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As an Autistic/ADHD (AuDHD) therapist myself, as well as a parent of neurodivergent children, I have worked with neurodivergent clients (with or without a diagnosis) for many years.

I’m passionate about therapy being accessible and affirming for neurodivergent people which has led me to create a team of counsellors who are all neurodivergent themselves. 

Although I don’t believe our counsellors have to have experienced exactly what a client has, clients often tell us that our shared understanding about what it is like to be neurodivergent in a world that’s largely not set up for us, provides a sort of shorthand that helps us to connect.

Amy

PNCPS (Accred)

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Why see a Neurodivergent Therapist?

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I believe our flexible approach to counselling helps neurodivergent clients (or those who might be exploring the idea of neurodivergence) feel heard, supported and valued in the therapy room. Whether you’re looking for post diagnosis support or you’re in the middle of your journey of discovery, we strive to provide a validating and affirming experience.

Our neurodivergent-adapted approach uses a variety of different methods to best help you including person centred therapy, Gestalt, CBT, transactional analysis and creative techniques amongst others.

 Incorporating elements of coaching into the work can also often be beneficial to those people who might struggle with executive functioning difficulties or day to day challenges. *We reject ABA (Applied Behaviour Analysis) in all its forms and offer a neurodivergent affirming, non-pathologising approach.

After discussion with you, your counsellor can tailor their sessions to you and your specific needs. I believe that our flexible approach will help you feel safe and empowered whilst providing you with coping strategies and insights to help you gain clarity in your life.

Possibly you are just exploring the idea that you might be neurodivergent in some way. Maybe you’re on a waiting list for an assessment. Perhaps your child or teenager is newly diagnosed and they’re looking to discover and embrace their identity or look for more effective coping strategies. Whatever your story, please take a look at this article I’ve written, Therapy and Neurodivergence . I hope it may offer you some insights and answer some of your questions about our approach to counselling. 

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Seeking therapy/counselling can be a big step for anyone but, for someone who is autistic or ADHD, it can seem like a really daunting prospect. 

What will the counsellor be like? Will I feel comfortable? What will I be expected to do or say? Will they accept me as I am? Will I like them? Just some of the questions you might have. 

To help with some of this uncertainty all our counsellors offer a free consultation either online or by phone so you can see if the way we work is the right fit for you.

Contact us for more information about our neurodivergent counselling services or to book a free 15 minute consultation.

For parents of autistic or ADHD teens, I also offer one off parent coaching sessions for guidance and support. Please see here or contact me for more details.

Amy and the Newglade Team

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Client feedback

“Amy has been instrumental in my journey of pre and post ASD diagnosis. From the very first session I felt safe and comfortable, and her extensive knowledge and application of different therapeutic approaches means I now feel equipped to manage the challenges of life whilst honouring my needs as an autistic woman. It’s rare to find a therapist like this, especially one who is neuro affirming too – I would highly recommend her”

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“It is the best thing we ever did. Willow is amazing from our first meeting to the catch-up sessions and emails. I felt she was always on hand to listen to any concerns or observations I thought might need addressing. You have given me my son back, I can’t express how thankful I am to you for all that you have done for him and me. You are amazing. I will always remember and appreciate everything you have done. My heartfelt thanks.”

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My daughter has built a strong foundation of understanding and acceptance about her relatively recent autism diagnosis, is able to better articulate the challenges she faces, and I feel her confidence and her happiness have both increased. Thank you

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