Autism Counselling in Belfast

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Counsellor, Mother-Daughter Coach
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
Belfast BT12
Specialism Autism - ADHD, young people and adults with additional needs.
Counsellor and Mother-Daughter Coach. Hi my name is Cathy I specialise in offering a range of therapies to teens or young adults who may be struggling with exam stress, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, sexuality, identity and the many other issues commonly faced by these age groups. I have gained substantial experience helping young people with their problems across the schools counselling service in Primary, Post Primary and Special Education. I also work with adults on a range of Mental Health problems such as anxiety, depression, panic and stress, within the Community, Voluntary Sector and Private Practice.
Specialism Autism - ADHD, young people and adults with additional needs.
Counsellor and Mother-Daughter Coach. Hi my name is Cathy I specialise in offering a range of therapies to teens or young adults who may be struggling with exam stress, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, sexuality, identity and the many other issues commonly faced by these age groups. I have gained substantial experience helping young people with their problems across the schools counselling service in Primary, Post Primary and Special Education. I also work with adults on a range of Mental Health problems such as anxiety, depression, panic and stress, within the Community, Voluntary Sector and Private Practice.
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Emma Therese Bourquin
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Belfast BT17  (Online Only)
Life can be challenging and at times we can all feel in need of support. Counselling gives you the space to explore feelings and reflect upon your life in a safe, confidential and non judgemental environment. I have 10 years experience working in mental health and wellbeing. I have experience of working with a range of presenting issues including anxiety, stress, depression, relationships, family, life transitions, bereavement, post natal depression, work/career stress, learning disability, young people, children (school age-primary and secondary). I have also worked with adults and young people with autism and their families.
Life can be challenging and at times we can all feel in need of support. Counselling gives you the space to explore feelings and reflect upon your life in a safe, confidential and non judgemental environment. I have 10 years experience working in mental health and wellbeing. I have experience of working with a range of presenting issues including anxiety, stress, depression, relationships, family, life transitions, bereavement, post natal depression, work/career stress, learning disability, young people, children (school age-primary and secondary). I have also worked with adults and young people with autism and their families.
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Art therapy with Tori
Psychotherapist, MSc, HCPC-Art Therap.
Verified Verified
Belfast BT7
As an accredited Art psychotherapist I have extensive experience working with young people and children on the spectrum. My aim is to successfully support clients facing various challenges, including behavioural difficulties, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), suicidal ideation, self-harm, bereavement, and relationship difficulties, social anxiety, identity and self-esteem issues, among others things. By creating a trusting and empathetic therapeutic relationship, I help clients navigate these difficulties and find healing through the creative process.
As an accredited Art psychotherapist I have extensive experience working with young people and children on the spectrum. My aim is to successfully support clients facing various challenges, including behavioural difficulties, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), suicidal ideation, self-harm, bereavement, and relationship difficulties, social anxiety, identity and self-esteem issues, among others things. By creating a trusting and empathetic therapeutic relationship, I help clients navigate these difficulties and find healing through the creative process.
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Chris Tennyson
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Belfast BT9
I am an experienced Clinical Psychologist working with young people and adults with a range of difficulties. I have held posts working with people with a range of mental health difficulties as well as those adjusting to physical ill health and disability. I am an integrative practitioner, incorporating person-centred, psychodynamic and attachment theories, as well as cognitive models such as CBT and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. I have also completed training in Autism diagnostic assessment (ADOS-2 and DISCO) and have over four years experience in completing diagnostic assessments for ASD within multi-disciplinary teams.
I am an experienced Clinical Psychologist working with young people and adults with a range of difficulties. I have held posts working with people with a range of mental health difficulties as well as those adjusting to physical ill health and disability. I am an integrative practitioner, incorporating person-centred, psychodynamic and attachment theories, as well as cognitive models such as CBT and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. I have also completed training in Autism diagnostic assessment (ADOS-2 and DISCO) and have over four years experience in completing diagnostic assessments for ASD within multi-disciplinary teams.
