Liz
INTEGRATIVE ADHD/ASD COUNSELLOR & PYSCHOTHERAPIST
TRAUMA SPECIALIST
ACT THERAPIST

DIAGNOSED ADHD AND DYSPRAXIA

Liz was diagnosed with dyspraxia in her 20’s and then with ADHD aged 38. At the time, she was already qualified as a counsellor and was working with several clients who were diagnosed or knew they were neurodivergent. She had begun to notice many similar traits in herself! 

Finally when she was doing her Masters in Psychotherapy and Counselling and struggling  with the demands of a dissertation, she decided it was time to get her own diagnosis. She did eventually complete the dissertation and was thrilled to graduate with distinction.

Liz’s teen and young adult years were very difficult – although academically bright, she was bullied and knew she somehow ‘didn’t fit in’ but couldn’t really understand why. 

Feeling alienated and excluded Liz started risky and impulsive behaviour, had issues with alcohol, drugs and debt, problems at work and chaotic relationships. Her ADHD diagnosis was the final piece of the puzzle and has helped Liz to think in more compassionate terms about her past, as well as giving her the confidence to forge her career on her own terms.

Liz is now passionate about supporting other ADHD teens and adults on their journey towards diagnosis, self-acceptance and self-advocacy. Liz aims for clients to accept and embrace their neurodivergent identity. 

Liz also has experience of working with clients with ASD and those who like herself have dual neurodivergent diagnoses. She has a particular affinity for working with young adults, having a deep sense of empathy from her own experiences of the difficulties young adults with ADHD can face in society.

Liz’s counselling and psychotherapy experience started in services specialising in trauma and sexual abuse. She has worked extensively with adults who have experienced childhood trauma and sexual trauma in childhood and/or adulthood. Her approach is integrative, including trauma-focused CBT and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) as well as talking therapy and creative expression. Liz adapts her approach to clients’ needs and learning styles throughout.

Liz is a competitive weightlifter and also enjoys supporting clients with sport, exercise, health and fitness. She understands and regularly writes about the particular challenges ADHD can bring to training for a sport or working towards health and fitness goals.

 

Qualifications

  • MA Psychotherapy and Counselling  University of Leeds
  • Online and Telephone Counselling Certificate
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Level 2
  • Trauma-Focused CBT for PTSD Practitioner
  • AutPlay Practitioner

Member BACP

CPD

  • Providing Pre-Trial Therapy for Victims of Rape & Sexual Assault/Abuse
  • Working Therapeutically with Survivors of Sexual  Violence
  • Understanding ADHD
  • Trauma Informed Stabilisation Treatment (TIST)
  • ADHD, Autism & Anxiety
  • Working with Neurodiversity in Mental Health Services

 

Liz
INTEGRATIVE ADHD/ASD COUNSELLOR & PYSCHOTHERAPIST
TRAUMA SPECIALIST
ACT THERAPIST

DIAGNOSED ADHD AND DYSPRAXIA

Liz was diagnosed with dyspraxia in her 20’s and then with ADHD aged 38. At the time, she was already qualified as a counsellor and was working with several clients who were diagnosed or knew they were neurodivergent. She had begun to notice many similar traits in herself!

Finally when she was doing her Masters in Psychotherapy and Counselling and struggling  with the demands of a dissertation, she decided it was time to get her own diagnosis. She did eventually complete the dissertation and was thrilled to graduate with distinction.

Liz’s teen and young adult years were very difficult – although academically bright, she was bullied and knew she somehow ‘didn’t fit in’ but couldn’t really understand why.

Feeling alienated and excluded Liz started risky and impulsive behaviour, had issues with alcohol, drugs and debt, problems at work and chaotic relationships. Her ADHD diagnosis was the final piece of the puzzle and has helped Liz to think in more compassionate terms about her past, as well as giving her the confidence to forge her career on her own terms.

Liz is now passionate about supporting other ADHD teens and adults on their journey towards diagnosis, self-acceptance and self-advocacy. Liz aims for clients to accept and embrace their neurodivergent identity.

Liz also has experience of working with clients with ASD and those who like herself have dual neurodivergent diagnoses. She has a particular affinity for working with young adults, having a deep sense of empathy from her own experiences of the difficulties young adults with ADHD can face in society.

Liz’s counselling and psychotherapy experience started in services specialising in trauma and sexual abuse. She has worked extensively with adults who have experienced childhood trauma and sexual trauma in childhood and/or adulthood. Her approach is integrative, including trauma-focused CBT and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) as well as talking therapy and creative expression. Liz adapts her approach to clients’ needs and learning styles throughout.

Liz is a competitive weightlifter and also enjoys supporting clients with sport, exercise, health and fitness. She understands and regularly writes about the particular challenges ADHD can bring to training for a sport or working towards health and fitness goals.

 

Qualifications

  • MA Psychotherapy and Counselling  University of Leeds
  • Online and Telephone Counselling Certificate
  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Level 2
  • Trauma-Focused CBT for PTSD Practitioner
  • AutPlay Practitioner

Member BACP

CPD

  • Providing Pre-Trial Therapy for Victims of Rape & Sexual Assault/Abuse
  • Working Therapeutically with Survivors of Sexual  Violence
  • Understanding ADHD
  • Trauma Informed Stabilisation Treatment (TIST)
  • ADHD, Autism & Anxiety
  • Working with Neurodiversity in Mental Health Services