Asperger’s is for life. The anxiety, depression and other problems needn’t be. Resolved! Counselling for Children could help your child to overcome them.
I’ve been working with adolescents and younger children with asperger’s syndrome for almost a decade now. People in Reading, Oxford and London have been bringing either themselves or their children to see me for psychotherapy in order to tackle all sorts of reasons, even before I ever began to talk about the issue on my websites.
I have helped young boys with anger issues. I have helped people on the spectrum, of all ages, with issues relating to anxiety, depression, OCD, tics, paruresis, enuresis, encopresis, panic attacks, social confidence, self-esteem, performance related anxieties and a whole lot more.
My interest in working with high functioning autism began soon after my eldest daughter was diagnosed over a decade ago. I wrote my initial training’s dissertation on the topic and became seen as ‘expert’ on the use of hypnotherapy with people on the spectrum. I used to run training for counsellors and psychotherapists on the topic. I was even, once, flown down to the South of France for a week to work with a man who suspected he was on the spectrum. He wasn’t. I regularly work online with people on the spectrum both face to face and online for those overseas or otherwise unable to reach me in person, using Zoom, Vsee or Whatsapp.
You name it and I have probably worked with it
I have worked with all the co-morbid conditions named above and with pretty much everything else it is possible for a person on the spectrum to have troubles with. Of course, this means pretty much everything it’s possible for anybody to suffer from.
I have worked with parents who have been worn down by the stress of parenting people on the spectrum. I have worked with wives who were at the end of their tether being married to a man on the spectrum.
I have even worked to help autistic husbands adjust their behaviours so as to better be able to remain married to their wives. I’ve also worked with children who have had a hard time relating to parents on the spectrum.
I have also amassed a good degree of experience of working with people who demonstrate what is now called ‘Pathological Demand Avoidance” (PDA). This is commonly seen as being a subset of the autistic spectrum.
I love working with these people.
How do I work with people on the spectrum?
I used to have people, therapists, messaging me from all over the world in order to ask me how to work with people on the spectrum. The answer was always that I’d work with them in precisely the same way as I’d work with neurotypical others, you just had to be aware of possible obstacles and cater for them as they arose.
Some people would have problems with eye contact, others wouldn’t. Some would be able to visualise and understand metaphor (for hypnotherapeutic reasons) and some wouldn’t. I would just be aware of possible autistic barriers to certain therapeutic approaches and proceed as necessary.
Since beginning training as a child and adolescent psychotherapist I have developed and integrated a wide array of therapeutic approaches. Older youngsters prefer the traditional talking therapy approach, mixed with mindfulness and hypnotherapy as appropriate.
Younger children make use of the sand-tray, the paints, the games, the toys, the lego – as well as the mindfulness and hypnotherapeutic approaches, where desirable. A different therapy is necessary for every child. Together we’ll find the way.
How can we begin?
We begin by you getting in touch to discuss how I might be able to help you and your child. If you live in or around Reading or Oxford (although I also work online) and would like some counselling for your child or teenager then just give me a call. You can call me on 07786123736 / 01183280284 / 01865600970. You could email me via firstname.lastname@example.org or use the contact form at the footer of this page. However you choose to get in touch, I look forward to hearing from you.