Specialist ASD Counselling

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Psychological Support

DisabilityPlus gives every person the opportunity to be supported by a counsellor whois on the Autistic Spectrum or specialises with supporting people with Autism, this enables full cultural support. Our ASD Counselling Service supports people with their mental health, whether pre-existing issues have worsened or a new condition stemming from Autism. Our specialist therapists understand the problems caused by a person’s mental & emotional health.

DisabilityPlus gives every person the opportunity to be supported by a counsellor whois on the Autistic Spectrum or specialises with supporting people with Autism, this enables full cultural support. 

Our ASD Counselling Service supports people with their mental health, whether pre-existing issues have worsened or a new condition stemming from Autism. 

Our specialist therapists understand the problems caused by a person’s mental & emotional health.

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Traits

If you feel like you have ASD traits, you may see the world differently than most people. Perhaps, you feel uncomfortable being yourself in social or work settings. These feelings make life complicated, leaving you feeling overwhelmed, worthless, and hopeless. 

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  • Have difficulty reading social cues?
  • Say or do things that unintentionally hurt others?
  • Struggle with relationships and making friends?
  • Experience social anxiety?
  • Have difficulty adapting to change and transitions (starting college, getting a job, etc)?
  • Feel stuck, overwhelmed, or alone?
  • Feel unsure how to move forward in life?
  • Have autism traits that are not always clear to others
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If you have answered these questions & feel it broadly describes how you think and act, ASD counselling may be a great place to start to move forward healthily and confidently.

Counselling

Do you want counselling but feel afraid the therapist won’t understand you or have previously tried therapy and felt like it was not helping?. Perhaps, you’re dealing with feelings of anxiety, depression, and imposter syndrome. Or, you’re struggling to cope with the effect that bullying and trauma had on your life. Whatever brings you to therapy, our autism counselling team can help you thrive and feel comfortable in your skin.

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Supporting You

Counselling can help you manage the impact of autism with dignity and self-respect. Being supported by specialist therapists who understand you creates a robust platform for the counselling to be successful from the outset.

Professional Team

ASD counselling is not restricted to a single method of therapy. Each person can bring different presenting issues; one solution does not fit all. As a specialist service, we can support you no matter the problems. 

Goals

Therapy can help you set goals to work towards, particularly during the initial stages. We know that goals & aspirations should be meaningful to your life and attainable and realistic. Our therapists will help develop such plans by setting achievable targets at each counselling stage. Goals often provide a sense of purpose structure (daily routine) and improve confidence and self-esteem.

Family & Carers

Those who take care of people with ASD can also benefit from counselling. Making sacrifices to care for a loved one can lead to feelings of anxiety, stress, depression, and isolation. Counselling can provide helpful guidance and support on coping in the best way possible.

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Quality Assured

Our ASD Counselling Team is accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) (UKCP). We are bound by the ethical framework for good practice in counselling. We comply with the Data Protection Act

What causes autism?

  • Research indicates that genetics are involved in the vast majority of cases. 
  • Children born to older parents are at a higher risk for having autism. 
  • Parents who have a child with ASD have a 2 to 18 percent chance of having a second child who is also affected. 
  • Studies have shown that among identical twins, if one child has autism, the other will be affected about 36 to 95 percent of the time. In non-identical twins, if one child has autism, then the other is affected about 31 percent of the time.  
  • Over the last two decades, extensive research has asked whether there is any link between childhood vaccinations and autism. The results of this research are clear: Vaccines do not cause autism. 

 

Intervention and Supports 

 
  • Early intervention can improve learning, communication and social skills, as well as underlying brain development.  
  • Applied behavior analysis (ABA) and therapies based on its principles are the most researched and commonly used behavioral interventions for autism. 
  • Many children affected by autism also benefit from other interventions such as speech and occupational therapy. 
  • Developmental regression, or loss of skills, such as language and social interests, affects around 1 in 5 children who will go on to be diagnosed with autism and typically occurs between ages 1 and 3. 

