Autism-Informed Counselling

 

Autism-Informed Counselling

There are times in our lives when we need a little help to make sense of what is going on for us.

Rob de Jong is a qualified counsellor who also has many years’ experience supporting and enabling people with autism in the workplace, in education and in social settings.

He brings this specialist expertise into his practice as a person-centred counsellor to make sure he counsels you in a way that is suited to you as a unique individual who happens to be on the autistic spectrum.

If you are interested in finding out more about our autism-informed counselling service, call Rob on 07570 812376 or email him at rob@workingwellwithautism.org.

Counselling sessions last for 1 hour and cost £40.00. We can deliver counselling sessions in central Plymouth, in your home or at our Plympton premises at 2 St Maurice Road, Plymouth PL7 1JS.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens during a session?

You and Rob will be seated in a room together and have a conversation for up to an hour about things that are important to you. You decide what you want to talk about. You may start talking about one thing and end up talking about something completely different – that is normal. Rob will listen and ask you a question once in a while, sometimes to help get you started or get a clearer understanding of what you have been talking about. He will give a quick summary of what happened in the session at the end to pull everything together and make sure you feel OK when you leave the room.

Rob will make sure there is never any pressure on you to talk about anything that you don’t want to talk about. He will be there with you to make sure that you feel supported and heard at all times.

What if I don’t feel like talking?

It’s never easy to start a conversation and Rob will not pressurise you – you work at your pace and he is experienced at listening. It’s OK to be silent at times – this is quite normal and an essential part of the counselling process; it gives you a chance to process your thoughts and feelings without being rushed or hassled.

I don’t feel comfortable in strange places until I am familiar with them; what can I do?

Rob recognises that counselling only really works when you feel comfortable and ‘safe’, and will do everything possible to help you with that. He can counsel you in your own home if you prefer. Or you could meet with Rob on a pre-visit to the counselling space, where he can show you around and answer any questions you have to help you decide if you want to go ahead.

What is person-centred counselling?

You are a unique person with your own way of experiencing and dealing with your world. Person-centred counselling recognises that everyone is an individual and that there is no “one size fits all” – Rob always puts you at the heart of the counselling session.

You decide what you want to talk about and how fast or deep you want to go. What matters is the working relationship between the two of you. Rob will accept you for who you are, without any preconceptions. He will listen attentively to what you bring to the session. He won’t judge you in any way, he won’t tell you what to do, and he won’t fix things for you. Instead, he will help you look at your own strategies for coping with what is going on for you and help you explore your power for change. You will discover your own resources and how to harness them to build inner strength and resilience.

Ultimately, person-centred counselling empowers people to take charge of their own lives in their own way.