PhD (Clinical Psychology)
Autistic Wellbeing Consultant
Erin is a clinical psychologist who feels strongly about honouring neurodiversity in the pursuit of wellbeing and has lived experience of autism. She brings together her personal and professional understandings of autism in her therapeutic approach, while aiming to build a strong, collaborative therapeutic relationship based upon understanding and acceptance. Erin has a particular passion for working therapeutically with Autistic people through online telehealth sessions, which may include a combination of video and text-based chat.
Erin places the needs of the individual at the centre of her therapeutic approach so the experience of therapy is different for each and every individual. She aims to guide people to better understand themselves and their needs which naturally segues to changing ingrained behavioural patterns and making healthier choices, rather than prescribing strategies or following structured treatment protocols.
Erin's manner is gentle and positive; she draws from a number of treatment approaches for mental health conditions including Schema Therapy, attachment-based therapies, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Psycho-education, Positive Psychology, and skills building approaches.
Erin also offers “psychologically-informed mentoring” to assist neurodivergent individuals who have not developed any co-occurring mental health conditions to accept their lovely uniqueness, navigate the neurotypical aspects of the world, and develop a lifestyle that promotes wellbeing and mental health.
Erin has published articles and presented workshops about her approach to therapy with individuals on the autism spectrum and hopes to promote acceptance of autism through contributing to the development of therapeutic approaches that genuinely embrace neurodiversity and do not place neurotypical expectations on neurodivergent individuals.
Erin is a director on the board of Reframing Autism, an organisation that aims to nurture Autistic identity and culture, while celebrating diversity in all its forms. Erin also co-authors a Psychology Today blog called “Insights about Autism” which aims to provide information from the perspective of late-diagnosed autistic professionals. She also has a social media presence with her page “Autistic Wellbeing Consultancy” which aims to share autism positive articles about research and clinical practice, with the view of curating resources that can promote wellbeing in Autistic folk.
Erin was awarded both First Class Honours in Psychology and a PhD in Clinical Psychology by Flinders University (Adelaide, South Australia). She has presented her work at international conferences and her research was published in the peer-reviewed journal “Autism”. Erin has been registered to practice as a psychologist since 2009 and gained endorsement in the area of Clinical Psychology in 2011.
Erin currently has a waiting list for services and is therefore unable to take referrals for people requiring time-sensitive mental health support. She is, however, taking expressions of interest from people seeking 1-2 sessions of professional or personal consultancy around autism, and/or adults who are interested in joining the waiting list with a view to exploring their Autistic Identity in the future.