Are you looking for a counsellor specifically to work with autistic clients or their carers?
It can be a difficult and confusing world for most people, but if you are an autistic individual, the situations and understanding that others just seem to naturally 'get' don't come easily or naturally to you.
This can lead to isolation, anxiety, depression.
Then someone suggests talking therapy!
Now's the difficult job of finding a therapist whom you feel safe enough to talk to!
So maybe I can help.
You may not understand why things are going so wrong when for you it makes logical sense
I can help untangle the miscommunication.
You may be exhausted looking after an autistic child and just want some time to focus on your feelings.
Come and talk to someone who understands.
You may have just received a diagnosis for your child and need to be heard about your concerns for their future.
I can do that.
You may have a transition coming up where things are going to change. Causing anxiety and stress.
I can help you deal with the anxiety this brings aiding a smoother transition.
Others may have difficulty understanding you. Leaving them, and you, confused over intentions.
I can help you accept yourself and work on strategies for communication.
Working together we can focus on your strengths because I believe each unique individual has many strengths.
I have a breadth of experience working with autistic individuals. I have undertaken research in the area of Asperger's within the counselling relationship, and work for several autism specific charities; 'Respect For All' and 'Understanding Autism North West' who provide counselling for autistic individuals. I have also studied the postgraduate certificate in Autism and Asperger's through the National Autistic Society in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University. As well as providing an endorsement for a published book on the subject of 'Contemplative Therapy' for autistic clients.
Towards Change ltd is situated at 25 Warner Street, Accrington. We are able to offer a location which is central and easily accessible to most clients with a lot of parking nearby.
Accrington train station is a short 10 minute walk away.