Are you looking for an empathetic and competent therapeutic

counsellor that understands and specialises in neurodivergence?

Do you feel like you are wearing a mask and no one knows the real you?

Do you ever feel like you're lost behind a veil, hiding your authentic self from the world?

Are you interested in exploring what life may be like without the

mask? Find what you're looking for right here

About me

Let me begin by telling you who I am.

I'm Giancarlo Cristea, a dedicated and highly qualified integrative therapeutic counsellor.

I'm not your typical counsellor, and that's by design. Being neurodivergent myself, my therapeutic approach is rooted in a deep understanding of neurodiversity, and my passion is to create a safe, understanding, and inclusive space for neurodivergent people.

I established my private practice because I am deeply committed to providing positive, compassionate care that emphasises the capabilities of neurodivergent minds.

The mental health community has traditionally associated neurodivergence with pathology and stigma, seeing it through the lens of deficiencies rather than the great strengths that may be found within each individual's neurotype. I have personally experienced the stigmatisation that comes with being neurodivergent. Being autistic and ADHD has given me first-hand knowledge of the difficulties neurodivergent people face in our neurotypical society. 

I'm attempting to modernise therapy by giving you the freedom and support you need to learn to accept and cherish yourself without the mask.

A neurodivergent therapist is delivering this neurodivergent affirmative therapy.

I know what it's like to be lost and confused, to have no idea who you are or what you want out of life, and to be exhausted from trying to figure out how to be yourself. In my therapeutic practice, I help clients uncover their real selves, discover their voice, and, ultimately, overcome their fears so they may connect with others and form meaningful relationships.

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Safe, confidential & welcoming

I firmly believe that neurodivergent individuals bring invaluable strengths and perspectives to the world. Yet, the conventional therapeutic landscape often overlooks their unique needs. I am passionate about closing this gap.

My approach is modern, forward-thinking, and personalised, co-created with you to discover tailored solutions that empower and work for you.

Tailored to your needs & goals

No two individuals are alike, and that's why my approach is bespoke, finely tuned to your unique needs and preferences.

Together, we will delve into uncharted territory, uncovering new perspectives, enhancing self-awareness, and rediscovering the authentic you.

I celebrate the kaleidoscope of human experiences, with a special focus on the vibrant diversity of neurodivergent identities.

A Holistic Approach to Healing & Growth

In my practice, I recognize the profound interconnectedness of mind and body and its importance.

We will work together to untangle the threads of your past and present, addressing issues stemming from childhood, physical illness, or spiritual crises.

Healing is a holistic journey, and I'm here to guide you through it. It's about healing the whole self.

My Therapeutic Approach

Therapy for neurodivergent people, in my opinion as a neurodivergent therapist, should originate from someone who has experienced neurodivergence firsthand. Without reservation, I strongly oppose the use of applied behaviour analysis (ABA) or any similar coercive therapy with the goal of making neurodivergent individuals appear neurotypical or “normal”.

It is my firm belief that we can only break free from stigma and over-pathologization if we are embracing our unique neurotypes — all of which are exquisite, magnificent, and intricate. You may count on my unwavering support for both your self-diagnosis

and any official diagnoses you may have. Together, we will explore and comprehend your authentic self and the person you strive to become.

Working in this field has led me to believe that people have the inherent capacity to triumph over their own personal obstacles. In order to access these inner resources and unravel the intricacy that has been entangled in our unconscious thoughts, it may be necessary to seek assistance. Similar to untangling a knotted ball of yarn, in a safe, accepting, and nonjudgmental setting, our therapeutic alliance can provide you with the space you need to untangle your life and discover who you are, overcome self-limiting beliefs and behaviours, and move forward with your life.

By going on this adventure of self-discovery together, we can help you unlock your full potential and live the life you've always dreamed of.

To make sure my clients get the most out of therapy, I use an integrated approach in my work and tailor my approaches to their individual paths. I draw on a wide variety of theoretical training and research to incorporate principles from Person-Centred theory, Gestalt therapy, Psychodynamic therapy, Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), along with various CBT-based techniques.

This comprehensive and holistic approach enables me to successfully examine and address your difficulties, enabling development and healing in the most appropriate manner for your specific requirements.

