Specialist Coaching and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Autism, ADHD and PDA.

Confidential, 1-1 online consultations anywhere in the world, on any device.

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Cathy May  MA Autism, PgDip CBT
Cognitive Behavioural Therapist and Specialist Coach

I have been working professionally in the field of Autism, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA) and co-existing conditions since 2007. Having these conditions within my own family, I understand just how challenging life can be on a daily basis. This professional and personal experience gives me the depth of understanding that guides my practice.  My coaching and CBT is adapted for Autism, ADHD and PDA and I tailor it uniquely to meet each client’s specific needs and goals.

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Specialist Coaching

I provide coaching for both adults and families with diagnosed or suspected Autism, ADHD, PDA, and co-existing conditions. I believe you are the expert on you or your family. I listen and work with that expertise. Side by side, we will identify your goals, and together develop new and practical approaches to overcome the difficulties you or your family are facing, helping you to feel more in control of your life. A diagnosis is not required and coaching is often undertaken to explore the possibility of suspected conditions.

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Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

My Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) practice is specifically adapted for individuals with diagnosed or suspected Autism, ADHD, demand avoidant behaviours and other co-existing conditions. CBT is a talking therapy designed to help us recognise and understand how our thoughts, feelings and actions are connected. Because of the logical and practical approaches to realising goals, CBT can be particularly effective in working with an individual’s strengths and needs. A diagnosis is not required and CBT is often undertaken to explore the possibility of suspected conditions.

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For Professionals

I provide consultancy, specialist mentoring and supervision for professionals within the health, education, and therapeutic sectors who work with the neurodiverse population. This includes children, young people and adults with diagnosed or suspected Autism, ADHD, demand avoidant behaviours and other co-existing conditions. As I work online, this service is offered to professionals worldwide.

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“You will never know Cathy quite how much you have saved me and my family and I really cannot thank you enough. I just hope one day I might be able to help others in some way too.”

Side by Side have trusted associates who offer the following specialist services. All associates are professionals who are also either parents of children, young people or adults with these conditions or have the conditions themselves.
We believe this gives them a unique insight and understanding.


SEN Support

Understanding how best to support children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) in order to help them achieve the best possible outcomes can be a complicated and bewildering process. You will be guided by a professional with comprehensive training in all aspects of SEN law and personal experience of navigating through the SEN processes.

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Emotional Support

Many parents and carers of children and young people with Autism, ADHD and PDA can find themselves struggling emotionally, feeling exhausted and at times finding the problems hard to face. So often, they neglect their own emotional well-being whilst focusing on the needs of their children and family. Emotional support is counselling in a safe, non-judgemental and confidential space just for you.

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Employment Coaching

You will be guided by a qualified Employment Coach who specialises in coaching and mentoring for autistic adults to help them gain and retain employment. Coaching also provides mentoring and training for employers, line managers and team members. We will look at where you are now, where you want to be, and focus on how you can get there.

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“Thank you thank you, I can never say this enough! You are wonderful, inspiring and have helped me regain my confidence and life.”