Autism Counselling in Darwin City, NT

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Paula Garrido
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA - Clin. Psych
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Darwin City, NT 0800  (Online Only)
She has specific interest in Autism, PTSD, Complex-PTSD, ADHD, psychosocial disabilities, Anxiety, Excessive Worry, OCD, depression, acquired brain injury (ABI), uses evidenced based psychological therapies and works at Wellness Psychology Clinic Australia.
Welcome! Clinical Psychologist Paula Garrido is registered with the NDIS and provides evidence-based treatment via Telehealth/video call therapy to NDIS Participants. She Certified Autism, PTSD and ADHD expert and provides neurodiverse affirming therapy. She is a warm, understanding, non-judgmental psychologist that is experienced in assisting patients rebuild their self-confidence and successfully work towards their goals. She has experience working in public hospitals, private psychology clinics with people with mild to severe mental illness and with the NDIA and NDIS including writing NDIS patient reports.
She has specific interest in Autism, PTSD, Complex-PTSD, ADHD, psychosocial disabilities, Anxiety, Excessive Worry, OCD, depression, acquired brain injury (ABI), uses evidenced based psychological therapies and works at Wellness Psychology Clinic Australia.
Welcome! Clinical Psychologist Paula Garrido is registered with the NDIS and provides evidence-based treatment via Telehealth/video call therapy to NDIS Participants. She Certified Autism, PTSD and ADHD expert and provides neurodiverse affirming therapy. She is a warm, understanding, non-judgmental psychologist that is experienced in assisting patients rebuild their self-confidence and successfully work towards their goals. She has experience working in public hospitals, private psychology clinics with people with mild to severe mental illness and with the NDIA and NDIS including writing NDIS patient reports.
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Thalia Koulas - Therapy Shmerapy
Counsellor, ACA-L2
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Darwin City, NT 0800  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I specialise in supporting the LGBTQIA+ and neurodivergent communities, with focus on autism, LGBTQIA+ issues, and complex trauma. I have experience working with people aged 14 and above. I aim to create a non-judgmental space, ensuring inclusivity and genuineness in every session. I can work with people at all stages of life, from queer people out in the community, to people suspecting they may be autistic. I take particular interest in AFAB and neurodivergent people, and the entire LGBTQIA+ community. I am not suitable for people seeking CBT.
I specialise in supporting the LGBTQIA+ and neurodivergent communities, with focus on autism, LGBTQIA+ issues, and complex trauma. I have experience working with people aged 14 and above. I aim to create a non-judgmental space, ensuring inclusivity and genuineness in every session. I can work with people at all stages of life, from queer people out in the community, to people suspecting they may be autistic. I take particular interest in AFAB and neurodivergent people, and the entire LGBTQIA+ community. I am not suitable for people seeking CBT.
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Present Tense Psychology
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Darwin City, NT 0800  (Online Only)
Offering online after-hours remote telehealth evidence-based counselling, ADHD & adult Autism assessment & diagnosis.
Present Tense Psychology is led by Mark Rose who has strong experience in supporting diverse client groups who are experiencing a variety of problems, including anxiety, depression, stress, grief & loss, trauma, ADHD, & those and those who are experiencing problems with coping, motivation, & goal setting. Mark uses a flexible client-centered therapeutic approach that incorporates evidence-based frameworks such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), & Solutions Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) to reduce symptoms, improve coping skills, and enhance self-acceptance.
Offering online after-hours remote telehealth evidence-based counselling, ADHD & adult Autism assessment & diagnosis.
Present Tense Psychology is led by Mark Rose who has strong experience in supporting diverse client groups who are experiencing a variety of problems, including anxiety, depression, stress, grief & loss, trauma, ADHD, & those and those who are experiencing problems with coping, motivation, & goal setting. Mark uses a flexible client-centered therapeutic approach that incorporates evidence-based frameworks such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT), & Solutions Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) to reduce symptoms, improve coping skills, and enhance self-acceptance.
(02) 4005 0031 View (02) 4005 0031
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Lisa Formosa
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Darwin City, NT 0800  (Online Only)
Receive individualised support to create the life you choose. Choose a practitioner who understands Autism, ADHD, neurodivergence, high sensitivity and introversion. Share what its like inhabiting a world that hasn’t understood you. Develop your inner self knowledge. Access Neurodiversity Affirmative Practice.
Receive individualised support to create the life you choose. Choose a practitioner who understands Autism, ADHD, neurodivergence, high sensitivity and introversion. Share what its like inhabiting a world that hasn’t understood you. Develop your inner self knowledge. Access Neurodiversity Affirmative Practice.
