Autism Counselling in Birmingham

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Ayesha Bhatti
Psychotherapist, MUKCP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Birmingham B9
I support my clients better cope with Autism and the impact it has on their relationships. I work from a humanistic approach, which means I view my clients holistically, considering their views, backgrounds and experiences. I believe that we all have an innate ability to develop ourselves and our potentials. Over our lifetimes, we all form ways of thinking and being to adjust to our environments. Having Autism can However sometimes these habits and beliefs are no longer useful and can become hurdles, preventing us from progressing. This is where contacting a psychotherapist can be your first step towards self-development.
I support my clients better cope with Autism and the impact it has on their relationships. I work from a humanistic approach, which means I view my clients holistically, considering their views, backgrounds and experiences. I believe that we all have an innate ability to develop ourselves and our potentials. Over our lifetimes, we all form ways of thinking and being to adjust to our environments. Having Autism can However sometimes these habits and beliefs are no longer useful and can become hurdles, preventing us from progressing. This is where contacting a psychotherapist can be your first step towards self-development.
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Greg Pyne
Psychotherapist, MSc, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Birmingham B13
I have considerable experience supporting people with anxiety, depression, addiction, relationship struggles (plus autism/high sensitivity).
Do you sometimes feel different? Or that what you go through is unique only to you? perhaps you believe things that happen to you are all your fault? Or you struggle in relationships? I understand the need to feel part of the world, not 'messed up' - we are social creatures who often care what people think. And we have a natural desire to be the best person we can be - something to be cultivated. The conflict to fit in, whilst being true to yourself - creates tension, anxiety, depression, poor coping strategies. Plus the modern pressures of life rarely let us 'just be'. The process of therapy can resolve these deep conflicts.
I have considerable experience supporting people with anxiety, depression, addiction, relationship struggles (plus autism/high sensitivity).
Do you sometimes feel different? Or that what you go through is unique only to you? perhaps you believe things that happen to you are all your fault? Or you struggle in relationships? I understand the need to feel part of the world, not 'messed up' - we are social creatures who often care what people think. And we have a natural desire to be the best person we can be - something to be cultivated. The conflict to fit in, whilst being true to yourself - creates tension, anxiety, depression, poor coping strategies. Plus the modern pressures of life rarely let us 'just be'. The process of therapy can resolve these deep conflicts.
0121 752 9095 View 0121 752 9095
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Advanced Assessments Expert Witness Psychologists
Psychologist, PhD, CPsychol
Verified Verified
Birmingham B1
PSYCHOLOGY EXPERT SERVICES: Psychological assessment, educational testing services and occupational health assessments. EXPERT PSYCHOLOGIST ASSESSMENT OF SPECIFIC LEARNING DISABILITY & NEURODEVELOPMENTAL CONDITIONS: Dyslexia tests, dyslexia in children, dyspraxia tests, autism spectrum disorder, autism spectrum, ADHD tests, and official IQ testing. MENTAL HEALTH: Personality disorder testing, mental health assessment online, wellbeing, and assessments of malingering disorders. We provide occupational health checks, undertake occupational health referrals, work capability assessments and advise on sickness absence policy.
PSYCHOLOGY EXPERT SERVICES: Psychological assessment, educational testing services and occupational health assessments. EXPERT PSYCHOLOGIST ASSESSMENT OF SPECIFIC LEARNING DISABILITY & NEURODEVELOPMENTAL CONDITIONS: Dyslexia tests, dyslexia in children, dyspraxia tests, autism spectrum disorder, autism spectrum, ADHD tests, and official IQ testing. MENTAL HEALTH: Personality disorder testing, mental health assessment online, wellbeing, and assessments of malingering disorders. We provide occupational health checks, undertake occupational health referrals, work capability assessments and advise on sickness absence policy.
020 3962 0179 View 020 3962 0179
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Sara Bartlett Brown
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Birmingham B1  (Online Only)
I've completed a Post Grad Cert in Autism with Dr Luke Beardon and I read widely the writing & research by autistic writers & advocates.
I work online with adult autistic Individuals and with Couples in the UK. I provide an accessible & compassionate service that reduces distress & enables people to address what is difficult. If we have not been understood and accepted we may develop ways of being and doing that do not support our well being. We keep our true selves hidden from others and whilst this protects us, it can cause much pain and limit us. With an understanding therapist we can trust, we begin to make sense of who we are, how we are and what has happened to us in our lives. We can be truer to ourselves and live with more confidence, ease and acceptance.
I've completed a Post Grad Cert in Autism with Dr Luke Beardon and I read widely the writing & research by autistic writers & advocates.
