Louise Taylor is a qualified counselor and coach who specializes in working with neurodivergent clients and identifies as a neurodivergent person herself. In November 2020 Louise was assessed for ASD after seeking out a diagnosis privately and independently. Louise sought this diagnosis after years of confusion and it has helped her to understand her mind, her perspectives, and many of her past experiences, particularly around being harassed, abused, and bullied for being different.
She believes the stigma around mental health and those who are different is huge and she believes people who are neurodivergent and who have psychiatric and mental health conditions and disorders need to be protected, valued, and supported. There is nothing to be ashamed of if you are suffering from a mental health condition or disorder and people who are neurologically divergent can often have different abilities, gifts, and talents. Louise believes that by becoming more accepting of ourselves and our differences, we increase our chances of leading successful, fulfilled, and vibrant lives and overcoming much of the suffering that accompanies these conditions.
As well as working therapeutically Louise is currently completing a Ph.D. exploring the relationship between Nature Experiences and Mental Health at Queen's University in Belfast. She is also a committed environmental and human rights activist, as well as a child advocate, who believes that if we want better societies, we must create them. She enjoys writing and is hoping that her blogs will help educate people and potentially help them to reach their potential and thrive in their life. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you are interested in finding out more about what she does.