Autism Counselling in Hartlepool

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Kathryn Fox
Psychotherapist, MSc, BACP
Verified Verified
Hartlepool TS24
It can be exceptionally tough to start looking for therapy, and I'm proud of you for doing so today. As both a practicing therapist and as someone who has healed and grown in therapy myself, I know how it feels to be in both chairs in the therapy office. If you are looking for somewhere to create meaning in your life, you are feeling lost or hopeless, or you are seeking emotional support, please get in touch. I’m offering therapy exclusively through Skype, Zoom, and by phone, depending on your preference. While I plan to be back in the office to see people face-to-face when it is safe to do so, I am also excited to see you online!
It can be exceptionally tough to start looking for therapy, and I'm proud of you for doing so today. As both a practicing therapist and as someone who has healed and grown in therapy myself, I know how it feels to be in both chairs in the therapy office. If you are looking for somewhere to create meaning in your life, you are feeling lost or hopeless, or you are seeking emotional support, please get in touch. I’m offering therapy exclusively through Skype, Zoom, and by phone, depending on your preference. While I plan to be back in the office to see people face-to-face when it is safe to do so, I am also excited to see you online!
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Kirby Graham
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
Hartlepool TS24
Hello, My name is Kirby - BACP Registered Counsellor at Breakfree Counselling. It can be difficult to make the decision to begin therapy but you have taken the first step. I know that making this decision can bring about many feelings and emotions. You mightn't know what to expect from therapy. You mightn't feel that therapy is the right route to take, but I am here to help. Therapy can give you the opportunity to identify your issues and needs and help you to work towards moving forward. If you feel that this is right for you feel free to get in contact for a free no obligation initial consultation.
Hello, My name is Kirby - BACP Registered Counsellor at Breakfree Counselling. It can be difficult to make the decision to begin therapy but you have taken the first step. I know that making this decision can bring about many feelings and emotions. You mightn't know what to expect from therapy. You mightn't feel that therapy is the right route to take, but I am here to help. Therapy can give you the opportunity to identify your issues and needs and help you to work towards moving forward. If you feel that this is right for you feel free to get in contact for a free no obligation initial consultation.
0191 743 7883 View 0191 743 7883
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F&B Digital Therapy
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Hartlepool TS24  (Online Only)
Hi, we’re Faye and Becki! Here at F&B Therapy, we provide evidence-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy via typed messaging or telephone. We provide treatments for a number of psychological difficulties, drawing on up-to-date methods and approaches, whilst catering to the person as an individual. We have worked in NHS-funded services for many years and know that waiting lists can be long and sessions limited. How and when you speak to your therapist can also be limited to traditional offers of daytime working hours or via an office, which isn't the preferred method for everyone.
Hi, we’re Faye and Becki! Here at F&B Therapy, we provide evidence-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy via typed messaging or telephone. We provide treatments for a number of psychological difficulties, drawing on up-to-date methods and approaches, whilst catering to the person as an individual. We have worked in NHS-funded services for many years and know that waiting lists can be long and sessions limited. How and when you speak to your therapist can also be limited to traditional offers of daytime working hours or via an office, which isn't the preferred method for everyone.
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Lucy Thornton
Psychotherapist, DCounsPsych, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Hartlepool TS24
Hi, I am a registered accredited (UKCP) Psychotherapist & Counsellor and have experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. All my clients are unique, and so is my approach to therapy. I utilise a humanistic and integrated approach, which means I tailor my techniques to fit the individual needs of each of my clients. This approach ensures a holistic and compassionate therapeutic experience that promotes personal growth and emotional well-being. Addressing the emotional, mental, and relational aspects of each of my clients.
Hi, I am a registered accredited (UKCP) Psychotherapist & Counsellor and have experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. All my clients are unique, and so is my approach to therapy. I utilise a humanistic and integrated approach, which means I tailor my techniques to fit the individual needs of each of my clients. This approach ensures a holistic and compassionate therapeutic experience that promotes personal growth and emotional well-being. Addressing the emotional, mental, and relational aspects of each of my clients.
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STEP a DAY Counselling Services Ltd
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Hartlepool TS25
Are you going through bereavement, loss, bullying, stress at work or at home? Maybe life hasn't panned out the way you thought it would or maybe you are feeling anxious, flat or angry and however hard you try, it just will not shift. Talking it all through in a safe and confidential space can help you with life challenges and difficulties you are facing. You are not alone and you don’t have to remain silent anymore, I am here to listen and to help you cope.
Are you going through bereavement, loss, bullying, stress at work or at home? Maybe life hasn't panned out the way you thought it would or maybe you are feeling anxious, flat or angry and however hard you try, it just will not shift. Talking it all through in a safe and confidential space can help you with life challenges and difficulties you are facing. You are not alone and you don’t have to remain silent anymore, I am here to listen and to help you cope.