I work online with adult autistic Individuals and with Couples in the UK. I provide an accessible & compassionate service that reduces distress & enables people to address what is difficult. If we have not been understood and accepted we may develop ways of being and doing that do not support our well being. We keep our true selves hidden from others and whilst this protects us, it can cause much pain and limit us. With an understanding therapist we can trust, we begin to make sense of who we are, how we are and what has happened to us in our lives. We can be truer to ourselves and live with more confidence, ease and acceptance.
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Sasha Hvidsten
Psychiatrist
Verified Verified
Birmingham B15
I am a child and adolescent psychiatrist and see patients for concerns such as ADHD, autism and Tourettes / tic disorders. I work with a team of nurses and therapists to deliver a holistic approach to suit your needs. We have a clinic within a period property in the worcestershire countryside that is quiet and relaxing. We offer assessment and treatment, for autism, ADHD, anxiety and depression, Tics and Tourette's, The correct diagnosis is really important in order to get the right help. Our support doesn't end with diagnosis - we are here until you don't need us anymore.
I am a child and adolescent psychiatrist and see patients for concerns such as ADHD, autism and Tourettes / tic disorders. I work with a team of nurses and therapists to deliver a holistic approach to suit your needs. We have a clinic within a period property in the worcestershire countryside that is quiet and relaxing. We offer assessment and treatment, for autism, ADHD, anxiety and depression, Tics and Tourette's, The correct diagnosis is really important in order to get the right help. Our support doesn't end with diagnosis - we are here until you don't need us anymore.
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Jenny Collard
Psychotherapist, MSc, MUKCP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Birmingham B1
DBT is a specialist therapy, typically effective for those who struggle to regulate their emotions and/or have a Personality Disorder, ADHD, Autism or Trauma.
Hi, I am Practice Director, Psychotherapist & DBT Service Lead at Rutland House Counselling and Psychotherapy Ltd (RHCP), a private therapy service based in the heart of Leicester city. I offer private therapy myself, however RHCP hosts a team of practitioners offering tailor-made therapy for Adults, Families, Couples and Businesses in a comfortable location . If you are looking for private therapy but are overwhelmed by the choices available we would be very happy to offer an assessment with a senior therapist who will make recommendations for you.
DBT is a specialist therapy, typically effective for those who struggle to regulate their emotions and/or have a Personality Disorder, ADHD, Autism or Trauma.
Hi, I am Practice Director, Psychotherapist & DBT Service Lead at Rutland House Counselling and Psychotherapy Ltd (RHCP), a private therapy service based in the heart of Leicester city. I offer private therapy myself, however RHCP hosts a team of practitioners offering tailor-made therapy for Adults, Families, Couples and Businesses in a comfortable location . If you are looking for private therapy but are overwhelmed by the choices available we would be very happy to offer an assessment with a senior therapist who will make recommendations for you.
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Natasha Menoni: ADHD & Autism Specialist
Psychologist, MSc, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
Birmingham B1  (Online Only)
I am an HCPC registered Counselling Psychologist dedicated to serving adults who have been diagnosed or believe they might have Autism and/or ADHD. I invite you to work together on a therapeutic journey especially catered to your goals and needs. We can work together to identify and make the most out of your own unique strengths, establish robust coping strategies, and build self-awareness to develop a greater understanding of yourself so you can live a more fulfilling life.
I am an HCPC registered Counselling Psychologist dedicated to serving adults who have been diagnosed or believe they might have Autism and/or ADHD. I invite you to work together on a therapeutic journey especially catered to your goals and needs. We can work together to identify and make the most out of your own unique strengths, establish robust coping strategies, and build self-awareness to develop a greater understanding of yourself so you can live a more fulfilling life.
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Madeleine Ayling
Counsellor, PNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Birmingham B14  (Online Only)
Hi, I'm Madeleine. I specialise in working with eczema and late-diagnosed/self-identifying neurodivergent clients, particularly autism, ADHD and AuDHD. I work online, by email and on the phone with adults aged 18+ across the UK. I help people find confidence and self-acceptance, improve self-esteem and self-compassion, and build a calm and fulfilling life. I’m LGBTQ+ and non-monogamy affirming, sex-positive, kink-aware, body and fat positive.
Hi, I'm Madeleine. I specialise in working with eczema and late-diagnosed/self-identifying neurodivergent clients, particularly autism, ADHD and AuDHD. I work online, by email and on the phone with adults aged 18+ across the UK. I help people find confidence and self-acceptance, improve self-esteem and self-compassion, and build a calm and fulfilling life. I’m LGBTQ+ and non-monogamy affirming, sex-positive, kink-aware, body and fat positive.
