Autism Counselling in Houghton le Spring

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Alexa Johnstone
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Houghton le Spring DH4
Hi, my name is Alexa and thank you for taking the step in seeking help. I know counselling can be very daunting for some people but rest assured I'm here to help put you at ease. Counselling can be a journey of self discovery, growth and finding the real you. I work using the holistic approach, you will be the one to talk about what you want, in a safe environment and I will listen. Within our sessions I will be non judgemental, meaning that I will accept you for the person you are, I will be honest, and I will be empathetic, meaning that I will strive to see the world through your eyes so I can fully understand.
Hi, my name is Alexa and thank you for taking the step in seeking help. I know counselling can be very daunting for some people but rest assured I'm here to help put you at ease. Counselling can be a journey of self discovery, growth and finding the real you. I work using the holistic approach, you will be the one to talk about what you want, in a safe environment and I will listen. Within our sessions I will be non judgemental, meaning that I will accept you for the person you are, I will be honest, and I will be empathetic, meaning that I will strive to see the world through your eyes so I can fully understand.
0191 743 4333 View 0191 743 4333
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Deborah Dixon
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Houghton le Spring DH5
Are you feeling stuck or overwhelmed, tired of existing and not living? Is there something preventing you from moving forward? There are times in everyone’s life when things become too much and it is during these times it is important to know that you are not alone. I am passionate about supporting you to heal, to identify solutions and make changes, to help you to create a happier, healthier and peaceful life. I work with both adults and children, helping to overcome a wide range of emotional difficulties. I currently have availability for new clients online or face to face from April and offer a free, no obligation consultation.
Are you feeling stuck or overwhelmed, tired of existing and not living? Is there something preventing you from moving forward? There are times in everyone’s life when things become too much and it is during these times it is important to know that you are not alone. I am passionate about supporting you to heal, to identify solutions and make changes, to help you to create a happier, healthier and peaceful life. I work with both adults and children, helping to overcome a wide range of emotional difficulties. I currently have availability for new clients online or face to face from April and offer a free, no obligation consultation.
0191 743 9055 View 0191 743 9055
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Tidal Therapy Services
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Houghton le Spring SR4
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.
07445 808113 View 07445 808113
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Janine Hodge Courage2Be Counselling Services
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
Houghton le Spring DH4  (Online Only)
Hello & Welcome to Courage2Be Counselling Services. I founded this service to empower adults as well as children, and young people in overcoming mental health difficulties and trauma, and I feel very fortunate to work with such a courageous group of people. I'm an experienced Adult/Teen Psychotherapist & Child Play Therapist. I work with clients from 6yrs through to older adults who are finding it difficult to manage emotions, feel emotions, or control intrusive negative thoughts & anxieties, which are contributing to low self-confidence, low self-esteem, sadness, negative views of themselves, & difficulties within relationships.
Hello & Welcome to Courage2Be Counselling Services. I founded this service to empower adults as well as children, and young people in overcoming mental health difficulties and trauma, and I feel very fortunate to work with such a courageous group of people. I'm an experienced Adult/Teen Psychotherapist & Child Play Therapist. I work with clients from 6yrs through to older adults who are finding it difficult to manage emotions, feel emotions, or control intrusive negative thoughts & anxieties, which are contributing to low self-confidence, low self-esteem, sadness, negative views of themselves, & difficulties within relationships.
0191 743 9483 View 0191 743 9483

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Dr Kathleen Hass
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Gateshead NE10
I have a warm and empathetic approach, and a wealth of experience both in the NHS and in private practice working with adults, adolescents and children with a range of problems, including: anxiety; depression; trauma and PTSD; stress and burnout; obsessions and compulsions; relationship problems; Personality Disorder and emotional regulation; and, emotional difficulties associated with physical health problems. I regularly work with clients with Autism Spectrum Disorder and learning disabilities.
I have a warm and empathetic approach, and a wealth of experience both in the NHS and in private practice working with adults, adolescents and children with a range of problems, including: anxiety; depression; trauma and PTSD; stress and burnout; obsessions and compulsions; relationship problems; Personality Disorder and emotional regulation; and, emotional difficulties associated with physical health problems. I regularly work with clients with Autism Spectrum Disorder and learning disabilities.
0191 814 7219 View 0191 814 7219
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Dr Denika Campbell-Lee
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Gateshead NE8  (Online Only)
Do you feel misunderstood, either by others or even yourself? Are you struggling with your mood? Do you find yourself tearful, anxious, confused or angry? Do you have days where you are able to function with your struggles and days you find it too hard to function? Hi I'm Denika and I would love to help! We'll think about everything that makes you, you! Including cultural and social aspects which are not typically considered in traditional therapeutic models. There's many versions of you, and together we can discover the version you want to be most present. I also offer private Autism assessments (starting from £1900).