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Peter John Haggerston
Psychotherapist, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Stockton-on-Tees TS19
I am in integrative psychotherapist and clinical supervisor. I've worked with children and families since 2015. I am an adoptive parent. I support families, children and individuals to feel empowered and authentic. I have a lived experience of neurodivergence (autism). I have parented neurodivergent children with co-existing conditions such as, ASD, FASD, ADHD etc. I work integratively using different theoretical approaches tailored to the individual clients needs. I have a Diploma in Clinical Supervision and I use the seven eyed model. I work with students, qualified counsellors and psychotherapists.
I am in integrative psychotherapist and clinical supervisor. I've worked with children and families since 2015. I am an adoptive parent. I support families, children and individuals to feel empowered and authentic. I have a lived experience of neurodivergence (autism). I have parented neurodivergent children with co-existing conditions such as, ASD, FASD, ADHD etc. I work integratively using different theoretical approaches tailored to the individual clients needs. I have a Diploma in Clinical Supervision and I use the seven eyed model. I work with students, qualified counsellors and psychotherapists.
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Amanda Jane Wilkinson
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Billingham TS23
Hello, I’m Amanda Wilkinson. I’m a therapist and jointly own a non profit making therapy company. I am experienced in working with Autism and relational trauma. I work with children, adults, families and organisations. I am a parent of four children and have a lived experience of parenting children who are neurodivergent. I have over 26 years of experience personally and professionally of different neurological conditions. I work with families who have adopted and looked after children, as well as birth families and individuals. I am NVR trained and work with groups and individuals where there is child to parent violence.
Hello, I’m Amanda Wilkinson. I’m a therapist and jointly own a non profit making therapy company. I am experienced in working with Autism and relational trauma. I work with children, adults, families and organisations. I am a parent of four children and have a lived experience of parenting children who are neurodivergent. I have over 26 years of experience personally and professionally of different neurological conditions. I work with families who have adopted and looked after children, as well as birth families and individuals. I am NVR trained and work with groups and individuals where there is child to parent violence.
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Natalie Holmes
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Peterlee SR8
Waitlist for new clients
I specialise in neurodiversity and I have additional training in autism, ADHD, and neuroscience.
Hi, I’m Natalie, the therapist at East Durham Counselling. I work with adults and young people in private practice. I’m trained in integrative counselling, which means I have lots of techniques to choose from when deciding what will help my clients the most; I draw from person-centred, psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioural therapies depending on the presenting issues and client's needs. I have experience of working with autism, ADHD, abuse, anxiety, bereavement, depression, domestic violence, eating disorders, OCD, PTSD, relationship issues, self-harm, stress, trauma and dissociation.
I specialise in neurodiversity and I have additional training in autism, ADHD, and neuroscience.
Hi, I’m Natalie, the therapist at East Durham Counselling. I work with adults and young people in private practice. I’m trained in integrative counselling, which means I have lots of techniques to choose from when deciding what will help my clients the most; I draw from person-centred, psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioural therapies depending on the presenting issues and client's needs. I have experience of working with autism, ADHD, abuse, anxiety, bereavement, depression, domestic violence, eating disorders, OCD, PTSD, relationship issues, self-harm, stress, trauma and dissociation.
0191 743 9237 View 0191 743 9237
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Kristen Brown
Psychotherapist, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Stockton-on-Tees TS19
Hi! I’m Kristen; a UKCP accredited Psychotherapist based in Stockton-On-Tees. My office is wheelchair accessible, vibrant and welcoming. I am experienced in working with both children and adults and I am qualified to work with a range of difficulties. My specialities include: neurodiversity, attachment, trauma, sexual abuse, domestic violence and disability/chronic illness.
Hi! I’m Kristen; a UKCP accredited Psychotherapist based in Stockton-On-Tees. My office is wheelchair accessible, vibrant and welcoming. I am experienced in working with both children and adults and I am qualified to work with a range of difficulties. My specialities include: neurodiversity, attachment, trauma, sexual abuse, domestic violence and disability/chronic illness.
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Alchemilla Psychotherapy
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Middlesbrough TS3
Hello, I’m Dorrie. Finding a therapist that is right for you can be completely overwhelming; there is so much choice and sometimes, the therapist jargon can be a real head scratcher. As you read through my profile, have a think about if I seem like someone you could connect with, as that is such an important aspect of finding the right therapist. You may be seeking therapy because you are feeling depressed, anxious or may want to explore who you are and what that means to you. Together we will forge a relationship which will serve as a safe haven to express and explore yourself openly, without judgment.