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Niamh Smith
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Birmingham B1  (Online Only)
I am a qualified counsellor with my own ADHD diagnosis, and I have helped many clients struggling with their ADHD or autism.
Do you struggle with feeling misunderstood by others, overwhelmed with responsibilities or anxious due to the struggles of daily life? Do you have ADHD, autism or struggle with compulsive skin picking? I am here to listen and support you. I know how hard it can be dealing with mental health struggles and I will provide a safe space for you to open up about your thoughts and feelings.
I am a qualified counsellor with my own ADHD diagnosis, and I have helped many clients struggling with their ADHD or autism.
Do you struggle with feeling misunderstood by others, overwhelmed with responsibilities or anxious due to the struggles of daily life? Do you have ADHD, autism or struggle with compulsive skin picking? I am here to listen and support you. I know how hard it can be dealing with mental health struggles and I will provide a safe space for you to open up about your thoughts and feelings.
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Andrew Abernethy
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
Birmingham B13
Hello, my name is Andrew and I have counselled many people from various walks of lives including those on the autism spectrum. You may be feeling low in mood , motivation and feelings of what's the point. Relationship struggles with a partner, manager or family member can be debilitating and can lower our self-esteem and boundaries. You might be at a crossroads in your life where you need somebody to help reinforce that gut instinct that you have in your stomach. Having someone to listen to you and appreciate what you're going through can be life changing when you have nobody else to talk to. I have over 6000 hours experience.
Hello, my name is Andrew and I have counselled many people from various walks of lives including those on the autism spectrum. You may be feeling low in mood , motivation and feelings of what's the point. Relationship struggles with a partner, manager or family member can be debilitating and can lower our self-esteem and boundaries. You might be at a crossroads in your life where you need somebody to help reinforce that gut instinct that you have in your stomach. Having someone to listen to you and appreciate what you're going through can be life changing when you have nobody else to talk to. I have over 6000 hours experience.
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Claire Rhodes
Psychotherapist, MSc, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Birmingham B13
I have experience of helping adults and children with many difficulties including anxiety, panic attacks, depression, anger management, grief, complex trauma, autism and ADHD, transition, sexuality, eating disorders, self-harm and suicidal feelings.
Hi, my name is Claire and I am a child and adult psychotherapist. Often people don't fully understand why they feel bad and this can lead to confusion and feeling ashamed. The feelings are experienced throughout the whole body and can be so overwhelming that they can lead to panic, depression, anxiety and challenging or self-destructive behaviours. I help clients understand how things are for them right now, validate their challenges and help them see their unique strengths, all within the context of an accepting and compassionate relationship. I use neuro-scientifically informed approaches to help heal
I have experience of helping adults and children with many difficulties including anxiety, panic attacks, depression, anger management, grief, complex trauma, autism and ADHD, transition, sexuality, eating disorders, self-harm and suicidal feelings.
Hi, my name is Claire and I am a child and adult psychotherapist. Often people don't fully understand why they feel bad and this can lead to confusion and feeling ashamed. The feelings are experienced throughout the whole body and can be so overwhelming that they can lead to panic, depression, anxiety and challenging or self-destructive behaviours. I help clients understand how things are for them right now, validate their challenges and help them see their unique strengths, all within the context of an accepting and compassionate relationship. I use neuro-scientifically informed approaches to help heal
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Hannah Berhanu
Psychotherapist, MA, HCPC-Music Therap.
Verified Verified
Birmingham B1  (Online Only)
I am an experienced music psychotherapist, who has been privileged to work with children, young adults and older adults, with a range of diagnoses. During this time I am working remotely from home. Therefore, please get in touch if you would like online therapy sessions. Working through the NHS, various charities and independently with: Self-esteem, Childhood trauma, Neurodiversity - such as Autism Spectrum Disorders, LGBTQIA+, Self-harm, ADHD Cultural and identity concerns Anxiety and depression.
I am an experienced music psychotherapist, who has been privileged to work with children, young adults and older adults, with a range of diagnoses. During this time I am working remotely from home. Therefore, please get in touch if you would like online therapy sessions. Working through the NHS, various charities and independently with: Self-esteem, Childhood trauma, Neurodiversity - such as Autism Spectrum Disorders, LGBTQIA+, Self-harm, ADHD Cultural and identity concerns Anxiety and depression.
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Ian Anderson
Psychologist, PhD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Birmingham B1
I work with all psychological and emotional problems including Depression, Anxiety, Low Self-Esteem, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Phobias, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Workplace problems and Bullying, and Autism Spectrum Disorders.
