Autism Counselling

Your someone.health psychologist can work with you to cope with autism through evidence-based video and telephone counselling.
Your someone.health psychologist can work with you to cope with autism through evidence-based video and telephone counselling.

Learn about Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is known for often appearing quite early in a child’s development. However, this is not always recognised in early life as the symptoms can vary in severity. For example, one individual may be relatively fluent with their speech and have above average intelligence, whilst another individual with ASD may have difficulties with speech and their ability to learn in school. Therefore, some people enter their adolescent or adult years and suspect that some of their childhood experiences, or even the difficulties they have faced as an adult, may be linked to ASD. On the other hand, they may have received a diagnosis for ASD and some professional support at a young age, but recently feel as though it is bringing rise to other difficulties.

 

ASD is a lifelong developmental disorder that affects the way individuals relate to people and their environment. Some of the difficulties that you may have noticed throughout your life include:

Struggling to put into words what you want to say

Talking about your hobbies and interests for a long time, until maybe you notice that people walk away or stop responding with interest

Finding it difficult to contribute to a conversation which you don’t want to talk about

Struggling to maintain eye contact, feel physical contact or to use the correct body language

Being told you that you are rude or unfriendly without meaning to be

Finding it difficult to understand other people’s emotions or what they mean when they say certain things

Having a strong interest in a specific thing and spending most of your time and thoughts on this interest

Facing prejudice, bullying or exclusion from your peers

Struggling with any change to your daily routine, and feeling distressed when things unexpectedly change

Wanting to experience independence from your family or carers but not knowing how

 

If you have experienced some of these things, it does not mean that you have ASD. There are a number of other factors which could be causing you difficulties in social relationships and day-to-day functioning, including certain negative mood states or personality traits.

 

Your someone.health psychologist can help you to identify whether you have symptoms of ASD. If you have already been diagnosed in the past, they can also help you to manage any symptoms that you are currently experiencing. Some approaches they may use include:

 

Provide you with an understanding of any autism traits and the manner in which these present and may cause difficulties

With a greater understanding of your autism traits, we can support you in managing your behaviour

Provide you with an understanding of possible triggers and methods to manage and reduce your distress

Assist you in recognising emotions and developing emotional regulation strategies

Help you to develop appropriate social and conversational skills to initiate and maintain friendships

Support you in utilising the strategies tailored for you outside of the sessions

Autism Psychologists

Meet the someone.health psychologists currently available to see new clients for counselling for autism. 

Anshula Pem

Anshula has a background in paediatric psychology and the disability sector as well as demonstrated success in implementing behavioural interventions for children with neurodiversity and additional developmental needs. She also has experience supporting adults of varying mental health disorders including mood disorders, anxiety disorders and other significant psychological problems.

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Ashlee Wells

Ashlee has eight years experience working in mental health services with a diverse range of clients. Ashlee has a strong interest in Perinatal and Infant Mental Health, women’s health, family support and Neurodevelopmental Disorders (including Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and Intellectual Disability).

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Bilyana Riley

Bilyana’s 20 years’ experience is vast, having started my career in nursing before embarking on study to become a Clinical Psychologist. She sees people presenting with a broad spectrum of presentations, including trauma, depressive and anxiety based disorders, workplace bullying, phobias, relationship issues, stress disorders, schizophrenia, self-harm, suicidal behaviour, personality disorders, grief and relationship issues.

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Bozena Zawisz

Bozena has an in-depth understanding of women’s issues in society and has an interest in anxiety disorders, self-worth concerns, interpersonal and relationship issues, as well as challenges related to parenting Autistic young persons. She is passionate about mindfulness-based interventions and the psychodynamic approach.

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Caroline Gaffney

Caroline is very approachable and believes that positive change is sustainable, working holistically and using practical strategies, developing new skills and psychological interventions to achieve the best outcomes for you. She has been the principal psychologist and proprietor of Pure Gold Christian Counselling and Psychological Services for eight years.

