Our Client Representative
It can be a big step to seek out help and finding yourself on our webpage might feel a bit daunting. That’s where our client representative comes in. Our client representative is here to help if you are looking for a quick friendly chat or are unsure if counselling might be for you and you would like to explore your options before proceeding. Our client representative is not a counsellor. However, they are somebody who has had their own challenges and has also been a client and knows how things are from that perspective.
Our client representative is Sonia Owen
Sonia has been involved with Action for Asperger’s (AfA) for around 10 years now. She came to AfA initially as a client following her diagnosis with Asperger’s syndrome at the age of 26. As her mental health improved, she stepped back from being a client and instead started volunteering. Since then, she has become heavily involved with Action for Asperger’s and, as well as being client representative, her other roles now include Trustee, AfA Wales Facilitator, and Social Media Guru.
In addition to Asperger’s syndrome, Sonia has lived with depression and Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD) since she was 14 years old. She also deals with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and was diagnosed with inattentive ADHD in 2019. As a result of all she lives with, Sonia has been through may ups and downs and faced plenty of difficulties and hurdles through her life so far. She therefore has plenty of experience and understanding and she never shies away from answering questions about any of her diagnoses or her counselling experience and if it helped her.
As well as her own lived experience, Sonia has a best friend with Asperger’s syndrome who she lived with for 4 years, and other family members and friends who deal with one or more of these diagnoses. She is, therefore, also well placed to understand the challenges that can come living with and supporting somebody with autism and/or other diagnoses.
“With my various diagnoses I understand the challenges they bring – both as someone living with them and as somebody with family and a best friend living with one or more of them. Furthermore, having had counselling myself, I understand how daunting that can be. With my experiences, I am well placed as a port of call if you’re looking for a quick friendly chat or want to explore your options.”
If you would like to talk to Sonia, you can email her on [email protected]