Hello, and thanks for visiting!
The fact that you’re on this page probably means that you either have Autism Spectrum Disorder (or suspect you might do). I specialise in working with women with Autism Spectrum Disorder and am on Psychology Today’s in-house panel of experts where I write regularly on this subjects. I’ve now shared everything I know about women with autism in my book “Women with Autism: Accepting and Embracing Autism Spectrum Disorder as You Move Towards an Authentic Life”.
Why I work with women with autism
I first trained as a therapist over ten years ago. For me, my training was just the start in a very long journey of self development, although I didn’t know it at the time. I’d always felt that life was difficult for me. I’d had eating disorders, alcohol issues, a list of phobias, social anxiety, depression and OCD. I coped with drink, compulsive behaviours and by pouring myself into work.
When I eventually felt I’d reached breakdown point (again), a new counsellor who I visited suggested to me that I might have Autism Spectrum Disorder. The thought had never occurred to me but as soon as I started researching, I felt like a whole new world was opening up to me – one which explained why I was the way I was. This new awareness allowed me, over time, to begin to live a life which was more authentic – where I stopped trying to please other people of fit with what was expected of me.
I now write regularly for Psychology Today as one of their experts, and mainly focus on Autism Spectrum Disorder in women. My work with women with ASD helps them to establish whether or not they may have ASD and I help them to come up with strategies which will allow them to behave in ways which respects their neurodiversity. Whatever age you are (and I was in my late forties before being diagnosed), it’s possible to lead the next part of your life in a way which is true to you.
I was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder in my late forties and this discovery has transformed how I view my past and how I manage my present life. Particularly with regard to current management, I am aware of those things in life which are difficult – such as excessive socialising – and have measures in place to deal with them. Discovering I had Autism Spectrum Disorder has helped me with the self-esteem issues I’d suffered with for a lifetime. Realising that some of my ways of being were simply due to the way my brain worked, as opposed to searching for what was “wrong” with me, changed the way I viewed myself and the world.
Women’s Autism Spectrum Disorder is a condition which presents very differently to male Autism Spectrum Disorder and many women spend their whole lives feeling something is wrong, but not knowing what. My “Becoming an Authentically Autistic Woman” Life Coaching Programme is designed for women whatever stage they are at in their autism journey, from women who are seeking clarity about autism to those who have been formally diagnosed and want to know how to lead the authentic life they deserve. If you’re at the stage of wondering whether you might have autism, my single session non-clinical autism assessment may be what you’re looking for.
When it was originally suggested to me that I might have autism, by a therapist who specialised in working with autistic women, I was extremely surprised. I knew next to nothing about autism and certainly didn’t think I fitted with what “autism” was, with my limited knowledge coming from films and television. Some days I was relieved that there might be an explanation for my depression, anxiety and poor emotional regulation – others, I was genuinely worried about what life with autism might mean.
I’ve developed my coaching programme to help you through the concerns and issues which might arise as you think about having autism, to help you establish whether you do have autism, and to move towards a life which is fulfilling and validated.