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Claire Davis

Hello and welcome. Claire has extensive experience working with individuals of all different ages, ranging from preschool through to older people. Claire takes a client center approach using research backed theories, she has a strong belief that one size does not fits all, and so tailors each therapy plan to meet each individual’s needs and wants. Claire has extensive knowledge in a range of different areas including anxiety, depression, ASD, ADHD, chronic health concerns, parenting support, and school refusal.

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Damith Woods

Dr Woods has more than 20 years of clinical experience working with both children and adults who present with a range of psychological and neuropsychological conditions. These include those related to depression, anxiety, older age, personality changes, learning disabilities, ADHD, Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome, and many other neurological conditions.

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Dee-Anne James

Dee has a practical and logical approach that is delivered with utmost compassion and understanding. Dee has experience working with both children and adults, and has worked with clients across the full spectrum of the lifespan. She has extensive experience working with people living with a disability, including assessment and diagnosis.

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Ellen Napper

Ellen has experience working with children, adolescents and young adults. She has supported these clients by working together to address a range of challenges such as anxiety, depression, Autism, behavioural difficulties, learning differences and working on building emotion regulation skills, social skills and resilience.

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Isabella Bedford

Isabella has an in-depth understanding of people issues in society and has an interest in anxiety disorders, self-worth concerns, interpersonal and relationship issues. She is passionate about mindfulness-based interventions and the psychodynamic approach. Isabella is open-minded and enjoys working with clients from diverse cultural backgrounds and sexual orientations.

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Jenny Drury

Jenny has been a registered Psychologist since 2005. Jenny’s key areas of interest are stress and health management, mood and anxiety disorders, parenting, managing life transitions, executive functioning and neurodevelopmental disorders, such as autism spectrum disorder and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

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Julian Couzins

Julian’s professional style is a person-to-person clinical practice focusing on individual needs. He works in a natural and holistic style. Your personal preferences are key to the therapy that you receive. Julian delivers therapy that considers your being in the world so that you can gain positive personal relationships and satisfying personal interactions.

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Marie Parperis

Marie works with a diverse range of clients, including children, adolescents and adults. She has extensive experience working with people with disabilities, including intellectual disability and Autism. Marie has a keen interest working with people experiencing anxiety, stress, depression, low self esteem and interpersonal difficulties.

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Nick Rayner

Nick has experience working with a diverse range of clients, including children, adolescents and adults. He also has extensive experience working with people with post -traumatic stress and anxiety disorder, including survivors of natural disaster s who may be recovering from bushfires cyclones and floods.

Nick has a keen interest in working with people experiencing anxiety, perfectionism, procrastination, low self -esteem and interpersonal difficulties.

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Nicola Carter

Nicola is a warm and accepting psychologist. She helps people to feel a greater sense of confidence and control, as they begin to discover for themselves that they can change their lives for the better. She is experienced and successful in assisting people experiencing depression, anxiety, many forms of trauma, relationship, self esteem, and life transition and adjustment difficulties.

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Sanja Cajic

Sanja’s approach is positive, warm, explorative, and solution-focused. Sanja has worked with adult clients struggling with drug and alcohol addiction, chronic pain, trauma and PTSD, anxiety and depression, stress management, parenting issues, relationship and life transition issues.

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Shelley Amity

Shelley is a kind, cultural-sensitive and engaging psychologist with a genuine passion to help individuals from all walks of life to function optimally and live meaningful life. She strives to approach every individual with compassion, integrity, respect and perseverance. Shelley focuses on Trauma counselling and provides ongoing support and treatment for adults (18+) that are struggling with trauma, addiction, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

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Simon Coyle

Simon is a qualified primary school teacher as well as a registered psychologist. Simon has a keen interest in working with people experiencing anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, post traumatic stress disorder and behaviour and emotional disorders in children. He has a relaxed, easy going nature and likes to provide people with the skills to manage life’s challenges.

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Suraj Samtani

Dr Samtani is a researcher and clinician providing high quality care for children, adolescents and adults. He has extensive experience helping adults with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), Bipolar Disorder and other mental health issues.

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