Autism Counselling in Bournemouth

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MindSight Counselling
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Bournemouth BH9
I am an experienced school counsellor & qualified teacher & offer an autism affirming tailored service for young people aged 11+.
Seeking support can be daunting -but you have taken the courageous first step! Working with adults & young people aged 11+, I offer an opportunity for you to explore your relationship with yourself, with others & with the wider world, drawing on your own internal strengths & resources to build your self-awareness & self-acceptance to help you make sense of things & feel more clarity. Stepping away from a focus on diagnoses & labels, working together acknowledging you as an individual we can explore the impact that your own unique set of challenges & experiences has had on your ability to engage with & enjoy the world around you.
I am an experienced school counsellor & qualified teacher & offer an autism affirming tailored service for young people aged 11+.
Seeking support can be daunting -but you have taken the courageous first step! Working with adults & young people aged 11+, I offer an opportunity for you to explore your relationship with yourself, with others & with the wider world, drawing on your own internal strengths & resources to build your self-awareness & self-acceptance to help you make sense of things & feel more clarity. Stepping away from a focus on diagnoses & labels, working together acknowledging you as an individual we can explore the impact that your own unique set of challenges & experiences has had on your ability to engage with & enjoy the world around you.
01202 037450 View 01202 037450
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Neuropsychology Dorset
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified
1 Endorsed
Bournemouth BH1
Neuropsychology Dorset consists of HCPC registered Clinical Psychologists that specialise in the assessment, diagnosis, and intervention of adults with neurodiversity such as autism, ADHD, and neurological conditions. We can also provide psychological therapy for a range of conditions - to find out more, please visit our website at www.neuropsychologydorset.co.uk
Neuropsychology Dorset consists of HCPC registered Clinical Psychologists that specialise in the assessment, diagnosis, and intervention of adults with neurodiversity such as autism, ADHD, and neurological conditions. We can also provide psychological therapy for a range of conditions - to find out more, please visit our website at www.neuropsychologydorset.co.uk
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Jessica Matcham
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified
2 Endorsed
Bournemouth BH7
My experience extends to assessing and diagnosing Autism in adulthood and I am able to provide post-diagnostic support where necessary.
As a Clinical Psychologist and EMDR therapist I have experience working with adults with a range of difficulties including anxiety, depression and low mood, phobias, OCD, trauma, low self-esteem and grief. Everybody experiences psychological distress but sometimes this can get in the way of us living our lives. When this happens, talking therapy can help us to reflect on how we got to where we are and explore ways of moving forward. I can help you to identify goals for therapy, offer emotional support, increase understanding and acceptance of self and provide practical strategies to help you make the changes you need.
My experience extends to assessing and diagnosing Autism in adulthood and I am able to provide post-diagnostic support where necessary.
As a Clinical Psychologist and EMDR therapist I have experience working with adults with a range of difficulties including anxiety, depression and low mood, phobias, OCD, trauma, low self-esteem and grief. Everybody experiences psychological distress but sometimes this can get in the way of us living our lives. When this happens, talking therapy can help us to reflect on how we got to where we are and explore ways of moving forward. I can help you to identify goals for therapy, offer emotional support, increase understanding and acceptance of self and provide practical strategies to help you make the changes you need.
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Vicki Pearson
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Bournemouth BH8
I also specialise in Autism and Neurodiversity.
Hello, thank you for viewing my profile. I am a qualified and experienced adult and young person’s counsellor. I offer a warm, safe, and confidential space where I aim to raise your self-awareness and facilitate change and improvements in your life. During your therapy, I may incorporate techniques from different modalities, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic, and Neuroscience models. The therapy is always tailored and centred around you, and we work at your pace.
I also specialise in Autism and Neurodiversity.
Hello, thank you for viewing my profile. I am a qualified and experienced adult and young person’s counsellor. I offer a warm, safe, and confidential space where I aim to raise your self-awareness and facilitate change and improvements in your life. During your therapy, I may incorporate techniques from different modalities, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psychodynamic, and Neuroscience models. The therapy is always tailored and centred around you, and we work at your pace.
01202 125535 View 01202 125535
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Ian Anderson
Psychologist, PhD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified
Bournemouth BH1
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.
020 3879 4351 View 020 3879 4351
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Gabriela Macauley
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
Bournemouth BH9  (Online Only)
Are you... Struggling with an overwhelmed or traumatised mind; Stuck and not sure what to do next; Or just want to talk to someone and unburden yourself? As an integrative counsellor, I will help you explore what is going on in your life, work out what changes are possible, and together determine a way forward that works for you. I have specialist training in The Rewind Technique and Guided Imagery & Visualisation for C-/PTSD, phobias, stress, anxiety, depression.
