Northern Ireland

Claire Thompson

HCPC reg. Art Psychotherapist and NCS accred. Counsellor

‘Hi my name is Claire, as an autistic therapist I understand the need for alternative therapies when it’s difficult to form words for how you are feeling. The arts to can assist with communication or remove the need to talk at all until you feel safe or ready.’

Louise Taylor MNCS (Accred)

Louise Taylor is a qualified counsellor and coach who specialises in working with neurodivergent clients and identifies as a neurodivergent person herself. In November 2020 Louise was assessed for ASD after seeking out a diagnosis privately and independently. Louise sought this diagnosis after years of confusion and it has helped her to understand her mind, her perspectives and many of her past experiences, particularly around being harassed, abused and bullied for being different. She is also the mother of two beautiful and brilliant neurodivergent children and is keen to ensure children are protected, supported and valued in society and believes in a zero-tolerance approach to bullying and unethical and harmful practices to neurodivergent children and young people.

She believes the stigma around mental health and those who are different is huge and she believes people who are neurodivergent and who have psychiatric and mental health conditions and disorders need to be protected, valued, and supported. There is nothing to be ashamed of if you are suffering with a mental health condition or disorder and people who are neurologically divergent can often have different abilities, gifts and talents. Louise believes that by becoming more accepting of ourselves and our differences, we increase our chances of leading successful, fulfilled and vibrant lives and overcoming much of the suffering that accompanies these conditions.

As well as working therapeutically Louise is currently completing a Ph.D. exploring the relationship between Nature Experiences and Mental Health at Queen’s University in Belfast. She is also a committed environmental and human rights activist, as well as a child advocate, who believes that if we want better societies, we must create them. She enjoys writing and is currently a blogger for Psychology Today and writes about her thoughts and feelings on being neurodivergent and supporting those who are like her. Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you are interested in working with her or availing of her therapy and consultancy services.

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