Autism Counselling in Carlton, VIC

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Lisa Carmen Suarez
Psychotherapist, MA, ACA-L2
Verified Verified
Carlton, VIC 3053
I specialise in supporting clients with Complex PTSD/Relational Trauma, ADHD, Autism and maternal/paternal mental health but am not limited to these issues. I support adults of with a wide range of issues including but not limited to: depression, anxiety, stress, burnout, perfectionism, substance/behavioural addictions, self-harm and relationship challenges. Having someone truly listen and understand your experience can be a huge relief. However, the way I work involves more than just symptom management, I use approaches that have been shown to create transformational shifts and lasting change.
I specialise in supporting clients with Complex PTSD/Relational Trauma, ADHD, Autism and maternal/paternal mental health but am not limited to these issues. I support adults of with a wide range of issues including but not limited to: depression, anxiety, stress, burnout, perfectionism, substance/behavioural addictions, self-harm and relationship challenges. Having someone truly listen and understand your experience can be a huge relief. However, the way I work involves more than just symptom management, I use approaches that have been shown to create transformational shifts and lasting change.
(03) 7003 2975 View (03) 7003 2975
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Ayna Hennessy
Counsellor, MA, PACFA
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Carlton, VIC 3053  (Online Only)
Overwhelmed? I have lived experience and extensive knowledge of the complexities of ADHD, Sensory Processing, Autism, disordered eating & chronic pain. My unique life with exposure to diversity and unexpected curveballs has shaped me into an insightful, reflective and understanding counsellor. My thirst for knowledge, hyper-focus skills and resolve to fight led to me seeking out my own answers surrounding my health. It finally paid off, & I hope it can help you. I am treated/mentored/supervised and trained by the MVPs in ADHD & its many comorbidities which helps you. I do not refuse vulnerable & complex clients; I used to be one.
Overwhelmed? I have lived experience and extensive knowledge of the complexities of ADHD, Sensory Processing, Autism, disordered eating & chronic pain. My unique life with exposure to diversity and unexpected curveballs has shaped me into an insightful, reflective and understanding counsellor. My thirst for knowledge, hyper-focus skills and resolve to fight led to me seeking out my own answers surrounding my health. It finally paid off, & I hope it can help you. I am treated/mentored/supervised and trained by the MVPs in ADHD & its many comorbidities which helps you. I do not refuse vulnerable & complex clients; I used to be one.
(03) 7003 2926 View (03) 7003 2926
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Dr Lei Gryffydd
Psychologist, PsychD, MAPS
Verified Verified
Carlton, VIC 3053
I am a clinical neuropsychologist specialising in the assessment and treatment of neurodevelopmental conditions (Autism, ADHD & learning conditions) across the lifespan. I am passionate about working with other LGBTQIA+ individuals and provide WPATH assessments for those seeking gender affirming treatment.
I am a clinical neuropsychologist specialising in the assessment and treatment of neurodevelopmental conditions (Autism, ADHD & learning conditions) across the lifespan. I am passionate about working with other LGBTQIA+ individuals and provide WPATH assessments for those seeking gender affirming treatment.
(03) 7003 2372 View (03) 7003 2372
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Rachel Purchase
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Carlton, VIC 3053
I have a strong interest in supporting women and girls to foster a positive self-image through self-compassion and self-awareness. My work centres on recognising and processing trauma, as well treating depression, anxiety, body-image dissatisfaction, grief, and relationship difficulties. I also work with women through the perinatal and postnatal period. In addition to therapeutic work, I conduct clinical assessments for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and seek to facilitate empowered and affirming relationships with neurodiversity.
I have a strong interest in supporting women and girls to foster a positive self-image through self-compassion and self-awareness. My work centres on recognising and processing trauma, as well treating depression, anxiety, body-image dissatisfaction, grief, and relationship difficulties. I also work with women through the perinatal and postnatal period. In addition to therapeutic work, I conduct clinical assessments for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and seek to facilitate empowered and affirming relationships with neurodiversity.
