Rose supports empowerment to address client issues, focusing on the unique experience of each individual. Supporting queer, neurodivergent, differently-abled, and creative clients. Ethical Non-Monogamous (ENM) and unique relationship styles welcome. Zoom sessions are available for remote support.
Tania Rose is a neurodiversity-affirming and queer-affirming psychotherapist providing support for adults and their loved-ones Australia-wide. Tania's 30 years of experience includes working with Autistic and ADHD adults who may self-identify or have a formal diagnosis and wish to build capacity, aid recovery, or aim for renewal. Tania Rose supports empowerment to address client issues, focusing on the unique experience of each individual. Supporting queer, neurodivergent, differently-abled, and creative clients. Ethical Non-Monogamous (ENM) and unique relationship styles welcome. Zoom sessions are available for remote support.
(02) 4708 9622 View (02) 4708 9622
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Ben Lee-Bates
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Wollongong, NSW 2500
From my own lived experience and from what I have witnessed in my practice, I strongly believe that psychotherapy has the power to make profound and positive impacts on people at all stages of their life. To achieve this I provide safe and judgement-free space to ensure that people feel heard, understood and accepted and I am always conscious to adapt my therapeutic approach based on a person’s specific needs and goals.
From my own lived experience and from what I have witnessed in my practice, I strongly believe that psychotherapy has the power to make profound and positive impacts on people at all stages of their life. To achieve this I provide safe and judgement-free space to ensure that people feel heard, understood and accepted and I am always conscious to adapt my therapeutic approach based on a person’s specific needs and goals.
(02) 4210 5148 View (02) 4210 5148
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Sam Manago
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Wollongong, NSW 2500
Sam is a Registered Psychologist with over 16 years’ experience in clinical, workers compensation, education, and disability settings. Sam has worked with diverse populations young and old with clients from different backgrounds and abilities, to help reach their mental health or career goals. Sam has a particular interest and expertise working with adults who have perfectionism and people pleasing traits. He uses a tailored approach to counselling using a blend of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) in combination with mindfulness techniques.
Sam is a Registered Psychologist with over 16 years’ experience in clinical, workers compensation, education, and disability settings. Sam has worked with diverse populations young and old with clients from different backgrounds and abilities, to help reach their mental health or career goals. Sam has a particular interest and expertise working with adults who have perfectionism and people pleasing traits. He uses a tailored approach to counselling using a blend of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) in combination with mindfulness techniques.
(02) 4210 5891 View (02) 4210 5891
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The Psychology Spot
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wollongong, NSW 2500
You might need help with a mental health problem, personal crisis, difficult transition, significant loss, or the breakdown of a relationship. You might be feeling stuck and looking to break out of unhelpful patterns but lacking the energy or support to make positive changes in your life. Our team of 10 psychologists offer evidence-based psychological therapy that can help you find relief. Many people struggle to recover on their own and seeing a psychologist can really help. We see adults, adolescents, children and couples. Medicare rebates are available with a GP referral and we also see people through the NDIS.
You might need help with a mental health problem, personal crisis, difficult transition, significant loss, or the breakdown of a relationship. You might be feeling stuck and looking to break out of unhelpful patterns but lacking the energy or support to make positive changes in your life. Our team of 10 psychologists offer evidence-based psychological therapy that can help you find relief. Many people struggle to recover on their own and seeing a psychologist can really help. We see adults, adolescents, children and couples. Medicare rebates are available with a GP referral and we also see people through the NDIS.
