Raising an autistic child, teenager, or young adult can be deeply worrying

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Teenagers can be especially vulnerable at this stage of life as the demands on them increase and the support systems diminish or disappear completely. We often hear from parents who are desperately worried about their autistic teenagers as they transition into adulthood.

Young people who may have managed to keep going—or even excel—within the primary and secondary education system can start to find themselves overwhelmed by the pressure of exams, assignments, deadlines, and the expectations from those around them that they will go on to study at university, potentially living away from home for the first time in their lives.

And they’re not the only ones who are dealing with those fears. 

As their parent, you know that you’re responsible for them, for their success. And there can be so much to worry about.

Are you worried they’ll …

  • Have to withdraw from studies?
  • Struggle with their mental health, eventually reaching crisis?
  • Be unable to finish their degree?
  • Get to the “real world” only to discover they’re just not equipped to thrive there?

If so, you need to know how you can stop things from getting worse and you need to know there’s a way through this for your young person, for you and for your whole family. I can help.

I offer a variety of services for families and individuals to navigate this time.

Group support for parents of autistic teens as they navigate the transition to adulthood

The Navigation Framework is a practical, psychology-based approach we’ve developed that equips parents of autistic teens and young adults to navigate the transition to adulthood. Whether it’s through an eight-week intensive training or something more long-term (like our membership community, The Haven), parents can learn how to use The Navigation Framework to help their young person build an authentic and sustainable life that gives the whole family hope for the future.

It’s a slightly different approach to what you’ll see elsewhere, because I believe that while professionals have their place, the recovery and growth autistic youngsters can achieve depends a great deal on the emotional environment in the family. Learning how to apply The Navigation Framework enables parents to build an environment that’s more attuned to their young person’s needs.

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Talk therapy

Talk therapy is an option I offer for autistic adults and older teens who need support and who can benefit from talking therapy in an online environment. Most of my autistic clients want help with recovering from the impact of trauma and burnout, so that they can find a more comfortable relationship with themselves and their loved ones and make choices that work for them.

I welcome those who want to explore aspects of their identity such as neurodivergence, gender, sexuality, race, culture, faith and how these intersect. I’m also happy to explore the “big questions” about life with clients who want to do this.

When I work therapeutically with young people, I always meet their parents for separate coaching and support sessions to ensure that everyone involved with the young person is following the same approach.

Session fees

A 50-minute consultation costs ÂŁ105 if you are paying for your own sessions. Where several members of a family are involved (e.g., parents and a financially independent child), even if one person is the primary client, sessions cost ÂŁ120 regardless of which family member is seen.

If other third parties have to be involved, regardless of who is funding the sessions, the fee will be higher and will be determined on a case by case basis. Third parties may, for example, be insurance or rehabilitation companies, Employee Assistance Programme providers, training organisations, employers, statutory or legal bodies and, in some cases, a person’s friend.

Payment for all sessions, including the first one, must be made at the time of booking by electronic funds transfer or by debit/credit card over the telephone. Please note payment for the first session is non-refundable.

Cancellation Policy

We appreciate that most clients who cancel at short notice do so due to circumstances beyond their control and we have every sympathy when these events occur. However, it is highly unlikely that we will be able to book another client into the unused space.

In order to ensure that we can continue to offer a service we charge the full fee for all sessions cancelled with less than 48 hours notice or missed without any notice.

If your sessions are funded by a third party, any cancellations with less than 48 hours notice may reduce the overall number of sessions that have been authorised. If you do not wish to forfeit a cancelled session you may choose to pay the fee yourself and retain your session.

Individual coaching

Individual coaching is available for parents and families, to help with any immediate issues and provide guidance for the future so you’re better prepared and able to look ahead with hope. This can be helpful whether your young person’s diagnosis is recent, yet to be confirmed, or even if you’ve known for what feels like forever.

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Helping autistic teens transition to adulthood

Helping autistic teens transition to adulthood — The essential guide for parents is an eight-week intensive training course based on The Navigation Framework, a practical psychology-based approach that equips parents of autistic teens and young adults to navigate the transition to adulthood, working alongside them to build an authentic and sustainable life.

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Group coaching

Group coaching is available through The Haven, a safe and supportive online community that helps parents, families, and young autistic individuals navigate the transition into adulthood.

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