Published information from Autism Speaks

Associated Challenges 

  • An estimated 40 percent of people with autism are nonverbal.  
  • 31% of children with ASD have an intellectual disability (intelligence quotient [IQ] <70) with significant challenges in daily function, 25% are in the borderline range (IQ 71–85). 
  • Nearly half of those with autism wander or bolt from safety.  
  • Nearly two-thirds of children with autism between the ages of 6 and 15 have been bullied. 
  • Nearly 28 percent of 8-year-olds with ASD have self-injurious behaviors. Head banging, arm biting and skin scratching are among the most common. 
  • Drowning remains a leading cause of death for children with autism and accounts for approximately 90 percent of deaths associated with wandering or bolting by those age 14 and younger. 

Associated Medical & Mental Health Conditions 

  • Autism can affect the whole body. 
  • Attention Deficient Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) affects an estimated 30 to 61 percent of children with autism. 
  • More than half of children with autism have one or more chronic sleep problems. 
  • Anxiety disorders affect an estimated 11 to 40 percent of children and teens on the autism spectrum. 
  • Depression affects an estimated 7% of children and 26% of adults with autism. 
  • Children with autism are nearly eight times more likely to suffer from one or more chronic gastrointestinal disorders than are other children. 
  • As many as one-third of people with autism have epilepsy (seizure disorder). 
  • Studies suggest that schizophrenia affects between 4 and 35 percent of adults with autism. By contrast, schizophrenia affects an estimated 1.1 percent of the general population. 
  • Autism-associated health problems extend across the life span – from young children to senior citizens. Nearly a third (32 percent) of 2 to 5 year olds with autism are overweight and 16 percent are obese. By contrast, less than a quarter (23 percent) of 2 to 5 year olds in the general population are overweight and only 10 percent are medically obese. 
  • Risperidone and aripiprazole, the only FDA-approved medications for autism-associated agitation and irritability. 

Caregivers & Families  

  • On average, autism costs an estimated $60,000 a year through childhood, with the bulk of the costs in special services and lost wages related to increased demands on one or both parents. Costs increase with the occurrence of intellectual disability. 
  • Mothers of children with ASD, who tend to serve as the child’s case manager and advocate, are less likely to work outside the home. On average, they work fewer hours per week and earn 56 percent less than mothers of children with no health limitations and 35 percent less than mothers of children with other disabilities or disorders. 

Autism In Adulthood  

  • Over the next decade, an estimated 707,000 to 1,116,000 teens (70,700 to 111,600 each year) will enter adulthood and age out of school based autism services. 
  • Teens with autism receive healthcare transition services half as often as those with other special healthcare needs. Young people whose autism is coupled with associated medical problems are even less likely to receive transition support. 
  • Many young adults with autism do not receive any healthcare for years after they stop seeing a pediatrician. 
  • More than half of young adults with autism remain unemployed and unenrolled in higher education in the two years after high school. This is a lower rate than that of young adults in other disability categories, including learning disabilities, intellectual disability or speech-language impairment. 
  • Of the nearly 18,000 people with autism who used state-funded vocational rehabilitation programs in 2014, only 60 percent left the program with a job. Of these, 80 percent worked part-time putting them well below the poverty level. 
  • Nearly half of 25-year-olds with autism have never held a paying job. 
  • Research demonstrates that job activities that encourage independence reduce autism symptoms and increase daily living skills. 

 

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For DisabilityPlus to make an NHS application for you based on your condition, we must satisfy specific criteria before making the NHS Application. 

The application for you must include one of the below disabilities or life-changing conditions.

  • Loss of Limb or Mobility
  • Long Term Medical or Physical Condition
  • Brain Injury or Concussion
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Osteogenesis Imperfecta
  • Sight Loss
  • Sudden Acquired Hearing Loss
  • Tinnitus or Vestibular 
  • Epilepsy
  • Grief 
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Self-Paid Services are available if you do not qualify for an NHS application with DisabilityPlus.

