East of England

Dr Astrid Coxon (PhD, MBPsS, MBACP)

I’m Astrid Coxon and I’m an autistic person-centred counsellor and psychologist. I offer both short and long-term therapy for adults, through weekly one-to-one sessions, either face-to-face at my private practice (based on the Suffolk coast, UK), online via Zoom, or on the telephone.

I specialise in life transitions – perhaps you’ve had a life-changing diagnosis, relationship difficulties, or are considering making a significant career change. I provide confidential and non-judgemental support to help clients negotiate these transitions, exploring the decision-making process, and lead a more fulfilling life.

email: dr.astridcoxon@gmail.com

work mobile: 07877190819

website: http://www.astridcoxon.com

Cloie Parfitt (MBACP)


Hi, I’m Cloie. I’m a psychotherapist providing both short-term and long-term therapy to clients online and from The Practice Rooms in Norwich. Before starting my private therapy practice, I worked as a psychotherapist with adults, young people, and families within schools and various charitable organisations. I have experience working with a range of concerns including anxiety, depression, self-harm, eating disorders, relationship problems, bereavement, addiction, childhood abuse and complex trauma/CPTSD. I work as an integrative practitioner, drawing upon several major therapeutic approaches and blending these to best suit your individual needs. My core training is in the person-centred and psychodynamic approaches to counselling & psychotherapy and each of these approaches influence my work with clients. I’m very passionate about working therapeutically online and the accessibility that online therapy provides to individuals who might otherwise have trouble accessing support. I’m fully qualified to work online, and hold a certificate in online counselling from the Academy for Online Counselling & Psychotherapy. Similarly, I am particularly passionate about working with autistic and neuro-diverse individuals and have extensive personal and professional experience regarding autism, having witnessed the challenges that come with living in a world that is not always understanding or accepting of the neuro-diverse.

Dr Stephanie Aspin PhD MNCS (Accred.)

I am an integrative therapist and I offer short and long-term counselling and psychotherapy to adults (18+) in Norwich and everywhere else online. My practice is LGBTi+ affirming and welcoming.

When human beings are neurodivergent, it is common for them to experience anxiety, and poor mental health in general, as a consequence of having to exist in a neurotypical world. As a late-diagnosed autistic myself, my great passion is empowering neurodivergent people to live happier and more fulfilling lives. I support my clients to develop healthier relationships with themselves and to navigate their relationships with others in easier and more satisfying ways.

I know that no single approach is the right one for every individual, and so I have been trained in a range of modalities including person-centred therapy, integrative therapy, and arts-orientated approaches. My approach to therapy is humanistic and based upon offering a safe therapeutic alliance where difficult feelings and experiences can be discussed and processed. I specialise in working with anxiety, trauma, and issues of low self-esteem. I can also help with some of the more practical issues associated with being neurodivergent and support you in developing effective strategies for better organising your life.

My educational background includes a PhD in Counselling Studies (UEA), a BSc in integrative psychotherapeutic counselling (Middlesex) and an EMCC life coaching qualification. I also have a PhD in literature (Dundee) and I work for part of the week as an academic. My research sits in the space between creative writing and psychological health.

If you choose to work with me, I will offer you a nurturing therapeutic space in which you can work on specific life-challenges and simultaneously explore what it means to live well as a neurodivergent person in a neurotypical world.

My full fee is £45 for a one-hour session, and I have some availability for lower-cost counselling at £30 per hour. Before I start work with a new client, I like to meet for a free 30-minute session. If you meet with me for a free session, there is no obligation to book a further paid session afterwards.

You can find out more about me and my practice by visiting my website https://stephanieaspin.com/

I am fully insured and an accredited member of the National Counselling Society (membership number NCS21-01613) work within the NCS ethical framework.

Name: Melissa Sedmak

Website: https://bedfordbridgecounselling.co.uk/

Tel: 07532 779 649

Email: bedfordbridgecounselling@gmail.com

Membership: Registered Member BACP

BACP page: https://www.bacp.co.uk/profile/2ecc2b95-08a7-e911-a965-000d3aba6816/therapist?location=Bedford

Languages: English, Serbian

Location: Bedford based for walk and talk therapy

Platforms: Skype, Zoom, WhatsApp

Fee: £50, concessions offered

I am a Qualified Counsellor and a Registered Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP).
I work in private practice Bedford Bridge Counselling offering online and walk and talk counselling, and depending on the pandemic, also face to face counselling. I started seeing clients in 2012 and have worked with clients across all age ranges, from 20, up to and beyond retirement, of varied abilities, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientation, religious beliefs. Clients often bring challenges with anxiety, identity and life transitions. I am committed to offering a service which is welcoming to all backgrounds in a supportive and non-discriminatory manner. My approach is humanistic – relational Gestalt, with elements of person—centred, mindfulness and existential approaches. I take commitment to my clients seriously and engage in regular continuing professional development. I identify with having an auditory and visual processing disorder, however I have never sought medical help nor diagnosis. I was lucky that the adjustments that could be made in my schooling were sufficient for it not to become too much of a challenge. I am aware that this is not the case for everyone, and am happy to discuss with you any challenges you are facing with or without diagnosis. If you feel that I can help you with your challenges, please contact me by a WhatsApp text or by email and we can arrange an informal conversation for you to ask any questions.

Anna Hayward MNCS (Accred)


Do you feel you never fit in? Are you autistic and/or ADHD, or suspect you might be? Do you struggle with socialising, making friends and coping with work colleagues? Do you wish you could just be yourself, without having to try so hard all the time?

As a late-diagnosed autistic ADHD person, and parent to autistic children, I’ve been there too. I know what it’s like to be different and feel like I don’t fit in. But counselling with me can help. Talking about your experiences and your feelings can help you feel more comfortable in your own skin and discover that ‘different’ isn’t always a bad thing.

From my own lived experiences, I know that it is possible to thrive despite autism or ADHD. So, if that’s you, contact me today to book your free 20-minute consultation. I can work via the phone or Zoom, for your convenience. I have additional training in LGBTQiA+ issues and gender diversity.

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