Autism Counselling in South East Queensland, QLD

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Mark Darling
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Birtinya, QLD 4575
With a broad range of family life experience including mental health issues, complex trauma, autism, epilepsy, disability, overseas adoption, and dementia, I am passionate and well equipped to help people in negotiating their own unique areas of concern.
Many people in the current era are looking for creative alternatives to standard therapy options. Whether it be because of public health concerns, having caring responsibilities, being unable to find a suitable therapist in a particular geographic location or simply preferring the convenience that online counselling affords, telehealth may be an appropriate option. I offer confidential online or face-to-face psychology consultations and particularly resonate with those who have experienced anxiety, stress, trauma and burnout, not merely as an aloof observer, but rather as a fellow traveller who has walked that well worn path.
With a broad range of family life experience including mental health issues, complex trauma, autism, epilepsy, disability, overseas adoption, and dementia, I am passionate and well equipped to help people in negotiating their own unique areas of concern.
Many people in the current era are looking for creative alternatives to standard therapy options. Whether it be because of public health concerns, having caring responsibilities, being unable to find a suitable therapist in a particular geographic location or simply preferring the convenience that online counselling affords, telehealth may be an appropriate option. I offer confidential online or face-to-face psychology consultations and particularly resonate with those who have experienced anxiety, stress, trauma and burnout, not merely as an aloof observer, but rather as a fellow traveller who has walked that well worn path.
(07) 5230 8935 View (07) 5230 8935
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Kerri Henderson
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Coolangatta, QLD 4225
Waitlist for new clients
I have a particular interest in working with children and adolescents, including assessing for Autism, Intellectual Disability, ADHD, Learning Disorders, and Gender Diversity support.
I work across the lifespan to support clients with a variety of presentations including Anxiety, Stress, Mood, Trauma, Grief and Loss, and Neurodiversity. I have knowledge and experience applying a number of evidence-based interventions including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. I also specialise in the assessment of neurodivergent cognitive profiles including Autism and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, along with psychometric testing for IQ and learning difficulties.
I have a particular interest in working with children and adolescents, including assessing for Autism, Intellectual Disability, ADHD, Learning Disorders, and Gender Diversity support.
I work across the lifespan to support clients with a variety of presentations including Anxiety, Stress, Mood, Trauma, Grief and Loss, and Neurodiversity. I have knowledge and experience applying a number of evidence-based interventions including Cognitive-Behavioural Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. I also specialise in the assessment of neurodivergent cognitive profiles including Autism and Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, along with psychometric testing for IQ and learning difficulties.
(08) 6846 1735 View (08) 6846 1735
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Atlas Therapy and Coaching
Verified Verified
Helensvale, QLD 4212
Services:1:1 Play Therapy for children with Autism, ADHD, developmental delay and anxiety.
For over 20 years I have had the privilege of delivering person-centred supports to neurodivergent children, their families, and educators. I am known for my holistic approach to intervention, with my philosophy being centred around the power of combining evidence-based approaches. Using Play Therapy I build connections with children as we work together to develop their emotional regulation, social intelligence and cognitive skills. Play allows children to apply their natural skills and strengths while learning challenging concepts. This leads to independence, self-confidence and self-determination that will last a lifetime.
Services:1:1 Play Therapy for children with Autism, ADHD, developmental delay and anxiety.
For over 20 years I have had the privilege of delivering person-centred supports to neurodivergent children, their families, and educators. I am known for my holistic approach to intervention, with my philosophy being centred around the power of combining evidence-based approaches. Using Play Therapy I build connections with children as we work together to develop their emotional regulation, social intelligence and cognitive skills. Play allows children to apply their natural skills and strengths while learning challenging concepts. This leads to independence, self-confidence and self-determination that will last a lifetime.
(07) 2801 6206 View (07) 2801 6206
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Anchor Counselling & Coaching Services
Counsellor, MA, ACA-L4
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Ormeau, QLD 4208
With 20 years' experience in many areas including neurodivergence (autism/adhd/audhd), trauma, relationship issues, domestic violence, anger, general mental health and child and adolescent behaviour, I work from an eclectic and strength based perspective.