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Dr Caroline Parker
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Belfast BT1
I am a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, who has been employed by the NHS for over 16 years working with both adults and children either on a one to one basis, group or with their families. I offer an integrated approach including models of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (Attachment Focused ), Systemic/Family Therapy, CBT and ACT. I have extensive experience in Autism assessments and Cognitive (IQ) assessments which are completed by the NICE guidelines and are accepted by local Health Care Trusts
I am a Consultant Clinical Psychologist, who has been employed by the NHS for over 16 years working with both adults and children either on a one to one basis, group or with their families. I offer an integrated approach including models of Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (Attachment Focused ), Systemic/Family Therapy, CBT and ACT. I have extensive experience in Autism assessments and Cognitive (IQ) assessments which are completed by the NICE guidelines and are accepted by local Health Care Trusts
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Joanne Hudson
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Belfast BT15
The areas that I have experience working with and an interest in include: Autism & ADHD, anxiety, binge & emotional eating, stress, low self-esteem, depression, trauma, life changes & decisions.
My name is Joanne and I am an Integrative Counsellor. Being integrative means that I combine various approaches and tools to meet the individual needs of each client. I offer a safe space for you to discuss your experiences, explore your issues, and perhaps find ways to bring about change and improve your wellbeing. I provide support that is confidential, trusting and non-judgemental. I am fully qualified, and an accredited member of the BACP.
The areas that I have experience working with and an interest in include: Autism & ADHD, anxiety, binge & emotional eating, stress, low self-esteem, depression, trauma, life changes & decisions.
My name is Joanne and I am an Integrative Counsellor. Being integrative means that I combine various approaches and tools to meet the individual needs of each client. I offer a safe space for you to discuss your experiences, explore your issues, and perhaps find ways to bring about change and improve your wellbeing. I provide support that is confidential, trusting and non-judgemental. I am fully qualified, and an accredited member of the BACP.
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Belfast Psychology Services Ltd
Psychologist, PsychD, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Belfast BT9
Welcome to Belfast Psychology Services. Please visit www.belfastpsychologyservices.com, go to the "book a consultation" page and schedule a date and time for your 15 minute call. Our therapists offer psychological support for a range of difficulties including stress, anxiety, depression, panic attacks, anger, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and trauma. Support is also offered for neurodevelopmental disorders including Tourette Syndrome (TS) and vocal and motor tics. ​ In addition, the service offers diagnostic assessments for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) using the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule - 2 (ADOS-2).
Welcome to Belfast Psychology Services. Please visit www.belfastpsychologyservices.com, go to the "book a consultation" page and schedule a date and time for your 15 minute call. Our therapists offer psychological support for a range of difficulties including stress, anxiety, depression, panic attacks, anger, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) and trauma. Support is also offered for neurodevelopmental disorders including Tourette Syndrome (TS) and vocal and motor tics. ​ In addition, the service offers diagnostic assessments for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) using the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule - 2 (ADOS-2).
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Mervyn Reid
Counsellor, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Belfast BT6
Hello, and well done on making it this far. I am a light-hearted Counsellor & Supervisor who is easy to talk with. I have 20+ years of experience working with couples, young people, children, individuals, and families. I will support you via face-to-face, telephone or online sessions using an integrative approach that helps us apply the best support at the best time. As a client-directed Counsellor, I take my lead from you, tailoring our sessions to suit your needs. I can travel, with additional fees applicable. Give me a call or a text to arrange your free 15-minute consultation. Clinical Supervision & Consultation offered.
Hello, and well done on making it this far. I am a light-hearted Counsellor & Supervisor who is easy to talk with. I have 20+ years of experience working with couples, young people, children, individuals, and families. I will support you via face-to-face, telephone or online sessions using an integrative approach that helps us apply the best support at the best time. As a client-directed Counsellor, I take my lead from you, tailoring our sessions to suit your needs. I can travel, with additional fees applicable. Give me a call or a text to arrange your free 15-minute consultation. Clinical Supervision & Consultation offered.
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Pamela Kirkpatrick
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Belfast BT5
Life can suddenly change and leave us feeling lost and alone without a clear path to move forward, whether this is how you feel about yourself or your child I may have the skills to help you find your direction or help clear your way to move forward and reach your full potential. I have spent years working in the mental health sector and understand how difficult it is to reach out, I have worked with issues such as self esteem, anxiety, self harm, abuse, addiction and traumatic childhood experiences and coping strategies. Whether you are looking support for yourself or your child I offer a free phone consultation before therapy
Life can suddenly change and leave us feeling lost and alone without a clear path to move forward, whether this is how you feel about yourself or your child I may have the skills to help you find your direction or help clear your way to move forward and reach your full potential. I have spent years working in the mental health sector and understand how difficult it is to reach out, I have worked with issues such as self esteem, anxiety, self harm, abuse, addiction and traumatic childhood experiences and coping strategies. Whether you are looking support for yourself or your child I offer a free phone consultation before therapy
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Way Forward CBT and Counselling
Psychotherapist, MSc, MBABCP
Verified Verified
Belfast BT12
Way Forward offers Professional Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Specialist Counselling services to Adults, children, and adolescents. I have been supporting people who are struggling with their mental health and well-being for more than 20 years in a variety of settings including the NHS, Private, Voluntary, and Public Sectors. My overall approach to therapy tends to be straightforward and honest, I value transparency and direct communication in the therapeutic relationship.
