What I offer:
Would you like to gain some understanding of how your neurodiversity is impacting you, your day to day life, work, relationships, being active, managing feelings and more? Would you like to explore these things with someone who has lived experience? Would gaining deeper understanding of how different aspects of a neurodivergent brain and nervous system might be playing out be useful for you? Would you like some neurodivergent friendly, personalised, neuroscience informed tools, hacks and practices, to aid you in living your best life? Would you like a little space with a qualified and very experienced counsellor to be with how you’re feeling about your own ND experience and how it impacts you?
Perhaps you’re here to learn how to make your work place more inclusive and accessible for your neurodivergent staff? Or to make the interviewing and on-boarding experience at your organisation a more ND friendly one?
If you answered yes, to any of that, then a few or more, one to one sessions or some bespoke training with me, might be really useful.
I can offer one to one sessions to anyone who identifies as neurodivergent, diagnosed or not. I also offer sessions to anyone wanting to explore possible neurodiversity.
For organisations I offer bespoke trainings and consultations for individual professionals, such as counsellors, psychotherapists, mindfulness teachers and many other mental health professionals. These can be ways of expanding the accessibility of your work and workplaces. To offer advice, information and guidance on responding with more ease to your ND staff and clients.
As well as these offerings, I am currently co-designing workshops that will use somatic, mindful and neuroscience informed practices, to explore creative and professional writing for ND authors and creatives. If you’re interested in this work, please do get in touch.
In my work I bring over seventeen years of work as a psychotherapist and counsellor, as a mindfulness teacher, academic and non-academic teaching, as well as many additional years training in areas such as: neuroscience informed understanding of trauma, anxiety and stress, a neurobiological view of sensory and data processing, a social view of neurodiversity and disability, somatic and neurobiologically informed body based practises, accessible mindfulness, trauma sensitive mindfulness and more.
What I offer is really novel, combining skills and ideas in a way no one else is yet doing. This isn’t just counselling, or somatic or well being practices, or mindfulness, this is a really neurodivergent friendly way to explore and respond to your ND self and all your needs, as well as up to date, social model and science backed understanding of neurodiversity.
What do I mean by ‘Neurodiversity’?
Judy Singer coined the term neurodiversity in 1998, it has taken many years to gain traction in wider society and still has some way to go in reaching more peoples consciousnesses. For me it a great word, it allows us to see the multiplicity of human diversity with regards our neural systems, so, our brain and nervous systems.
It is a great umbrella term for a wide range of differences, which I see as being a bit like having different operating systems, so we do, see, experience and simply are diverging from the mainstream.
These differences, can very simply put, be seen as differences in the ways we take in, process and understand different types of data. Data might be our own feelings, ideas, sensations or bodily responses, or it might be from outside, written, social, or relational data coming from others. This can present in literally hundreds of different ways, there are many ‘diagnoses’ such as: autism, aspergers, ADHD, ADD, aphantasia, alexythmia, dyspraxia, tourettes, dyslexia, dyscalculia ++
I am happy to explore any or all of these, or the more specific components of being ND. These may be areas such as:
Social struggles, managing other peoples expectations, processing your own and others feelings, managing high empathy, or lower empathy.
Managing life/work/education admin, memory, structure and flexibility.
Creating new less pathologised perspectives of your own/your staff/clients ND sense of self.
Coming out, to family, friends, work. Managing when it doesn’t go well, or you don’t want to or don’t feel ready to.
Creating ND friendly environments, whilst understanding there cant be a one size fits all solution.
Creating ND friendly on-boarding and interviewing processes. Remember, more inclusive, accessible work places benefit everyone and many ND people are already in your work and eduction settings and you don’t know they’re there.
Nervous system overwhelm and underwhelm, regulating tools for an NT world/workplace.
Anxiety, stress, melt downs and burn outs.
Building useful routines.
Building resilience from your own inner tools and strengths.
Building relevant self care plans and seeking the right support.
Learning lots of personalised hacks and tools for managing life.
Learning meditation techniques that are more accessible to the ND brain and nervous system, as well as personalised for you and/or your clients/staff.
Plus anything that is coming up for you/your clients/staff or organisation, that needs attention, space or a few new tools.
Some websites that may have useful or interesting info:
Embrace Autism, has lots of ND assessment tools to take for free and read about how they work and what their efficacy is, plus lots of interesting blogs and resources. Not just for ASC.
Dr.Nick Walker, has written many interesting and thought provoking articles and books on the topic of neurodiversity.
The Aphantasia Network, offers community and information on aphantasia.
Wrong Planet, offers resources and community to those identifying as autistic or aspergers.
Katherine May, autistic journalist and author has a podcast.
AutAngel, Community, support and resources run by and for autistic people.
Thriving Autistic, have some great free resources and webinars.
ADDitude, is an online magazine with lots of topical news, resources and informations about ADD and ADHD
Amythest Schaber, gives some great answers to questions about different aspects of neurodiversity and talks on the experience of being autistic with a lot of skill and from a personal perspective.
The British Dyslexia Association, offers advice and information on both dyslexia and dyscalculia
The Dyspraxia Foundation, offers all sorts of advice, support and links to uk based local groups.
Tourettes Action, offers lots of information advice and resources.
I cannot say I agree with everything and am definitely not affiliated with any of these, but am sharing as they may be of use or interest.
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