You followed the plan and it didn't work out. Perhaps you threw out the plan and now regret it or was never given a plan to begin with and life just happened! Regardless how you got here the one thing that is certain, is that something needs to change. The good news is you are not alone, there is always something that can be done. This situation and these feelings will not last forever and you have taken the first courageous step towards changing your course. As a degree qualified and registered counsellor with a background in psychology, I can help you with the next steps.
With 20 years' experience in many areas including neurodivergence (autism/adhd/audhd), trauma, relationship issues, domestic violence, anger, general mental health and child and adolescent behaviour, I work from an eclectic and strength based perspective.
You followed the plan and it didn't work out. Perhaps you threw out the plan and now regret it or was never given a plan to begin with and life just happened! Regardless how you got here the one thing that is certain, is that something needs to change. The good news is you are not alone, there is always something that can be done. This situation and these feelings will not last forever and you have taken the first courageous step towards changing your course. As a degree qualified and registered counsellor with a background in psychology, I can help you with the next steps.
(07) 3050 0641 View (07) 3050 0641
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Nikki Bray
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Runaway Bay, QLD 4216
I offer neuroaffirming Autism assessments for adults.
Clinical Psychologist and Owner at BrayPsych Clinical Psychology on the Gold Coast. I have availability for new adult clients for therapy via telehealth or in person. I also offer neuroaffirming Autism assessments for adults. I I like to describe myself as an enthusiastic and compassionate therapist. My values are empowerment, self-advocacy and authenticity. I provide support for adults experiencing depression, anxiety, stress, panic, phobias, OCD, chronic pain, emotion dysregulation difficulties, grief, low self-esteem, perfectionism, adjustment to life changes, autistic burnout, and supporting neurodivergent adults.
I offer neuroaffirming Autism assessments for adults.
Clinical Psychologist and Owner at BrayPsych Clinical Psychology on the Gold Coast. I have availability for new adult clients for therapy via telehealth or in person. I also offer neuroaffirming Autism assessments for adults. I I like to describe myself as an enthusiastic and compassionate therapist. My values are empowerment, self-advocacy and authenticity. I provide support for adults experiencing depression, anxiety, stress, panic, phobias, OCD, chronic pain, emotion dysregulation difficulties, grief, low self-esteem, perfectionism, adjustment to life changes, autistic burnout, and supporting neurodivergent adults.
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Natasha Petherick
Psychologist, MA, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Robina, QLD 4226
We offer a number of diagnostic assessments for mental health and NDIS including Education and Academic, Neuropsychological, Intelligence, Functional/Behavioural, Mental Health Diagnoses, Autism Spectrum & ADHD.
At Bela Menso Brain and Behaviour Centre, we address the needs of children, adolescents, adults and their families in a clinical practice setting while working to improve the psychological aspects of illness and injury. We also conduct evidence-based assessments, working with a wide range of extensive neurological assessments and testing techniques. We are psychology clinic located in Robina, on the Gold Coast and have a capable and professional team to help focuses on psychological well-being.
We offer a number of diagnostic assessments for mental health and NDIS including Education and Academic, Neuropsychological, Intelligence, Functional/Behavioural, Mental Health Diagnoses, Autism Spectrum & ADHD.
At Bela Menso Brain and Behaviour Centre, we address the needs of children, adolescents, adults and their families in a clinical practice setting while working to improve the psychological aspects of illness and injury. We also conduct evidence-based assessments, working with a wide range of extensive neurological assessments and testing techniques. We are psychology clinic located in Robina, on the Gold Coast and have a capable and professional team to help focuses on psychological well-being.
(08) 7948 9485 View (08) 7948 9485
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Calm Space Psychology Services
Psychologist
Verified Verified
Beaudesert, QLD 4285
Special interest areas: Anxiety, Autism, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Cross-cultural experiences, Depression, Emotion regulation, Grief and loss, Managing relationships and friendships (social skills), Post-migration difficulties, Sleep difficulties, Trauma and more!.