Way Forward offers Professional Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and Specialist Counselling services to Adults, children, and adolescents. I have been supporting people who are struggling with their mental health and well-being for more than 20 years in a variety of settings including the NHS, Private, Voluntary, and Public Sectors. My overall approach to therapy tends to be straightforward and honest, I value transparency and direct communication in the therapeutic relationship.
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Emma Blackburne
Psychotherapist, COSRT General
Verified Verified
Belfast BT8  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I specialise in working with individuals and couples who are experiencing sexual difficulties, which are preventing them from achieving a fulfilling sex life. I provide individually tailored psychotherapeutic treatment for a wide range of presentations including, but not limited to, erectile issues, ejaculation issues, low or loss of desire, vaginismus and/ or sexual pain, anxiety or phobia around sex and orgasm difficulties. I understand that sexual difficulties can impact upon your relationship, your self esteem and mental wellbeing and therefore offer a holistic approach within my assessment and treatment approach.
I specialise in working with individuals and couples who are experiencing sexual difficulties, which are preventing them from achieving a fulfilling sex life. I provide individually tailored psychotherapeutic treatment for a wide range of presentations including, but not limited to, erectile issues, ejaculation issues, low or loss of desire, vaginismus and/ or sexual pain, anxiety or phobia around sex and orgasm difficulties. I understand that sexual difficulties can impact upon your relationship, your self esteem and mental wellbeing and therefore offer a holistic approach within my assessment and treatment approach.
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Nora Smyth
Counsellor, BACP
Verified Verified
Belfast BT5
Hi there. Thanks for visiting my profile. I am an an integrated counsellor and work with adults, children, and young people. I have over ten years experience working with children and families in school-based counselling and in private practice. My hope is to provide all my clients a safe space to explore their issues and provide families the support and understanding they need to overcome difficulties. I have worked as a project manager for Place2be, a UK wide organisation that specialises in working therapeutically with children and young people and their families.
Hi there. Thanks for visiting my profile. I am an an integrated counsellor and work with adults, children, and young people. I have over ten years experience working with children and families in school-based counselling and in private practice. My hope is to provide all my clients a safe space to explore their issues and provide families the support and understanding they need to overcome difficulties. I have worked as a project manager for Place2be, a UK wide organisation that specialises in working therapeutically with children and young people and their families.
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Hannah Hasson
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Belfast BT1
My name is Hannah and I’m an accredited counsellor through the National Counselling Society. I am passionate about creating a safe space for people to share whatever they may be feeling or struggling with. My aim is to help people take care of their mental health by supporting clients to work through issues that may be affecting their mood and well-being.
My name is Hannah and I’m an accredited counsellor through the National Counselling Society. I am passionate about creating a safe space for people to share whatever they may be feeling or struggling with. My aim is to help people take care of their mental health by supporting clients to work through issues that may be affecting their mood and well-being.
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Carol Guinan
Psychologist, MSc, HCPC - Clin. Psych.
Verified Verified
Belfast BT6
Waitlist for new clients
I work with individuals (18+) who are seeking to increase their self awareness and to better understand how they think, feel and act. My therapeutic approach can help you take notice of unhelpful relational patterns that feel automatic and cause distress, worry and self doubt. As you progress in therapy, you will feel more able to respond to stressors with greater flexibility and confidence. This frees you up to think and act in a manner that serves your needs better and helps you achieve the sustainable balance you seek.
I work with individuals (18+) who are seeking to increase their self awareness and to better understand how they think, feel and act. My therapeutic approach can help you take notice of unhelpful relational patterns that feel automatic and cause distress, worry and self doubt. As you progress in therapy, you will feel more able to respond to stressors with greater flexibility and confidence. This frees you up to think and act in a manner that serves your needs better and helps you achieve the sustainable balance you seek.
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Daniel Hutchinson
Counsellor, MBACP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Belfast BT4
Hello! First of all thank you for taking the time to read my profile for private practise. My name is Daniel & I am a fully qualified integrative counsellor & registered member of the BACP. If you think that we would be a good match for counselling or if you have a question or query please don’t hesitate to get in touch. I believe in talking therapy & the capacity for counselling to empower any individual to create positive change. Contemplating change can be daunting for anyone but together we will explore the negative feelings to enable you to regain deeper control & understanding of your self.
