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Autism-Specialist Counsellor

Since 2008, I’ve helped my clients break through the obstacles that seem to be holding them back in life. In 2016 I was the first person to receive a Queen’s honour for services to Asperger’s syndrome, having created Action for Asperger’s charity (www.actionforaspergers.org). In addition to being a MBACP registered counsellor, I hold a Master’s degree in autism and a PGC in Asperger’s syndrome. I also have experience of autism (Asperger’s) affecting several members of my family.  I have trained in numerous counselling modalities over a 17-year period: CBT, EMDR, ACT, Hypno-psychotherapy ++. I have recently completed four years of psychotherapy training with Cambridge Body Psychotherapy Centre and in July 2021 received formal approval as a trainee body psychotherapist. I am currently applying to the UKCP for trainee registration for my body psychotherapy work, which I will undertake on certain days of the week and will be separate to my autism-specialist counselling work. I have counselled hundreds of individuals of all ages from 3 years upwards affected by autism. I am a fellow of the Royal Society for Public Health.  I work privately from Keep House, 124 High Street, Wollaston, Northamptonshire, NN29 7RJ, 1-2 days per week, the remainder of my time is spent working charitably in the organisation that I founded. Under Covid-19, I conduct 70% of my sessions via video (Skype/Zoom/Discord/WhatsApp/Facetime/Teams) and as a pioneer of this form of therapy I am used to the upsides and downsides of this method of working.

Life’s too short to be unhappy, unsure, or unfulfilled.


An autism-cognisant counselling model

Support That Makes a Difference

Asperger-Neurotypical Relationship Counselling

I am particularly expert in this field of work. I have consulted with many couples over the years, helping individuals to gain a better understanding of the Asperger's/autistic condition and how it impacts the relationship dynamic. My empathy comes from both a professional and personal place.  My clients have reported that this double-edged knowledge base aids the counselling experience enormously.

Counselling for lives that have become adversely affected by the experience of Asperger’s syndrome/autism

I specialise in counselling those who have Asperger's/autism and also those who live in a close relationship with an individual with Asperger's/autism. I counsel all ages from 3 years upwards.

Academic, non-clinical assessments for autism

Autism diagnosis should not be the opinion of one person according to NICE guidelines. A multi-agency approach to diagnosis is usually recommended. I can assist by providing an academic, non-clinical assessment for this purpose. Some individuals might wish to pursue a formal clinical diagnosis following my assessment, while others may simply wish to seek support that they are 'barking up the right tree' after many days/years of feeling 'different'.

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“I see things from both sides…from the side of the autistic individual and from the side of the individual who loves them.”

Elaine Nicholson MBE

Contact me

My private counselling rate is £75 per hour. Assessments are £400.

Keep House, 124 High Street, Wollaston, NN29 7RJ

[email protected]


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