Autism Counselling in Central London, London

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The Spectrum Clinic
Psychologist, MSc, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
7 Endorsed
Central London, London WC1N
The Spectrum Clinic has been established to provide a person-centred approach to assess for Autism and ADHD without compromising on quality and reliability of our assessments. Our patients are at the centre of what we do and every assessment starts with hearing about their journey. We use the gold standard tools for our assessments and follow the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines when offering our services. This means that our assessments are evidence-based and that our clinicians adhere to the highest standards of practice set in the UK.
The Spectrum Clinic has been established to provide a person-centred approach to assess for Autism and ADHD without compromising on quality and reliability of our assessments. Our patients are at the centre of what we do and every assessment starts with hearing about their journey. We use the gold standard tools for our assessments and follow the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) guidelines when offering our services. This means that our assessments are evidence-based and that our clinicians adhere to the highest standards of practice set in the UK.
020 3667 9039 View 020 3667 9039
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Sharon Bergin
Psychotherapist, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Central London, London EC2M
My specialist areas are relational difficulties and trauma. From these areas, we experience symptoms such as anxiety, depression, relationship breakdown, and at times other harmful and/or repetitive behaviours. My focus will be on helping you understand the function they have served for you, where they come from, and how to bring about change I have experience of working with individuals who present with diagnoses such as ADHD, autism, with one or more of the many different personality disorder, and with individuals who experience psychotic states of mind. That said, anyone can engage in therapy at any time, and, for any reason.
My specialist areas are relational difficulties and trauma. From these areas, we experience symptoms such as anxiety, depression, relationship breakdown, and at times other harmful and/or repetitive behaviours. My focus will be on helping you understand the function they have served for you, where they come from, and how to bring about change I have experience of working with individuals who present with diagnoses such as ADHD, autism, with one or more of the many different personality disorder, and with individuals who experience psychotic states of mind. That said, anyone can engage in therapy at any time, and, for any reason.
020 3835 3297 View 020 3835 3297
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Attuned Psychology and Psychiatry
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Central London, London WC1N
I provide comprehensive Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) assessments, utilising gold standard assessment tools, as recommended by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines.
I am a clinical psychologist currently working in a national specialist CAMHS trauma service. My work within this team, specialist inpatient and outpatient CAMHS, as well as in adult mental health services, has given me experience in supporting adults, children, and young people with severe and complex mental health difficulties. Through my training I have developed high-level knowledge of the theory and practice of both CBT including CFT, ACT, DBT and trauma-focussed CBT, and systemic approaches. I am also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
I provide comprehensive Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) assessments, utilising gold standard assessment tools, as recommended by the National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines.
I am a clinical psychologist currently working in a national specialist CAMHS trauma service. My work within this team, specialist inpatient and outpatient CAMHS, as well as in adult mental health services, has given me experience in supporting adults, children, and young people with severe and complex mental health difficulties. Through my training I have developed high-level knowledge of the theory and practice of both CBT including CFT, ACT, DBT and trauma-focussed CBT, and systemic approaches. I am also trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR).
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Lisa Markwell
Counsellor
Verified Verified
Central London, London WC2A
I specialise in working with couples where one or both partners are on the autism spectrum (or Asperger's Syndrome).
Are you struggling to communicate with your partner? Feel like your partner doesn't understand you? Do you wish you could turn the clock back to happier times in your relationship? Many couples face difficulties in their relationship at some time or other, and this can often be a stressful experience, leaving one or both partners feeling hurt, lonely or rejected. Relationship counselling can help you re-connect with each other, reduce conflict in the relationship, and regain the closeness and intimacy you once had.
I specialise in working with couples where one or both partners are on the autism spectrum (or Asperger's Syndrome).