Hello, I’m Dorrie. Finding a therapist that is right for you can be completely overwhelming; there is so much choice and sometimes, the therapist jargon can be a real head scratcher. As you read through my profile, have a think about if I seem like someone you could connect with, as that is such an important aspect of finding the right therapist. You may be seeking therapy because you are feeling depressed, anxious or may want to explore who you are and what that means to you. Together we will forge a relationship which will serve as a safe haven to express and explore yourself openly, without judgment.
01947 660408 View 01947 660408
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Nicola Jones Counselling and CBT
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Middlesbrough TS1
I am a fully qualified and experienced Counsellor, Psychological Therapist and High Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT) and Supervisor. Often individuals will seek therapy because they feel unable to cope with the stresses of life or adjusting to a big change, not like 'their old self', isolated from others, worried or lost or just needing someone to listen. My role is to work together with individuals to make sense of what is happening for them and provide opportunities for change in away that they feel is appropriate and achievable at their own pace, within a private and confidential setting.
I am a fully qualified and experienced Counsellor, Psychological Therapist and High Intensity Cognitive Behavioural Therapist (CBT) and Supervisor. Often individuals will seek therapy because they feel unable to cope with the stresses of life or adjusting to a big change, not like 'their old self', isolated from others, worried or lost or just needing someone to listen. My role is to work together with individuals to make sense of what is happening for them and provide opportunities for change in away that they feel is appropriate and achievable at their own pace, within a private and confidential setting.
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Kerrie McCabe
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
Stockton-on-Tees TS20
Hello, and a very warm welcome. My name is Kerrie, and I am a qualified Counsellor. I am a member of The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, and adhere to their code of ethics. Counselling allows you to discuss any problems and difficult feelings you are experiencing in a relaxed, safe, and confidential environment. The Counselling process gives you the opportunity to talk about your problems enabling you to develop an understanding and insight into your thoughts, feelings, behaviors and issues. A plan of action may be looked at to either help you resolve your issues or help you to find ways of coping.
Hello, and a very warm welcome. My name is Kerrie, and I am a qualified Counsellor. I am a member of The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy, and adhere to their code of ethics. Counselling allows you to discuss any problems and difficult feelings you are experiencing in a relaxed, safe, and confidential environment. The Counselling process gives you the opportunity to talk about your problems enabling you to develop an understanding and insight into your thoughts, feelings, behaviors and issues. A plan of action may be looked at to either help you resolve your issues or help you to find ways of coping.
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Darren Gallagher
Psychotherapist, MA, MUKCP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Middlesbrough TS1
Hi, I’m an accredited Psychotherapeutic Counsellor (UKCP/ MBACP) with a specialism of working with children, young people and adult clients. I am trained in EMDR (Masterclass) and have many years experience working with children and families within settings, such as schools, hospices, charities, clinical settings, LAC teams and in the community – Like Violet Oaklander says ‘Play can be a serious business’. I am a humanistic, ‘integrative’ practitioner, so I use different methods to develop a warm, friendly relationship based on individual needs, respect and accepting the person as a whole – in other words - ‘I’m Ok – You’re Ok’.
Hi, I’m an accredited Psychotherapeutic Counsellor (UKCP/ MBACP) with a specialism of working with children, young people and adult clients. I am trained in EMDR (Masterclass) and have many years experience working with children and families within settings, such as schools, hospices, charities, clinical settings, LAC teams and in the community – Like Violet Oaklander says ‘Play can be a serious business’. I am a humanistic, ‘integrative’ practitioner, so I use different methods to develop a warm, friendly relationship based on individual needs, respect and accepting the person as a whole – in other words - ‘I’m Ok – You’re Ok’.
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Kirsty Shaw CBT
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Stockton-on-Tees TS20  (Online Only)
Are you or a loved one struggling with obsessional thoughts or compulsive behaviours? Perhaps you have been experiencing social anxiety or low mood which has led you to avoid certain activities, people, or places. Are you are now wanting to be able to find enjoyment and fulfilment in your life? If you are struggling with your mental health, I can help you to overcome these difficulties with regular online cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) sessions. Please feel free to check out my website www.kirstyshawcbt.com
Are you or a loved one struggling with obsessional thoughts or compulsive behaviours? Perhaps you have been experiencing social anxiety or low mood which has led you to avoid certain activities, people, or places. Are you are now wanting to be able to find enjoyment and fulfilment in your life? If you are struggling with your mental health, I can help you to overcome these difficulties with regular online cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) sessions. Please feel free to check out my website www.kirstyshawcbt.com
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Dr. Faye Fraser
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Durham DH6
Faye is passionate about offering an approachable and professional clinical psychology service that aims to support those who find themselves in emotional distress. Faye can help you identify and achieve your goals for better mental health. This will involve gaining a better understanding of your difficulties, consider what is blocking you from moving forward and causing you to feel stuck, and consider ways to better manage the issue identified.
