Autism Counselling in Sunderland

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Dr Kathleen Hass
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Sunderland CA13
I have a warm and empathetic approach, and a wealth of experience both in the NHS and in private practice working with adults, adolescents and children with a range of problems, including: anxiety; depression; trauma and PTSD; stress and burnout; obsessions and compulsions; relationship problems; Personality Disorder and emotional regulation; and, emotional difficulties associated with physical health problems. I regularly work with clients with Autism Spectrum Disorder and learning disabilities.
I have a warm and empathetic approach, and a wealth of experience both in the NHS and in private practice working with adults, adolescents and children with a range of problems, including: anxiety; depression; trauma and PTSD; stress and burnout; obsessions and compulsions; relationship problems; Personality Disorder and emotional regulation; and, emotional difficulties associated with physical health problems. I regularly work with clients with Autism Spectrum Disorder and learning disabilities.
0191 814 7219 View 0191 814 7219
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Natalie Holmes
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sunderland SR1
Waitlist for new clients
I specialise in neurodiversity and I have additional training in autism, ADHD, and neuroscience.
Hi, I’m Natalie, the therapist at East Durham Counselling. I work with adults and young people in private practice. I’m trained in integrative counselling, which means I have lots of techniques to choose from when deciding what will help my clients the most; I draw from person-centred, psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioural therapies depending on the presenting issues and client's needs. I have experience of working with autism, ADHD, abuse, anxiety, bereavement, depression, domestic violence, eating disorders, OCD, PTSD, relationship issues, self-harm, stress, trauma and dissociation.
I specialise in neurodiversity and I have additional training in autism, ADHD, and neuroscience.
Hi, I’m Natalie, the therapist at East Durham Counselling. I work with adults and young people in private practice. I’m trained in integrative counselling, which means I have lots of techniques to choose from when deciding what will help my clients the most; I draw from person-centred, psychodynamic and cognitive-behavioural therapies depending on the presenting issues and client's needs. I have experience of working with autism, ADHD, abuse, anxiety, bereavement, depression, domestic violence, eating disorders, OCD, PTSD, relationship issues, self-harm, stress, trauma and dissociation.
0191 743 9237 View 0191 743 9237
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IAS Ltd
Psychotherapist, BACP
Verified Verified
Sunderland SR2
I have over 25 years of experience working with adults and young people who are experiencing, anxiety, depression along with other emotional and psychological distress. Counselling can be a liberating and uplifting experience, making the first step to call a counsellor is the biggest step you can make. ( see further down the page for more information about counselling ) I also see couples who are experiencing relationship issues and difficulties or just need to talk through issues together, in a professional, safe place. I qualified as a Person Centred Counsellor and Cognitive (CBT) Therapist [ University of Newcastle Upon T
I have over 25 years of experience working with adults and young people who are experiencing, anxiety, depression along with other emotional and psychological distress. Counselling can be a liberating and uplifting experience, making the first step to call a counsellor is the biggest step you can make. ( see further down the page for more information about counselling ) I also see couples who are experiencing relationship issues and difficulties or just need to talk through issues together, in a professional, safe place. I qualified as a Person Centred Counsellor and Cognitive (CBT) Therapist [ University of Newcastle Upon T
07506 747122 View 07506 747122
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Mandi Purvis (The Cleadon Counsellor)
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Sunderland SR6
Waitlist for new clients
Hello and Welcome. Please do have a look around and get a sense of whether I am the right therapist for you. If you are finding things a bit of a struggle at the moment then speaking with someone whom you feel comfortable and connected with is the most important start for your journey into Counselling. You may be grieving the loss of a loved family member, your job, a pet, or a relationship. You may feel anxious, depressed or worried about situations or issues in your life. You might feel ‘not good enough’ or perhaps you are going through work, identity or life changes and family struggles that are confusing and overwhelming.
Hello and Welcome. Please do have a look around and get a sense of whether I am the right therapist for you. If you are finding things a bit of a struggle at the moment then speaking with someone whom you feel comfortable and connected with is the most important start for your journey into Counselling. You may be grieving the loss of a loved family member, your job, a pet, or a relationship. You may feel anxious, depressed or worried about situations or issues in your life. You might feel ‘not good enough’ or perhaps you are going through work, identity or life changes and family struggles that are confusing and overwhelming.
01501 648926 View 01501 648926
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Dr Sabinna Yasmin Rokib
Psychotherapist, PsychD, CPsychol
Verified Verified
Sunderland SR3
My mission at Sabina's Clinic is to provide compassionate evidence-based mental health services to our clients. I am committed to helping individuals improve their overall well-being and achieve their personal goals by addressing their unique psychological needs. I strive to create a safe and supportive environment where clients feel comfortable sharing their concerns. I believe in treating every individual with dignity, respect and empathy and tailoring our services to meet their specific needs.