Are you struggling to communicate with your partner? Feel like your partner doesn't understand you? Do you wish you could turn the clock back to happier times in your relationship? Many couples face difficulties in their relationship at some time or other, and this can often be a stressful experience, leaving one or both partners feeling hurt, lonely or rejected. Relationship counselling can help you re-connect with each other, reduce conflict in the relationship, and regain the closeness and intimacy you once had.
07428 538182 View 07428 538182
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Dr Lucy Chantrey
Psychotherapist, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Central London, London EC1V
I specialise in the psychotherapeutic support of the parents and carers of neurodiverse children / young people pre and post diagnosis, in particular the support of the parents of autistic girls. As well as having lived experience of autism parenting, I have written and researched extensively around the lived experiences of the parents of autistic girls. The support that I offer encompasses both parental mental wellbeing and offering advice and guidance, whether from first suspicions that your child might be autistic, through the journey to diagnosis, with life in-between and beyond.
I specialise in the psychotherapeutic support of the parents and carers of neurodiverse children / young people pre and post diagnosis, in particular the support of the parents of autistic girls. As well as having lived experience of autism parenting, I have written and researched extensively around the lived experiences of the parents of autistic girls. The support that I offer encompasses both parental mental wellbeing and offering advice and guidance, whether from first suspicions that your child might be autistic, through the journey to diagnosis, with life in-between and beyond.
01824 733692 View 01824 733692
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Dr Rachel Holden
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Central London, London EC2V  (Online Only)
I am a psychologist with particular interest in working with individuals, families and couples who want to use therapy to think about relationships. In some cases, this might be in the context of an autism spectrum condition, an existential/life crisis, or a change in circumstances. I've enjoyed working with creative people who are feeling blocked, and people who feel stuck in relationship patterns. I try to be honest, straightforward, and open. In the past, clients have described me as thoughtful, caring, funny (where appropriate!), and creative.
I am a psychologist with particular interest in working with individuals, families and couples who want to use therapy to think about relationships. In some cases, this might be in the context of an autism spectrum condition, an existential/life crisis, or a change in circumstances. I've enjoyed working with creative people who are feeling blocked, and people who feel stuck in relationship patterns. I try to be honest, straightforward, and open. In the past, clients have described me as thoughtful, caring, funny (where appropriate!), and creative.
01689 664670 View 01689 664670
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Rosemary Gomes
Psychologist, PhD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Central London, London EC1R
autism) and their families.
I am a compassionate and insightful mental health professional possessing a broad range of clinical experience with people with mental health conditions. I have gained this from over 10 years of working therapeutically. I am passionate about using evidence-based psychological techniques that are grounded in a tailored understanding of a person’s distress. I do this by constructing and continually refining a formulation to make sense of someone’s difficulties, drawing on both theoretical models and information that presents during therapy. I am proactive and enthusiastic about achieving successful therapy outcomes.
autism) and their families.
I am a compassionate and insightful mental health professional possessing a broad range of clinical experience with people with mental health conditions. I have gained this from over 10 years of working therapeutically. I am passionate about using evidence-based psychological techniques that are grounded in a tailored understanding of a person’s distress. I do this by constructing and continually refining a formulation to make sense of someone’s difficulties, drawing on both theoretical models and information that presents during therapy. I am proactive and enthusiastic about achieving successful therapy outcomes.
020 3962 1928 View 020 3962 1928
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Neil Hammond
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Central London, London EC1A
I have extensive experience of working with adults on the autism spectrum, I am an experienced autism diagnostician and practitioner in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), behavioural interventions, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) and mindfulness.
I run therapy clinic delivering adapted evidence based therapies for mental health difficulties associated with Autism. I have vast experience of working with adults with neurodevelopmental difficulties. I work using National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines adapted interventions which I’ve been developing as the lead Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Maudsley Hospital for the last 10 years. I am internationally known for these interventions and is regularly invited to teach and train others.
I have extensive experience of working with adults on the autism spectrum, I am an experienced autism diagnostician and practitioner in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), behavioural interventions, Eye Movement Desensitisation and Reprocessing Therapy (EMDR) and mindfulness.
