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Introduction to Autistic-Centred Counselling, Wellington

June 24 @ 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

$180 – $250

An Introduction to Autistic-Centred Counselling (PDF)

This workshop has been developed as a result of many years of working with people on the autism spectrum disorder (including Asperger Syndrome), their families and associated professionals. It addresses their struggle to find suitable counselling that empathises with the many features of ASD that can present in confused meaning when it comes to making sense of their emotions, communications and social awareness.

The co-facilitators have observed how autistic client-centred counselling can resolve many stressors for the client, their family and often for the professionals. Sherine and Serena have been counselling people on the ASD spectrum for over 20 years. They both have family members with autism, giving them first-hand knowledge and experience about understanding the issues and challenges experienced by the person on the ASD spectrum and their families.

The focus of the workshop will be to provide understanding, strategies and techniques for professionals to have confidence supporting autistic clients and their families. Examples will be presented from both counselling case studies and stories from autistic clients to help professionals make sense of ‘everyday’ worlds through the eyes and minds of autistic clients regardless of their cognitive ability.

This training will be of particular interest to counsellors, therapists, and professionals who support people on the autism spectrum and their families.

Some of the topics we will explore:

  • Counselling principles and modification for counselling when working with people with autism
  • Anxiety and depression and other feelings
  • Stuff that works and stuff that doesn’t
  • Strategies and case studies

Workshop notes and a PD Certificate will be given at the end of the workshop.


Sherine Mettini (MNZAC) & Serena Stace (MNZAC, AThR)


Lyon Room, Home of Compassion, 2 Rhine Street, Island Bay (parking on the grounds)

Morning and afternoon tea provided. The venue is some distance from shops. Please bring your own lunch, there is a small café on site.


$250 including GST

Students: $180


June 24
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
$180 – $250


Home of Compassion
2 Rhine Street, Island Bay
Wellington, New Zealand


Sherine Mettini
029 972 4411