Autism Counselling in East London, London

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Attuned Psychology and Psychiatry
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
East London, London E18
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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San Vtgotsky Wong
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
East London, London E14
Here are some of the most common problems I can help with: - ADHD - Autism - Specific Learning Difference (SPLD) - Speech disorder - Social disorder - Depression - Anxiety - Addictive - Relationship Difficulties - Grief and Trauma Management - Stress and Anger Management - Low Self Esteem - Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) - Post Traumatic S.
I am San Vtgotsky Wong. I am a senior Psychotherapist and University Supervisor, working for children, youth and mental health for more than 19 years. I am very passionate about therapeutic interventions that vary from deep psychological interventions based on the client's history and memories, to an emphasis on the relationship between therapist and client, including their cultural context and systems. I am also very interested in using symbolic representations and meanings in the therapeutic setting to assist clients on their reflections and self-awareness. I have worked in a variety of settings including psychiatric h
Here are some of the most common problems I can help with: - ADHD - Autism - Specific Learning Difference (SPLD) - Speech disorder - Social disorder - Depression - Anxiety - Addictive - Relationship Difficulties - Grief and Trauma Management - Stress and Anger Management - Low Self Esteem - Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) - Post Traumatic S.
I am San Vtgotsky Wong. I am a senior Psychotherapist and University Supervisor, working for children, youth and mental health for more than 19 years. I am very passionate about therapeutic interventions that vary from deep psychological interventions based on the client's history and memories, to an emphasis on the relationship between therapist and client, including their cultural context and systems. I am also very interested in using symbolic representations and meanings in the therapeutic setting to assist clients on their reflections and self-awareness. I have worked in a variety of settings including psychiatric h
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Jasmin Khan
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
East London, London E17
I specialise in ADHD, autism and neurodivergence, culture & identity, grief and bereavement, work issues, and relationships.
I have an integrative approach, which means I draw on different styles of therapy and respond to your personal process. That can look like creating change when something feels amiss; uncovering what is underneath when you are feeling stuck or locked into repetitive patterns; exploration and reflection for when you are feeling confused or want to make sense of your experiences; and working with possibilities and finding new motivation, for when you want to focus on growth and strengths. I like to equip you with agency over your own development and share context as to how therapy works.
I specialise in ADHD, autism and neurodivergence, culture & identity, grief and bereavement, work issues, and relationships.
I have an integrative approach, which means I draw on different styles of therapy and respond to your personal process. That can look like creating change when something feels amiss; uncovering what is underneath when you are feeling stuck or locked into repetitive patterns; exploration and reflection for when you are feeling confused or want to make sense of your experiences; and working with possibilities and finding new motivation, for when you want to focus on growth and strengths. I like to equip you with agency over your own development and share context as to how therapy works.
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Eve Janes
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
East London, London E5  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I also specialise in neurodivergence which includes; ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, epilepsy, bipolar, OCD, tourette's, epilepsy, anxiety and depression amongst others.
Hello and welcome! My name is Eve, I am a neurodivergent support specialist & person-centred therapist. As a therapist, I always aim to be a compassionate facilitator, listening and acknowledging the client's experience without shifting the conversation in another direction, and by being open to experience; being trusting and trustworthy, being curious, creative, and compassionate. I feel this is vital in helping clients feel accepted and better understand their feelings. This approach can help clients reconnect with their inner values and sense of self-worth by enabling them to find their way to move forward and progress.
I also specialise in neurodivergence which includes; ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, dyslexia, dyspraxia, dyscalculia, epilepsy, bipolar, OCD, tourette's, epilepsy, anxiety and depression amongst others.
Hello and welcome! My name is Eve, I am a neurodivergent support specialist & person-centred therapist. As a therapist, I always aim to be a compassionate facilitator, listening and acknowledging the client's experience without shifting the conversation in another direction, and by being open to experience; being trusting and trustworthy, being curious, creative, and compassionate. I feel this is vital in helping clients feel accepted and better understand their feelings. This approach can help clients reconnect with their inner values and sense of self-worth by enabling them to find their way to move forward and progress.
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Rosemary Gomes
Psychologist, PhD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
East London, London E8
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.
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Harriet Sheppard
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
East London, London E17  (Online Only)
I offer a supportive, creative and honest environment to explore what it is like being you. Whether it's anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties or something you don't have a word for yet, what's really important in therapy is the relationship that we build together. We'll work collaboratively to find an approach works for you and supports you to move towards meaningful change. While I work with a wide range of conditions or concerns, I have particular experience working alongside clients with ADHD and autism, people with disabilities/ health conditions and gender, sexuality and relationship diversity.
