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My Story

Hello. I'm Claire and I was diagnosed with autism in my late forties. I'd always struggled through life, particularly with sensory and social issues and an all-pervading sense of constant worry. Despite years of therapy and training as a therapist, I never quite got the answers I was looking for. In fact, some therapies simply exacerbated the anxiety, sensory processing issues and general sense of overwhelm I was experiencing.  After seeing a therapist who suggested I might be autistic, I researched and finally accessed a diagnose which confirmed I was autistic. Since then, I've blogged regularly about autism and have specialised in working with autistic women. ADOS-2 diagnosis is generally recognised as the gold standard when it comes to diagnosing autism and I trained in offering ADOS-2 assessments. 
I know how hard it is to come to terms with being autistic, particularly as a late-diagnosed adult, and I know of the life affirming changes that a diagnosis leads to. 
I make sure the diagnostic process is as comfortable as it can be and I include you every step of the way. We'll have a catch up by phone or email after you receive your report to check that you're happy with it, so that you're included in the final report. I believe everyone's an individual and it's important to me that your voice is fully represented in your report.

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My Autism Journey

It's only a few years ago that I had any idea I might be autistic. I can genuinely say I had no knowledge of autism. I suspect that, if I hadn't seen a therapist who had an interest in autism, I might never have been diagnosed.

Like so many of my clients, I'd already lived a full life. I'd followed various career paths, not all of them successful, and had reached a point where I'd established a business I loved. I had a loving relationship with my partner and was mum to two amazing boys. There was a lot that was good in my life, but beneath it all I suffered crippling anxiety and exhaustion.


Discovering I was autistic completely changed my life. For the first time ever, I accepted who I was. I accepted that some things were always going to be hard for me, and I acknowledged how well I'd done to get where I was, rather than thinking I'd failed in comparison to other people. My relationships improved, my health got so much better and I spent more things pursuing the activities which brought meaning and satisfaction to my life. 


I spend a lot of my time working with and writing about autism and have a passion for helping other people experiencing the type of transformation that I have. 

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Publications

The following books are available to purchase through Amazon as Kindle or Paperbacks.

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Full of supportive tips and advice, this book explores what it means to be an autistic woman and how to pursue a life which feels authentic and true.

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Parenting an autistic teenager can be challenging. This book helps you adopt a solution-focused approach to helping your child navigate their way to adulthood.

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Being raised by a parent high in narcissistic traits affects your self-esteem at the deepest level. Some people have additional complex trauma to cope with because of their childhood.

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