Peer Clinic – talk to Experts by Experience about autism

Many of the citizens of the Autistic Empire receive requests for their time with people who want to speak to an autistic adult. They may be a parent, professional, or newly identified autistic person who just want to consult an autistic person to gain their perspective. 

We are offering a paid peer clinic for anyone who would like to speak to an autistic adult on any topic. You can read the biographies, availability and fees of our current peers below. We come from a range of backgrounds, experiences and professions. Email us with what you want to talk about and we will match you with someone appropriate.

 

You might want to talk to us about:

Whether or not you are autistic

Getting a diagnosis

What our life is like as an autistic adult in a neurotypical world

Managing sensory needs

Autistic/non-autistic communication scenarios

Autism and mental health

Growing up as an autistic kid (which we all did)

Ideas to help other autistic children and adults

 

What we will do

Speak about our experiences as autistic people at your request

Read documents for you

Listen to your situation and provide an autistic perspective

Offer sign-posting to other services which can help with your situation

 

What we will not do

Provide clinical, legal or professional advice (even if we are qualified to do so)

Read documents or lengthy emails prior to the appointment

Offer therapeutic interventions

 

Book an appointment

Please email us at clinic@autisticempire.com with your availability, some information about what you would like to talk about. We will negotiate a time and platform for your appointment and then provide a link to make payment to the peer on our e-commerce platform. Payment must be made in advance.

Online appointments are arranged via Google Meets. 

Offline appointments will be arranged in public in a non-confidential space.

Appointments can be cancelled up to 24 hours in advance. If less than 24 hours, we will not refund the fee.

Fees are charged at the base rate of £20 an hour, which is the basic pay recommendation of NHS England for Experts by Experience (service users who have lived experience of the topic or service they have been asked to consult on). Peers may charge higher rates than this as they wish.

 

Disclaimer

This is an experiential sharing service. Our peers do not offer professional or medical advice. Neither do we refer to professional bodies. You may experience a therapeutic effect as a result of this service, however, we are not therapists.

We are Autistic peoples who are here to listen and share our experience as Autistic people living in the world.

We welcome people at all stages of their journey, however “The Autistic Empire” and it’s peers operate from five principles which form the foundation our community is built on:

– Autism is an ordinary variant of human neurology.
– All autistic people are one people.
– We do not need a cure; we want solutions.
– Autism does not disable us; societies disable us.
– Autism does not excuse us from civility or personal development.

Please follow this link for the expanded version of these principles…

https://www.autisticempire.com/our-five-principles/

We suggest that before coming to your first meeting that you reflect on these principles. Perhaps they will raise interesting and useful talking points.

Please be mindful that we have a co-responsibility to hold a space that feels safe for sharing on both sides.

Please maintain anonymity when discussing anything that has come up during a session. Gossiping or oversharing can be damaging to all involved.

If you are in a state of crisis please contact a trusted person or professional before entering a session. We cannot take responsibility for your immediate wellbeing and would not expect you to do so for us.

If you need to rearrange or cancel a session then please do so with more than 24 hours notice. We may need to do the same. This is so we may all respect one another’s time and get the most out of the session.

We greatly look forward to meeting you and we hope to help each other along our journeys.

Kind Regards

The Neurodiverse Clinic

 

Peers currently available:

 

Radostina Hubenova – Tina

(She/her)

Tina is an Autism Keyworker in the NHS where she works with young people who are at risk of hospital admission or have already been admitted to a hospital. Her position and work focus on increasing autism awareness and reducing harmful medical practices. She holds an MSc in Early Intervention in Psychosis at Kings College London and a BSc in Clinical Psychology in University of Kent; where she has researched autism, psychosis, trauma and child psychology. Tina discovered that she is autistic while working as an Assistant Psychologist in a school with autistic children whose experiences mirrored her own. The therapeutic methods she employs emphasise on explicit and authentic communication where experiences and feelings are named and processed without judgement. Tina is currently researching and discovering her own positive autistic identity and believes in the power of shared social identities as a way to build positive mental health and wellbeing.

Location: Bulgaria/London

Timezone: GMT

Availability:

Online – Weekdays 5pm + 8pm slots, Saturday all day

Offline – Saturday 12-5pm in London (60-90 minutes apts only)

Booking link (email first)

 

Ted Rogers

(They/Them)

Ted is an Autistic human living in

 Margate, Kent.

They identify as non-binary, queer and neurodivergent.

By profession Ted is an Artist and Movement Director, working across film, theatre and music.

Ted is a keen homemaker and interiors enthusiast. They care greatly about space, atmosphere and people.

Their special interests include:

– Philosophy
– Music
– Spatial arrangement
– Atmospheres
– Interior design (with a particular love of chairs)
– Cosmology

– Neurodivergency and it’s creative manifestations

– Scented candles
– Domestic Lighting
– Conversation

They are happy to talk about:

– Themself
– Most things

They dislike:

– Small talk
– Oppressive conservativity
– Badly lit spaces
– Television series (apart from Star Trek Discovery)

Based in Margate, UK

Booking link (email first)

 

Sarah McCulloch

Sarah McCulloch

(She/her)

Sarah is the founder of the Autistic Empire and an occupational therapist. She has worked as the senior OT in an autistic special school and is currently the Senior OT ASD specialist in a London NHS mental health trust, with experience across a range of acute mental health and community settings. Sarah passionately believes that autistic self-identity is the key to autistic wellbeing, that the majority of autistic people have yet to realise that they are autistic, and that the liberation of autistic people will come when someone can say, “I am autistic”, and everyone understands what that means. Sarah realised she was autistic in 2007.

Additional labels: ADHD, dyspraxia

Areas of interest: Autistic identity and journey, sensory experiences, autistic women and masking.

 

Watch a talk by Sarah on autistic identity and community for Autistic Pride 2021: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gsHl6JaQiM

Listen to an interview with Sarah about her work as an OT in an autistic special school:

https://learnplaythrive.com/podcasts/cultural-bilingualism-the-autistic-empire/

 

Location: Chelmsford, UK

Timezone: GMT

Availability:

Online – Weekdays 5pm + 8pm slots, Sunday all day

Offline – Sundays 12-5pm in Chelmsford (60-90 minute apts only)

Booking link (email first)