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Counselling Neurodivergent Adults and  Couples when one or both are Autistic.
Understanding and Working with Neurodiversity

Course Title: - Counselling Neurodivergent Adults and  Couples when one or both are Autistic. Understanding and Working with Neurodiversity.

Trainer: Maxine Aston MSc Health Psychology: C.C. Relate.

Duration: Six hours.

Delegates: The workshops is aimed at professionals working with individuals, couples and families that have Autism. Workshops can include up to twenty delegates.

Overview : A one day workshop that can be extended to two days. The aim of the workshop is to increase the understanding of this complex condition and develop useful methods and strategies for working with Autistic individual's and neurodiverse couples.

Workshops are interactive and offer a balanced combination of activities, learning and discussion. The workshop is sensitively paced to meet individual needs and there will be time allowed for having questions answered. 

Objectives: To increase understanding of how being an Autistic adult will impact on the individual and their family.


  • Understand what is meant by Theory of Mind, Meltdown and Mindreading.

  • To recognise what indicators can suggest their clients are autistic.

  • evaluate when, how and if to share with their clients that they might autistic.

  • To understand the overall effect that Autism and Alexithymia may have on both partners and how this will have impacted on the relationship.

  • To put into practice strategies, and teach coping skills, that will best support a Neurodiverse couple.

  • To be aware of some of the strategies and communication styles counsellors should avoid when working with a Neurodiverse couple.

  • To have knowledge of tools and strategies that may help couples to discuss sexual feelings and emotions.

  • To practice new skills in role play.

  • To look at and discuss case studies.               


For information regarding booking Maxine to run an inhouse professional training workshop email:-



The New Cassandra Workshop
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The New Cassandra Workshop is designed for women who have a partner who is Autistic.

Maxine has been running Cassandra Workshops for over sixteen years and they have been well attended by individuals from all over the world.


The aim of the workshop is to bring together a small group of women to share a day of learning, discussion, understanding and support within a safe environment.


Many of the attendees have benefited by the support from like-minded members and have formed long term friendships whilst creating a support system. This has, in return, reduced the feelings of loneliness that many of the women express.

The one day workshop aims to improve well being and restore self-esteem, which in turn can benefit all in the relationship and family.

Forthcoming Events

The New Cassandra Workshop

Friday 21st June 2024

9.45 am to 4.30 pm


Maxine Aston MSc Health Psychology

Zoe Moore MSc Integrative Counselling and Psychotherapy

One Day Workshop

Sketchley Grange Spa Hotel, Sketchley Lane, Burbage, Leicestershire. LE10 3HU

Small Group - Places limited.

Please email Maxine at the for details and booking form.


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