(03) 7003 2174 View (03) 7003 2174
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Darian Winspear
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA - Clin. Psych
Verified Verified
Carlton, VIC 3053
Hi, I'm Darian! I bring a warm, genuine, and empathetic approach to therapy. It's important to me to take time to develop a trusting and supportive therapeutic dynamic. I provide therapy and autism assessment services. I place an emphasis on working collaboratively and will work with you to help you achieve your desired goals, develop personal insights, and provide strategies and support to help you manage your mental health issues. I am LGBTIQA+ inclusive, neurodiversity affirming, culturally sensitive, and trauma informed. My website is www.moodpsychology.com.au
Hi, I'm Darian! I bring a warm, genuine, and empathetic approach to therapy. It's important to me to take time to develop a trusting and supportive therapeutic dynamic. I provide therapy and autism assessment services. I place an emphasis on working collaboratively and will work with you to help you achieve your desired goals, develop personal insights, and provide strategies and support to help you manage your mental health issues. I am LGBTIQA+ inclusive, neurodiversity affirming, culturally sensitive, and trauma informed. My website is www.moodpsychology.com.au
(03) 8338 4670 View (03) 8338 4670
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Patrick Ruggles
Psychotherapist, PACFA
Verified Verified
Carlton, VIC 3053
Patrick is an experienced psychotherapist drawing on his studies in both Existential Psychotherapy and Lacanian Psychoanalysis. His approach assists individuals in working through somewhat insoluble issues to bring relief from existential malaise, depression, anxiety, repetitive interpersonal difficulties, and somatic disturbances. Patrick has worked in a multitude of professional settings with adolescents, adults, and couples. In addition, he has significant experience working with neurodiversity as well as gender and sexual diversity. Patricks experience has led to a deep appreciation of the complexities of being-in-the-world.
Patrick is an experienced psychotherapist drawing on his studies in both Existential Psychotherapy and Lacanian Psychoanalysis. His approach assists individuals in working through somewhat insoluble issues to bring relief from existential malaise, depression, anxiety, repetitive interpersonal difficulties, and somatic disturbances. Patrick has worked in a multitude of professional settings with adolescents, adults, and couples. In addition, he has significant experience working with neurodiversity as well as gender and sexual diversity. Patricks experience has led to a deep appreciation of the complexities of being-in-the-world.
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Jasmine Loo Psychology
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Carlton, VIC 3053
Waitlist for new clients
I work with clients across the lifespan (age 4 and above) to address a variety of life challenges, such as managing stress, anxiety and depression, as well as struggles with life transitions. Finding hope and recognising your resources can feel challenging when going through a rough patch. Through therapy sessions, I’ll support you in brainstorming for solutions to overcome your difficulties and celebrate your unique strengths. I also have a special interest in neurodiversity and the female presentation of ASD. Neurodiversity can often bring invisible challenges. Finding the right support from an understanding person is essential.
I work with clients across the lifespan (age 4 and above) to address a variety of life challenges, such as managing stress, anxiety and depression, as well as struggles with life transitions. Finding hope and recognising your resources can feel challenging when going through a rough patch. Through therapy sessions, I’ll support you in brainstorming for solutions to overcome your difficulties and celebrate your unique strengths. I also have a special interest in neurodiversity and the female presentation of ASD. Neurodiversity can often bring invisible challenges. Finding the right support from an understanding person is essential.
(03) 9068 5754 View (03) 9068 5754
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Maria Light
Psychologist, MPsych, MACPA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Carlton, VIC 3053
I am a clinical psychologist currently working in private practice. I work with children, adolescents and adults experiencing a range of difficulties including anxiety, trauma, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, social anxiety and personality disorders. My therapeutic approach is informed by attachment theory, family systems theory, emotion focused therapy (EFT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). I have previously worked in school settings and I have also facilitated therapy groups for social anxiety disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder.