I offer a supportive, creative and honest environment to explore what it is like being you. Whether it's anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties or something you don't have a word for yet, what's really important in therapy is the relationship that we build together. We'll work collaboratively to find an approach works for you and supports you to move towards meaningful change. While I work with a wide range of conditions or concerns, I have particular experience working alongside clients with ADHD and autism, people with disabilities/ health conditions and gender, sexuality and relationship diversity.
020 3835 4754 View 020 3835 4754
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Dr Jessie Gough at Neurodiverseonline
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
East London, London E10
Have you always felt different or had trouble fitting in? Perhaps you're thinking that you might have Autism/ASD, ADHD or Tics/Tourette’s or possibly a learning disability. Would you like an assessment for yourself or your child to confirm this? Or maybe you have been newly diagnosed or have traits of ASD, ADHD or Tourette’s and are looking for further information and support. I, and my small team of expert psychologists at Neurodiverseonline, offer diagnostic assessments for adults and children with Autism/ASD, ADHD, Tourette's/Tics and cognitive assessments (IQ tests) / learning disability assessments.
Have you always felt different or had trouble fitting in? Perhaps you're thinking that you might have Autism/ASD, ADHD or Tics/Tourette’s or possibly a learning disability. Would you like an assessment for yourself or your child to confirm this? Or maybe you have been newly diagnosed or have traits of ASD, ADHD or Tourette’s and are looking for further information and support. I, and my small team of expert psychologists at Neurodiverseonline, offer diagnostic assessments for adults and children with Autism/ASD, ADHD, Tourette's/Tics and cognitive assessments (IQ tests) / learning disability assessments.
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Sharon Bergin
Psychotherapist, MUKCP
Verified Verified
East London, London E1
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.
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Raquel Navarro Martinez
MSc
Verified Verified
East London, London E1
Some of the specialities that I like working with are: Autism, challenging behaviour, anxiety, stress, depression, self steam, vital changes, mindfulness, interpersonal skills, relationships issues, school issues, domestic violence, gender violence.
I am a fully qualified Psychologist holding a Psychology Bachelors Degree and two Master’s Degrees. I have some working experience within different fields of Psychology in differents countries. My main motivation is working with people that has complex needs/ mental health conditions or that are simply going through a tough moment of their lives and try to somehow help them to find their way themselves, but always side by side, providing a conifidential and secure space for them to freely and withouth any judgement express whatever they want and feel.
Some of the specialities that I like working with are: Autism, challenging behaviour, anxiety, stress, depression, self steam, vital changes, mindfulness, interpersonal skills, relationships issues, school issues, domestic violence, gender violence.
I am a fully qualified Psychologist holding a Psychology Bachelors Degree and two Master’s Degrees. I have some working experience within different fields of Psychology in differents countries. My main motivation is working with people that has complex needs/ mental health conditions or that are simply going through a tough moment of their lives and try to somehow help them to find their way themselves, but always side by side, providing a conifidential and secure space for them to freely and withouth any judgement express whatever they want and feel.
020 4538 4677 View 020 4538 4677
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LORNA Aher
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
East London, London E17
I specialise in working with people with autism and people who care for and support someone who has autism.
As a person-centred counsellor based in north London, I believe that talking can help us feel less isolated with our problems and thoughts.    Sometimes it’s difficult to talk to family and friends; you may not wish to cause worry or distress or you may not want their advice and opinion. I provide an understanding ,  non-judgemental and safe space where you will be heard and where you can bring issues and concerns that may be preventing you from being who you want to be and where you want to be in your life. I offer an initial assessment, which will enable us to see if we connect and whether you feel comfortable within the counsel
I specialise in working with people with autism and people who care for and support someone who has autism.
As a person-centred counsellor based in north London, I believe that talking can help us feel less isolated with our problems and thoughts.    Sometimes it’s difficult to talk to family and friends; you may not wish to cause worry or distress or you may not want their advice and opinion. I provide an understanding ,  non-judgemental and safe space where you will be heard and where you can bring issues and concerns that may be preventing you from being who you want to be and where you want to be in your life. I offer an initial assessment, which will enable us to see if we connect and whether you feel comfortable within the counsel
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Dr Rachel Holden
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
East London, London E14  (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.
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Dr Sophie Oakes-Rogers
Psychologist, PhD, CPsychol
Verified Verified
East London, London E1
I am a compassionate, authentic clinical psychologist with a wealth of knowledge about all things mental health. I strive to create a safe space to nurture understanding, generate acceptance, and empower change through evidence based psychological services. I only offer therapy that has a strong evidence base and that which is recommended by NICE Guidelines. This means you have access to the best psychological interventions. I am qualified to assess and diagnose Autism and ADHD as part of a multidisciplinary team, and I can adapt psychological therapy for neurodiversity.