My mission at Sabina's Clinic is to provide compassionate evidence-based mental health services to our clients. I am committed to helping individuals improve their overall well-being and achieve their personal goals by addressing their unique psychological needs. I strive to create a safe and supportive environment where clients feel comfortable sharing their concerns. I believe in treating every individual with dignity, respect and empathy and tailoring our services to meet their specific needs.
0141 673 5277 View 0141 673 5277
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Tracy Woodhouse
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Sunderland SR5
Qualified Clinical Supervisor and Counsellor. My driving force is that I care deeply for people who are suffering when their life isn't working as they need it to, but don't know where to start, or even if it is possible to change or do things differently. Are you stuck? I'm here to help. I provide safe, confidential and professional support to facilitate change through difficult times offering Person Centred Counselling, Cognitive Behavioual Therapy and Self Compassion Mindfulness. Contact us for a free no obligation telephone initial consultation. Easily accessible as we are situated on the ground floor.
Qualified Clinical Supervisor and Counsellor. My driving force is that I care deeply for people who are suffering when their life isn't working as they need it to, but don't know where to start, or even if it is possible to change or do things differently. Are you stuck? I'm here to help. I provide safe, confidential and professional support to facilitate change through difficult times offering Person Centred Counselling, Cognitive Behavioual Therapy and Self Compassion Mindfulness. Contact us for a free no obligation telephone initial consultation. Easily accessible as we are situated on the ground floor.
0191 580 4413 View 0191 580 4413
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Kirby Graham
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
Sunderland SR5
Hello, My name is Kirby - BACP Registered Counsellor at Breakfree Counselling. It can be difficult to make the decision to begin therapy but you have taken the first step. I know that making this decision can bring about many feelings and emotions. You mightn't know what to expect from therapy. You mightn't feel that therapy is the right route to take, but I am here to help. Therapy can give you the opportunity to identify your issues and needs and help you to work towards moving forward. If you feel that this is right for you feel free to get in contact for a free no obligation initial consultation.
Hello, My name is Kirby - BACP Registered Counsellor at Breakfree Counselling. It can be difficult to make the decision to begin therapy but you have taken the first step. I know that making this decision can bring about many feelings and emotions. You mightn't know what to expect from therapy. You mightn't feel that therapy is the right route to take, but I am here to help. Therapy can give you the opportunity to identify your issues and needs and help you to work towards moving forward. If you feel that this is right for you feel free to get in contact for a free no obligation initial consultation.
0191 743 7883 View 0191 743 7883
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Amy Robson
Psychotherapist, MUKCP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Sunderland SR1  (Online Only)
It takes courage to be reflective about ourselves and consider the things that might be getting in our way. Finding the right therapist can be an overwhelming task. I’m Amy, a humanistic and integrative Psychotherapist. Whatever has brought you here, anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, relationship difficulties, changes to your identity or other stumbling blocks in life; our co-created relationship could be the catalyst for change you’re looking for.
It takes courage to be reflective about ourselves and consider the things that might be getting in our way. Finding the right therapist can be an overwhelming task. I’m Amy, a humanistic and integrative Psychotherapist. Whatever has brought you here, anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, relationship difficulties, changes to your identity or other stumbling blocks in life; our co-created relationship could be the catalyst for change you’re looking for.
01429 802918 View 01429 802918
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Deborah Dixon
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sunderland SR3
Are you feeling stuck or overwhelmed, tired of existing and not living? Is there something preventing you from moving forward? There are times in everyone’s life when things become too much and it is during these times it is important to know that you are not alone. I am passionate about supporting you to heal, to identify solutions and make changes, to help you to create a happier, healthier and peaceful life. I work with both adults and children, helping to overcome a wide range of emotional difficulties. I currently have availability for new clients online or face to face from April and offer a free, no obligation consultation.
Are you feeling stuck or overwhelmed, tired of existing and not living? Is there something preventing you from moving forward? There are times in everyone’s life when things become too much and it is during these times it is important to know that you are not alone. I am passionate about supporting you to heal, to identify solutions and make changes, to help you to create a happier, healthier and peaceful life. I work with both adults and children, helping to overcome a wide range of emotional difficulties. I currently have availability for new clients online or face to face from April and offer a free, no obligation consultation.
0191 743 9055 View 0191 743 9055
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Alexa Johnstone
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Sunderland SR1
Hi, my name is Alexa and thank you for taking the step in seeking help. I know counselling can be very daunting for some people but rest assured I'm here to help put you at ease. Counselling can be a journey of self discovery, growth and finding the real you. I work using the holistic approach, you will be the one to talk about what you want, in a safe environment and I will listen. Within our sessions I will be non judgemental, meaning that I will accept you for the person you are, I will be honest, and I will be empathetic, meaning that I will strive to see the world through your eyes so I can fully understand.
