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Adults with Autism and their experiences of therapy for anxiety, depression, OCD and/or ADHD

Please read the below information regarding research that you may wish to participate in:

Perri Reed is conducting this study as part of her Doctorate in Counselling Psychology dissertation in the School of Psychology. The aim of this study is to explore how autistic adults experience therapy. Attending therapy can be a complex experience for some and autistic people sometimes face a number of challenges accessing supports. Perri hopes that this research will contribute to a greater understanding of how therapy can be best provided to support people with autism seeking therapy for experiences of anxiety, depression, OCD and/or ADHD.

You have been invited to partake in this research because of your unique experience as an autistic person having received therapy for anxiety, depression, OCD and/or ADHD. Perri is hoping to interview 12-15 individuals over 18 years of age.

If you wish to participate in this research you will be invited to schedule an individual interview with Perri at a time that is convenient to you. This interview will be conducted virtually via Microsoft Teams. Interviews will last approximately 60-90 minutes.

You do not have to take part in this research. It is entirely your choice to participate. You do not have to give a reason for not taking part or opting out. If you decide to participate and then change your mind, you can email Perri at at any point up until the study is published.

For further information, please see the participant information pack here.

If you have any questions in relation to the above research , please contact:

● Principal Investigator: Perri Reed (

● Research Supervisor: Dr. Olive Healy (