85% of children and young adults with Autistic Spectrum Condition (ASC) experience anxiety, loneliness and isolation. Depression is four times more common than in neurotypical individuals and 70-80% will experience a range of mental health issues into adult life, stemming from the challenges they experience.

In the school or college environment, frequent negative experiences of a vulnerable child or young person, such as sensory overload or bullying, can lead to withdrawal or self-exclusion. The process of masking autistic traits at school to fit in and gain acceptance can lead to challenging behaviour of the child at home, placing a strain on daily family life.

We offer therapy, mentoring and alternative provision for individuals aged 11+ with ASC and associated mental health issues, helping each to overcome their personal challenges. We provide insights, tools and coping strategies aimed at promoting mental health and wellbeing.

We take a flexible approach as each case or referral demands, guided by the circumstances and progress achieved, encouraging each young person to express themselves and “be listened to” in complete confidence.

Some may simply require one-on-one role-play therapy or mentoring.

Parents of children displaying challenging behaviour and aggression often seek private counselling and advice.

On other occasions a situation may be best served by both child and parent participating in group sessions with our therapist, Jane Atkinson.

Check-list questionnaires have no place in this process and there is no standard course of action or “one size fits all” approach, since everyone is an individual.