Hi, my name is Alexa and thank you for taking the step in seeking help. I know counselling can be very daunting for some people but rest assured I'm here to help put you at ease. Counselling can be a journey of self discovery, growth and finding the real you. I work using the holistic approach, you will be the one to talk about what you want, in a safe environment and I will listen. Within our sessions I will be non judgemental, meaning that I will accept you for the person you are, I will be honest, and I will be empathetic, meaning that I will strive to see the world through your eyes so I can fully understand.
0191 743 4333 View 0191 743 4333
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North East Counselling Services
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Sunderland SR1
North East Counselling Services provide counselling to anyone aged 4+ using our team of experienced counsellors. We provide counselling for couples in addition to individuals. We believe that getting you the right counsellor is important to your progress which is why we carry out an assessment then allocate you to the most appropriate counsellor, not just whoever is available. We've got a team of around 50 counsellors and 98% of our clients have said that our counselling helped them.
North East Counselling Services provide counselling to anyone aged 4+ using our team of experienced counsellors. We provide counselling for couples in addition to individuals. We believe that getting you the right counsellor is important to your progress which is why we carry out an assessment then allocate you to the most appropriate counsellor, not just whoever is available. We've got a team of around 50 counsellors and 98% of our clients have said that our counselling helped them.
01757 605682 View 01757 605682
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My Family Psychologist
Psychologist, MSc, HCPC - Forensic Psych.
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Sunderland SR1
My work is to empower you to understand and manage your own and your family's psychological wellbeing. From initial confusion and hopelessness the end game is enlightenment and clarity. I rely on data, clear aims, objectives, and objective measurement.
My work is to empower you to understand and manage your own and your family's psychological wellbeing. From initial confusion and hopelessness the end game is enlightenment and clarity. I rely on data, clear aims, objectives, and objective measurement.
01670 338152 View 01670 338152

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Dr Denika Campbell-Lee
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Gateshead NE8  (Online Only)
Do you feel misunderstood, either by others or even yourself? Are you struggling with your mood? Do you find yourself tearful, anxious, confused or angry? Do you have days where you are able to function with your struggles and days you find it too hard to function? Hi I'm Denika and I would love to help! We'll think about everything that makes you, you! Including cultural and social aspects which are not typically considered in traditional therapeutic models. There's many versions of you, and together we can discover the version you want to be most present. I also offer private Autism assessments (starting from £1900).
Do you feel misunderstood, either by others or even yourself? Are you struggling with your mood? Do you find yourself tearful, anxious, confused or angry? Do you have days where you are able to function with your struggles and days you find it too hard to function? Hi I'm Denika and I would love to help! We'll think about everything that makes you, you! Including cultural and social aspects which are not typically considered in traditional therapeutic models. There's many versions of you, and together we can discover the version you want to be most present. I also offer private Autism assessments (starting from £1900).
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Lorna Evans | The Mind Movement Therapy
Psychotherapist, MSc, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Newcastle upon Tyne NE1
Hi, I'm Lorna, an experienced psychotherapist (UKCP). I offer you a safe, encouraging, and warm relationship, enabling you to work through present or past issues contributing to your mental and physical well-being. I have extensive experience working with Neurodivergent clients, including ADHD and autism, and I'm neurodivergent.
Hi, I'm Lorna, an experienced psychotherapist (UKCP). I offer you a safe, encouraging, and warm relationship, enabling you to work through present or past issues contributing to your mental and physical well-being. I have extensive experience working with Neurodivergent clients, including ADHD and autism, and I'm neurodivergent.
0191 917 2252 View 0191 917 2252
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Kalmer Counselling
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Gateshead NE10
The way we live our lives, how we think, feel and behave can have a huge impact upon us. If we feel stuck, negative about life that’s all we notice, see and attract into our lives. Therapy at Kalmer can change your life! By creating a space to explore you, your needs, your life, dreams and desires you can change your mindset and develop feelings of happiness and positivity. This can help to change everything about your life because if you change you everything around you has to change too. If you want a more fulfilling happy life it starts with you. ‘Like attracts like’
The way we live our lives, how we think, feel and behave can have a huge impact upon us. If we feel stuck, negative about life that’s all we notice, see and attract into our lives. Therapy at Kalmer can change your life! By creating a space to explore you, your needs, your life, dreams and desires you can change your mindset and develop feelings of happiness and positivity. This can help to change everything about your life because if you change you everything around you has to change too. If you want a more fulfilling happy life it starts with you. ‘Like attracts like’
0191 743 0491 View 0191 743 0491
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Dr Alex Hull - Leazes Clinical Psychology
Psychologist, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Newcastle upon Tyne NE1  (Online Only)
I will help you manage and take back control of your mental health. I specialise in working with anxiety and depression. I have many years experience working in the NHS and private practice. I use evidence-based techniques that really work. I have a warm and accessible style that will help you feel comfortable and understood. I work with young people and adults. I work with health insurance companies and offer some of the lowest session rates for the best quality clinical psychology support available. It's as simple as that.