Relationship Counselling

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Standard counselling services generally help couples without additional issues such as physical, sensory & injuries.  

Using a specialist service means there will be no lost time trying to explain to the therapist the problems you and your partner have with coping with the specific situation.

LENS Neurofeedback Training

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We are proud to offer this specialist service.

In its most basic sense, LENS is training in self-regulation, a necessary part of optimal brain performance and function, allowing the nervous system to function more adaptively.

This result in greater relaxation, a sense of ease and improved emotional resilience. LENS neurofeedback is not diagnosis-specific. It is not a treatment for any specific condition. It is a generalised process that optimises brain function.

 

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Brain Injuries

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Our Traumatic Brain Injury Counselling Service supports people with their mental health, whether pre-existing issues have worsened or a new condition stemming from an accident or injury. 

Our specialist therapists understand the problems a brain injury can have on a person’s mental & emotional health.

Concussion

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Counselling for Concussions can help you avoid potential mental health issues such as panic attacks, depression, anxieties, substance abuse &, in extreme cases, self-harm & suicidal thoughts.

Your counsellor is trained to support people with mild to moderate brain injuries.

Autistic Spectrum

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The counsellor who supports you has expert knowledge & lived experiences of Autism.

Our treatment plans focus on how the varying degrees of Autism has affected your mental and emotional health.

Epilepsy

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You will be supported by a counsellor who has Epilepsy.

Specialist Epilepsy Counselling provides an essential place after taking the step to decide you want to speak with a counsellor; you must find someone that ‘fits’ you and your personality for the best possible outcome.

Dyslexia & Auditory Processing

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A counsellor with Dyslexia will support you with expert counselling.

Dyslexia & Auditory Processing may not be a mental illness, but its results can trigger mental illness. 

Spinal Cord Injury

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You will be supported by a counsellor who has spinal cord injuries.

Our Spinal Cord Injury Counselling Service supports you with your mental health, whether pre-existing issues have worsened or a new condition stemming from the spinal cord injury. 

Amputees

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Your therapist has an amputation or is a specialist which creates cultural understanding from the first session.

Using a specialist service who understand the problems of losing a limb first-hand could be the first step to your mental & emotional health recovery. 

Brittle Bones Counselling

You will be supported by a counsellor who has OI or you can choose a counsellor with a similar disability. 

Specialist Counselling can help you regain wellbeing and balance in your life.

Multiple Sclerosis

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You will be supported by a counsellor who has Multiple Sclerosis or you can choose a counsellor with a similar disability. 

MS Counselling gives you time and space to work through your problems. Therapy helps you gain a different perspective on problems and issues. 

Therapy provides a safe, non-judgemental and respectful environment. Counselling can help you regain well-being and balance in your life.

Cerebral Palsy

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You will be supported by a counsellor who has Cerebral Palsy or you can choose a counsellor with a similar disability. 

Counselling gives you time and space to work through your problems. 

Therapy helps you gain a different perspective on problems and issues. 

Muscular Dystrophy

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You will be supported by a counsellor who is disabled with a similar disability. 

Professional therapists who understand the complexity of muscular dystrophy.

Our treatment plans focus on how the varying degrees of Muscular Dystrophy has affected your mental and emotional health.

Arthritis Counselling

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You will be supported by a counsellor who has years of experience supporting people with Chronic Arthritis or you can choose a counsellor with a similar disability. 

Chronic Pain

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You will be supported by a counsellor who lives with chronic pain.

Chronic Pain Counselling & Psychotherapy delivers quality therapy for people who have issues caused by severe pain. 

Gradually Reducing or Sudden Acquired Hearing Loss

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Your therapist will have hearing loss with the lived experience of discrimination and frustration.

Therapy for people with differing levels of Hearing Loss, including Suddenly Acquired Deafness through a Medical Issue, age or Accident.

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BSL/Oral Counselling

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Your counsellor will be profoundly deaf, which creates cultural understanding from the first session.