I run therapy clinic delivering adapted evidence based therapies for mental health difficulties associated with Autism. I have vast experience of working with adults with neurodevelopmental difficulties. I work using National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NICE) guidelines adapted interventions which I’ve been developing as the lead Consultant Clinical Psychologist at the Maudsley Hospital for the last 10 years. I am internationally known for these interventions and is regularly invited to teach and train others.
020 3962 1645 View 020 3962 1645
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Dr Dorothy Szinay
Psychologist, PhD, CPsychol
Verified Verified
Central London, London WC2E  (Online Only)
You may feel stuck, in need of healing, struggling to find effective coping strategies, dealing with a long-term health condition, or navigating the emotional challenges of ADHD or Autism. You are not alone. Together, we can explore the best ways you can handle difficulties. I use an integrative approach as I believe in using a diverse range of strategies and interventions to support unique needs. In our sessions, I create a warm, non-judgemental and inviting space. My aim is to create a supportive environment for everyone.
You may feel stuck, in need of healing, struggling to find effective coping strategies, dealing with a long-term health condition, or navigating the emotional challenges of ADHD or Autism. You are not alone. Together, we can explore the best ways you can handle difficulties. I use an integrative approach as I believe in using a diverse range of strategies and interventions to support unique needs. In our sessions, I create a warm, non-judgemental and inviting space. My aim is to create a supportive environment for everyone.
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Dr Daksha Hirani
Psychologist, PsychD, CPsychol
Verified Verified
Central London, London EC1R
With over 20 years of experience, I am passionate about tailoring psychological intervention, so clients address their best hopes with their work with me in a relatively short space of time, be it alleviation from depression, burnout, anxiety or symptoms of trauma. Whilst providing a safe and contained space, I aim for clients to report a marked sense of well-being, increased ease and effectively in their lives from our work together. When necessary, I offer diagnostic neuropsychometric assessment that can help with the management of autism, dyslexia and other related neurological conditions, including brain injury and memory loss.
With over 20 years of experience, I am passionate about tailoring psychological intervention, so clients address their best hopes with their work with me in a relatively short space of time, be it alleviation from depression, burnout, anxiety or symptoms of trauma. Whilst providing a safe and contained space, I aim for clients to report a marked sense of well-being, increased ease and effectively in their lives from our work together. When necessary, I offer diagnostic neuropsychometric assessment that can help with the management of autism, dyslexia and other related neurological conditions, including brain injury and memory loss.
020 8059 2170 View 020 8059 2170
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Matthew Stiff
Psychologist, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
Central London, London EC2M
I am an independent counselling psychologist based near Liverpool Street in Central London. I bring warmth, compassion and humour to my work and have interests in addictions, anxiety (especially OCD), depression, gender identity, ADHD, autism and bereavement. I am trained in EMDR which I use extensively to treat complex trauma. I have worked in NHS, charity and private sectors and also practice as an associate psychologist at a leading Harley Street clinic. Having also worked at board level in public, private and charity sectors I am able to offer career and life coaching.
I am an independent counselling psychologist based near Liverpool Street in Central London. I bring warmth, compassion and humour to my work and have interests in addictions, anxiety (especially OCD), depression, gender identity, ADHD, autism and bereavement. I am trained in EMDR which I use extensively to treat complex trauma. I have worked in NHS, charity and private sectors and also practice as an associate psychologist at a leading Harley Street clinic. Having also worked at board level in public, private and charity sectors I am able to offer career and life coaching.
020 8138 8567 View 020 8138 8567
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Georgina Georgiou
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Central London, London WC1B
I am a Humanistic Integrative Counsellor (BACP) and have many years of experience supporting people with diverse conditions, including anxiety, depression, mental and physical health conditions, neurodiversity, (dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD, Autism) and disabilities.
