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Autistic Spectrum Counselling
In addition to offering standard counselling, I also offer a specialist service working with adults and young adults with undiagnosed/traits or diagnosed Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD), in particular ‘Aspergers’.
I have over 20 years personal experience and practical professional knowledge of dealing with people on the Autistic Spectrum.
People with ASD often do not respond to standard approaches to counselling. Over the years I have developed a number of techniques specific to people with ASD to enable them to fully engage, understand and benefit from the counselling process.
Counselling can help people cope with everyday life, interactions with others and managing particular situations, both as individuals, or as part of a relationship.
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As an individual with ASD you may be struggling with accepting the situation and moving forward, wondering ‘what next’ and ‘what does it now mean to me and others’. Counselling can help with this, guiding and developing strategies to better cope with daily life and recognise the unique insights and abilities often associated with ASD.
I am also able to offer relationship counselling to couples where a partner is diagnosed or suspected to have ASD. Living in an Asperger relationship is challenging and demanding for those in the relationship. I am able to help you look at your communication with each other and how to recognise each others needs. Couple counselling can greatly help the relationship.
In additions to partner relationships I can help with parent and child relationships and help parents coming to terms with the their child having ASD, helping them to understand the challenges and rewards that this brings.
Although ASD is often associated with men, I do have professional and personal experience of women with ASD. ASD in women is something that is often overlooked and misunderstood as women present differently and it’s important to understand the particular challenges that women with ASD face in society.
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Pathological Demand Avoidance (PDA)
Over the past few years, I have seen an increase in clients presenting with a PDA profile. Clients with a profile of Autism and PDA present as highly anxious and often want to feel in control of everything around them so as to feel their autonomy. I offer therapy that is very paced so as not to heighten the demand avoidance reaction and to enable clients to work towards achieving emotional regulation.
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