I am a clinical psychologist currently working in private practice. I work with children, adolescents and adults experiencing a range of difficulties including anxiety, trauma, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, social anxiety and personality disorders. My therapeutic approach is informed by attachment theory, family systems theory, emotion focused therapy (EFT), acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) and cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT). I have previously worked in school settings and I have also facilitated therapy groups for social anxiety disorder and obsessive compulsive disorder.
(02) 4504 0104 View (02) 4504 0104
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Danni Exadactylos
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Carlton, VIC 3053
Hi, I'm Danni (she/her). I am a Melbourne / Naarm based psychologist & registered play therapist. I specialise in child therapy, using play to nurture a child’s sense of self. My practice is client-led and trauma-informed, with a focus on building a strong therapeutic relationship. This allows me to focus on the child as a whole, rather than just their struggles. This gentle and strengths-based approach facilitates healing and growth. I have worked in schools and private and public care settings, with extensive experience in a large paediatric working with children who have experienced significant trauma.
Hi, I'm Danni (she/her). I am a Melbourne / Naarm based psychologist & registered play therapist. I specialise in child therapy, using play to nurture a child’s sense of self. My practice is client-led and trauma-informed, with a focus on building a strong therapeutic relationship. This allows me to focus on the child as a whole, rather than just their struggles. This gentle and strengths-based approach facilitates healing and growth. I have worked in schools and private and public care settings, with extensive experience in a large paediatric working with children who have experienced significant trauma.
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Andreas Sinclair Frangos
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Carlton, VIC 3053  (Online Only)
Interested in working collaboratively with a diverse range of clients with OCD and related disorders. Aims to work with clients to achieve goals that align with their values. Eager to help clients with a diverse range of needs that may impact therapy. Advocate and practioner of the individual focused approach to therapy and counselling.
Interested in working collaboratively with a diverse range of clients with OCD and related disorders. Aims to work with clients to achieve goals that align with their values. Eager to help clients with a diverse range of needs that may impact therapy. Advocate and practioner of the individual focused approach to therapy and counselling.
(03) 7003 2932 View (03) 7003 2932
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Carina Allen
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA - Clin. Psych
Verified Verified
Carlton, VIC 3053
Carina is Clinical Psychologist who works with both adolescents and adults experiencing a variety issues including anxiety, mood disorders, anxiety, OCD, trauma, sleep, anger, body image concerns, attachment issues, stress management, and self-esteem concerns. Carina adopts a compassionate, warm and collaborative approach to therapy. She prioritises building a trusting and mutually respectful relationship to explore the needs and challenges of her clients. She provides a safe space for clients to understand themselves on a deeper level while feeling empowered to take steps to live more fulfilling and meaningful lives.
Carina is Clinical Psychologist who works with both adolescents and adults experiencing a variety issues including anxiety, mood disorders, anxiety, OCD, trauma, sleep, anger, body image concerns, attachment issues, stress management, and self-esteem concerns. Carina adopts a compassionate, warm and collaborative approach to therapy. She prioritises building a trusting and mutually respectful relationship to explore the needs and challenges of her clients. She provides a safe space for clients to understand themselves on a deeper level while feeling empowered to take steps to live more fulfilling and meaningful lives.
(03) 7003 2469 View (03) 7003 2469
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Michelle Mennie
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Carlton, VIC 3053
Hello, my name is Michelle (she/her/hers), and I am a Clinical Psychology Registrar committed to fostering mental well-being and facilitating growth in individuals. With a Master's in Clinical Psychology and a diverse background spanning both public and private sectors, including experience in large public hospitals, I bring a holistic perspective to my practice.
Hello, my name is Michelle (she/her/hers), and I am a Clinical Psychology Registrar committed to fostering mental well-being and facilitating growth in individuals. With a Master's in Clinical Psychology and a diverse background spanning both public and private sectors, including experience in large public hospitals, I bring a holistic perspective to my practice.