I am a Chartered Psychologist registered with the HCPC with over 30 years of experience. I have worked in private practice with over two thousand patients and supervised more than 100 therapists. I am separately qualified in various fields of applied Psychology including Clinical Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Counselling Psychology and Occupational Psychology. I now deliver all my counselling and therapy by the following methods: video conferencing; telephone sessions; real-time online chat; and email. I believe that matching the right therapy delivered by the right therapist to an individual is the key to therapeutic success.
I work with all psychological and emotional problems including Depression, Anxiety, Low Self-Esteem, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Phobias, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Workplace problems and Bullying, and Autism Spectrum Disorders.
I am a Chartered Psychologist registered with the HCPC with over 30 years of experience. I have worked in private practice with over two thousand patients and supervised more than 100 therapists. I am separately qualified in various fields of applied Psychology including Clinical Psychology, Forensic Psychology, Counselling Psychology and Occupational Psychology. I now deliver all my counselling and therapy by the following methods: video conferencing; telephone sessions; real-time online chat; and email. I believe that matching the right therapy delivered by the right therapist to an individual is the key to therapeutic success.
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Dr Lorna Stewart
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Birmingham B1
I am an experienced multi-trained Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Management Consultant, with 30 years in the NHS and private sector, and 18 years in private practice. I have offered consultation to executive teams in improvement and negotiation, delivering large scale change, and setting up mental health services. I have worked for Court undertaking medicolegal assessments and psychological interventions. I have assessed neurodivergence (Autism Spectrum Disorder and ADHD), and worked clinically with people with the full range of mental health difficulties, significant trauma, learning disabilities, and acquired brain injury.
I am an experienced multi-trained Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Management Consultant, with 30 years in the NHS and private sector, and 18 years in private practice. I have offered consultation to executive teams in improvement and negotiation, delivering large scale change, and setting up mental health services. I have worked for Court undertaking medicolegal assessments and psychological interventions. I have assessed neurodivergence (Autism Spectrum Disorder and ADHD), and worked clinically with people with the full range of mental health difficulties, significant trauma, learning disabilities, and acquired brain injury.
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Julie Rose Sanders
MA
Verified Verified
Birmingham B24
I have over 25 years experience in supporting people with ADHD, Autism and developmental trauma. I share techniques to improve executive functioning, set goals, develop self awareness and unlock potential. It helps to understand how developmental trauma impacts on the nervous system and current relationships. Learning new ways to dialogue, to listen, to feel heard is important. As a person-centred therapist I welcome a deep personal engagement and human connection. It is vital to feel safe for healing to take place. In a trusting relationship you will become more confident and more able to be your true self.
I have over 25 years experience in supporting people with ADHD, Autism and developmental trauma. I share techniques to improve executive functioning, set goals, develop self awareness and unlock potential. It helps to understand how developmental trauma impacts on the nervous system and current relationships. Learning new ways to dialogue, to listen, to feel heard is important. As a person-centred therapist I welcome a deep personal engagement and human connection. It is vital to feel safe for healing to take place. In a trusting relationship you will become more confident and more able to be your true self.
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Martyn Pars
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Birmingham B2
During this time I worked with a range of mental health issues from stress, anxiety, depression, relationships through to self harm, suicidal thoughts, gender, autism, ADHD, dyslexia and more.
My Offer To You: Being heard, understood, believed in and supported. We all need this kind of support at some point in our lives. This is my offer to you. I am an accredited professional counsellor (PNCPS acc.) registered through the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP reg) which means I am held on the Professional Standards Authority Accredited Register thus ensuring protection to the public and helping to ensure their health and wellbeing. I have a particular interest in those with later in life ADHD diagnosis or if you suspect you might be. I am also a professional executive coach.
During this time I worked with a range of mental health issues from stress, anxiety, depression, relationships through to self harm, suicidal thoughts, gender, autism, ADHD, dyslexia and more.
My Offer To You: Being heard, understood, believed in and supported. We all need this kind of support at some point in our lives. This is my offer to you. I am an accredited professional counsellor (PNCPS acc.) registered through the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP reg) which means I am held on the Professional Standards Authority Accredited Register thus ensuring protection to the public and helping to ensure their health and wellbeing. I have a particular interest in those with later in life ADHD diagnosis or if you suspect you might be. I am also a professional executive coach.
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Melissa Steyn
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Birmingham B1  (Online Only)
I have experience in working with eating disorders, ADHD, autism, Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), Bipolar Disorder, addictions, self-abuse, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, stress, anxiety, low self-esteem, bullying, social anxiety, grief and loss, bullying, childhood sexual abuse, narcissistic abuse, domestic abuse and rape.