Calm Space Psychology Services aims to provide assessment and therapy services to individuals, couples, and groups with a warm, caring, and empathetic approach. We are a team underpinned by advocacy and dedication to creating a safe, inclusive space where diversity is accepted and celebrated; respect, compassion, and collaboration are fostered; and where every client experiences a felt sense of safety, calm, and genuine support. Our team of experienced clinicians is committed to providing a safe, Calm Space using therapeutic approaches that promote healing, growth, and resilience.
Special interest areas: Anxiety, Autism, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Cross-cultural experiences, Depression, Emotion regulation, Grief and loss, Managing relationships and friendships (social skills), Post-migration difficulties, Sleep difficulties, Trauma and more!.
Calm Space Psychology Services aims to provide assessment and therapy services to individuals, couples, and groups with a warm, caring, and empathetic approach. We are a team underpinned by advocacy and dedication to creating a safe, inclusive space where diversity is accepted and celebrated; respect, compassion, and collaboration are fostered; and where every client experiences a felt sense of safety, calm, and genuine support. Our team of experienced clinicians is committed to providing a safe, Calm Space using therapeutic approaches that promote healing, growth, and resilience.
(07) 5655 7640 View (07) 5655 7640
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Your Psych Centre
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Oxenford, QLD 4210  (Online Only)
We provide Gold-Standard assessment services (ADHD, Autism, Learning Differences) and therapy tailored to your treatment goals.
I am Director and Principal Psychologist of Your Psych Centre. We are an affirming clinic who works with individuals across the lifespan. We recognise individuals and parents are the experts - we are here to help make sense of it all. Our diverse clinicians are passionate about empowering all individuals, particularly those within the LGBTIQ+, Neurodivergent, and Culturally and Linguistic Diverse communities.
We provide Gold-Standard assessment services (ADHD, Autism, Learning Differences) and therapy tailored to your treatment goals.
I am Director and Principal Psychologist of Your Psych Centre. We are an affirming clinic who works with individuals across the lifespan. We recognise individuals and parents are the experts - we are here to help make sense of it all. Our diverse clinicians are passionate about empowering all individuals, particularly those within the LGBTIQ+, Neurodivergent, and Culturally and Linguistic Diverse communities.
(07) 5391 4223 View (07) 5391 4223
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Attune Clinical Psychology
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA - Clin. Psych
Verified Verified
Currimundi, QLD 4551
I treat a range of different mental health disorders and associated issues, including: Anxiety - Depression & Mood Disorders - Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder - Relationship issues - Parenting intervention - Behavioural concerns - Sleep issues - Perfectionism Low self-esteem - Body image concerns - Burnout Autism Spectrum Disorder.
I understand that the idea of therapy may be daunting for some. I provide a safe and accepting space for her clients to explore their strengths and create a more fulfilling and meaningful life, whatever that may look like. I am dedicated to the art of listening, understanding, and working collaboratively to help you navigate life's challenges and attain a sense of emotional well-being and safety
I treat a range of different mental health disorders and associated issues, including: Anxiety - Depression & Mood Disorders - Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder - Relationship issues - Parenting intervention - Behavioural concerns - Sleep issues - Perfectionism Low self-esteem - Body image concerns - Burnout Autism Spectrum Disorder.
I understand that the idea of therapy may be daunting for some. I provide a safe and accepting space for her clients to explore their strengths and create a more fulfilling and meaningful life, whatever that may look like. I am dedicated to the art of listening, understanding, and working collaboratively to help you navigate life's challenges and attain a sense of emotional well-being and safety
(07) 5224 2435 View (07) 5224 2435
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Susie Flanders
Counsellor, ACA-L1
Verified Verified
I have experience supporting people (and their families) with General Anxiety, Overwhelm, Attachment (Family) ruptures, Trauma (family/developmental), ADHD, Asperger's (high functioning Autism), Intellectual impairment and Parenting strategies.