I provide personalised therapy for those who are seeking support for emotional or mental health issues, and those in search of personal growth. Offering clients a confidential, supportive and non-judgmental space to speak freely, be heard and explore possibilities.
I am a Humanistic Integrative Counsellor (BACP) and have many years of experience supporting people with diverse conditions, including anxiety, depression, mental and physical health conditions, neurodiversity, (dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD, Autism) and disabilities.
I provide personalised therapy for those who are seeking support for emotional or mental health issues, and those in search of personal growth. Offering clients a confidential, supportive and non-judgmental space to speak freely, be heard and explore possibilities.
020 7870 7152 View 020 7870 7152
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Dr Morvwen Duncan
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Central London, London WC1N
I am a Clinical Psychologist providing specialist psychological assessment and evidence-based treatment for a range of mental health, emotional and behavioural difficulties in children and young people. This includes supporting those who are experiencing low mood, anxiety and challenges in forming or maintaining relationships. ​I specialise in comprehensive neuropsychological assessments to understand a young person's learning strengths and areas of difficulty, and to identify general or specific learning difficulties, such as Dyslexia. I also provide assessment of neurodevelopmental difficulties, including Autism Spectrum Disorder.
I am a Clinical Psychologist providing specialist psychological assessment and evidence-based treatment for a range of mental health, emotional and behavioural difficulties in children and young people. This includes supporting those who are experiencing low mood, anxiety and challenges in forming or maintaining relationships. ​I specialise in comprehensive neuropsychological assessments to understand a young person's learning strengths and areas of difficulty, and to identify general or specific learning difficulties, such as Dyslexia. I also provide assessment of neurodevelopmental difficulties, including Autism Spectrum Disorder.
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Ian Anderson
Psychologist, PhD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Central London, London EC1V
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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Dr Zaffran Jami
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Couns. Psych.
Verified Verified
Central London, London EC1A
I am a Counselling Psychologist. I have over 9 years of experience in working with individuals and groups. I am highly skilled in working with adults and young people experiencing difficulties such as anxiety, depression, phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder and interpersonal difficulties. I have a particular interest around trauma, understanding that trauma can have a profound impact on a person's emotional and psychological well-being, and I'm passionate about helping people through this. I am also experienced in conducting diagnostic assessments for Neurodevelopmental conditions (such as Autism Spectrum Condition and ADHD).
I am a Counselling Psychologist. I have over 9 years of experience in working with individuals and groups. I am highly skilled in working with adults and young people experiencing difficulties such as anxiety, depression, phobias, post-traumatic stress disorder and interpersonal difficulties. I have a particular interest around trauma, understanding that trauma can have a profound impact on a person's emotional and psychological well-being, and I'm passionate about helping people through this. I am also experienced in conducting diagnostic assessments for Neurodevelopmental conditions (such as Autism Spectrum Condition and ADHD).
020 3667 9959 View 020 3667 9959
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Psychological Systems Ltd
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Central London, London WC1N
Dr Sherry has a particular interest and specialty in assessing and treating Complex Trauma & neurodiversity such as ADHD, Autism and Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC), Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Discoordination Syndromes.
Dr Richard Sherry is a highly experienced Consultant Chartered Clinical Psychologist, HCPC Reg., and BPS CPsychol, FBPsS; (Full BPS Member Division for Clinical Psychology (DCP) as well as a Full BPS Divisional Counselling Psychologist (DCoP); HCPC Registered for both). He is a Full Fellow of the British Psychological Society (FBPsS). Dr Sherry expertly assesses and treats a full spectrum of psychological diagnoses including Depression, Anxiety, Addictions, Personality Disorders, Pain Disorders, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Complex PTSD. He works with adults, adolescents, and children.
Dr Sherry has a particular interest and specialty in assessing and treating Complex Trauma & neurodiversity such as ADHD, Autism and Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC), Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Discoordination Syndromes.
