Autism Counselling in Southampton

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Justine White Counselling
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
Southampton SO40
I am a registered Autism Ambassador with Autism Hampshire.
Are you experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety, low mood, or just not feeling yourself? Maybe you are struggling with relationships or family problems? Counselling can help you to explore these things in a safe, non-judgemental environment.
I am a registered Autism Ambassador with Autism Hampshire.
Are you experiencing symptoms of depression, anxiety, low mood, or just not feeling yourself? Maybe you are struggling with relationships or family problems? Counselling can help you to explore these things in a safe, non-judgemental environment.
023 8235 9946 View 023 8235 9946
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Questa Psychological Services
Psychologist, PsychD, AFBPSsS
Verified Verified
Southampton SO16
Questa is a small, specialist practice; we provide a range of psychological services for children and adults, both clinical and educational. In addition to therapy, we are experts in Autism and ADHD assessment/diagnosis. We offer therapy and support for a range of emotional problems for children, teenagers and adults and are specialists in anxiety, depression and trauma, providing therapy to emergency services personnel. Do call or email us today to discuss how we may be able to support you. We can usually help, but if we can't, then we’ll do our very best to offer advice and signposting.
Questa is a small, specialist practice; we provide a range of psychological services for children and adults, both clinical and educational. In addition to therapy, we are experts in Autism and ADHD assessment/diagnosis. We offer therapy and support for a range of emotional problems for children, teenagers and adults and are specialists in anxiety, depression and trauma, providing therapy to emergency services personnel. Do call or email us today to discuss how we may be able to support you. We can usually help, but if we can't, then we’ll do our very best to offer advice and signposting.
023 8192 4877 View 023 8192 4877
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Madeleine Ayling
Counsellor, PNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Southampton SO18  (Online Only)
Hi, I'm Madeleine. I specialise in working with eczema and late-diagnosed/self-identifying neurodivergent clients, particularly autism, ADHD and AuDHD. I work online, by email and on the phone with adults aged 18+ across the UK. I help people find confidence and self-acceptance, improve self-esteem and self-compassion, and build a calm and fulfilling life. I’m LGBTQ+ and non-monogamy affirming, sex-positive, kink-aware, body and fat positive.
Hi, I'm Madeleine. I specialise in working with eczema and late-diagnosed/self-identifying neurodivergent clients, particularly autism, ADHD and AuDHD. I work online, by email and on the phone with adults aged 18+ across the UK. I help people find confidence and self-acceptance, improve self-esteem and self-compassion, and build a calm and fulfilling life. I’m LGBTQ+ and non-monogamy affirming, sex-positive, kink-aware, body and fat positive.
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Questa Psychological Services
Psychologist, DCounsPsych, AFBPSsS
Verified Verified
Southampton SO16
I'm Bandna and I'm the Clinical Director of Questa. We're a small, specialist practice offering gold standard psychological services for children, teenagers, adults and families across Hampshire and Surrey. Our clinicians and support team are here to help you through; whether you want an assessment/diagnosis for autism, ADHD, family support, psychological therapy or supportive psychological coaching (SPC) we can help - and if we can't we'll do our utmost to help you find someone who can. Call or email us today to discuss how we may be able to help you.
I'm Bandna and I'm the Clinical Director of Questa. We're a small, specialist practice offering gold standard psychological services for children, teenagers, adults and families across Hampshire and Surrey. Our clinicians and support team are here to help you through; whether you want an assessment/diagnosis for autism, ADHD, family support, psychological therapy or supportive psychological coaching (SPC) we can help - and if we can't we'll do our utmost to help you find someone who can. Call or email us today to discuss how we may be able to help you.
01252 412471 View 01252 412471
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WholeSum Counselling
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Southampton SO14  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I am also an Autism Ambassador, with vast experience in counselling people with Autism and ADHD.
Hello, thank you for looking at my profile. My name is Nichola, and I am a qualified Gestalt Counsellor; I also have training to utilise the CBT and Humanistic approaches alongside my main modality. Currently, I am offering telephone and online sessions. This will be reviewed regularly. I have familiarity in working with a wide variety of people from different backgrounds, from the ages of 12+. I place individuality at the forefront of my sessions and value autonomy. With this, I also provide a safe, confidential environment that encompasses exploration.
I am also an Autism Ambassador, with vast experience in counselling people with Autism and ADHD.