I provide empathetic and non-judgmental support to individuals to reach their therapy goals. I work from a person centered approach believing that you are the expert in your life. I use a range of tools and strategies such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment based therapy, Mindfulness, Walk and Talk therapy and Neurofeedback therapy to assist you to feel safe to discuss making the changes that you want.
I have experience supporting people (and their families) with General Anxiety, Overwhelm, Attachment (Family) ruptures, Trauma (family/developmental), ADHD, Asperger's (high functioning Autism), Intellectual impairment and Parenting strategies.
I provide empathetic and non-judgmental support to individuals to reach their therapy goals. I work from a person centered approach believing that you are the expert in your life. I use a range of tools and strategies such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Attachment based therapy, Mindfulness, Walk and Talk therapy and Neurofeedback therapy to assist you to feel safe to discuss making the changes that you want.
(03) 7500 5825 View (03) 7500 5825
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Kristy Gallirhir
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
My interests include Autism, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, later-life neurodivergence awareness, neuropsychological assessment, sexual health, LGBTQIA+ issues and complex trauma from sexual abuse.
Hi, I'm Kristy- a neurodivergent Clinical Psychologist Registrar based in Gold Coast, Queensland. I believe in a trauma-informed, neurodiverse-affirming practice to support individuals through their mental health journey, including comprehensive assessment and client-centred therapy. My goal is to provide a safe space along your mental health journey.
My interests include Autism, Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, later-life neurodivergence awareness, neuropsychological assessment, sexual health, LGBTQIA+ issues and complex trauma from sexual abuse.
Hi, I'm Kristy- a neurodivergent Clinical Psychologist Registrar based in Gold Coast, Queensland. I believe in a trauma-informed, neurodiverse-affirming practice to support individuals through their mental health journey, including comprehensive assessment and client-centred therapy. My goal is to provide a safe space along your mental health journey.
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Natasha Denny
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Bundall, QLD 4217
I have a special interest in neuroaffirmative care, Autism, ADHD, trauma and PTSD/CPTSD, personality disorders, self-harm and suicidality, and forensic clients.
Hi, My name is Tash and I'm a registered psychologist. I am dedicated and committed to creating a nurturing and non-judgemental environment for my clients. I believe in working from a holistic approach to assist clients to navigate life's complexities, build resilience, and facilitate positive change. I have worked in unique environments including with children, adolescents, and adults both in the community and in correctional centres. I currently work in private practice, high schools, and with NDIS participants.
I have a special interest in neuroaffirmative care, Autism, ADHD, trauma and PTSD/CPTSD, personality disorders, self-harm and suicidality, and forensic clients.
Hi, My name is Tash and I'm a registered psychologist. I am dedicated and committed to creating a nurturing and non-judgemental environment for my clients. I believe in working from a holistic approach to assist clients to navigate life's complexities, build resilience, and facilitate positive change. I have worked in unique environments including with children, adolescents, and adults both in the community and in correctional centres. I currently work in private practice, high schools, and with NDIS participants.
(03) 8771 5438 View (03) 8771 5438
Mind on Health Psychology
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Oxenford, QLD 4210
Mind on Health is a private mental health service. We have clinics in Oxenford and Parkwood, offering psychological and counselling services to children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. We provide caring and sensitive, evidence-based therapy, treatment and counselling with clinicians who have a wide range of experience in mental health and well-being concerns. We also offer comprehensive assessments for children and adults including Learning Assessments (WISC, WIAT, ABAS), Cognitive Assessments (WISC, WAIS, ABAS), ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder Assessments, and Personality Assessments.
Mind on Health is a private mental health service. We have clinics in Oxenford and Parkwood, offering psychological and counselling services to children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. We provide caring and sensitive, evidence-based therapy, treatment and counselling with clinicians who have a wide range of experience in mental health and well-being concerns. We also offer comprehensive assessments for children and adults including Learning Assessments (WISC, WIAT, ABAS), Cognitive Assessments (WISC, WAIS, ABAS), ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder Assessments, and Personality Assessments.
