I’m Nicola and I am a UK based, HCPC registered occupational therapist with over 20 years experience. I am also a registered professional member of The Royal College of Occupational Therapists.
As an occupational therapist, I can help you explore the areas of your life that you find challenging and support you in how to improve them.
We can look at the activities ('occupations') that you have to do (for example work, study, family commitments) and those that you want to do (pursue interests, hobbies...) and see where your strengths lie and also what adaptations could be made to make those activities/tasks and the environment more suited to you.
We can look at any sensory differences you might have, making suggestions on how best to adapt the environment and recognise the changes you need to best support you and how to communicate this & request them from other people (family, employer, colleagues, tutors...)
I can also help support you in explaining any challenges you have in informing others about being autistic/neurodivergent and to boost your confidence and ability in advocating for yourself.
There is a lot of misinformation around neurodiversity and being neurodivergent, which can make it difficult for others to understand.
I also provide post autism diagnosis support for adults and/or parents of autistic children, who have just received a diagnosis. This support is also for people who identify as autistic but do not have a formal diagnosis. The same support is for parents who think their children are or might be autistic. I can work with you to explore any thoughts you have on this.
My sessions will be led by what you feel is important. I see people as a whole; meaning physical, mental and emotional health are all taken into account as they all affect each other.
I am very happy to conduct our session(s) in any form that is most comfortable for you. This could be videocall, email, text, phonecall. You don't have to be in the camera view if you don't want to, or even have your camera on at all. If you do, you are free to move around and be yourself..
It will be a very relaxed session, no judgements made and we can be as focussed or as varied on subjects as you like.
I use the combination of my occupational therapy skills and lived experience of being neurodivergent/ADHD and having 2 autistic children and an autistic husband to help others and I look forward to meeting and supporting people on their journey too.