Hello, thank you for looking at my profile. My name is Nichola, and I am a qualified Gestalt Counsellor; I also have training to utilise the CBT and Humanistic approaches alongside my main modality. Currently, I am offering telephone and online sessions. This will be reviewed regularly. I have familiarity in working with a wide variety of people from different backgrounds, from the ages of 12+. I place individuality at the forefront of my sessions and value autonomy. With this, I also provide a safe, confidential environment that encompasses exploration.
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Helen Young Counsellor, HY Counselling
Counsellor, MSc, BACP
Verified Verified
Southampton SO19
Are you suffering with stress, depression or anxiety? Are you unsettled from the impact of COVID-19 or rising living costs? Do you have unresolved issues in your life that are holding you back? Perhaps talking to a counsellor is the move for you! I provide a friendly and professional counselling service and I am experienced in working with a range of presenting issues, including anxiety, depression, stress, trauma and relationship difficulties. One area that I specialise in is autism spectrum disorder. My sessions are autism, neurodivergent and LGBTQ+ friendly. I help you to normalise, understand and manage your experiences.
Are you suffering with stress, depression or anxiety? Are you unsettled from the impact of COVID-19 or rising living costs? Do you have unresolved issues in your life that are holding you back? Perhaps talking to a counsellor is the move for you! I provide a friendly and professional counselling service and I am experienced in working with a range of presenting issues, including anxiety, depression, stress, trauma and relationship difficulties. One area that I specialise in is autism spectrum disorder. My sessions are autism, neurodivergent and LGBTQ+ friendly. I help you to normalise, understand and manage your experiences.
01329 756804 View 01329 756804
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Untapped Art Therapy
Psychotherapist, MA, HCPC-Art Therap.
Verified Verified
Southampton SO17
We are a team of Art Psychotherapists skilled in offering psychological support to clients who have experienced trauma, sexual abuse, bereavement and loss. We are able to support people of any age experiencing anxiety, depression, OCD, psychosis, agoraphobia, suicidal ideation and self-harm, as well as those experiencing difficulties related to autism, Aspergers and Down Syndrome. We have experience working with gender and sexual identity. We are a social enterprise dedicated to supporting people using art. www.untapped.org.uk
We are a team of Art Psychotherapists skilled in offering psychological support to clients who have experienced trauma, sexual abuse, bereavement and loss. We are able to support people of any age experiencing anxiety, depression, OCD, psychosis, agoraphobia, suicidal ideation and self-harm, as well as those experiencing difficulties related to autism, Aspergers and Down Syndrome. We have experience working with gender and sexual identity. We are a social enterprise dedicated to supporting people using art. www.untapped.org.uk
01865 950966 View 01865 950966
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Helen Phillips
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Southampton SO18
I am a DipHE Gestalt Humanistic Counsellor with over 15 years’ experience - based in Bitterne, Southampton. My main areas of expertise are drugs and alcohol addiction Issues, relationship difficulties, narcissistic abuse, ADHD, Autism, anxiety and depression. Are you having problems with managing your drinking or drug use and things in your life have become unmanageable? Are you finding it difficult to maintain your relationships with people? Are looking for a calm, centred, caring counsellor who can support you with your difficulties and provide safe space for you to talk?
I am a DipHE Gestalt Humanistic Counsellor with over 15 years’ experience - based in Bitterne, Southampton. My main areas of expertise are drugs and alcohol addiction Issues, relationship difficulties, narcissistic abuse, ADHD, Autism, anxiety and depression. Are you having problems with managing your drinking or drug use and things in your life have become unmanageable? Are you finding it difficult to maintain your relationships with people? Are looking for a calm, centred, caring counsellor who can support you with your difficulties and provide safe space for you to talk?
01489 663132 View 01489 663132
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Fiona Atkins
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Southampton SO16
Maybe you have been experiencing anxiety or a recent bereavement?  Perhaps you need some support following a traumatic event or coping with a chronic illness.  It can be a daunting decision to start counselling, and I aim to help you by providing a safe, non judgmental space to explore your feelings. I have worked with families and young people in a variety of settings, and have experience of looked after and previously looked after children, and ADHD and Autism.  I have several years experience of working in the public sector, safeguarding families and supporting them through difficult times.
Maybe you have been experiencing anxiety or a recent bereavement?  Perhaps you need some support following a traumatic event or coping with a chronic illness.  It can be a daunting decision to start counselling, and I aim to help you by providing a safe, non judgmental space to explore your feelings. I have worked with families and young people in a variety of settings, and have experience of looked after and previously looked after children, and ADHD and Autism.  I have several years experience of working in the public sector, safeguarding families and supporting them through difficult times.