I am a compassionate, authentic clinical psychologist with a wealth of knowledge about all things mental health. I strive to create a safe space to nurture understanding, generate acceptance, and empower change through evidence based psychological services. I only offer therapy that has a strong evidence base and that which is recommended by NICE Guidelines. This means you have access to the best psychological interventions. I am qualified to assess and diagnose Autism and ADHD as part of a multidisciplinary team, and I can adapt psychological therapy for neurodiversity.
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Leonora Eddolls
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
East London, London E4
I have worked as a Relate Counsellor since 2013 specialising in couples, family and individual counselling.   As a neurodivergent individual with a neurodivergent family I developed a special interest in neurodivergence including Adult ADHD and Adult Autism.  I completed additional post graduate training to assist me in supporting individuals and couples in understanding the differences in the way the brain operates between neurodivergent and predominant neurotypes with the aim of building better and stronger relationships.
I have worked as a Relate Counsellor since 2013 specialising in couples, family and individual counselling.   As a neurodivergent individual with a neurodivergent family I developed a special interest in neurodivergence including Adult ADHD and Adult Autism.  I completed additional post graduate training to assist me in supporting individuals and couples in understanding the differences in the way the brain operates between neurodivergent and predominant neurotypes with the aim of building better and stronger relationships.
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Jessica Russell
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MBACP
Verified Verified
East London, London E8
I have also worked with clients wanting to explore their experience of neurodiversity such as ADHD and Autism.
Hello and welcome! My name is Jess and my gender pronouns are she/her. I am a trauma informed therapist working from East London, who has extensive experience working with individuals from different cultural backgrounds, gender identities and sexualities. Starting therapy takes courage, and talking can be difficult at times, it isn’t always easy and I am sensitive to this during counselling sessions. A safe and non-judgemental relationship between my clients and myself is at the core of my work.
I have also worked with clients wanting to explore their experience of neurodiversity such as ADHD and Autism.
Hello and welcome! My name is Jess and my gender pronouns are she/her. I am a trauma informed therapist working from East London, who has extensive experience working with individuals from different cultural backgrounds, gender identities and sexualities. Starting therapy takes courage, and talking can be difficult at times, it isn’t always easy and I am sensitive to this during counselling sessions. A safe and non-judgemental relationship between my clients and myself is at the core of my work.
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Dr Georgina Sergi
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
East London, London E17  (Online Only)
Hi, I'm Gina, a London-based Senior Clinical Psychologist, registered with the HCPC and BPS. With over eight years of experience in the NHS, I specialize in complex mental health difficulties, anxiety disorders, and neurodiversity. My therapeutic style is integrative, meaning that I will tailor my approach to your needs using a variety of evidence-based approaches including CBT, CFT and ACT. I also offer Autism diagnostic assessments using the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2) and the Autism Diagnostic Interview- Revised (ADI-R).
Hi, I'm Gina, a London-based Senior Clinical Psychologist, registered with the HCPC and BPS. With over eight years of experience in the NHS, I specialize in complex mental health difficulties, anxiety disorders, and neurodiversity. My therapeutic style is integrative, meaning that I will tailor my approach to your needs using a variety of evidence-based approaches including CBT, CFT and ACT. I also offer Autism diagnostic assessments using the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS-2) and the Autism Diagnostic Interview- Revised (ADI-R).
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Anna Greenslade (Cbt With Anna)
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBABCP
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
East London, London E1
Hey! I'm Anna, a CBT Therapist specialised in children, pre-teens, adolescents and young adults; ages 5-25. I treat anxiety (social, health, separation, phobias, worry, panic, perfectionism), depression, self esteem, OCD and PTSD / trauma. I help with emotions such as stress, sadness and anger; and self harm, suicidal thoughts and intrusive thoughts. I have 10 years experience across; school, college and university student wellbeing, NHS (CAMHS), inpatient psychiatric care, SEND support, and mental health therapy organisations. My specialist interests lie within the teenager population, social anxiety, OCD and Autism.
Hey! I'm Anna, a CBT Therapist specialised in children, pre-teens, adolescents and young adults; ages 5-25. I treat anxiety (social, health, separation, phobias, worry, panic, perfectionism), depression, self esteem, OCD and PTSD / trauma. I help with emotions such as stress, sadness and anger; and self harm, suicidal thoughts and intrusive thoughts. I have 10 years experience across; school, college and university student wellbeing, NHS (CAMHS), inpatient psychiatric care, SEND support, and mental health therapy organisations. My specialist interests lie within the teenager population, social anxiety, OCD and Autism.
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Dr Trevor Landry
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
East London, London E1
I provide expert psychological asessment, diagnosis and therapy for a range of issues you may be struggling with including: Depression and other mood disorders, Anxiety, Stress, Self-Esteem, Attachment difficulties, Voice hearing, Bereavement, PTSD, Addiction, ADHD, Autism, Dementia, Chronic Pain, Brain Injury, Stroke and Cancer.