Are you... Struggling with an overwhelmed or traumatised mind; Stuck and not sure what to do next; Or just want to talk to someone and unburden yourself? As an integrative counsellor, I will help you explore what is going on in your life, work out what changes are possible, and together determine a way forward that works for you. I have specialist training in The Rewind Technique and Guided Imagery & Visualisation for C-/PTSD, phobias, stress, anxiety, depression.
01202 125149 View 01202 125149
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Neda Yarahmadi
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
Bournemouth BH6
I offer counselling in a quiet , supportive and confidential setting. Together we can explore and work through any issues you may have in depth . I work in a gentle and non-judgmental way which allows you to share in a safe place . I aim to understand your difficulties which can lead to resolution and a greater self -acceptance. Helping you to find new perspectives and insight can encourage healthy changes in your emotions ,thoughts and behaviours.
I offer counselling in a quiet , supportive and confidential setting. Together we can explore and work through any issues you may have in depth . I work in a gentle and non-judgmental way which allows you to share in a safe place . I aim to understand your difficulties which can lead to resolution and a greater self -acceptance. Helping you to find new perspectives and insight can encourage healthy changes in your emotions ,thoughts and behaviours.
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Photo of Jenna Ledward, Psychotherapist in Bournemouth, England
Jenna Ledward
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified
Bournemouth BH10  (Online Only)
I offer an open hearted, compassionate, and confidential therapeutic safe space, to support you through any emotional and mental dis-ease you may be facing. My aim is to work alongside you and act as your guide to support you through the process of any difficulties you maybe facing and your therapy journey. I understand the challenges of exploring your internal world and feelings, and the strength it takes to make positive change. I believe that feeling safe is imperative to being able to work together, and therefore offer an empathetic and non-judgemental space for you to feel heard and supported.
I offer an open hearted, compassionate, and confidential therapeutic safe space, to support you through any emotional and mental dis-ease you may be facing. My aim is to work alongside you and act as your guide to support you through the process of any difficulties you maybe facing and your therapy journey. I understand the challenges of exploring your internal world and feelings, and the strength it takes to make positive change. I believe that feeling safe is imperative to being able to work together, and therefore offer an empathetic and non-judgemental space for you to feel heard and supported.
01392 321597 View 01392 321597
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Laura Wells
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
Bournemouth BH1
Hello, I am a warm, interactive therapist, keenly interested in finding how I can guide & support you to understand you, your relationships and experiences with increased self-compassion and understanding. The complex human system adapts to the environment from a place of survival and some of those adaptations can result in feelings of being too much or not enough at differing times. My areas of interest are relational & complex trauma, neurodivergence and supporting those from the LGBTQIA+ communities. Whatever your hopes are for therapy, even if you not quite sure what they are, my role is to ensure you feel heard and understood.
Hello, I am a warm, interactive therapist, keenly interested in finding how I can guide & support you to understand you, your relationships and experiences with increased self-compassion and understanding. The complex human system adapts to the environment from a place of survival and some of those adaptations can result in feelings of being too much or not enough at differing times. My areas of interest are relational & complex trauma, neurodivergence and supporting those from the LGBTQIA+ communities. Whatever your hopes are for therapy, even if you not quite sure what they are, my role is to ensure you feel heard and understood.
01722 548964 View 01722 548964
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Sarah Graham Counselling
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified
Bournemouth BH5  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Many of us have the feeling that something is wrong but are not sure what it is or we know our life could be better. This can be because we are out of touch with our true self. One reason for this is that we learn to defend ourselves from the world at a very young age. Those defences become ingrained and we think they are part of our personality. We may often dismiss our defences as ‘that’s just me.’ For some people who have had trauma, those defences can become debilitating in the form of an addiction or a panic disorder. Working through our issues can help our defences to 'stand down' as we become more comfortable in our own skin.
Many of us have the feeling that something is wrong but are not sure what it is or we know our life could be better. This can be because we are out of touch with our true self. One reason for this is that we learn to defend ourselves from the world at a very young age. Those defences become ingrained and we think they are part of our personality. We may often dismiss our defences as ‘that’s just me.’ For some people who have had trauma, those defences can become debilitating in the form of an addiction or a panic disorder. Working through our issues can help our defences to 'stand down' as we become more comfortable in our own skin.
01202 125702 View 01202 125702
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Abi Leigh-Watts
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
Bournemouth BH9
Hello, I'm Abi. I am not going to guess why you are considering counselling. Everyone's reasons for seeking support are varied and unique to them. You are looking here, and that is the first step to trying it out. Counselling needs to be experienced to see if it works for you. We can work together to safely unravel any difficulties, challenges, or confusions to help you gain a better understanding of yourself, your values and priorities. I believe that enhancing your self-compassion and knowing yourself better can be the gateway to a more fulfilling and content life. Counselling with me can give you an opportunity to do that.