(03) 7302 8068 View (03) 7302 8068
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Dr Natalia Rusnac
Psychologist, PhD, MAPS
Verified Verified
Darwin City, NT 0800  (Online Only)
I am a Clinical Psychologist with a special interest in supporting adults who identify as neurodivergent, for example adults who are on the autism spectrum and/or who are struggling with ADHD symptoms. I work with a wide range of difficulties, such as self-esteem issues, chronic health concerns, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, emotion regulation difficulties, grief and loss, trauma, chronic pain, sleep disturbance, burnout. I want to go beyond coping and help people build lives that bring them joy, because coping is not the same as being happy.
I am a Clinical Psychologist with a special interest in supporting adults who identify as neurodivergent, for example adults who are on the autism spectrum and/or who are struggling with ADHD symptoms. I work with a wide range of difficulties, such as self-esteem issues, chronic health concerns, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, emotion regulation difficulties, grief and loss, trauma, chronic pain, sleep disturbance, burnout. I want to go beyond coping and help people build lives that bring them joy, because coping is not the same as being happy.
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Hannah Kayla Le Leu
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Darwin City, NT 0800  (Online Only)
I welcome all different neurotypes (autism, ADHD, learning differences, neurotypical etc), cultural backgrounds, sexualities and gender identities.
I am the founder of Talk it Through Psychology which is 100% telehealth. I am neurodivergent and operate from a neuro-affirming framework, meaning that I understand the importance of tailoring all therapies and strategies to work for different brain types. I absolutely love working with people’s strengths and passions and being able to connect with clients through shared passions, which we can also incorporate into therapy! I can help you with: depression, anxiety, trauma, phobias, OCD and co-occurring mental health struggles from being neurodivergent (such as autistic burnout). I also offer affirming autism and ADHD assessments.
I welcome all different neurotypes (autism, ADHD, learning differences, neurotypical etc), cultural backgrounds, sexualities and gender identities.
I am the founder of Talk it Through Psychology which is 100% telehealth. I am neurodivergent and operate from a neuro-affirming framework, meaning that I understand the importance of tailoring all therapies and strategies to work for different brain types. I absolutely love working with people’s strengths and passions and being able to connect with clients through shared passions, which we can also incorporate into therapy! I can help you with: depression, anxiety, trauma, phobias, OCD and co-occurring mental health struggles from being neurodivergent (such as autistic burnout). I also offer affirming autism and ADHD assessments.
(08) 7008 7942 View (08) 7008 7942
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Neurosage Psych, Online Autism & ADHD Assessments
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Darwin City, NT 0800  (Online Only)
Hello! I'm Tasha Moon, a Registered Psychologist and Educational and Developmental Psychology Registrar who specialises in providing comprehensive, warm and compassionate Autism and ADHD assessments for adults. All appointments and assessments are conducted online through telehealth, which means you can be in a space that is comfortable for you while we chat. You are free to fidget, wear your PJs or take as many break as you need to. My assessments are all neuroaffirming, and are conducted in an informal, conversational way. My aim is for you to feel safe, comfortable and heard.
Hello! I'm Tasha Moon, a Registered Psychologist and Educational and Developmental Psychology Registrar who specialises in providing comprehensive, warm and compassionate Autism and ADHD assessments for adults. All appointments and assessments are conducted online through telehealth, which means you can be in a space that is comfortable for you while we chat. You are free to fidget, wear your PJs or take as many break as you need to. My assessments are all neuroaffirming, and are conducted in an informal, conversational way. My aim is for you to feel safe, comfortable and heard.
(07) 2801 6669 View (07) 2801 6669
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Taf Manhambo
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, AASW
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Darwin City, NT 0800
I work with individuals aged 16 & above presenting with trauma, anxiety, psychosocial disability (NDIS), depression, PTSD, autism, ADHD & other neurodivergent conditions, identity & belonging, racism, multicultural issues, domestic family violence etc.
Hi there, my name is Taf Manhambo. I am a clinical social worker/ mental health therapist and clinical supervisor. I am so glad you're here. I'd like to welcome you to a service for you- a safe space to experience, healing, growth and rediscover your worth in a supportive, nurturing and non-judgmental environment.
I work with individuals aged 16 & above presenting with trauma, anxiety, psychosocial disability (NDIS), depression, PTSD, autism, ADHD & other neurodivergent conditions, identity & belonging, racism, multicultural issues, domestic family violence etc.