Like so many, I have suffered a great deal of loss, pain and anxiety in my life. This has inspired me to learn how best to support others who may also be struggling and for the last 20 years I have dedicated my life to developing my skills in Clinical Psychology to enhance my capacity to serve and support my clients. I have worked with and learned from so many people over the years, accross many contexts including; homelessness, mental health, addiction and with chronic health difficulties. I am an experienced and qualified Clinical Psychologist available to provide you with compassionate clinical care.
I provide expert psychological asessment, diagnosis and therapy for a range of issues you may be struggling with including: Depression and other mood disorders, Anxiety, Stress, Self-Esteem, Attachment difficulties, Voice hearing, Bereavement, PTSD, Addiction, ADHD, Autism, Dementia, Chronic Pain, Brain Injury, Stroke and Cancer.
Like so many, I have suffered a great deal of loss, pain and anxiety in my life. This has inspired me to learn how best to support others who may also be struggling and for the last 20 years I have dedicated my life to developing my skills in Clinical Psychology to enhance my capacity to serve and support my clients. I have worked with and learned from so many people over the years, accross many contexts including; homelessness, mental health, addiction and with chronic health difficulties. I am an experienced and qualified Clinical Psychologist available to provide you with compassionate clinical care.
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Courageous Art Therapy
Psychotherapist, MA, HCPC-Art Therap.
Verified Verified
East London, London E8
Welcome to Courageous Art Therapy. My name is Nina Tara and I am a qualified HCPC registered Art Psychotherapist (M.A) (BAAT) (BAATN). My experience of being a Culturally sensitive Art Therapist has enabled me to work with adults, children and families where I have been able to offer Art Therapy for individuals impacted by • Exposure to domestic violence. • Bullying or abuse. • Trauma, Emotional or behavioural difficulties. • Bereavement; end of life. • Autism spectrum disorders; ADHD • Self Harm • Displacement Amongst many other issues.
Welcome to Courageous Art Therapy. My name is Nina Tara and I am a qualified HCPC registered Art Psychotherapist (M.A) (BAAT) (BAATN). My experience of being a Culturally sensitive Art Therapist has enabled me to work with adults, children and families where I have been able to offer Art Therapy for individuals impacted by • Exposure to domestic violence. • Bullying or abuse. • Trauma, Emotional or behavioural difficulties. • Bereavement; end of life. • Autism spectrum disorders; ADHD • Self Harm • Displacement Amongst many other issues.
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Kat Boczek
Counsellor, MSc, MBACP
Verified Verified
East London, London E1
I am a Person-Centred counsellor, which means I work collaboratively with you to develop a personalised approach that fits your unique needs. I especially enjoy supporting individuals dealing with ADHD, Autism, navigating questions of identity and sexuality, or struggling with work stress and burnout. I'm committed to working with neurodivergent clients in a neuro-affirming way, valuing their unique experiences and strengths. I also strive to create a safe and affirming space for LGBTQAI+ individuals and members of other marginalised communities.
I am a Person-Centred counsellor, which means I work collaboratively with you to develop a personalised approach that fits your unique needs. I especially enjoy supporting individuals dealing with ADHD, Autism, navigating questions of identity and sexuality, or struggling with work stress and burnout. I'm committed to working with neurodivergent clients in a neuro-affirming way, valuing their unique experiences and strengths. I also strive to create a safe and affirming space for LGBTQAI+ individuals and members of other marginalised communities.
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Natalie Kendall
Counsellor, MBBS, MBACP
Verified Verified
East London, London E1
Hello! Nice to meet you! I'm Natalie (Nat)—an integrative therapist based in Barnsley, South Yorkshire. Welcome to Spectrum Counselling. I am a registered member of the B.A.C.P. I offer a safe, kind, and non-judgmental counselling services. I embrace neurodiversity as I have years of personal and professional experience. ADHD, ADD, Autism, Dyslexia and other cognitive conditions (diagnosed and undiagnosed.) However, it is your experience that counts. It can be difficult to Reach out and I am here for you to listen and understand your needs.
Hello! Nice to meet you! I'm Natalie (Nat)—an integrative therapist based in Barnsley, South Yorkshire. Welcome to Spectrum Counselling. I am a registered member of the B.A.C.P. I offer a safe, kind, and non-judgmental counselling services. I embrace neurodiversity as I have years of personal and professional experience. ADHD, ADD, Autism, Dyslexia and other cognitive conditions (diagnosed and undiagnosed.) However, it is your experience that counts. It can be difficult to Reach out and I am here for you to listen and understand your needs.
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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.