Do you feel misunderstood, either by others or even yourself? Are you struggling with your mood? Do you find yourself tearful, anxious, confused or angry? Do you have days where you are able to function with your struggles and days you find it too hard to function? Hi I'm Denika and I would love to help! We'll think about everything that makes you, you! Including cultural and social aspects which are not typically considered in traditional therapeutic models. There's many versions of you, and together we can discover the version you want to be most present. I also offer private Autism assessments (starting from £1900).
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Natalie Holmes
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Durham DH1
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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Lorna Evans | The Mind Movement Therapy
Psychotherapist, MSc, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Gateshead NE10
Hi, I'm Lorna, an experienced psychotherapist (UKCP). I offer you a safe, encouraging, and warm relationship, enabling you to work through present or past issues contributing to your mental and physical well-being. I have extensive experience working with Neurodivergent clients, including ADHD and autism, and I'm neurodivergent.
Hi, I'm Lorna, an experienced psychotherapist (UKCP). I offer you a safe, encouraging, and warm relationship, enabling you to work through present or past issues contributing to your mental and physical well-being. I have extensive experience working with Neurodivergent clients, including ADHD and autism, and I'm neurodivergent.
0191 917 2252 View 0191 917 2252
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Eileen Moss
Counsellor, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
Durham DH1
Most recently this has included Autism, working with sexual violence & rape, and working online in counselling.
Are you feeling stressed? Anxious? Suffering the loss of a loved one? Going through a rough patch? I can offer you a safe, confidential place to explore your problems. You can be assured of being heard with understanding and without judgement. As an integrative counsellor, I have a wide variety of theories and styles to draw on to suit the needs of the individual. I offer counselling to adults, young people and children through Microsoft Teams or the Psychology Today platform. Home visits are available locally. Counselling is an opportunity to understand what is going on for you in your life and to explore a way forward.
Most recently this has included Autism, working with sexual violence & rape, and working online in counselling.
Are you feeling stressed? Anxious? Suffering the loss of a loved one? Going through a rough patch? I can offer you a safe, confidential place to explore your problems. You can be assured of being heard with understanding and without judgement. As an integrative counsellor, I have a wide variety of theories and styles to draw on to suit the needs of the individual. I offer counselling to adults, young people and children through Microsoft Teams or the Psychology Today platform. Home visits are available locally. Counselling is an opportunity to understand what is going on for you in your life and to explore a way forward.
01684 217891 View 01684 217891
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Kalmer Counselling
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Gateshead NE10
The way we live our lives, how we think, feel and behave can have a huge impact upon us. If we feel stuck, negative about life that’s all we notice, see and attract into our lives. Therapy at Kalmer can change your life! By creating a space to explore you, your needs, your life, dreams and desires you can change your mindset and develop feelings of happiness and positivity. This can help to change everything about your life because if you change you everything around you has to change too. If you want a more fulfilling happy life it starts with you. ‘Like attracts like’
The way we live our lives, how we think, feel and behave can have a huge impact upon us. If we feel stuck, negative about life that’s all we notice, see and attract into our lives. Therapy at Kalmer can change your life! By creating a space to explore you, your needs, your life, dreams and desires you can change your mindset and develop feelings of happiness and positivity. This can help to change everything about your life because if you change you everything around you has to change too. If you want a more fulfilling happy life it starts with you. ‘Like attracts like’
0191 743 0491 View 0191 743 0491
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Louise Anne Henderson
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Newcastle upon Tyne NE2
I am a Counsellor working from a Person Centred approach integrating Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Psychodynamic approaches. I provide a safe, professional and confidential space to help support clients and facilitate change during challenging times. I provide services that are unique to your individual needs and can create a bespoke combination of therapies that include Counselling, Coaching and Mindfulness. Services can help you feel empowered, make changes, identify & face challenges head on, gain control over your life, provide greater insight & perspective whilst learning coping strategies and encourage a positive mindset.
I am a Counsellor working from a Person Centred approach integrating Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Psychodynamic approaches. I provide a safe, professional and confidential space to help support clients and facilitate change during challenging times. I provide services that are unique to your individual needs and can create a bespoke combination of therapies that include Counselling, Coaching and Mindfulness. Services can help you feel empowered, make changes, identify & face challenges head on, gain control over your life, provide greater insight & perspective whilst learning coping strategies and encourage a positive mindset.