Dr Richard Sherry is a highly experienced Consultant Chartered Clinical Psychologist, HCPC Reg., and BPS CPsychol, FBPsS; (Full BPS Member Division for Clinical Psychology (DCP) as well as a Full BPS Divisional Counselling Psychologist (DCoP); HCPC Registered for both). He is a Full Fellow of the British Psychological Society (FBPsS). Dr Sherry expertly assesses and treats a full spectrum of psychological diagnoses including Depression, Anxiety, Addictions, Personality Disorders, Pain Disorders, and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Complex PTSD. He works with adults, adolescents, and children.
01428 770584 View 01428 770584
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Yolande Parry Mbacp - Mncps (Accr.)
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Central London, London WC1A  (Online Only)
If you're facing anxiety, depression, or other emotional challenges such as stress, trauma, or grief, know that you are not alone. I specialize in helping you regain balance and resilience. In my practice, I create a supportive environment where you can feel heard and empowered to overcome adversity. We will use tailored therapeutic techniques focusing on your personal growth and enhancing your overall well-being. My expertise extends to neurodiversity, including ADHD and autism, as well as complex conditions like PTSD and BPD.
If you're facing anxiety, depression, or other emotional challenges such as stress, trauma, or grief, know that you are not alone. I specialize in helping you regain balance and resilience. In my practice, I create a supportive environment where you can feel heard and empowered to overcome adversity. We will use tailored therapeutic techniques focusing on your personal growth and enhancing your overall well-being. My expertise extends to neurodiversity, including ADHD and autism, as well as complex conditions like PTSD and BPD.
01707 954016 View 01707 954016
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GreenWood Mentors
Psychologist, PsychD, CPsychol
Verified Verified
Central London, London WC1A
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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The Goddard Clinic
Psychotherapist, PhD, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Central London, London WC1A
I have over 15 years experience in providing psychotherapy for problems including depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, trauma, eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic, phobias and problems related to autism. Although I primarily use Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) in my work, I also draw on a variety of other therapy approaches so that I can tailor my therapy to your individual needs. I work privately with individuals and couples and I am also experienced at working with children from the age of 13 years.
I have over 15 years experience in providing psychotherapy for problems including depression, anxiety, relationship difficulties, trauma, eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder, panic, phobias and problems related to autism. Although I primarily use Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) in my work, I also draw on a variety of other therapy approaches so that I can tailor my therapy to your individual needs. I work privately with individuals and couples and I am also experienced at working with children from the age of 13 years.
01732 496755 View 01732 496755
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Dr Sonia Borghino
Psychologist, MSc, CPsychol
Verified Verified
Central London, London EC1R
I use Neurofeedback (EGG Biofeedback) to promote well-being and a person's ability to cope and for a variety of symptoms including insomnia, addiction, ADHD, PTSD, Autism and more.
I am a licensed Psychologist registered with the BPS and HCPC. I worked in a clinical setting for over 22 years with a variety of client groups including community, outpatients and inpatients hospital. I have worked extensively with clients with mental disorders and neuro-developmental conditions even when these are strongly affected by childhood trauma. I offer talking therapy and also a unique approach to health and wellness including EMDR, neurofeedback an body biofeedback technology to help the body and the brain to better self-regulate and heal naturally without medication or with less reliance on medication.
I use Neurofeedback (EGG Biofeedback) to promote well-being and a person's ability to cope and for a variety of symptoms including insomnia, addiction, ADHD, PTSD, Autism and more.
I am a licensed Psychologist registered with the BPS and HCPC. I worked in a clinical setting for over 22 years with a variety of client groups including community, outpatients and inpatients hospital. I have worked extensively with clients with mental disorders and neuro-developmental conditions even when these are strongly affected by childhood trauma. I offer talking therapy and also a unique approach to health and wellness including EMDR, neurofeedback an body biofeedback technology to help the body and the brain to better self-regulate and heal naturally without medication or with less reliance on medication.
020 3893 2192 View 020 3893 2192

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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.