~ Fighting for Your Freedom from Addiction & Crime ~

Abby

ADHD / ASD COUNSELLOR & COACH

 Abby’s first involvement with addiction and crime was when as a teenager she spent a week volunteering at a Christmas homeless shelter. This experience, and the characters she met, some with heartbreaking life stories, sparked something deep inside Abby. She knew from that moment she wanted to help people who were in trouble.

Abby is creative and has a degree in Fine Art so after University she drifted through various office jobs but none of them fulfilled her.

Following a difficult few years when she faced bereavement and redundancy, she decided to retrain as a Counsellor and finally found her passion in life.

Abby purposely sought out a counselling placement with a well known local homeless charity and spent 18 months working with a huge variety of clients, all with mental health issues as well as practical problems

Nearly all her clients had undiagnosed ADHD. This initially shocked her but she soon became used to the constant stream of clients not understanding their risk-taking and thrill-seeking activities, their unsuccessful attempts to get on top of their addictions and their despair at understanding their different ways of thinking and behaving. Abby became adept at spotting undiagnosed ADHD in these clients and learnt so much about ADHD through working with so many different presentations of the Inattentive, Hyperactive/Impulsive and Combined traits.

Abby worked with ex-offenders who she was appalled to see had been released straight from prison onto the streets. She saw first hand, over and over, the lack of support that they were given to stay out of trouble and how easily they saw no option but to steal to feed themselves and how the prison revolving door was very real.

She also worked with clients who had been badly let down by the care system and child sexual abuse survivors. Many of the individuals she worked with had long-term addiction issues including drugs, alchohol, food and gaming.

Abby is passionate about supporting those who are living on the edge of society and believes everyone deserves a second chance. She works in a person centered way, is completely non-judgmental and understanding of her clients and is genuinely interested to hear their story. Her aim is to work with them to achieve a positive outcome – whatever that means for each of them. When appropriate Abby brings creativity into the counselling room as a means to overcome communication barriers and has found this to be especially useful when working with young people.

Within her own family Abby has recognised both ADHD and ASD traits in different family members, two of whom are now on the pathway to diagnosis. Through this experience she has gained a wealth of knowledge surrounding Autism, ADHD, dyspraxia and sensory processing difficulties and the various support options that are available.

Abby also works as a school counsellor and holds a voluntary safeguarding role within a pre-school. She is happy to work with individuals from the age of 11 upwards.

 

Qualifications

ABC Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling 2020

Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling 2020

NCFE CACHE Level 1 Award in Awareness of Substance Misuse 2020

NCFE CACHE Level 1 Award in Alcohol Awareness 2020

Dealing With Distress: Working with Suicide and Self Harm 2020

NAS Understanding Autism 2020

City & Guilds Suicide First Aid: Understanding Suicide Interventions 2019

The Web of Shame and Trauma Informed Practice 2019

Safeguarding Children Training 2019

ABC Level 3 Certificate in Counselling skills 2018

Counselling Children & Young People 2018

KIAD BA (hons) Fine Art 2:1

Member BACP

Abby

ADHD / ASD COUNSELLOR & COACH

Abby’s first involvement with addiction and crime was when as a teenager she spent a week volunteering at a Christmas homeless shelter. This experience, and the characters she met, some with heartbreaking life stories, sparked something deep inside Abby. She knew from that moment she wanted to help people who were in trouble.

Abby is creative and has a degree in Fine Art so after University she drifted through various office jobs but none of them fulfilled her.

Following a difficult few years when she faced bereavement and redundancy, she decided to retrain as a Counsellor and finally found her passion in life.

Abby purposely sought out a counselling placement with a well known local homeless charity and spent 18 months working with a huge variety of clients, all with mental health issues as well as practical problems

Nearly all her clients had undiagnosed ADHD. This initially shocked her but she soon became used to the constant stream of clients not understanding their risk-taking and thrill-seeking activities, their unsuccessful attempts to get on top of their addictions and their despair at understanding their different ways of thinking and behaving. Abby became adept at spotting undiagnosed ADHD in these clients and learnt so much about ADHD through working with so many different presentations of the Inattentive, Hyperactive/Impulsive and Combined traits.

Abby worked with ex-offenders who she was appalled to see had been released straight from prison onto the streets. She saw first hand, over and over, the lack of support that they were given to stay out of trouble and how easily they saw no option but to steal to feed themselves and how the prison revolving door was very real.

She also worked with clients who had been badly let down by the care system and child sexual abuse survivors. Many of the individuals she worked with had long-term addiction issues including drugs, alchohol, food and gaming.

Abby is passionate about supporting those who are living on the edge of society and believes everyone deserves a second chance. She works in a person centered way, is completely non-judgmental and understanding of her clients and is genuinely interested to hear their story. Her aim is to work with them to achieve a positive outcome – whatever that means for each of them. When appropriate Abby brings creativity into the counselling room as a means to overcome communication barriers and has found this to be especially useful when working with young people.

Within her own family Abby has recognised both ADHD and ASD traits in different family members, two of whom are now on the pathway to diagnosis. Through this experience she has gained a wealth of knowledge surrounding Autism, ADHD, dyspraxia and sensory processing difficulties and the various support options that are available.

Abby also works as a school counsellor and holds a voluntary safeguarding role within a pre-school. She is happy to work with individuals from the age of 11 upwards.

 

Qualifications

ABC Level 4 Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling 2020

Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling 2020

NCFE CACHE Level 1 Award in Awareness of Substance Misuse 2020

NCFE CACHE Level 1 Award in Alcohol Awareness 2020

Dealing With Distress: Working with Suicide and Self Harm 2020

NAS Understanding Autism 2020

City & Guilds Suicide First Aid: Understanding Suicide Interventions 2019

The Web of Shame and Trauma Informed Practice 2019

Safeguarding Children Training 2019

ABC Level 3 Certificate in Counselling skills 2018

Counselling Children & Young People 2018

KIAD BA (hons) Fine Art 2:1

Member BACP