I will help you manage and take back control of your mental health. I specialise in working with anxiety and depression. I have many years experience working in the NHS and private practice. I use evidence-based techniques that really work. I have a warm and accessible style that will help you feel comfortable and understood. I work with young people and adults. I work with health insurance companies and offer some of the lowest session rates for the best quality clinical psychology support available. It's as simple as that.
0191 743 0144 View 0191 743 0144
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Louise Anne Henderson
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Newcastle upon Tyne NE2
I am a Counsellor working from a Person Centred approach integrating Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Psychodynamic approaches. I provide a safe, professional and confidential space to help support clients and facilitate change during challenging times. I provide services that are unique to your individual needs and can create a bespoke combination of therapies that include Counselling, Coaching and Mindfulness. Services can help you feel empowered, make changes, identify & face challenges head on, gain control over your life, provide greater insight & perspective whilst learning coping strategies and encourage a positive mindset.
I am a Counsellor working from a Person Centred approach integrating Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Psychodynamic approaches. I provide a safe, professional and confidential space to help support clients and facilitate change during challenging times. I provide services that are unique to your individual needs and can create a bespoke combination of therapies that include Counselling, Coaching and Mindfulness. Services can help you feel empowered, make changes, identify & face challenges head on, gain control over your life, provide greater insight & perspective whilst learning coping strategies and encourage a positive mindset.
07588 702503 View 07588 702503
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Rebecca Harrison
Psychotherapist, COSRT General
Verified Verified
Newcastle upon Tyne NE6  (Online Only)
Hi, I’m Rebecca, and I’m a sex and relationship therapist. I am a GSRD specialist, and frequently work with non-monogamy, gender, sexuality and kink; as well as psychosexual and relationship therapy. I am also a neurodiversity affirming therapist, which means that you won't be pathologised for who you are or how your brain works in my practice. I help individuals and intimate partners to create relationships with themselves, each other and sex that they want, in a way that is congruent with their identity.
Hi, I’m Rebecca, and I’m a sex and relationship therapist. I am a GSRD specialist, and frequently work with non-monogamy, gender, sexuality and kink; as well as psychosexual and relationship therapy. I am also a neurodiversity affirming therapist, which means that you won't be pathologised for who you are or how your brain works in my practice. I help individuals and intimate partners to create relationships with themselves, each other and sex that they want, in a way that is congruent with their identity.
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Tidal Therapy Services
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Murton SR7
Counselling provides an opportunity to work through what is happening within your life, in a safe, accepted therapeutic space, where you are free to explore who you are and focus upon what brings you to counselling. Counselling enables you to gain support, to be truly heard and listened to, by a skilled professional, someone who is patient, present and focused upon supporting you without any judgement, with whatever your needs may be.
Counselling provides an opportunity to work through what is happening within your life, in a safe, accepted therapeutic space, where you are free to explore who you are and focus upon what brings you to counselling. Counselling enables you to gain support, to be truly heard and listened to, by a skilled professional, someone who is patient, present and focused upon supporting you without any judgement, with whatever your needs may be.
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Sangeeta Murkunde
Psychotherapist, MSc, MUKCP
Verified Verified
Newcastle upon Tyne NE1
I am highly qualified & experienced psychotherapist who has an ability to provide relaxed & safe environment for a client to explore their issues. Being an integrative psychotherapist I use different therapeutic models e.g TA, CBT etc according to the needs of my clients. I have an extensive experience in helping with a wide range of areas including anxiety, depression, work related issue, trauma, bereavement etc. I can help you to be more self aware so that you can have more clarity about your needs, how to fulfil them and move on with your life. I offer evening, weekend appointments & also provide video counselling.
I am highly qualified & experienced psychotherapist who has an ability to provide relaxed & safe environment for a client to explore their issues. Being an integrative psychotherapist I use different therapeutic models e.g TA, CBT etc according to the needs of my clients. I have an extensive experience in helping with a wide range of areas including anxiety, depression, work related issue, trauma, bereavement etc. I can help you to be more self aware so that you can have more clarity about your needs, how to fulfil them and move on with your life. I offer evening, weekend appointments & also provide video counselling.
01670 337895 View 01670 337895

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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.