(07) 2801 6538 View (07) 2801 6538
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David Hennessy
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA - Clin. Psych
Verified Verified
Varsity Lakes, QLD 4227
David is experienced working psychotherapeutically in the areas of: Mood and anxiety disorders, Phobias, Substance use and addiction, Obsessions and/or compulsions, Adult autism spectrum disorder, Trauma, Persistent pain, Physical/medical health issues, Schizophrenia and bipolar affective disorder, Grief and loss, and Psychological assessment and reporting.
I am humbled and privileged to accompany clients on a journey through private perceptions, memories, thoughts, beliefs, hopes, dreams, and fears while we work together on building understanding, resilience, and resourcefulness in the private storm of their internal lives. Mental health struggles are mostly invisible, and the visible parts are rarely consistent with the internal struggle. Clinical & General Psychology - Member of the Australian Psychological Society & Fellow of the College of Clinical Psychology- NDIS Registered- Complex Mental Health Presentations-Availability.
David is experienced working psychotherapeutically in the areas of: Mood and anxiety disorders, Phobias, Substance use and addiction, Obsessions and/or compulsions, Adult autism spectrum disorder, Trauma, Persistent pain, Physical/medical health issues, Schizophrenia and bipolar affective disorder, Grief and loss, and Psychological assessment and reporting.
I am humbled and privileged to accompany clients on a journey through private perceptions, memories, thoughts, beliefs, hopes, dreams, and fears while we work together on building understanding, resilience, and resourcefulness in the private storm of their internal lives. Mental health struggles are mostly invisible, and the visible parts are rarely consistent with the internal struggle. Clinical & General Psychology - Member of the Australian Psychological Society & Fellow of the College of Clinical Psychology- NDIS Registered- Complex Mental Health Presentations-Availability.
(07) 4519 1064 View (07) 4519 1064
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Ashleigh Eljed
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Prioritising a client-led, holistic, and compassionate therapeutic style, Ashleigh offers therapy for a broad range of psychological and emotional issues such as, depression, anxiety, panic, worry and stress, adjustment, coping with chronic illness, pain management, emotional regulation, trauma. Ashleigh assists children and adolescents in a range of educational learning difficulties including Intellectual Disability, Learning Difficulties, Dyslexia, Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, as well as individuals who have experienced post traumatic stress disorder, complex childhood trauma, sexual abuse, and borderline personality disorder.
Prioritising a client-led, holistic, and compassionate therapeutic style, Ashleigh offers therapy for a broad range of psychological and emotional issues such as, depression, anxiety, panic, worry and stress, adjustment, coping with chronic illness, pain management, emotional regulation, trauma. Ashleigh assists children and adolescents in a range of educational learning difficulties including Intellectual Disability, Learning Difficulties, Dyslexia, Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, as well as individuals who have experienced post traumatic stress disorder, complex childhood trauma, sexual abuse, and borderline personality disorder.
(07) 5679 5593 View (07) 5679 5593
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Mindwindow Psychology
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Maudsland, QLD 4210
Mindwindow Psychology has availability for adults & adolescents (16+) presenting with anxiety, depression, stress, trauma, PTSD, parenting problems, phobias, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), grief & loss, low self-esteem, LGBT+ minority stress, and issues relating to sexuality & gender identity.
Mindwindow Psychology has availability for adults & adolescents (16+) presenting with anxiety, depression, stress, trauma, PTSD, parenting problems, phobias, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), grief & loss, low self-esteem, LGBT+ minority stress, and issues relating to sexuality & gender identity.
(07) 2801 6133 View (07) 2801 6133
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Veridian Psychology - Aisling Mullan
Psychologist, MSc, PsyBA - Clin. Psych
Verified Verified
Buderim, QLD 4556
Aisling is an experienced, professional and friendly Clinical Psychologist who supports individuals and families by providing ADHD, Autism, cognitive, and learning assessments to children and young people on the Sunshine Coast. Aisling works with young people from the ages of 5 to 25 years. As well as assisting with diagnostic clarification and helping clients and families to gain clarity regarding areas of challenge, Aisling aims to provide helpful and practical recommendations to support clients in their journey.