(02) 4214 4340 View (02) 4214 4340
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Ayesha Nhem
Counsellor, PACFA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wollongong, NSW 2500
Worries, frustrations, and disappointments are common in life. But no matter if your issues are current or recurrent, the right step is to seek help. Even if your problems right now feel like they're getting the best of you - know that there is help available for this! It takes courage to seek help and I'm glad you're here. You deserve to live a life that makes you excited to get up in the morning. As your therapist, I will help you deal with emotional and behavioural problems more effectively. ‌
Worries, frustrations, and disappointments are common in life. But no matter if your issues are current or recurrent, the right step is to seek help. Even if your problems right now feel like they're getting the best of you - know that there is help available for this! It takes courage to seek help and I'm glad you're here. You deserve to live a life that makes you excited to get up in the morning. As your therapist, I will help you deal with emotional and behavioural problems more effectively. ‌
(02) 4210 5091 View (02) 4210 5091
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Karen Towers
Counsellor, MA, PACFA
Verified Verified
Wollongong, NSW 2500
Waitlist for new clients
Towers Counselling is a creative & personal service for all ages. I have over 30 years of experience with children and teenagers. I'm now a counsellor & psychotherapist with 13 years of experience in working with carers, in an alcohol and drug service, with clients referred through centrelink and in EAP counselling. I currently work in private practice. Clients under the NDIS scheme who are self and plan-managed are able to access sessions. Art Therapy & Walk and Talk Therapy can make up part of an hourly session, every week or fortnight. I am also a Victims Services counsellor, ready to assist with moving on from trauma.
Towers Counselling is a creative & personal service for all ages. I have over 30 years of experience with children and teenagers. I'm now a counsellor & psychotherapist with 13 years of experience in working with carers, in an alcohol and drug service, with clients referred through centrelink and in EAP counselling. I currently work in private practice. Clients under the NDIS scheme who are self and plan-managed are able to access sessions. Art Therapy & Walk and Talk Therapy can make up part of an hourly session, every week or fortnight. I am also a Victims Services counsellor, ready to assist with moving on from trauma.
(02) 6189 2981 View (02) 6189 2981
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Jessica Barlow
Counsellor, MA, PACFA
Verified Verified
Wollongong, NSW 2500
Currently accepting new clients. I offer an integrative approach to counselling, working across a variety of evidence-based therapeutic frameworks. I believe that genuine and empathic connection is fundamental to coping with the difficulties that come with living life as a human in the modern world. I am passionate about supporting clients to deepen their self-understanding and explore how life experiences shape their values, thoughts, and emotions.
Currently accepting new clients. I offer an integrative approach to counselling, working across a variety of evidence-based therapeutic frameworks. I believe that genuine and empathic connection is fundamental to coping with the difficulties that come with living life as a human in the modern world. I am passionate about supporting clients to deepen their self-understanding and explore how life experiences shape their values, thoughts, and emotions.
0406 194 973 View 0406 194 973
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Elizabeth Anne O'Neill
Psychologist, MA, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Wollongong, NSW 2500  (Online Only)
I provide evidence-based, individualized & holistic counselling for managing issues & diagnosis. I offer a wide range of coping skills for many mental health conditions (ie. anxiety, depression & Post Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD). I provide Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) for PTSD. I offer Schema Therapy. I work with identity issues, grief, gender issues, work stress & relationship stress. I explore individual concerns respectfully & practically for recovery from mental health & issues of distress. I have +20yrs exp. Video sessions available. Also supervision provided.
I provide evidence-based, individualized & holistic counselling for managing issues & diagnosis. I offer a wide range of coping skills for many mental health conditions (ie. anxiety, depression & Post Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD). I provide Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) for PTSD. I offer Schema Therapy. I work with identity issues, grief, gender issues, work stress & relationship stress. I explore individual concerns respectfully & practically for recovery from mental health & issues of distress. I have +20yrs exp. Video sessions available. Also supervision provided.
(02) 4210 5101 View (02) 4210 5101
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Joy Weissenfeld
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Wollongong, NSW 2500
I have experience working with a wide range of presentations across the lifespan, with a particular focus in eating disorders, body image dissatisfaction, anxiety, depression and managing life stress. I appreciate the importance of working together to identify individual goals that will help you break away from self-limiting beliefs and help create a life better aligned with your personal values and aspirations.