Faye is passionate about offering an approachable and professional clinical psychology service that aims to support those who find themselves in emotional distress. Faye can help you identify and achieve your goals for better mental health. This will involve gaining a better understanding of your difficulties, consider what is blocking you from moving forward and causing you to feel stuck, and consider ways to better manage the issue identified.
0191 917 4522 View 0191 917 4522
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Amy Robson
Psychotherapist, MUKCP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Durham DH1  (Online Only)
It takes courage to be reflective about ourselves and consider the things that might be getting in our way. Finding the right therapist can be an overwhelming task. I’m Amy, a humanistic and integrative Psychotherapist. Whatever has brought you here, anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, relationship difficulties, changes to your identity or other stumbling blocks in life; our co-created relationship could be the catalyst for change you’re looking for.
It takes courage to be reflective about ourselves and consider the things that might be getting in our way. Finding the right therapist can be an overwhelming task. I’m Amy, a humanistic and integrative Psychotherapist. Whatever has brought you here, anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, relationship difficulties, changes to your identity or other stumbling blocks in life; our co-created relationship could be the catalyst for change you’re looking for.
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Tidal Therapy Services
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Seaham SR7
Counselling provides an opportunity to work through what is happening within your life, in a safe, accepted therapeutic space, where you are free to explore who you are and focus upon what brings you to counselling. Counselling enables you to gain support, to be truly heard and listened to, by a skilled professional, someone who is patient, present and focused upon supporting you without any judgement, with whatever your needs may be.
Counselling provides an opportunity to work through what is happening within your life, in a safe, accepted therapeutic space, where you are free to explore who you are and focus upon what brings you to counselling. Counselling enables you to gain support, to be truly heard and listened to, by a skilled professional, someone who is patient, present and focused upon supporting you without any judgement, with whatever your needs may be.
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Bishop Auckland Counselling and Psychotherapy
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
Durham DH6
Waitlist for new clients
I am a Humanistic Integrative therapist, which means my "eclectic" style of therapy is adaptable to the individual. The integrative approach views the client as a whole and considers many different therapy styles and approaches to find what works for the individual, and appeals most to their personality and attachment style. I view my clients as people, not jargon, and an advocate for personal autonomy. I use many techniques but specialise in Transactional Analysis.
I am a Humanistic Integrative therapist, which means my "eclectic" style of therapy is adaptable to the individual. The integrative approach views the client as a whole and considers many different therapy styles and approaches to find what works for the individual, and appeals most to their personality and attachment style. I view my clients as people, not jargon, and an advocate for personal autonomy. I use many techniques but specialise in Transactional Analysis.
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Alison Louise Doherty
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Stockton-on-Tees TS18
One of the things I love about EMDR is that it puts you, the client, in control, (something we may not have had very much of when our traumas were taking place). EMDR does not delete memories but simply changes the way painful memories are stored, so that when we think about them, they no longer trigger negative emotions or sensations. As my mother once said, you can go around it, under it or over it but at some point, you must go through it. I wish you strength and healing on your journey.
One of the things I love about EMDR is that it puts you, the client, in control, (something we may not have had very much of when our traumas were taking place). EMDR does not delete memories but simply changes the way painful memories are stored, so that when we think about them, they no longer trigger negative emotions or sensations. As my mother once said, you can go around it, under it or over it but at some point, you must go through it. I wish you strength and healing on your journey.
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Julie Barfoot Talking Therapies
Psychotherapist, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Middlesbrough TS6
Hi, I am a BABCP accredited cognitive behavioural therapist and a previously registered Occupational Therapist. I provide personalised CBT (£65 per session) for people with anxiety disorders e.g. OCD, health anxiety, Generalised anxiety disorder (worry about everything), panic disorder, phobias, social anxiety, PTSD, low self esteem and depression. I also look at wellbeing issues e.g. sleep. I also offer EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing £65 per session) for trauma and anxiety. I am available Tuesday to Thursday throughout the day until 6pm only.
Hi, I am a BABCP accredited cognitive behavioural therapist and a previously registered Occupational Therapist. I provide personalised CBT (£65 per session) for people with anxiety disorders e.g. OCD, health anxiety, Generalised anxiety disorder (worry about everything), panic disorder, phobias, social anxiety, PTSD, low self esteem and depression. I also look at wellbeing issues e.g. sleep. I also offer EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing £65 per session) for trauma and anxiety. I am available Tuesday to Thursday throughout the day until 6pm only.
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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.