Aisling is an experienced, professional and friendly Clinical Psychologist who supports individuals and families by providing ADHD, Autism, cognitive, and learning assessments to children and young people on the Sunshine Coast. Aisling works with young people from the ages of 5 to 25 years. As well as assisting with diagnostic clarification and helping clients and families to gain clarity regarding areas of challenge, Aisling aims to provide helpful and practical recommendations to support clients in their journey.
(07) 5240 3075 View (07) 5240 3075
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Mapping Minds Child Psychology
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Welcome! I'm Rebecca Ryan Director and Psychologist at Mapping Minds Psychology. I specialise in the assessment (and diagnosis) of neurodevelopmental differences in children (e.g., ADHD, Autism, Learning differences (e.g., dyslexia), cognition/IQ, and behavioural and emotional functioning. My comprehensive assessment process is based on psychological best practice and considers the whole child to deliver a diagnostic overview of their neurotype, strengths and difficulties and emotional experiences. This provides a solid foundation on which to build child-centered intervention, support and understanding.
Welcome! I'm Rebecca Ryan Director and Psychologist at Mapping Minds Psychology. I specialise in the assessment (and diagnosis) of neurodevelopmental differences in children (e.g., ADHD, Autism, Learning differences (e.g., dyslexia), cognition/IQ, and behavioural and emotional functioning. My comprehensive assessment process is based on psychological best practice and considers the whole child to deliver a diagnostic overview of their neurotype, strengths and difficulties and emotional experiences. This provides a solid foundation on which to build child-centered intervention, support and understanding.
(07) 3214 3688 View (07) 3214 3688
Keith Bunce
Counsellor, ACA-L2
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Pacific Pines, QLD 4211
As an integrative counsellor I work relationally with the client. My experience volunteering for Mind, a UK charity, has given me an invaluable experience of working with clients that present with a wide range of presenting problems. I have also worked with Armed Forces veterans community dealing with service related and non-service related issues. Since setting up practice in Australia I have worked with a wide range of clients, including children that are waiting to be, or that have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder this has also included their families to help adjust in parenting styles.
As an integrative counsellor I work relationally with the client. My experience volunteering for Mind, a UK charity, has given me an invaluable experience of working with clients that present with a wide range of presenting problems. I have also worked with Armed Forces veterans community dealing with service related and non-service related issues. Since setting up practice in Australia I have worked with a wide range of clients, including children that are waiting to be, or that have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder this has also included their families to help adjust in parenting styles.
(07) 2801 5605 View (07) 2801 5605
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PsychCare Psychology & Mental Health
Psychologist, PsychD, PsyBA - Clin. Psych
Verified Verified
Fernvale, QLD 4306
We administer assesments for autism, ADHD, intellectual impairment and diagnosis.
PsychCare Psychology & Mental Health is an Ipswich based multidisciplinary mental health and well-being clinic. The PsychCare Psychology & Mental Health clinicians highly consider the association between mental health (well-being) and mental illness and work collaboratively with their clients to reduces symptoms of mental illness and increase their clients’ emotional, psychological and social well-being. Our clinicians use evidence-based treatment approaches and are committed to tracking progress during therapy and utilise a range of outcome measures to monitor changes in our clients’ symptomatology over time.
We administer assesments for autism, ADHD, intellectual impairment and diagnosis.
PsychCare Psychology & Mental Health is an Ipswich based multidisciplinary mental health and well-being clinic. The PsychCare Psychology & Mental Health clinicians highly consider the association between mental health (well-being) and mental illness and work collaboratively with their clients to reduces symptoms of mental illness and increase their clients’ emotional, psychological and social well-being. Our clinicians use evidence-based treatment approaches and are committed to tracking progress during therapy and utilise a range of outcome measures to monitor changes in our clients’ symptomatology over time.
(07) 2801 5072 View (07) 2801 5072

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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.