"I chose to pursue my diagnosis of Asperger’s with Anne Marie after reading about her experience of diagnosing adults and about her understanding of the ways in which undiagnosed adult females can camouflage their difficulties.
Camouflaging, for me, had become harder in recent times with the increased pressures that come with looking after a young family, and so after doing my own research I felt sure I’d discovered the answer I’d been looking for my entire life.
However, I didn’t know how to present this to a GP, especially at a time when many people are facing a variety of difficulties due to lockdown. The thought of going down this route was quite overwhelming, so when I found Anne Marie’s website and saw the process broken down into the different stages I immediately felt less anxious.
Throughout the course of each stage of the diagnosis I felt at ease and I am so pleased I am now able to have a greater understanding of myself, as this is already having a positive impact on my sense of well-being which, in turn, benefits my family.
It may have taken 37 years to get to this point but I don’t feel like getting the diagnosis is the end. For me, it’s just the beginning."
"Trying to establish if you might be autistic is really daunting if you actually are autistic.
Right from the start Anne Marie was very professional. She was punctual, reliable, and clear about the process, keeping me informed about what she was going to do next, and explaining a lot about autism on the way.
Having a private assessment with Anne Marie enabled me to be assessed from the comfort of my own home during covid lockdown. The assessment was broken down into two stages - after the first video call of an hour or so Anne Marie told me she was 100% certain i was autistic. I then had as long as I wanted to reflect on whether that knowledge was enough for me or whether I wanted to proceed and get an official report on how the condition affected me ie an official diagnosis.
Splitting the assessment up like like meant I didn't have to spend a whole load of money just to be told, at the end of many hours of questions, that I didn't meet the diagnostic criteria. It also made it much more bearable, psychologically.
Throughout the assessment process with Anne Marie I was able to pick times that suited me and break the assessment up into chunks that I felt able to manage, which really mattered to me. The thought of going somewhere I didn't know to spend five or more hours in a hotel room with someone I had never met was overwhelmingly stressful, but that's what I was facing if I didn't choose to go private.
Since my assessment I have found out a lot more about Asperger's, and met a lot of others who have either gone through assessment or are in the process. I have to say, the more stories I hear, the happier I am that I decided to choose Anne Marie for my assessment."
"The two-stage assessment for autism spectrum disorder with Anne Marie Gallagher was a very positive experience. I was seeking this assessment following my daughter’s ASD diagnosis a year before. Anne Marie was friendly and understanding throughout and took the time to talk in detail about the reasons for her conclusions. I am glad I chose to do the assessment with her and I am confident in the conclusions reached. Thank you! "
"I found Anne Marie to be a lovely compassionate person. I was a little apprehensive at the beginning of the assessment and she very quickly put me at ease.
The way in which she explained things to me made perfect sense. I was slightly in denial as to whether or not I had any form of Autism, but by the end of the assessment and the way in which Anne Marie explained the behaviours I understood and was happy that the diagnosis was correct.
She did not make me feel inadequate or silly at any point and went to the trouble to make sure that I was happy and understood all of the relevant points.
I found her very quick in responding and generous with her time. "
"Anne Marie Gallagher was amazing- professional and empathetic. I was so nervous to start the process of a diagnosis but having an introductory chat just put my mind at ease and there was no pressure to take it further. The whole process was easy and Anne Marie guided me through the questionnaire and even though I could add little detail she was able to squeeze details out that I hadn't thought about. She was happy to let me ask questions along the way which was reassuring and insightful. She made me feel that having my diagnosis was just me- not something to be ashamed of but something I could work with and be proud of. It has allowed me to pass insights of my life to my patients and their families because of the time that Anne Marie spent with me at my consultations. I would highly recommend anyone to talk to Anne Marie if they were contemplating obtaining a formal diagnosis."
"Anne Marie is the only person running this company. She is very professional and compassionate. I picked her due to her 25 years experience and unlike other bigger companies I wanted the service from her and not just anyone in a bigger company.I was advised to undertake an assessment as a very successful manager of people. I now know why I am so good at work. I am autistic and so function really well in engineering. I now also know how to be a better manager and how to be better in all relationships and it has totally changed the way I think about myself and massively reduced frustration. She explains everything you actually need to know when going through the assessment, if you are autistic you then know all the important stuff. With a diagnosis you can then get further support from HR at your work or various charities. It’s the best investment I have ever made I think. I wish I did it earlier than 38!"
"My assessment with Anne-Marie was much less daunting than I thought it would be. She made me feel at ease (even though we did it over zoom) and I felt like I had been listened to! I would highly recommend her if you are thinking of getting an assessment"
"I contacted Anne Marie after a couple of years of wondering if I might have Asperger’s Syndrome. A few people had said to me that they thought I might have, but others disagreed so I decided that it would be good to speak to an expert about it. Having researched adult autism clinicians I picked Anne Marie as she has such a lot of experience diagnosing female adults. I also appreciated the clarity of the diagnostic process, and fees, on her website.
She’s extremely knowledgeable, professional, friendly and relaxed. There was no pressure at any point to take the next step, but when I did decide to it got underway promptly. As other reviewers have mentioned she doesn’t make you wait to hear her assessment, and this is great. It’s been a remarkable process, so easy but so revealing and enlightening. Thanks Anne Marie!"
"Anne Marie was excellent at making the process of getting a formal diagnosis clear, and in guiding me through it at each step of the way. The process was extremely quick and smooth, and I now have a much better sense of self-understanding as well as the more practical benefit of a formal diagnosis. I would highly recommend pursuing a diagnosis with the support of Anne Marie"
"Anne Marie’s mix of obvious professionalism, and high levels of skill and experience, combined with gentleness was exactly right for me and very much appreciated.The efficiency of her service, from the first telephone contact to the very end of the diagnostic assessment was fantastic.
Her care and thoroughness in making sure I was fully aware of what would take place during the assessment enabled me to remain calm and confident in her hands. I was particularly grateful for the frequent reassurance given and the explanation of what was happening to me and why. I would have no hesitation in recommending Anne Marie to anyone. "