We provide autism assessments to adults aged 18 and upwards. We accept self-referrals and referrals from health professionals and clinical commissioners. More information about what the assessment ordinarily involves is here.

Specialist adult autism assessments

Sometimes we do more specialist autism assessments, including for people who are in hospital, prison or forensic services at the time of the referral, or for medico-legal purposes. These assessments ordinarily require a referral letter from a health professional, clinical commissioner or instruction by a solicitor. The structure and content of the assessment can vary depending on the reason for referral, so we arrange this on a person by person basis. Please contact us for more information.

We offer post-diagnostic support to adults who have received an autism diagnosis at The National Psychology Clinic, or elsewhere – this can involve individual sessions with a therapist, having some sessions together with partners or family, or attending an eight session post-diagnostic group that we run periodically. We offer an introductory call free of charge for people who are thinking of doing the post-diagnostic group. This is so that we can find out a bit more about the person and talk about whether a group or individual sessions may be more suited.

Some of our clinicians are trained in family (systemic) interventions. They have expertise in working with couples and families when one person has an autism diagnosis or someone in the family is possibly autistic. Some families find sessions before the autism assessment useful, whereas others self-refer after the diagnosis has been confirmed. Couples and family work can focus on talking about what an autism diagnosis means to different people or involve developing more strategies for improving communication and relationships.