07588 702503 View 07588 702503
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IAS Ltd
Psychotherapist, BACP
Verified Verified
Sunderland SR2
I have over 25 years of experience working with adults and young people who are experiencing, anxiety, depression along with other emotional and psychological distress. Counselling can be a liberating and uplifting experience, making the first step to call a counsellor is the biggest step you can make. ( see further down the page for more information about counselling ) I also see couples who are experiencing relationship issues and difficulties or just need to talk through issues together, in a professional, safe place. I qualified as a Person Centred Counsellor and Cognitive (CBT) Therapist [ University of Newcastle Upon T
I have over 25 years of experience working with adults and young people who are experiencing, anxiety, depression along with other emotional and psychological distress. Counselling can be a liberating and uplifting experience, making the first step to call a counsellor is the biggest step you can make. ( see further down the page for more information about counselling ) I also see couples who are experiencing relationship issues and difficulties or just need to talk through issues together, in a professional, safe place. I qualified as a Person Centred Counsellor and Cognitive (CBT) Therapist [ University of Newcastle Upon T
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Lyndsey Waugh
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
Newcastle upon Tyne NE6
I am a professionally qualified psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer. Establishing in private practice in 2013, with private practices in Gosforth and Monkseaton. My knowledge and skills have developed through my psychotherapeutic work in private practice, I will share this knowledge with you where it would be helpful, to enable you to develop tools to use in everyday life beyond therapy. I’m particularly proud of my track record over the last nearly 10 years as a Psychotherapist & in practice, I consider myself friendly and warming, my passion, innovative ideas and solutions particularly around psycho-education with and adults.
I am a professionally qualified psychotherapist, supervisor and trainer. Establishing in private practice in 2013, with private practices in Gosforth and Monkseaton. My knowledge and skills have developed through my psychotherapeutic work in private practice, I will share this knowledge with you where it would be helpful, to enable you to develop tools to use in everyday life beyond therapy. I’m particularly proud of my track record over the last nearly 10 years as a Psychotherapist & in practice, I consider myself friendly and warming, my passion, innovative ideas and solutions particularly around psycho-education with and adults.
0191 743 9785 View 0191 743 9785
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Dr. Faye Fraser
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Durham DH1
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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Darren Gallagher
Psychotherapist, MA, MUKCP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Durham DH1
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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Sarah Charlton
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Gateshead NE9  (Online Only)
Are you feeling anxious or experiencing low mood? Do you struggle with low self-esteem? Have you been through a trauma? Do you need someone to talk to? I am a fully accredited person-centred trauma-informed counsellor. I am an empathetic listener and will support you with warmth and encouragement as we work to overcome any difficulties you have. I make our relationship a priority and know how much building trust enables you to open up, reflect and grow inner strength and resilience. I see you as the expert in your life and will strive to empower you to make any changes you think will be beneficial.
Are you feeling anxious or experiencing low mood? Do you struggle with low self-esteem? Have you been through a trauma? Do you need someone to talk to? I am a fully accredited person-centred trauma-informed counsellor. I am an empathetic listener and will support you with warmth and encouragement as we work to overcome any difficulties you have. I make our relationship a priority and know how much building trust enables you to open up, reflect and grow inner strength and resilience. I see you as the expert in your life and will strive to empower you to make any changes you think will be beneficial.
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Jesmond Therapy Centre
Counsellor, MA, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Durham DH1
We welcome you to a safe space....Coming for therapy can help you to identify what the issues are so that you can feel better about yourself, your relationships, your work and your life. All of our therapists are independent private practitioners with a great deal of experience of working with a vast range of issues in a variety of settings. We offer a wide range of daytime, late evening & Saturday appointments to fit around your busy schedule . If you're coming to us by car, we have free on-street parking and we are a few minutes walk from the nearest bus stop & metro stations.
We welcome you to a safe space....Coming for therapy can help you to identify what the issues are so that you can feel better about yourself, your relationships, your work and your life. All of our therapists are independent private practitioners with a great deal of experience of working with a vast range of issues in a variety of settings. We offer a wide range of daytime, late evening & Saturday appointments to fit around your busy schedule . If you're coming to us by car, we have free on-street parking and we are a few minutes walk from the nearest bus stop & metro stations.
0191 743 1447 View 0191 743 1447
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Gemma Victoria Watson
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
Newcastle upon Tyne NE6  (Online Only)
We all struggle at different times in our lives. If you have found yourself needing to talk about your feelings, feeling stuck in life or are burdened by the past, person-centred counselling can address many different types of mental health problems.
We all struggle at different times in our lives. If you have found yourself needing to talk about your feelings, feeling stuck in life or are burdened by the past, person-centred counselling can address many different types of mental health problems.
0191 743 2281 View 0191 743 2281
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Amy Robson
Psychotherapist, MUKCP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Sunderland SR1  (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.
01429 802918 View 01429 802918
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North East Counselling Services
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Durham DH1
North East Counselling Services provide counselling to anyone aged 4+ using our team of experienced counsellors. We provide counselling for couples in addition to individuals. We believe that getting you the right counsellor is important to your progress which is why we carry out an assessment then allocate you to the most appropriate counsellor, not just whoever is available. We've got a team of around 50 counsellors and 98% of our clients have said that our counselling helped them.
North East Counselling Services provide counselling to anyone aged 4+ using our team of experienced counsellors. We provide counselling for couples in addition to individuals. We believe that getting you the right counsellor is important to your progress which is why we carry out an assessment then allocate you to the most appropriate counsellor, not just whoever is available. We've got a team of around 50 counsellors and 98% of our clients have said that our counselling helped them.
01757 605682 View 01757 605682

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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.