Autistic Spectrum Disorder

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Autism in children

Receiving a diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) can be a confusing time, not just for the individual, but also for those around them. Families may have experienced struggles with challenging behaviours for years before receiving an diagnosis. Adults, especially those with the type of ASD formally known as Asperger’s, may have been dealing with mental health difficulties for years without knowing why.

With the right support though a diagnosis can be the start of a journey into self understanding, acceptance and more successful relationships. Many individuals with ASD struggle with communication and information processing, therefore an experienced therapist with knowledge of how to work effectively with these challenges is instrumental to success.

Ways an ASD specialist therapist can help you and your loved ones;

  • Teach new ways of thinking and behaving to make life easier to navigate.
  • Teach coping strategies for the things that challenge those with ASD.
  • Encourage self acceptance and raise self esteem
  • Teach strategies to decrease underlying symptoms contributory to mental health problems, such as anxiety disorders and depression.

When individuals with ASD find ways to manage their stress, improve their relationships, and achieve their goals, they will still have unique ways of processing information, but their uniqueness can be something to celebrate.

ASD in children

Therapy for Children and Young People with ASD

When young people with ASD receive the right support early they can learn skills that make life growing up in todays challenging and complicated world easier to manage. Specialist therapeutic approaches teach them to tackle their challenges with a positive attitude, help them to understand and engage in deeper relationships with both themselves and those around them, and encouraging self acceptance and inner confidence.These life skills, coping strategies and techniques are often learnt naturally by those without a neurodiversity, but when ASD is present a more specific and direct approach is required. These skills will carry them through life and help them to achieve personal goals and live their life celebrating their uniqueness.

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Laura CollettLaura Collett
10:04 27 Jan 23
I’ve been seeing Vanessa for a whole host of different and complex mental health reasons for a number of years. Sometimes I go for months and months without needing her support and other times I see her weekly - that’s one of the great things about her, the adaptability to my needs. Vanessa is supportive, professional, and extremely knowledgeable across a wide breadth of issues and treatments / approaches. Without doubt the best therapist I have ever worked with and I couldn’t recommend her more highly.
Christine TaylorChristine Taylor
09:23 22 Jan 23
Vanessa was recommended through a close friend and I cannot thank them both enough. Since our sessions began a little under a year ago Vanessa has helped me create a deeper understanding of myself and others and has equipped me with the knowledge to continue to improve my life, I’ll be forever grateful for this! Vanessa is a very warming, professional and highly experienced therapist and I look forward to developing myself more with her help 🙂
19:25 28 Sep 22
Vanessa was recommended to me by a friend, earlier this summer and turned out to be exactly what I needed in order to help me sort out my issues.She is very down-to-earth and sensible and after asking questions and really listening to what one has to say, has a lot of insight into what may be troubling you - which she easily translates into ways that show a depth of discernment with understanding and sympathy, combined with practical help based on both theory and practical experience.Within weeks I was able to see a way forward and regain my sense of purpose.I cannot recommend Vanessa highly enough.
Claire EdwardsClaire Edwards
09:04 08 Feb 22
Vanessa is a very caring, compassionate and experienced counsellor. She makes you feel at ease even when it may feel hard to open up, I found her very easy to talk to. There are no words to completely describe just how much she has helped me and how our sessions have already had such a positive impact on my life. I highly recommend Vanessa and thank her from the bottom of my heart for helping me.
Tamsin PaolaTamsin Paola
21:06 07 Feb 22
My daughter (age 9) has been seeing Vanessa for several months. Vanessa does such a good job of engaging her in a variety of activities and she looks forward to every session. As a result of the sessions, my daughter is clearly gaining an understanding of herself that is helping her to better manage some of her challenges. I also feel I have learnt so much about my daughter and how I can support her. Vanessa is extremely approachable, professional and supportive and I’d highly recommend her services.