Rae - Neurodivergent Psychotherapist

Inverness, Highland Council, Scotland, United Kingdom
Rae - Neurodivergent Psychotherapist Rae - Neurodivergent Psychotherapist
Practitioner identifies as: ADHD, Autistic, Dyscalculia, Dyslexic, Neurodivergent

Whatever you’re going through, you’ve arrived here because you are looking for something in your life to be different. This could be the way you feel / think about yourself, your relationships with others, and / or your world. It can be difficult to know where to turn and sometimes you can feel very alone, struggling to open up to those around you for fear of being burdensome, not understood or accepted. Therapy is an empowering process, supporting you to become more aware of and connect with yourself. Through it you’ll reframe past experiences, identify and prioritise your needs, enhancing the feeling of security within yourself and relationships.

I am trained to support you in a warm and attuned way to make sense of your experiences and mind. Together we can explore the aspects of your life causing you dissatisfaction and distress, discover patterns, understand and treat yourself with greater depth and care, retrain your nervous system, and look at where positive change can assist movement towards a more liveable life.

You’ve taken a massive step by searching for a counsellor, which can be a daunting process, so well done for arriving here. Feel free to get in contact to book in an initial telephone consultation and we can get started improving your quality of life and well-being. I look forward to hearing from you.


Rae (MA, PGDip, DipEd, BA – MBACP)
Highland Counselling and Psychotherapy Ltd


Training, qualifications & experience

I have been supporting clients in counselling settings since 2012, with a broad range of presenting issues. I’ve been working in private practice since 2018, originally starting in Manchester and now in the Scottish Highlands. I work remotely with clients across the globe.

I find particular value in delving into the unconscious and uncovering schemas (mental frameworks to organise experiences and knowledge) which have and continue to shape much of a person’s life. Making the unconscious conscious creates staggering shifts in cognitive and emotional well-being. I am also interested in Neuroscience and the ways in which our neurological makeup influences people psychologically, and how the nervous system contributes to our sense of unease and safety.

I have a keen interest in working with Neurodivergent clients, including Autistic, AuDHD and ADHD / Kinetic people. Therapy includes normalising ways of processing the world, investigating and neutralising the internal dialogue that speaks to being ‘flawed’ or ‘broken’, validating grief, accommodating and understanding sensory needs and celebrating special interests.


MA: Counselling

University of Manchester

Postgraduate Diploma in Integrative Counselling

University of Manchester

Postgraduate Diploma in Education: Guidance Studies

Equivalent to Level 3 Counselling Skills Certificate

University of British Columbia (Vancouver, Canada)

BA: Psychology

University of British Columbia


Theoretical basis: Integrative

Practicing from an Integrative model of psychotherapy means I’ve received training through numerous modalities and am continuously diversifying the way I can work with clients. This means that I adapt my practice to the unique needs of each client, facilitating a warm and accepting space for you to talk freely about whatever is going on for you, alongside providing strategies and psychoeducation, looking at patterns of actions and thoughts, guidance around how your history may have influenced unconscious processes and patterns, and understanding how you respond to events within your personal world and in relation to others.

Some of the areas I have trained in include: the Egan Model (Skilled Helper), Psychodynamic, Person-Centred, Transactional Analysis (TA), Polyvagal Theory, Developmental Theory, Attachment Theory, Mindfulness, and the Trauma Rewind Technique.


The Depressed Brain

Chronic Pain and Depression

Introducing Neurolinguistic Programming

The Neurobiology of Attachment

Working with Anger

The Cognitive Model of Anxiety

Emotional Triggers and Building Self-regulation Skills

Working with Shame and Perfectionism

Working with the Core Beliefs of ‘Never Good Enough’

Working with the Pain of Abandonment

Monotropism: A Unified Theory of Autism

Trauma and the Brain

Trauma Rewind Technique

Dual-processes Model of Grief

Grief and How to Move Through It

Spirituality in Supportive, Palliative, and Bereavement Counselling

Working with Miniatures to Promote Insight and Awareness

Working with Couples

Autism, Sexuality and Gender Identity

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