Hello, I'm Abi. I am not going to guess why you are considering counselling. Everyone's reasons for seeking support are varied and unique to them. You are looking here, and that is the first step to trying it out. Counselling needs to be experienced to see if it works for you. We can work together to safely unravel any difficulties, challenges, or confusions to help you gain a better understanding of yourself, your values and priorities. I believe that enhancing your self-compassion and knowing yourself better can be the gateway to a more fulfilling and content life. Counselling with me can give you an opportunity to do that.
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Lisa Crafter Counselling and Psychotherapy
Counsellor, GMBPsS
Verified
Bournemouth BH4
I have a special interest of helping adults who have unhelpful coping strategies that keep them stuck, such as eating too much or too little; drinking too much; withdrawing into themselves; &/or working harder to activate perfectionist & self-destructive behaviours. Perhaps you're questioning who you are as you struggle with such feelings & question if you'll ever feel better? Perhaps you struggle to find the right words to talk about how you're feeling & shut down if others ask how you are? You don't know where else to turn, struggle on & feel afraid of what may happen if you're not okay. You are exhausted & want things to change.
I have a special interest of helping adults who have unhelpful coping strategies that keep them stuck, such as eating too much or too little; drinking too much; withdrawing into themselves; &/or working harder to activate perfectionist & self-destructive behaviours. Perhaps you're questioning who you are as you struggle with such feelings & question if you'll ever feel better? Perhaps you struggle to find the right words to talk about how you're feeling & shut down if others ask how you are? You don't know where else to turn, struggle on & feel afraid of what may happen if you're not okay. You are exhausted & want things to change.
01202 145504 View 01202 145504
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Claire Snell
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
Bournemouth BH4
I am Claire, I’m here to offer a safe, confidential and supportive space, for you to explore your thoughts feelings and experiences.  As a Humanistic Integretive counsellor I will tailor my approach to your individual needs and preferences. Whether you are struggling with anxiety, depression, eating or sleeping problems or relationship issues. If you are feeling lost and uncertain about the future, or just struggling to navigate life’s challenges, we will work together to help you to develop a deeper understanding of yourself, build resilience, and cultivate a sense of empowerment.  “You know what is best for you”
I am Claire, I’m here to offer a safe, confidential and supportive space, for you to explore your thoughts feelings and experiences.  As a Humanistic Integretive counsellor I will tailor my approach to your individual needs and preferences. Whether you are struggling with anxiety, depression, eating or sleeping problems or relationship issues. If you are feeling lost and uncertain about the future, or just struggling to navigate life’s challenges, we will work together to help you to develop a deeper understanding of yourself, build resilience, and cultivate a sense of empowerment.  “You know what is best for you”
01202 029241 View 01202 029241
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Shanti Farrington (Nee Shanker)
Counsellor, PhD, MBACP
Verified
Bournemouth BH11
Often people wonder what counselling provides you? Being a psychologist myself, it was during my personal therapy sessions, I experienced the safe place to grow and learn that therapy offered me. I genuinely take a person or client centered approach to support your growth and wellbeing. Being non-judgmental for me is the key for me to allow the person to explore and understand themselves. Often bringing in psycho-education, I have notices allows the individual to make sense of what they may be experiencing and that facilitates a change or shift in the direction they may expect.
Often people wonder what counselling provides you? Being a psychologist myself, it was during my personal therapy sessions, I experienced the safe place to grow and learn that therapy offered me. I genuinely take a person or client centered approach to support your growth and wellbeing. Being non-judgmental for me is the key for me to allow the person to explore and understand themselves. Often bringing in psycho-education, I have notices allows the individual to make sense of what they may be experiencing and that facilitates a change or shift in the direction they may expect.
01202 125694 View 01202 125694
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Sara Churchill
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified
Bournemouth BH9  (Online Only)
Constantly comparing yourself to others and feeling like you’ll never be good enough? If you are living with self-loathing, therapy can help you reduce intense anxiety, stop worrying, and give you your confidence back. Making changes to the way you think and feel doesn’t have to take a long time or cost loads of money. It’s just an hour of counselling a week and you can book an online session that fits your schedule and cuts out travel. Therapy can help transform how you feel by...
Constantly comparing yourself to others and feeling like you’ll never be good enough? If you are living with self-loathing, therapy can help you reduce intense anxiety, stop worrying, and give you your confidence back. Making changes to the way you think and feel doesn’t have to take a long time or cost loads of money. It’s just an hour of counselling a week and you can book an online session that fits your schedule and cuts out travel. Therapy can help transform how you feel by...
