HY Counselling

Helen Young BSc (Hons), MSc, DipHE, MBACP (Accred,) GMBPsS

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Autism and Neurodiversity

One area that I specialise in is autism and neurodiversity, which includes, (although not limited to): Autism, ADHD, Asperger’s Syndrome, Tourette’s Syndrome, Dyslexia and Dyspraxia. I provide a counselling service for autistic and neurodivergent people (whether they have received a diagnosis or not). I also work with the carers, friends and wider family of autistic and neurodivergent people. 

I have experience of autism and neurodiversity within a counselling capacity and as a specialist mentor. My familial experiences of autism and neurodiversity means that I can relate to, and have experienced first-hand, some of the challenges resulting from autism and neurodiversity.

Maybe you would like support to:

  • Understand what autism and neurodiversity may mean for you and your family?
  • Explore whether you or a family member is autistic or neurodiverse.
  • Work through feelings resulting from a late diagnosis or a misdiagnosis.
  • Work through difficulties with social communication or with establishing, managing and sustaining relationships.
  • Manage effectively in a workplace or education setting.
  • Understand your sensory experiences and preferences.

Autism and neurodiversity can affect individuals in a number of ways.  Whilst autistic or neurodiverse individuals will share certain characteristics, they will experience these differently. I modify the counselling sessions to accommodate your individual needs and I invite you to contact me to discuss your needs.

Some of the modifications that I can make include: incorporating special interests into sessions, altering the length or frequency of sessions, encouraging additional breaks, following a clear structure, setting an agenda, reducing environmental noise and visual distractions along with displaying information visually where appropriate. Further to this, I allow extra processing time and I am therefore comfortable with extra silences.

Please contact me to discuss your individual needs.