I work from a Humanistic stance and integrate the following approaches: Person-centred Therapy, Transactional Analysis, Gestalt, Existential Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Polyvagal Theory, Mindfulness Meditation, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Approach, Inner Child Healing, Creative Therapies and Compassionate Mind Training. Moreover, I work holistically thus exploring the mind-body connection; alongside helping clients to gain a better understanding of the automatic nervous system (ANS) and more importantly to learn how to regulate their nervous system.
I have experience in working with eating disorders, ADHD, autism, Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), Bipolar Disorder, addictions, self-abuse, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), depression, stress, anxiety, low self-esteem, bullying, social anxiety, grief and loss, bullying, childhood sexual abuse, narcissistic abuse, domestic abuse and rape.
I work from a Humanistic stance and integrate the following approaches: Person-centred Therapy, Transactional Analysis, Gestalt, Existential Psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Polyvagal Theory, Mindfulness Meditation, Motivational Interviewing, Solution Focused Approach, Inner Child Healing, Creative Therapies and Compassionate Mind Training. Moreover, I work holistically thus exploring the mind-body connection; alongside helping clients to gain a better understanding of the automatic nervous system (ANS) and more importantly to learn how to regulate their nervous system.
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GreenWood Mentors
Psychologist, PsychD, CPsychol
Verified Verified
Birmingham B1
Dissociation, PTSD, BPD/EUPD, anxiety, depression, OCD, BPD, autism, pain management are special interests.
Dr Fiona Kennedy, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, is Director of GreenWood Mentors www.greenwoodmentors.com. Providing evidence-based therapies proved to work. We are best placed to help those who want to move forward to be their best selves using an integration of evidence-based therapies. We are well-equipped to help people deal with trauma and the effects on their lives today. Our ideal client is motivated to do hard things in order to achieve their goals and willing to try new things. They are interested in developing a new, kinder, relationship with themself and others.
Dissociation, PTSD, BPD/EUPD, anxiety, depression, OCD, BPD, autism, pain management are special interests.
Dr Fiona Kennedy, Consultant Clinical Psychologist, is Director of GreenWood Mentors www.greenwoodmentors.com. Providing evidence-based therapies proved to work. We are best placed to help those who want to move forward to be their best selves using an integration of evidence-based therapies. We are well-equipped to help people deal with trauma and the effects on their lives today. Our ideal client is motivated to do hard things in order to achieve their goals and willing to try new things. They are interested in developing a new, kinder, relationship with themself and others.
01983 217853 View 01983 217853
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Anna Greenslade (Cbt With Anna)
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBABCP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Birmingham B1
adpating CBT for Autism / ASD and ADHD.
Hey! I'm Anna, a CBT Therapist specialised in children, pre-teens, adolescents and young adults; ages 5-25. I can also work with adults. I treat anxiety (social, health, separation, phobias, worry, panic, perfectionism), depression, self esteem, OCD and PTSD / trauma. I help with emotions such as stress, sadness and anger; and self harm, suicidal thoughts and intrusive thoughts. I have 10 years experience across; school, college and university student wellbeing, NHS (CAMHS), inpatient psychiatric care, SEND support, and mental health therapy organisations. My specialist interest is in the teenager population, social anxiety and OCD.
adpating CBT for Autism / ASD and ADHD.
Hey! I'm Anna, a CBT Therapist specialised in children, pre-teens, adolescents and young adults; ages 5-25. I can also work with adults. I treat anxiety (social, health, separation, phobias, worry, panic, perfectionism), depression, self esteem, OCD and PTSD / trauma. I help with emotions such as stress, sadness and anger; and self harm, suicidal thoughts and intrusive thoughts. I have 10 years experience across; school, college and university student wellbeing, NHS (CAMHS), inpatient psychiatric care, SEND support, and mental health therapy organisations. My specialist interest is in the teenager population, social anxiety and OCD.
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Photo of Mary Kathleen Counselling, Counsellor in Birmingham, England
Mary Kathleen Counselling
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Birmingham B30  (Online Only)
Are you struggling with daily challenges? Are anxiety and low self esteem getting in the way of your goals? I offer you empathy and respect while we explore your emotions and troubles, in a supportive environment, and work towards solutions as and when this feels manageable for you. I am here to support you in developing a deeper understanding of yourself and through that, a better relationship with yourself.
Are you struggling with daily challenges? Are anxiety and low self esteem getting in the way of your goals? I offer you empathy and respect while we explore your emotions and troubles, in a supportive environment, and work towards solutions as and when this feels manageable for you. I am here to support you in developing a deeper understanding of yourself and through that, a better relationship with yourself.
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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.