01202 125289 View 01202 125289
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Andrea Karina Johnstone
Counsellor
Verified
Bournemouth BH8
Is your life very overwhelming and challenging at times? Do you feel sometimes out of control and lost? Do you suffer from trauma? I help you find place within yourself which is untouched by the chaos. Within our therapeutic relationship, we explore together how life is for you. I provide a confidential,non-judgemental safe space. I will help you develop your relationship with yourself, to raise your self-esteem and well being. You are the master of your own ship, I will work with you to find your way. I am a yoga teacher and meditation facilitator, and qualified life coach which can help you in your healing process.
Is your life very overwhelming and challenging at times? Do you feel sometimes out of control and lost? Do you suffer from trauma? I help you find place within yourself which is untouched by the chaos. Within our therapeutic relationship, we explore together how life is for you. I provide a confidential,non-judgemental safe space. I will help you develop your relationship with yourself, to raise your self-esteem and well being. You are the master of your own ship, I will work with you to find your way. I am a yoga teacher and meditation facilitator, and qualified life coach which can help you in your healing process.
01202 057101 View 01202 057101
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Kasia Stankiewicz
Psychologist, MSc, CPsychol
Verified
Bournemouth BH3
I strongly believe that in order to provide the best possible psychological help there is a need to build tailored, high-quality programmes for each and every client. I offer a bespoke approach with a strong focus on discretion, privacy and confidentiality.
I strongly believe that in order to provide the best possible psychological help there is a need to build tailored, high-quality programmes for each and every client. I offer a bespoke approach with a strong focus on discretion, privacy and confidentiality.
01202 037409 View 01202 037409
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Andrew Christopher Wright
Psychotherapist, MRes, HCPC-Art Therap.
Verified
Bournemouth BH6
An experienced psychotherapist, trained in Goldsmiths College in 2002, who has worked in London, Singapore, and Dubai. Has been published in a peer-reviewed journal looking at strategies to assist with communication and emotional regulation We all know what it's like to feel stuck for ideas or be unable to express ourselves. It can be frustrating, but creative approaches can help us be more open to different ideas and perspectives. I provide innovative and effective solutions to life's challenges in a safe place, empowering people to become more confident, move forward thinking, and be kinder to themselves.
An experienced psychotherapist, trained in Goldsmiths College in 2002, who has worked in London, Singapore, and Dubai. Has been published in a peer-reviewed journal looking at strategies to assist with communication and emotional regulation We all know what it's like to feel stuck for ideas or be unable to express ourselves. It can be frustrating, but creative approaches can help us be more open to different ideas and perspectives. I provide innovative and effective solutions to life's challenges in a safe place, empowering people to become more confident, move forward thinking, and be kinder to themselves.
01425 209940 View 01425 209940
Photo of Tessa Gibbons, Counsellor in Bournemouth, England
Tessa Gibbons
Counsellor, MSc, MBACP
Verified
Bournemouth BH6  (Online Only)
Is something in your life, holding you back? Would you like to feel more fulfilled, in your life? Would you like to communicate better in your personal/work relationships, get to the bottom of your anger/depression/anxiety, be free of limiting beliefs that prevent your right to a happy life? Together we can explore and begin to understand your difficulties and find a way forward, that helps you know yourself, and what you need to move toward the life you deserve. You will gain life long tools that will help you to help yourself, after your therapy is completed, providing you confidence and self sufficiency, on your journey ahead.
Is something in your life, holding you back? Would you like to feel more fulfilled, in your life? Would you like to communicate better in your personal/work relationships, get to the bottom of your anger/depression/anxiety, be free of limiting beliefs that prevent your right to a happy life? Together we can explore and begin to understand your difficulties and find a way forward, that helps you know yourself, and what you need to move toward the life you deserve. You will gain life long tools that will help you to help yourself, after your therapy is completed, providing you confidence and self sufficiency, on your journey ahead.
01707 241079 View 01707 241079
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New Horizons Network
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified
Bournemouth BH7
New Horizons Network is a team of counsellors, life coaches and psychotherapists. Being able to explore areas of your life which you may wish to understand, improve on or make changes to can make life better, improve relationships and self esteem. We all deserve the best from life. We believe that coaching, counselling and psychotherapy should be accessible to all. With that in mind we offer these services at varying costs according to the level of experience of our network of practitioners. Contact us for a discussion on how we can help you with your needs and put you in touch with the best person for you.
New Horizons Network is a team of counsellors, life coaches and psychotherapists. Being able to explore areas of your life which you may wish to understand, improve on or make changes to can make life better, improve relationships and self esteem. We all deserve the best from life. We believe that coaching, counselling and psychotherapy should be accessible to all. With that in mind we offer these services at varying costs according to the level of experience of our network of practitioners. Contact us for a discussion on how we can help you with your needs and put you in touch with the best person for you.
07507 562278 View 07507 562278

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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.