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The Inside Me - Counselling Service


Who we are...

The Inside Me is an autism-friendly counselling service, dedicated to supporting young people and their families.

Our counsellors have decades of experience working with young people in schools and with children with special needs.

We provide a supportive, tailored counselling service for children and adolescences with autism spectrum conditions. 

We can also work with young people new to their diagnosis, especially those diagnosed late, to help them understand the condition.

What we do...

Counselling can be used to work with young people with autism who begin to display mental health conditions including:

  • anxiety disorders
  • depression
  • obsessive-compulsive disorder

Counselling can also help address problems with:

  • relationships
  • bereavement
  • bullying
  • anger
  • low self-esteem, and
  • self-harm or suicide ideation.

These may be particularly difficult for young people with autism spectrum conditions to process and lead to ‘meltdowns’, where a child may show extreme behaviours like shouting, self-harm, challenging behaviour and repetitive behaviours; 


‘shutdowns’, where a person may either partially or completely withdraw from the world around them.

At The Inside Me, we hope to help reduce incidents of meltdowns and shutdowns, by helping young people find different ways to manage their behaviour and cope with their stress and anxiety.

Using a mix of therapeutic techniques, like Gestalt and person-centred therapy, as well as art and play therapy, we hope to help young people explore their perspective of the world in an understanding and safe space.

We support children and young people, aged 11 to 25, who:

  • are finding it difficult to go to school
  • may have developed social anxiety or depression
  • find it difficult to regulate their emotions

There is no minimum or maximum number of sessions as support is tailored to clients needs. 

Record Last Updated on: 13/01/2020

Local Offer


Counsellors for The Inside Me have a minimum Level 4 qualification in Psychotherapic Counselling and member status of the National Counselling Society

Time / Date Details

Session Information

4pm-6pm Monday – Friday
9am-4pm Saturday
12-3pm Sunday

Other Details


Initial consultations of 30 minutes are free
£35 per 45-minute session
Some concessions available (subject to conditions) for school refusal behaviour,

Who is eligible?

Due to the nature of the service, we cannot work with young people who are already working with CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental health Services) 

Unfortunately, we are not sufficiently specialist or resourced to support students with profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD) or young people with intellectual disability.

Referral required?


Referral Details

Clients or their families can self-refer 

Form available in the download section of this page to complete and return to the service. 

Contact details on form. 

What to do if you have a complaint

Complaints and feedback can be made directly through our website:

If this does not resolve the issue complaints can also be made to the National Counselling Society:

How to Get Here

Buses: 106, 254, 242, 277, 236, 38

Train / Overground: Hackney Central or London Fields 

Parking is limited in the area and there is no disabled parking for the venue. 

It is recommended that where possible clients use public transport. 

Pay and display parking nearby in Tesco store car park. 

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