Action for Asperger’s (AfA) offers bespoke, autism-specialist counselling and emotional support. The world can be a confusing and overwhelming place and we all need help at times. For those with autism/Asperger’s syndrome, and those living alongside them, it is important that when you do, you can talk to someone who has understanding and knowledge of autism/Asperger’s syndrome.
We provide a safe and confidential space for you to talk about your issues and concerns, and where your counsellor will help you explore your thoughts, feelings, and behaviours so you can develop a better understanding of yourself and of others.
All our counsellors and emotional support workers have experience of autism/Asperger’s syndrome in their personal lives. Furthermore, the counselling methodology used here at Action for Aspergers has been developed based on the founder’s experience and her master’s research subject which was ‘a bespoke model of counselling for lives that have become adversely affected by the experience of Asperger’s Syndrome’.
How can we help?
Action for Asperger’s offers the following services:
- Confidential counselling sessions on a short or long-term basis according to individual need.
- Advocacy and general advice on autism and Asperger’s Syndrome per-se (for clients only).
- A one-off emotional support service for ‘flare-up’ situations and experiences.
- Private messaging via our ‘Action for Asperger’s’ Facebook page.
- Brief (free) email support may be available depending on individual circumstances.
- Counselling in schools/colleges and a variety of other organisations.
Where will counselling take place?
One-on-one counselling will occur mainly at our offices/consulting rooms in Corby and Wollaston in Northamptonshire.
Where the client is unable to attend face-to-face with a counsellor, video consultations are available. We use a multitude of video platforms; the client may request that the consultation takes place via a video platform of their choice, or alternatively, your counsellor may suggest a video platform to you.
Will there be a wait to see someone?
Current waiting times as of Spring 2022 are 2-5 weeks from first initial consultation.
How do I make an appointment?
No GP referral is necessary, nor is a formal diagnosis necessary to make an appointment.
Due to our heavy workload, we do try to steer people towards making their initial enquiry via email to: [email protected]. However, if this is not possible, telephone 01536 266681 and leave a message.
Is there a charge for the services?
We do not receive funding from the local or national Government currently, and so funding from client donations is essential to the provision of this service.
- Our counsellors are charged out at £43 – £65 per hour (lower to higher incomes – the client decides where they are on this scale as the relationship is based on trust).
- For couples counselling the baseline rate is £50 – £70 per hour.
- We also have student counsellors on board; these are individuals who are in their last year of counsellor training. Student counsellors are charged out at £22.50 per hour.
We have emotional support workers; these are individuals with strong caring qualities and with familial experience of autism/Asperger’s syndrome. The per hour charge we make for this service is £17.50 per hour.