I have experience working with a wide range of presentations across the lifespan, with a particular focus in eating disorders, body image dissatisfaction, anxiety, depression and managing life stress. I appreciate the importance of working together to identify individual goals that will help you break away from self-limiting beliefs and help create a life better aligned with your personal values and aspirations.
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Unlocking You Counselling
Counsellor, ACA-L2
Verified Verified
Wollongong, NSW 2500
Brad has successfully worked with clients from all ages and backgrounds to help address issues as broad as relationship difficulties, poor self-image, career development and academic results. With over two decades as an educator and learning support teacher, he has developed an insight into the complex issues that families face during the schooling years. Brad uses a variety of counselling tools to help his clients explore their own thoughts and patterns of behaviour to move past disappointments and difficult experiences, or to grow in areas that will allow them to think more clearly and maintain healthy and positive relationships.
Brad has successfully worked with clients from all ages and backgrounds to help address issues as broad as relationship difficulties, poor self-image, career development and academic results. With over two decades as an educator and learning support teacher, he has developed an insight into the complex issues that families face during the schooling years. Brad uses a variety of counselling tools to help his clients explore their own thoughts and patterns of behaviour to move past disappointments and difficult experiences, or to grow in areas that will allow them to think more clearly and maintain healthy and positive relationships.
(02) 9158 6404 View (02) 9158 6404
Aysha Umair
Psychologist, MSc, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Wollongong, NSW 2500
I am a registered Psychologist providing support to clients at The Personnel Group, Werribee. I have experience of working with children, adolescents and adults. I have completed a Master's in Psychology and Master's in Counselling, I have substantial experience of working with a range of client groups across the lifespan in a variety of settings.
I am a registered Psychologist providing support to clients at The Personnel Group, Werribee. I have experience of working with children, adolescents and adults. I have completed a Master's in Psychology and Master's in Counselling, I have substantial experience of working with a range of client groups across the lifespan in a variety of settings.
(03) 7302 8731 View (03) 7302 8731
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Freedom Psychology and Life Coaching
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wollongong, NSW 2500  (Online Only)
Welcome! I’m Malika, a clinical psychologist who works via telehealth. Do you feel like it’s time to face what's holding you back? Check out my website: freedompsychologyandlifecoaching.com.au . I’m passionate about helping people to overcome challenges, to find their authentic voice, heal, build their resilience, take charge of their lives, & reach their full potential. To do this I draw from evidence-based, collaborative and holistic methods, where I listen closely not just to understand a person’s challenges, but I also listen & ask questions to help people uncover & lean into their unique strengths, values, & goals.
Welcome! I’m Malika, a clinical psychologist who works via telehealth. Do you feel like it’s time to face what's holding you back? Check out my website: freedompsychologyandlifecoaching.com.au . I’m passionate about helping people to overcome challenges, to find their authentic voice, heal, build their resilience, take charge of their lives, & reach their full potential. To do this I draw from evidence-based, collaborative and holistic methods, where I listen closely not just to understand a person’s challenges, but I also listen & ask questions to help people uncover & lean into their unique strengths, values, & goals.
(02) 9100 0395 View (02) 9100 0395
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Andrea Middling: Living Free Psychology
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Wollongong, NSW 2500  (Online Only)
NOW accepting NEW clients & HAVE availability! “I offer trauma informed therapy in a safe and non- judgemental space, so you can work through whatever difficulties you are experiencing, live more mindfully and embrace your inner strengths & resources.” My style is warm and empathic, though I can challenge respectfully when needed. I regard the therapeutic relationship as team work and appreciate that it takes significant courage to reach for counselling.
NOW accepting NEW clients & HAVE availability! “I offer trauma informed therapy in a safe and non- judgemental space, so you can work through whatever difficulties you are experiencing, live more mindfully and embrace your inner strengths & resources.” My style is warm and empathic, though I can challenge respectfully when needed. I regard the therapeutic relationship as team work and appreciate that it takes significant courage to reach for counselling.
(07) 3214 3678 View (07) 3214 3678

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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.