023 9431 1761 View 023 9431 1761
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Eleos Psychology
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Southampton SO16
ADHD, AUTISM and Cognitive Assessments. We are experienced in working with Neurodiversity, diagnosing ADHD and Autism. We offer Autism, ADHD and Cognitive assessment and more.
ADHD, AUTISM and Cognitive Assessments. We are experienced in working with Neurodiversity, diagnosing ADHD and Autism. We offer Autism, ADHD and Cognitive assessment and more.
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GreenWood Mentors
Psychologist, PsychD, CPsychol
Verified Verified
Southampton SO14
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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Kayleigh Rainbird
PTUK
Verified Verified
Southampton SO14
I am a therapist who has a holistic approach to helping children to heal by supporting both parents and their children . Through my work I have noticed that children with low confidence and low self-esteem can express this through becoming withdrawn and avoidant or becoming angry and controlling. Parents come to me and tell me their child always wants control or they feel like they are stepping on eggshells when around their child. I offer play therapy, parent coaching, parent-child attachment play and life story therapy which is for fostered or adopted children. Please see rainbirdtherapy.co.uk for more information.
I am a therapist who has a holistic approach to helping children to heal by supporting both parents and their children . Through my work I have noticed that children with low confidence and low self-esteem can express this through becoming withdrawn and avoidant or becoming angry and controlling. Parents come to me and tell me their child always wants control or they feel like they are stepping on eggshells when around their child. I offer play therapy, parent coaching, parent-child attachment play and life story therapy which is for fostered or adopted children. Please see rainbirdtherapy.co.uk for more information.
01256 591396 View 01256 591396
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Laura Wells
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Southampton SO14
Hello, do you ever find yourself stuck in loops in your head, confused or overly critical of yourself? Do you find it difficult to meet your personal goals or do too much, and become burnt out or under resourced? Do you find yourself repeating patterns that feel limiting, painful or unhelpful for you, and not know why? Do you feel disconnected in any way from your body, in relationships or from doing things that bring you joy? Would you like to reconnect with lost parts of yourself, whether desired feelings, personal interests and rewarding relationships? Would you like to know your worth, feel safer and more confident to be you?
Hello, do you ever find yourself stuck in loops in your head, confused or overly critical of yourself? Do you find it difficult to meet your personal goals or do too much, and become burnt out or under resourced? Do you find yourself repeating patterns that feel limiting, painful or unhelpful for you, and not know why? Do you feel disconnected in any way from your body, in relationships or from doing things that bring you joy? Would you like to reconnect with lost parts of yourself, whether desired feelings, personal interests and rewarding relationships? Would you like to know your worth, feel safer and more confident to be you?
01722 548964 View 01722 548964
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Mario Uosis-Martin
Psychotherapist, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Southampton SO14  (Online Only)
Are you feeling overwhelmed and stressed? Do you struggle with depression or struggle to control your anger? Perhaps childhood trauma is haunting you or climate warming causes you anxiety, whatever the struggle, I am here to help. Get in touch if you are looking for a warm, understanding, and supportive therapist and want to gain better control of your life, and find your true self. I am a registered and qualified therapist working nationwide ONLINE only.
Are you feeling overwhelmed and stressed? Do you struggle with depression or struggle to control your anger? Perhaps childhood trauma is haunting you or climate warming causes you anxiety, whatever the struggle, I am here to help. Get in touch if you are looking for a warm, understanding, and supportive therapist and want to gain better control of your life, and find your true self. I am a registered and qualified therapist working nationwide ONLINE only.
0161 524 0472 View 0161 524 0472
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Peter Graeme Heath
Psychotherapist, BACP
Verified Verified
Southampton SO15
Choosing to see a counsellor isn't easy. I know. There's still a lot of stigma attached to the decision. But, counselling can be a wonderful tool. It can help you make sense of difficult and puzzling circumstances. Anxiety, stress, depression, ADHD, anger, low self-esteem and trauma seemingly appear from nowhere. They might be recent or may have been around a while. And then there's family issues and couples counselling. I can help you get to the cause and get some relief. I'm person-centred and I’m authentic. I'm non-judgemental. I’m BACP registered and believe in your inherent potential. I'll help you be your personal best.
