MAGGIE
ADHD & ASD COUNSELLOR
CBT THERAPIST
ADDICTION THERAPIST
EATING DISORDERS SPECIALIST
PARENTING SUPPORT

 

DIAGNOSED ADHD & DYSLEXIA & DAUGHTER DIAGNOSED ADHD

LOCATION ~ PL31

Maggie had always had difficulty with textures and sensory issues as a small child. She was then diagnosed with ADHD at the age of five. She was subsequently diagnosed with dyslexia and ARFID – an eating disorder. 

Maggie remembers her childhood being difficult particularly because of her dyslexia. She often felt left out at school, ridiculed for not being able to understand things straight away and very much that she ‘just wasn’t good enough’. 

Although she remembers excelling in art and being very creative, the lack of understanding around dyslexia left her feeling totally inadequate. 

Maggie was regularly told off for being disruptive and distracting others in class. Mostly this was because she was reading out aloud as it was too difficult to stay on track reading in her head. This lack of understanding and the constant put downs by adults  led to her having low self esteem and little confidence. 

Having known she had ADHD since the age of five, Maggie knows exactly what it’s like growing up with the condition and how it feels to be labelled as ‘the naughty child’. 
She remembers being very easily distracted and highly emotional. She often felt lonely as a child and didn’t feel she ever had any ‘proper friends’.

Maggie decided at the age of nine it was about time she tried to smoke as both her parents did! She became adept at stealing cigarettes from her parents and this grew into quite an addiction especially during her teenage years. Luckily when Maggie became pregnant at the age of 20 she gave up smoking but she is acutely aware of how difficult it is to give up something that has become such a habit.

Maggie did however discover a love of music and was particularly good at the cornet and trumpet. She was even offered a scholarship at a prestigious music school but her ADHD anxiety stopped her from taking this up. She went through a period in her teens of taking laxatives  She now recognises this was a cry for help, she just wanted someone to listen. 

Maggie thought of her ADHD as ‘a hidden disorder’. She often had problems focusing and she would find herself daydreaming with an inability to focus in classes. She remembers being easily distracted, hyperactive with poor organisational skills and very   impulsive tendencies. This would lead to periods of anxiety growing up and she didn’t have anyone to share these feelings with. 

As an adult Maggie worked as a Teaching Assistant for many years in a mainstream high school helping children with ADHD, autism and Tourette’s. 

As her own children were growing up, Maggie and her husband fostered children and young people often with complex needs. She found this hugely satisfying. Maggie gained lots of further experience and understanding of different addictions and various presentations of ADHD. She also enjoyed supporting the families of the children she was fostering, many of whom had addiction as the root cause of their chaotic living. 

Maggie’s own daughter has been diagnosed with ADHD, Tourette’s, hypersensitivity, hyper vigilance and ARFID so she is very used to helping teenagers struggling with these issues. 
More recently she has been working with a local charity where most of her clients are struggling with addictions including drugs, alcohol and promiscuity. She also worked with several clients who were prolific self-harmers and gained much experience of working with these clients. 

Maggie is passionate about supporting clients. She does not believe in the ‘one size fits all’ approach to therapy. She believes in working with each client to get to the very bottom of who they are, how they fit into the world and what they want their life to look like.

Maggie is vastly experienced at working with ADHD, ASD, addiction and eating disorders. She works with children, adolescents and parents and also enjoys supporting family members impacted by any of these issues. 

 

Qualifications

  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Level 4   2021
  • Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling  2021
  • Childhood Loss, Grief & Bereavement Level 1  2020
  • Victim Support / Domestic Abuse training  2020
  • Promoting Positive Behaviour training Levels 1 & 2  2013
  • Attachment & Child Development training Levels 1 & 2  2013
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills Level 3  2009
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills Level 2  2008
  • Psychotherapeutic Counselling Level 5 – Completes June 2022

 

MAGGIE

ADHD & ASD COUNSELLOR
CBT THERAPIST
ADDICTION THERAPIST
EATING DISORDERS SPECIALIST
PARENTING SUPPORT

DIAGNOSED ADHD & DYSLEXIA & DAUGHTER DIAGNOSED ADHD

LOCATION ~ PL31

Maggie had always had difficulty with textures and sensory issues as a small child. She was then diagnosed with ADHD at the age of five. She was subsequently diagnosed with dyslexia and ARFID – an eating disorder.

Maggie remembers her childhood being difficult particularly because of her dyslexia. She often felt left out at school, ridiculed for not being able to understand things straight away and very much that she ‘just wasn’t good enough’.

Although she remembers excelling in art and being very creative, the lack of understanding around dyslexia left her feeling totally inadequate.

Maggie was regularly told off for being disruptive and distracting others in class. Mostly this was because she was reading out aloud as it was too difficult to stay on track reading in her head. This lack of understanding and the constant put downs by adults  led to her having low self esteem and little confidence.

Having known she had ADHD since the age of five, Maggie knows exactly what it’s like growing up with the condition and how it feels to be labelled as ‘the naughty child’.
She remembers being very easily distracted and highly emotional. She often felt lonely as a child and didn’t feel she ever had any ‘proper friends’.

Maggie decided at the age of nine it was about time she tried to smoke as both her parents did! She became adept at stealing cigarettes from her parents and this grew into quite an addiction especially during her teenage years. Luckily when Maggie became pregnant at the age of 20 she gave up smoking but she is acutely aware of how difficult it is to give up something that has become such a habit.

Maggie did however discover a love of music and was particularly good at the cornet and trumpet. She was even offered a scholarship at a prestigious music school but her ADHD anxiety stopped her from taking this up. She went through a period in her teens of taking laxatives  She now recognises this was a cry for help, she just wanted someone to listen.

Maggie thought of her ADHD as ‘a hidden disorder’. She often had problems focusing and she would find herself daydreaming with an inability to focus in classes. She remembers being easily distracted, hyperactive with poor organisational skills and very   impulsive tendencies. This would lead to periods of anxiety growing up and she didn’t have anyone to share these feelings with.

As an adult Maggie worked as a Teaching Assistant for many years in a mainstream high school helping children with ADHD, autism and Tourette’s.

As her own children were growing up, Maggie and her husband fostered children and young people often with complex needs. She found this hugely satisfying. Maggie gained lots of further experience and understanding of different addictions and various presentations of ADHD. She also enjoyed supporting the families of the children she was fostering, many of whom had addiction as the root cause of their chaotic living.

Maggie’s own daughter has been diagnosed with ADHD, Tourette’s, hypersensitivity, hyper vigilance and ARFID so she is very used to helping teenagers struggling with these issues.
More recently she has been working with a local charity where most of her clients are struggling with addictions including drugs, alcohol and promiscuity. She also worked with several clients who were prolific self-harmers and gained much experience of working with these clients.

Maggie is passionate about supporting clients. She does not believe in the ‘one size fits all’ approach to therapy. She believes in working with each client to get to the very bottom of who they are, how they fit into the world and what they want their life to look like.

Maggie is vastly experienced at working with ADHD, ASD, addiction and eating disorders. She works with children, adolescents and parents and also enjoys supporting family members impacted by any of these issues.

 

Qualifications

  • Diploma in Therapeutic Counselling Level 4  2021
  • Certificate in Online and Telephone Counselling  2021
  • Childhood Loss, Grief & Bereavement Level 1  2020
  • Victim Support / Domestic Abuse training  2020
  • Promoting Positive Behaviour training Levels 1 & 2  2013
  • Attachment & Child Development training Levels 1 & 2  2013
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills Level 3  2009
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills Level 2  2008
  • Psychotherapeutic Counselling Level 5 – Completes June 2022