Hello! First of all thank you for taking the time to read my profile for private practise. My name is Daniel & I am a fully qualified integrative counsellor & registered member of the BACP. If you think that we would be a good match for counselling or if you have a question or query please don’t hesitate to get in touch. I believe in talking therapy & the capacity for counselling to empower any individual to create positive change. Contemplating change can be daunting for anyone but together we will explore the negative feelings to enable you to regain deeper control & understanding of your self.
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Clare Acheson Counselling
Counsellor, DCounsPsych, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Belfast BT4  (Online Only)
Making the decision to come to counselling can be difficult but doing so can be the first step in making the changes you want. I am a fully qualified counsellor and accredited member of BACP, I use an Integrative approach which means that I incorporate different elements of specific counselling theories depending on whatever issues my clients are dealing with, this means that our counselling sessions are specific to your needs as an individual. I have been a therapist for the past 20 years. I have extensive experience in working with both adults and young people.
Making the decision to come to counselling can be difficult but doing so can be the first step in making the changes you want. I am a fully qualified counsellor and accredited member of BACP, I use an Integrative approach which means that I incorporate different elements of specific counselling theories depending on whatever issues my clients are dealing with, this means that our counselling sessions are specific to your needs as an individual. I have been a therapist for the past 20 years. I have extensive experience in working with both adults and young people.
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John Francis Maguire
Psychotherapist, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Belfast BT9
I am a Therapist with over twenty years experience working in Mental Heath Settings. I have been Qualified as a Therapist for almost 15 Years. I specialise in Relational work with people dealing with Addiction Issues, Anger Management and Relationship issues. Whilst I specialise in these areas I am not restricted to them.
I am a Therapist with over twenty years experience working in Mental Heath Settings. I have been Qualified as a Therapist for almost 15 Years. I specialise in Relational work with people dealing with Addiction Issues, Anger Management and Relationship issues. Whilst I specialise in these areas I am not restricted to them.
028 9692 8911 View 028 9692 8911
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Rachael Morrison
Counsellor, MSc, MBACP Accred
Verified Verified
Belfast BT8
Adults, children and adolescents all need a space to explore and express their experiences, and for some this tends to be more difficult as they struggle to understand what they're feeling, never mind find the words to describe them to someone. People often find that when they voice their experiences, feelings, and worries, and confide in a professional who can offer support and help them make sense of these, they feel heard, understood, and often a little lighter from sharing the weight of these. I aim to help my clients to feel that little bit lighter.
Adults, children and adolescents all need a space to explore and express their experiences, and for some this tends to be more difficult as they struggle to understand what they're feeling, never mind find the words to describe them to someone. People often find that when they voice their experiences, feelings, and worries, and confide in a professional who can offer support and help them make sense of these, they feel heard, understood, and often a little lighter from sharing the weight of these. I aim to help my clients to feel that little bit lighter.
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Rachel Ferguson
MSc
Verified Verified
Belfast BT9
Waitlist for new clients
I am a mental health nurse with just under 10 years experience working within mental health services. I have gained quality experience by working in various specialist mental health teams within the NHS. I provide psychological assessments, evidenced based interventions and I tailor support packages to children, adolescents and families. I have undertaken numerous professional training courses and attend regular clinical supervision in order to refine my skills.
I am a mental health nurse with just under 10 years experience working within mental health services. I have gained quality experience by working in various specialist mental health teams within the NHS. I provide psychological assessments, evidenced based interventions and I tailor support packages to children, adolescents and families. I have undertaken numerous professional training courses and attend regular clinical supervision in order to refine my skills.
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Tim Laubscher
Counsellor, MNCPS Acc.
Verified Verified
Belfast BT12  (Online Only)
I would like to work with any clients that have all kinds of issues and difficulties. I am here to help you discover, explore your issue, discover your goals and find a new way foward for you. Please do not hesitate to contact me Thursdays are the best time to call me but you can email any day of the week and I will endeavour to reply within 24 hours of your contact.
I would like to work with any clients that have all kinds of issues and difficulties. I am here to help you discover, explore your issue, discover your goals and find a new way foward for you. Please do not hesitate to contact me Thursdays are the best time to call me but you can email any day of the week and I will endeavour to reply within 24 hours of your contact.
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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.