Alasdair Duncan


autism support

I have some years of experience in working one-to-one with adults and teenagers diagnosed with autism, or coming with questions about whether they might be autistic, or what autism might imply for them. This work is informed by a Lacanian psychoanalytical orientation. 

There is an aphorism relating to autism: if you know one autistic person, you know one autistic person. This sense that autism may be taken as a one-by-one way of being, and not something that lends itself to generalisation, is the starting point of this practice. I do not assume anything about you, your life, or your way of experiencing the world. Rather the work starts from listening and discussing (or perhaps for instance doing some activity together if discussion is difficult), and supporting you in finding what doesn't work for you, regardless of what role autism may or may not have in this, and in finding or inventing something that works better for you.

Whilst I usually work in person, and with the person I support alone, it may be with this work that online, or phone based work is necessary, and can work well for some, but not all. It can be useful in some cases to work with those who help to support the people I work with, and for others, to make a protected space to work aside from that support network, such as it may be.

The cost of the work can be adjusted according to your circumstances, and we will agree on a fee during our first meeting.

If you have any questions about this work, please don't hesitate to contact me to discuss your situation.