Who I Am
I am autistic and I also have ADHD (AuDHD), My experiences have led me to particularly value and advocate for diversity, identity and justice in all its forms but I am particularly passionate about Autism and ADHD.
I trained over 10 years ago now and also studied for a psychology degree. My original training helped me to understand how to work with individuals and my degree helped me to understand how individuals fit into society and how we are all influenced by the world around us. Understanding how we are all affected and shaped by our families, our culture, our friends, our hobbies/interests and our beliefs, means I have a much greater understanding of how our understanding of ourselves and of the world around us influences our behaviour. Understanding behaviour and the reasons behind it also means understanding how to change it.
Of course, not everyone comes to therapy because they want to change something, sometimes it is because we need someone to listen. It may be that you don’t have anyone you can feel you can talk to about certain things or no-one understands you. Just being heard and understood can be incredibly liberating, reassuring and transformative.
Being autistic, having ADHD or AuDHD may not be why you are seeking help right now but it can be extremely helpful to have a therapist who can understand how being neurodivergent may be relevant to you. I am neuroaffirming, meaning I celebrate neurodiversity as a part of natural differences in humans and believe in the rights of each individual to live in the way that suits their neurodivergent needs. I fully embrace self-identified people also, as diagnosis can be a privilege for many reasons.
So, whether you are diagnosed, self-diagnosed, curious if you may be neurodivergent or care about someone who is and would like to work with someone who is able to appreciate both perspectives, I can help.
Who I Work With
The areas I mainly work in are:
How I Work
I am an integrative and person-centred therapist. What this means for you is that I have been trained in various ways of working with people, including CBT, and I will always work with whatever it is you want to bring to each session and I will suggest or offer strategies, tools and ways of working and let you decide if it feels right. Everybody‘s needs are different and I adapt the way I work to suit the individual.
I start from a belief that no two people will experience the same issue or difficulty in the same way. It is always a deep privilege to be able to accompany somebody as they start to understand themselves better and support them to have the confidence to continue that in their everyday lives.
I am also a member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists and abide by their ethical framework.