Choosing to see a counsellor isn't easy. I know. There's still a lot of stigma attached to the decision. But, counselling can be a wonderful tool. It can help you make sense of difficult and puzzling circumstances. Anxiety, stress, depression, ADHD, anger, low self-esteem and trauma seemingly appear from nowhere. They might be recent or may have been around a while. And then there's family issues and couples counselling. I can help you get to the cause and get some relief. I'm person-centred and I’m authentic. I'm non-judgemental. I’m BACP registered and believe in your inherent potential. I'll help you be your personal best.
023 8202 6095 View 023 8202 6095
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Kirsty Crawley - van Lieshout
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Southampton SO14
Need to talk to someone as you feel stuck? I might be able to help you.
Need to talk to someone as you feel stuck? I might be able to help you.
023 8214 8308 View 023 8214 8308
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laura Mearns
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Southampton SO18
Hello and welcome. I have many years experience working as a counsellor and I support adults and young people aged 13 and over in the Southampton and Romsey areas. I can help with difficulties such as; anxiety, depression, low mood, self-esteem and relationships. I also specialise in childhood and adult trauma. I offer face to face, online and telephone sessions, depending on what works best for you.
Hello and welcome. I have many years experience working as a counsellor and I support adults and young people aged 13 and over in the Southampton and Romsey areas. I can help with difficulties such as; anxiety, depression, low mood, self-esteem and relationships. I also specialise in childhood and adult trauma. I offer face to face, online and telephone sessions, depending on what works best for you.
023 9200 5357 View 023 9200 5357
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Marlys Davis
Psychotherapist, MA, MBACP
Verified Verified
Southampton SO16
Children and young people often find it difficult to talk about feelings. Some children will act out these feelings, which can lead to some behaviours that are difficult to understand. Others might withdraw when faced with difficult feelings and become quiet and isolated. Adolescence can be a difficult time, full of anxiety, uncertainty and changes. Together, we will try to understand these feelings and what might be going on. Having an understanding of these feelings and knowing that having these feelings, good or bad, is ok and can be managed will help them feel more in control of their feelings and behaviour.
Children and young people often find it difficult to talk about feelings. Some children will act out these feelings, which can lead to some behaviours that are difficult to understand. Others might withdraw when faced with difficult feelings and become quiet and isolated. Adolescence can be a difficult time, full of anxiety, uncertainty and changes. Together, we will try to understand these feelings and what might be going on. Having an understanding of these feelings and knowing that having these feelings, good or bad, is ok and can be managed will help them feel more in control of their feelings and behaviour.
023 9431 1525 View 023 9431 1525
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Maximillian Mustafa-Holzapfel
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Southampton SO17  (Online Only)
I focus mostly on identity and intersectional experiences. My main areas of interest and knowledge are queer identities, gender identity (including cis, trans+, enby, and intersex), poly relationships, families with mixed ethnic and/or religious backgrounds, disability/illness (including hidden) and difficult parenting/parented relationships (including single parenting, and queer parenting). I am open to working with any kind of client, regardless of lifestyle, history, and past mistakes. Please see my website for more information and my inclusion statement. I work online only and my session fees range from £30 to £60 per session.
I focus mostly on identity and intersectional experiences. My main areas of interest and knowledge are queer identities, gender identity (including cis, trans+, enby, and intersex), poly relationships, families with mixed ethnic and/or religious backgrounds, disability/illness (including hidden) and difficult parenting/parented relationships (including single parenting, and queer parenting). I am open to working with any kind of client, regardless of lifestyle, history, and past mistakes. Please see my website for more information and my inclusion statement. I work online only and my session fees range from £30 to £60 per session.
023 8235 6191 View 023 8235 6191
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Gaynor Williams
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Southampton SO31
I am a highly experienced counsellor and my aim is to create a positive, trusting environment in which I help you to help yourself. I provide a safe and caring professional counselling and psychotherapy service. I am an empathic and approachable person working in a non-judgemental and confidential way. By exploring your past, the causes of present day problems are often revealed. We can't change the past, but we can gain understanding allowing you to relate differently to yourself, others and problems in order to choose to make changes or find acceptance.
I am a highly experienced counsellor and my aim is to create a positive, trusting environment in which I help you to help yourself. I provide a safe and caring professional counselling and psychotherapy service. I am an empathic and approachable person working in a non-judgemental and confidential way. By exploring your past, the causes of present day problems are often revealed. We can't change the past, but we can gain understanding allowing you to relate differently to yourself, others and problems in order to choose to make changes or find acceptance.
023 8235 6102 View 023 8235 6102

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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.