(03) 7003 2950 View (03) 7003 2950
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Martina Stewart | Elpis Psychology
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Carlton, VIC 3053
I am a registered psychologist and have been providing therapeutic interventions for over 15 years in a wide range of settings including early intervention services, community mental health, and forensic rehabilitation. I provide therapeutic interventions to clients presenting with a range of complex issues, including depression and anxiety, personality disorders and substance misuse. I am particularly passionate about working with individuals who are affected by trauma-related difficulties and I have a thorough understanding of the impact of early life experiences in shaping a person's development.
I am a registered psychologist and have been providing therapeutic interventions for over 15 years in a wide range of settings including early intervention services, community mental health, and forensic rehabilitation. I provide therapeutic interventions to clients presenting with a range of complex issues, including depression and anxiety, personality disorders and substance misuse. I am particularly passionate about working with individuals who are affected by trauma-related difficulties and I have a thorough understanding of the impact of early life experiences in shaping a person's development.
(03) 7003 2547 View (03) 7003 2547
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Chris Carter
Psychologist, MPsych, MAPS
Verified Verified
Carlton, VIC 3053
I am a psychologist with experience working with adults and adolescents in clinical mental health, depression, anxiety, trauma, forensics and addiction. I work with adults with depression, anxiety, personality difficulties and substance use, as well as family and relationship issues, gender and sexuality, anger, life direction, trauma, abuse, self harm and suicidal thoughts. I listen without judgment and provide psychotherapy that is tailored to each individual, the work is confidential.
I am a psychologist with experience working with adults and adolescents in clinical mental health, depression, anxiety, trauma, forensics and addiction. I work with adults with depression, anxiety, personality difficulties and substance use, as well as family and relationship issues, gender and sexuality, anger, life direction, trauma, abuse, self harm and suicidal thoughts. I listen without judgment and provide psychotherapy that is tailored to each individual, the work is confidential.
(03) 9111 5364 View (03) 9111 5364
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Northern Clinical Psychology
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Carlton, VIC 3053  (Online Only)
Sometimes we don't know exactly what we need help with, but we know something needs to change. You might feel anxious or sad without an obvious explanation; or have a desire to improve your self-esteem, or get over a painful break-up. You may have experienced trauma. Using a collaborative and empathic therapeutic approach grounded in evidence-based practice, I support you to make meaning of the feelings and thoughts that contribute to psychological and emotional distress. We work together to find new, adaptive ways of being that improve your quality of life, create positive coping habits, and break unhelpful relationship patterns.
Sometimes we don't know exactly what we need help with, but we know something needs to change. You might feel anxious or sad without an obvious explanation; or have a desire to improve your self-esteem, or get over a painful break-up. You may have experienced trauma. Using a collaborative and empathic therapeutic approach grounded in evidence-based practice, I support you to make meaning of the feelings and thoughts that contribute to psychological and emotional distress. We work together to find new, adaptive ways of being that improve your quality of life, create positive coping habits, and break unhelpful relationship patterns.
(03) 8338 4169 View (03) 8338 4169
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Alice Honman
Psychotherapist, MA, PACFA
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Carlton, VIC 3053
We all experience suffering, and our suffering can be intensified by cultural structures, ideologies, and oppression. I have specific interest in neurodiversity and its impact on how one relates to the world and themselves. I value working with people who may feel marginalised or misunderstood and individuals struggling with feelings of low self-worth. I value working with the whole individual and their many facets. My hope for those I support is to suffer less and live more fully.
We all experience suffering, and our suffering can be intensified by cultural structures, ideologies, and oppression. I have specific interest in neurodiversity and its impact on how one relates to the world and themselves. I value working with people who may feel marginalised or misunderstood and individuals struggling with feelings of low self-worth. I value working with the whole individual and their many facets. My hope for those I support is to suffer less and live more fully.