In contrast to traditional pathologizing methods, neuro-affirming therapy seeks to validate and affirm the lived experiences of people who are neurodivergent. The cornerstone of my approach is the conviction that neurodivergence is an inherent component of human diversity that ought to be cherished and acknowledged through acknowledgement, celebration, and acceptance.

Neuro-affirming therapy is founded on six essential principles that guide the therapeutic process:

1. Acceptance of neurodiversity: Recognise that neurodivergence is a natural human variety and not a medical condition, a "disorder," or something that needs to be "cured."

This is the first step moving towards neurodivergence acceptance.

2. Person-centered approach: Rather than depending on standardised diagnostic labels, the person-centered approach places more of an emphasis on the specific qualities, experiences, and viewpoints of the individual 

3. Collaborative Partnership: Encourages a collaborative partnership between the therapist and the client, recognising the client as an expert in their own life and taking into account their perspective.

4. Encouraging clients to become self-advocates by teaching them about their neurodivergence and neurotypes, how to cope with difficulties, and how to speak up for themselves in their communities, in their families, or at their jobs.

5. Provide care that is trauma-informed by acknowledging the impact that trauma has on neurodiverse individuals and providing care that is sensitive to the specific requirements of these individuals.

6. A strengths-based approach would look at each person's unique set of skills and qualities and play up those rather than dwelling on their weaknesses.

Overall, neuro-affirmative therapy offers numerous benefits that can greatly improve one's well-being and quality of life. By promoting a deeper understanding of oneself and others, it enables better stress management in relationships. This therapy also helps individuals develop healthier coping mechanisms and increase their emotional resilience, which are crucial skills for navigating life's challenges.

Embark on Your Journey to Healing and Growth

Regardless of the challenges you face—whether it's the weight of anxiety, the shadow of depression, the chaos of stress, relationship issues—I am here to accompany you on your journey.

Let's explore answers to your questions and solutions to life's challenges together.

FREE Introductory Session

Curious about what our partnership could achieve? Take the first step by scheduling a free introductory session. I invite you to reach out and start your journey towards healing and growth.

To schedule a FREE introductory session, don't hesitate to contact me.

Your journey to self-discovery, acceptance, and empowerment begins here. Reach out today, and let's embark on this meaningful journey together, celebrating the beautiful tapestry of neurodivergence.

Professional Integrity

I am an accredited member of the NCPS (National Counselling and Psychotherapy Society) and a registred member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy), upholding the highest professional standards and ethics.

Offering therapeutic support for ...

People seek therapy's assistance for a variety of problems or challenges in their lives.

The following are some of the more prevalent challenges that therapeutic counselling may help with:

Anxiety & panic attacks

Autism / Asperger's syndrome


Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Chronic Stress

Autistic Burnout

Imposter Syndrome

Low Self-Esteem

Trauma and post-traumatic stress


Communication issues

Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria

Relationship problems

Qualifications & Accreditation

  • BSc (Hons) Counselling & Coaching
  • Certificate in Understanding Autism & ADHD
  • Certificate in Online Counselling
  • Certificate in Chronic Pain Holistic Management
  • Certificate in Working with the Inner Child

I'm a registered member of the BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) and an accredited member of the NCPS (National Counselling and Psychotherapy Society), ensuring that I adhere to their professional standards and ethics.


I offer a FREE, no obligation 30 minutes initial consultation session, via video call.

Sessions last 50 minutes, usually taking place on a weekly basis, and cost £60 per session. I also provide a limited number of spaces for those on low income, those on benefits, or students; the cost is £40 per session.

I exclusively work with adults (18 and over).

Please be aware that I offer different prices for clients living outside of the United Kingdom.

Please contact me to inquire about my availability.

To inquire, please send me an email


I am based in London, United Kingdom but I hold my counselling sessions online, allowing me to work with clients from all over the world.

Please inquire about current availability.

Please be aware, for any cancellations, I require 48 hours’ notice or a medical reason, otherwise the missed session has to be paid.

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Get in touch

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about how counselling works, or to arrange an initial assessment appointment.

This enables us to discuss the reasons you are thinking of coming to counselling, whether it could be helpful for you and whether I am the right therapist to help. I am happy to discuss any queries or questions you may have prior to arranging an initial appointment.

All inquiries are usually answered within 24 hours, and all contact is strictly confidential and uses secure phone and email services.

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