Read some client testimonials below:
"I met Anne Marie in September 2017, when I wanted to know if I had Asperger Syndrome. On the morning of the assessment I was very nervous. Anne Marie quickly put me at ease though, and I felt able to confide in her within the first five minutes of discussion.
What I particularly liked about Anne Marie's assessment was her knowledge of autism on the social/political level. Within the first hour, she'd mentioned the concept of "neurodiversity": that is, that being different isn't necessarily pathological.
She was able to draw on countless examples of kindness and great achievements in people with autism. This was a striking difference between her and an ignorant GP I later met, who tarred Asperger's with the same brush as serious mental illnesses.
The diagnostic assessment lasted five hours, with a lunch break in between. We discussed a mix of what my childhood was like and my experiences as an adult. However, I went into the break having been already told that she thought I had autism. I liked that: I've heard online about people's experiences of being made to wait several agonising weeks to receive a diagnostic letter, with no previous hint of its contents.
Anne Marie never used any cliches of people with autism whilst performing the assessment. When I later told a psychiatrist that I had the diagnosis, he asked "what does it mean when I say 'the apple doesn't fall far from the tree'?" and seemed surprised when I didn't answer literally. Anne Marie knew that autistic people are capable of learning such idioms, and so never used them in her assessment. I've also met doctors who assume all autistic people are computer geeks; Anne Marie knows we come from all walks of life.
She was also up to date on the recent research on autism - including on female-type autism and on autism in the LGBT community. Anne Marie knew about "camouflaging" in autistic women, as an explanation of why women tend to fly under the diagnostic radar.
When I mentioned having had lifelong parathymia (where facial expressions don't match feelings - e.g. grinning when nothing is funny), she seemed interested and replied "yes, there's a lot of things we don't yet understand about autism". That made me feel appreciated because she made me feel that, as an autistic person, I know things that "experts" don't. Again, a striking contrast to the condescending doctors I later met.
When we were done with the assessment, Anne Marie immediately authored the diagnostic report and allowed me to check it before printing. She let me edit out a sentence that I wasn't too happy with. She also gave me a short form report to give employers, with just the diagnosis and not the reasoning for why it was made.
Nearly two years later, Anne Marie helped me when I needed a reference for the Occupational Health doctor at work, to state that autism isn't a reason why I wouldn't be able to do the job. She got the reference done for me very quickly.
In summary, Anne Marie is probably the kindest specialist I've ever met. She immediately put me at ease and I felt able to talk to her openly and honestly throughout the assessment, knowing that she would never judge me harshly for anything I said. I would unhesitatingly recommend her to anyone thinking of getting a diagnostic assessment."
- Hamish B