Hi there, my name is Taf Manhambo. I am a clinical social worker/ mental health therapist and clinical supervisor. I am so glad you're here. I'd like to welcome you to a service for you- a safe space to experience, healing, growth and rediscover your worth in a supportive, nurturing and non-judgmental environment.
(07) 3132 0848 View (07) 3132 0848
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The Divergent Edge
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, AMHSW
Verified Verified
Darwin City, NT 0800  (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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Shoshanah Frenkel
Verified Verified
Darwin City, NT 0800  (Online Only)
Hi! I am Shosh. I am a neurodiversity affirming behaviour support specialist and NDIS access liason specialist, at Perfectly Imperfect. I strive to help individuals develop positive coping mechanisms and communication skills that empower to navigate the challenges they face. Using person-centred, strengths based approach to recognise individuals unique strengths and challenges and focuses on building capacity and independence.
Hi! I am Shosh. I am a neurodiversity affirming behaviour support specialist and NDIS access liason specialist, at Perfectly Imperfect. I strive to help individuals develop positive coping mechanisms and communication skills that empower to navigate the challenges they face. Using person-centred, strengths based approach to recognise individuals unique strengths and challenges and focuses on building capacity and independence.
(02) 9100 0141 View (02) 9100 0141
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Stephanie Thomson
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Darwin City, NT 0800  (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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Yvonne Daly
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Darwin City, NT 0800  (Online Only)
Hi there! I'm Yvonne, a senior psychologist at Very Helpful Chats. I'm an ADHDer, LGBTQIA+ and navigate life as a spoonie. I know personally the grief, anger and then acceptance of finding out later in life why things have always been different for me. I have learnt that no two brains are the same; that's what makes humans so interesting! Knowing how your brain works is like the keys to Disneyland.
Hi there! I'm Yvonne, a senior psychologist at Very Helpful Chats. I'm an ADHDer, LGBTQIA+ and navigate life as a spoonie. I know personally the grief, anger and then acceptance of finding out later in life why things have always been different for me. I have learnt that no two brains are the same; that's what makes humans so interesting! Knowing how your brain works is like the keys to Disneyland.
(02) 9100 0347 View (02) 9100 0347
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Kia Bishop
Psychologist, PsyBA Prov
Verified Verified
Darwin City, NT 0800  (Online Only)
Hi, I'm Kia! I proudly wear many hats - I'm an AuDHDer, a parent, and a Provisional Psychologist. I can honestly say I'm absolutely loving what I do! My focus is supporting late-identified adults, parents navigating the intricacies of family life with neurodivergent children, partners navigating neurodiversity in relationships, and anyone on their unique neurodivergent journey. I can't express how excited I am to work with you, to be part of your journey, and to help you discover the strength and beauty in your own neurodiversity.
Hi, I'm Kia! I proudly wear many hats - I'm an AuDHDer, a parent, and a Provisional Psychologist. I can honestly say I'm absolutely loving what I do! My focus is supporting late-identified adults, parents navigating the intricacies of family life with neurodivergent children, partners navigating neurodiversity in relationships, and anyone on their unique neurodivergent journey. I can't express how excited I am to work with you, to be part of your journey, and to help you discover the strength and beauty in your own neurodiversity.
(02) 9100 0590 View (02) 9100 0590
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Rebecca Sooben
Psychologist, PsyBA Prov
Verified Verified
Darwin City, NT 0800  (Online Only)
Hi, my name is Rebecca! I work with neurodivergent adults from a solution focussed approach. My approach is catered to help ADHD and Autistic adults learn ways to cope with the demands of work, parenting and juggling life in general!
Hi, my name is Rebecca! I work with neurodivergent adults from a solution focussed approach. My approach is catered to help ADHD and Autistic adults learn ways to cope with the demands of work, parenting and juggling life in general!
(02) 9100 0944 View (02) 9100 0944
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Beth McNamara
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Darwin City, NT 0800  (Online Only)
My name is Beth, and I am a psychologist who focuses on working with neurodivergent young adults, teens, and kids, particularly those who identify as gender diverse or LGBTQIA+. As a teenager, life can be hard and confusing. You may be struggling with self-esteem, figuring out your identity, or dealing with changes in your life
My name is Beth, and I am a psychologist who focuses on working with neurodivergent young adults, teens, and kids, particularly those who identify as gender diverse or LGBTQIA+. As a teenager, life can be hard and confusing. You may be struggling with self-esteem, figuring out your identity, or dealing with changes in your life
(02) 9100 0439 View (02) 9100 0439
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Kubra Aydogan
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Darwin City, NT 0800  (Online Only)
I'm Kubra - and I work with kids, teens and young adults. Growing up neurodivergent can feel like you have been caught between two lands. There is the land of mainstream neurotypicalism - this land is made up of unspoken and confusing rules, uncomfortable clothes, and expectations about how you should move, speak, and look at other people (and for how long!).
