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Mannamead Counselling
(part of Optimus Dyslexia Assessment Services)

Specialising in counselling for adults with dyslexia, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and Autism Spectrum Condition

About our Services

Mannamead Counselling offers a safe place where you can feel understood, accepted and supported in being who you truly are. It is a place for you to explore your feelings; make sense of the impact your condition has had on your life; and learn more about yourself and what neurodiversity means to you. Most of all, clients come to recognise and celebrate their strengths, talents and individuality. Through greater awareness, clients often move forwards with self-confidence, empowerment and purpose.

Room with Sandplay Therapy

Sometimes clients want to talk generally about their diagnosis and explore a way forward. Other times they may bring specific issues, such as:

All are welcome for counselling, whether for one session or many.

No formal diagnosis is necessary.

About Sally, the Counsellor

I am a qualified counsellor who has been privileged to work with people with various neurodiverse conditions for many years. In 2015 I completed a Masters degree in Developmental Conditions including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism Spectrum Condition and Specific Learning Difficulties.

I define myself as an integrative counsellor. This means that I use different therapeutic approaches depending on the needs of the individual client at the time. The two approaches which most influence my work are Person Centred Counselling and Gestalt.


In addition to talking therapy I am also trained to offer Sandplay. Sandplay takes place in the therapy room using a small wooden box of sand. Although it is not a silent therapy, the emphasis is on non-verbal communication and it is highly visual. Using miniature objects, the client creates small worlds within the sand which may reflect inner thoughts, struggles and concerns. It has been compared to ‘dreaming while awake’ – the miniatures are chosen and placed in the sand without too much conscious thought. Looking at this inner world manifest in the sand can bring understanding, awareness and acceptance.

If you have any questions or would like a free 30-minute initial meeting, please contact Sally through the Optimus ‘Contact’ page or call 07923 277670.

Sally Agobiani is on the Accredited Register of the National Counselling Society. This register has been accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.