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Amanda Atchison

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Amanda brings a distinctive blend of skills and knowledge to her work as an autistic counsellor with ADHD. She has extensive experience as a primary and secondary teacher working across a variety of educational settings, particularly with disengaged youth. This knowledge underpins her counselling work and provides her clients and their families with a broader scope for support. As an accomplished teacher, Amanda can also offer services in educational advocacy and liaison to authentically connect with both teaching and non-teaching staff to further support the needs of her clients.Amanda works with:Young people (12 – 25 yrs) who need support with their general mental health.Young people (12-25 yrs) at riskf of, or currently experiencing, School Refusal (sometimes referred to as ‘School Can’t’Neurodiverget young people (12 – 25 yrs) looking for mental health support with a lived experience counsellorThose questioning whether they may be Autistic, ADHD or AuDHD (12 yrs – adult)Those recently diagnosed Autistic, ADHD or AuDHD (12 yrs – adult)Amanda’s strengths lie within her ability to; connect with young people through respectful conversation in which they feel heard without judgement and create a safe space for change to occur. She particularly loves to work with ‘challenging’ clients who may have struggled to connect with other professionals and seeks to empower clients as experts in their own life stories. Her methodology utilises a range of approaches including Person Centred Therapy, Somatic psychotherapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and aspects of mindfulness, art and narrative therapies. 


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