I'm Kubra - and I work with kids, teens and young adults. Growing up neurodivergent can feel like you have been caught between two lands. There is the land of mainstream neurotypicalism - this land is made up of unspoken and confusing rules, uncomfortable clothes, and expectations about how you should move, speak, and look at other people (and for how long!).
(02) 9158 6130 View (02) 9158 6130
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Steph Murray
Psychologist, PsyBA Prov
Verified Verified
Darwin City, NT 0800  (Online Only)
I am Steph, an AuADHDer psychologist passionate about helping you embrace your unique strengths and thrive in a world that may not always understand or appreciate neurodivergence. I'm not just a professional with knowledge—I also bring my own lived experiences to the table. If you're struggling with family dynamics, processing childhood trauma, or feel like no one truly understands your world, I'm here to listen and provide support without judgment.
I am Steph, an AuADHDer psychologist passionate about helping you embrace your unique strengths and thrive in a world that may not always understand or appreciate neurodivergence. I'm not just a professional with knowledge—I also bring my own lived experiences to the table. If you're struggling with family dynamics, processing childhood trauma, or feel like no one truly understands your world, I'm here to listen and provide support without judgment.
(07) 5235 7890 View (07) 5235 7890
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Jessica Dolev
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, AMHSW
Verified Verified
Darwin City, NT 0800
Hi! I am Jess - Founder and Clinical Director of Perfectly Imperfect.  ​ I am an allistic advocate. I provide neuro-diversity affirming psychology services for autistic, ADHER's, queer, and gender-diverse people, well as those within the neurotypical community struggling with anxiety, depression, stress, family conflict to name a few.  ​ We will work on developing self-compassion and self-acceptance, self-care and healthy boundaries.
Hi! I am Jess - Founder and Clinical Director of Perfectly Imperfect.  ​ I am an allistic advocate. I provide neuro-diversity affirming psychology services for autistic, ADHER's, queer, and gender-diverse people, well as those within the neurotypical community struggling with anxiety, depression, stress, family conflict to name a few.  ​ We will work on developing self-compassion and self-acceptance, self-care and healthy boundaries.
(02) 9100 0039 View (02) 9100 0039
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Margaret Mary Dizon
Psychologist, Assoc MAPS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Darwin City, NT 0800
I work with people ashamed of their feelings and need someone to talk to. They suffer from trauma, depression, and extreme grief. They have lost a part of themselves or someone they really love. They have a lot of outer success but internally, they feel very overwhelmed with life and feel they're drowning. They do not know how to cope anymore and mostly, they think ending their lives would ease or end the pain. They are ashamed of their feelings and they feel very much alone, no one understands them and they don’t have anyone to talk to. They are fed up and they cannot see, hear nor feel anything positive anymore.
I work with people ashamed of their feelings and need someone to talk to. They suffer from trauma, depression, and extreme grief. They have lost a part of themselves or someone they really love. They have a lot of outer success but internally, they feel very overwhelmed with life and feel they're drowning. They do not know how to cope anymore and mostly, they think ending their lives would ease or end the pain. They are ashamed of their feelings and they feel very much alone, no one understands them and they don’t have anyone to talk to. They are fed up and they cannot see, hear nor feel anything positive anymore.
(08) 8120 2797 View (08) 8120 2797
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Hannah Orpin
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Darwin City, NT 0800  (Online Only)
Hannah is both Australian and New Zealand Māori psychologist (Ngāi Tahu and Ngāti Kahungunu). After moving from New Zealand, Hannah spent a significant portion of her career working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Hannah's work across both countries enables her to provide a culturally safe space for effective and enjoyable therapy. Hannah works with adolescents and adults across a range of issues, and have a special interest in post traumatic stress disorder, abuse, borderline personality disorder, unexplained medical symptoms, anxiety, depression, eating disorders and relationship difficulties.
Hannah is both Australian and New Zealand Māori psychologist (Ngāi Tahu and Ngāti Kahungunu). After moving from New Zealand, Hannah spent a significant portion of her career working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. Hannah's work across both countries enables her to provide a culturally safe space for effective and enjoyable therapy. Hannah works with adolescents and adults across a range of issues, and have a special interest in post traumatic stress disorder, abuse, borderline personality disorder, unexplained medical symptoms, anxiety, depression, eating disorders and relationship difficulties.
1800 327 477 View 1800 327 477

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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.