(03) 9118 9055 View (03) 9118 9055
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Paula-Jane Buckland
Counsellor, PACFA
Verified Verified
Carlton, VIC 3053
Paula-Jane is an accredited mental health counsellor and sex therapist working with individuals and intimate couples; providing care for a diverse range of issues and concerns. The greatest joy of her role is seeing people leaving her care feeling content, lighter and calm within themselves and hope for their future. Paula-Jane is committed to holding a space that is calm accepting trusting safe and welcoming, allowing you to feel at ease and move at a pace comfortable to you. Welcoming all people from different communities, lifestyles and abilities.
Paula-Jane is an accredited mental health counsellor and sex therapist working with individuals and intimate couples; providing care for a diverse range of issues and concerns. The greatest joy of her role is seeing people leaving her care feeling content, lighter and calm within themselves and hope for their future. Paula-Jane is committed to holding a space that is calm accepting trusting safe and welcoming, allowing you to feel at ease and move at a pace comfortable to you. Welcoming all people from different communities, lifestyles and abilities.
(03) 8338 4767 View (03) 8338 4767
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Ravina Perera
Psychologist, MPsych, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Carlton, VIC 3053
Hi, my name is Ravina and I am a Psychologist who works with a wide range of presentations and communities. I pride myself on my ability to create a safe, empathetic and approachable space for clients, allowing for authenticity and enabling us to do our best therapeutic work. I have a special interest working with trauma in all its forms, and am trained in different modalities which allow me to help tackle the impact that trauma has had on an individual’s daily functioning as well as their deeper sense of identity and relational patterns.
Hi, my name is Ravina and I am a Psychologist who works with a wide range of presentations and communities. I pride myself on my ability to create a safe, empathetic and approachable space for clients, allowing for authenticity and enabling us to do our best therapeutic work. I have a special interest working with trauma in all its forms, and am trained in different modalities which allow me to help tackle the impact that trauma has had on an individual’s daily functioning as well as their deeper sense of identity and relational patterns.
(03) 7003 2688 View (03) 7003 2688
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Elisa Papotto
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Carlton, VIC 3053
Elisa is warm, engaging and not opposed to using light humour to help release tension, strengthen connections and inject humanity into the journey. Elisa has a naturally empathetic style and offers a supportive therapeutic framework to help foster insight, meaningful change, and confident personal growth for individuals across the lifespan. Elisa has worked in private practice and education settings providing clinical assessments and therapy for a range of presentations including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, trauma, family and relationship issues, and grief.
Elisa is warm, engaging and not opposed to using light humour to help release tension, strengthen connections and inject humanity into the journey. Elisa has a naturally empathetic style and offers a supportive therapeutic framework to help foster insight, meaningful change, and confident personal growth for individuals across the lifespan. Elisa has worked in private practice and education settings providing clinical assessments and therapy for a range of presentations including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, eating disorders, trauma, family and relationship issues, and grief.
(03) 9111 5300 View (03) 9111 5300
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Steven Colbran - People Psychology
Psychologist, PsyBA General
Verified Verified
Carlton, VIC 3053
Steven is registered psychologist who provides primarily afterhours telehealth support and psychological interventions to adolescents and adults. Steven focuses on rapport and therapeutic relationships by spending time building relationships with clients to ensure best practice ethical and professional services to support their betterment of mental health and life’s daily challenges. A values based natural rapport leader with an expertise area spanning various life situations and demographics, Steven emphasises getting to know the individual in all situations.
Steven is registered psychologist who provides primarily afterhours telehealth support and psychological interventions to adolescents and adults. Steven focuses on rapport and therapeutic relationships by spending time building relationships with clients to ensure best practice ethical and professional services to support their betterment of mental health and life’s daily challenges. A values based natural rapport leader with an expertise area spanning various life situations and demographics, Steven emphasises getting to know the individual in all situations.
(03) 9994 1710 View (03) 9994 1710

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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.