Our deaf mental health counselling service addresses the core need for cultural understanding with a counsellor that understands the feelings of discrimination & lack of knowledge.

This service is for BSL & Oral Profoundly Deaf People 

Cochlear Implant Support

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You will be supported by a counsellor who has a cochlear implant

Our team use Spoken Word (oral), Lip Reading & Visual Gestures. 

We offer a live subtitle service if video sessions are selected. 

NHS Funding Facts

For DisabilityPlus to make an NHS application for you based on your condition, we must satisfy specific criteria before making the NHS Application. 

The application for you must include one of the below disabilities or life-changing conditions.

  • Loss of Limb or Mobility
  • Long Term Medical or Physical Condition
  • Brain Injury or Concussion
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Osteogenesis Imperfecta
  • Sight or Hearing Loss
  • Tinnitus or Vestibular 
  • Epilepsy
  • Grief 
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Self-Paid Services are available if you do not qualify for an NHS application with DisabilityPlus.

NHS England Applications

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SIGNHEALTH the Deaf charity is now delivering all NHS BSL Counselling Sessions. 

If you would still like to use our service there are Self-Pay options. 

Click the NHS Application button below to be directed to the Self-Referral form of SIGNHEALTH

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£ 85 Per Session
  • 3 Session Saver (paid in advance) £240 = £70
  • Each Session is 50 Minutes Duration
  • Secure Video Sessions
  • In-Person (ask for locations)

Vestibular Disorders

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Your counsellor who will support you has Vestibular Disorders and therefore can help you with expert knowledge and lived experiences.

Our team can help with qualified specialist mental health therapists who specialise in supporting people who have Vestibular Issues.

Tinnitus

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Your counsellor who will support you has Tinnitus and therefore can help you with expert knowledge and lived experiences.

Our team can help with qualified specialist mental health therapists who specialise in supporting people who have Tinnitus and Balance Issues.

Personal injuries

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The Personal Injury Team is hand-selected based on their expertise in supporting people post-injury.

We support you with emotional & mental health support following a significant personal injury.

Road Traffic Accidents

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RTA Mental Health Specialists support you when you are injured and may present additional issues such as physical, sensory or neurological problems.
Counselling can help you prevent possible longer-lasting symptoms.
 

Sight Loss Counselling

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Sight Loss Counselling can help you manage the impact of becoming blind or vision impaired with dignity and self-respect. 
 
We have blind & vision impaired therapists; this creates a robust platform for the counselling to be successful from the outset.
 

Assistance Dog Counselling

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The counsellor who supports you has been through the retirement and bereavement from previous assistance dogs. We can offer you a safe, empathic and authentic service where your emotions can be fully explored and accepted

Assistance Dogs

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Our assistance dog counselling service can help you get the support you deserve. Your counsellor will have an assistance dog and has lived through the feelings and emotions of loss and grief.

CODA Counselling

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You will be supported by a counsellor who is CODA. 

Our CODA Counselling Service (children or now adults) supports you with your mental & emotional health.

Our specialist therapists understand the problems a cross-culture can have on your mental & emotional health.

About us

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The core principle of the DisabilityPlus Counselling Services is cultural understanding for each person.
DisabilityPlus offers access to licensed, trained, experienced, and accredited Counsellors & Psychotherapists. 
The counselling team are hand-selected for each disability & injury.
We are passionate and compassionate professionals, driven by the mission of helping more people live a better and happier life every day.  
Our support is for individuals, carers & family members. 
You can start sessions by self-paying for an immediate start; we take professional organisation referrals & can apply for NHS funding for you.

Body Dysmorphia

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You will be supported by a counsellor who understands the complexity of living with body dysmorphia. 

Our therapists specialise in mental & emotional health-supporting your negative body image & perceptions. 

Chronic Fatigue (CFS)

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You will be supported by a counsellor who has Chronic Fatigue . Our specialist therapists can help you come to terms with living with CFS/ME & work through the mental health issues it creates. 

Our therapy service can increase your daily living standards

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