Dr Victoria Gray 

Expert by Experience & Peer Mentor 


My Expertise



PhD, BA & MA in Arts & Humanities subjects.

National Autistic Society core modules: Understanding Autism; Autism & Communication; Autism & Sensory Experience; Autism, Stress & Anxiety; Autism & Supporting Families     

Understanding the support needs of autistic students in Higher Education (Level 3)

Using person-centred practice to support autistic students in Higher Education (OCN Level 3)

Non-accredited CPD:

Understanding sensory processing differences in neurodiverse conditions. Delivered by Spectrum First Ltd.

Sensory Trauma: autism, sensory difference & the daily experience of fear. Delivered by Autism Wellbeing.

 Specialist Areas

I am a qualified Autism Spectrum Specialist Mentor. I have a particular interest in Peer Mentoring within mental health contexts, with a focus on supporting neurodiverse people. Developing from my PhD research, my area of special interest is sensory self-regulation in autism, and its relation to physical health, anxiety and sensory trauma in daily life for autistic people.


Working at The Retreat

I received my autism diagnosis in 2017, aged 36, at The Retreat. My diagnosis has had a profoundly positive impact on my life. As an Expert by Experience, I feel privileged to have the opportunity to apply my professional skills and lived experience to the Peer Mentoring service at The Retreat. I also represent The Retreat on the board for the Community Mental Health Partnership in York. In this capacity, I advocate for improved access to post-diagnostic support for autistic adults, and the development of autism-specific mental health pathways.

In My Own Words

Spending time with autistic people gives me new insight into what being autistic means for me. I am fascinated by the diversity and plurality of autistic experience. In a nutshell, autism is my special interest! Outside of my work, I enjoy reading about mind-body therapies. Most of all, I love going for long walks in green spaces with my partner, Mark.

Contact Us

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01904 412 551

Heslington Rd, York, YO10 5BN