Specialist

Mental Health Counselling for People with Autism

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Specialist

Mental Health Counselling for People with Autism

Your Service

Mental Health Counselling for People with Autism

Psychotherapists with years of expertise supporting people with Autism.

Free Funding Applications, Self-Pay, Employment & Professional Organisations Referrals.

Affordable, Professional Disability Focused Therapy from Any Device. Text, Chat & Video.

Convenient, Discreet, Professional Online Therapy Anytime, Anywhere.

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Specialist

Mental Health Counselling for People with Autism

Your Service

Mental Health Counselling for People with Autism.

Psychotherapists with years of expertise supporting people with Autism.

Free Funding Applications, Self-Pay, Employment & Professional Organisations Referrals.

Affordable, Professional Disability Focused Therapy from Any Device. Text, Chat & Video.

Convenient, Discreet, Professional Online Therapy Anytime, Anywhere.

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Your Service

Your Service

Mental Health Counselling for people on the Autistic Spectrum

Psychotherapists with years of expertise supporting people with Autism.

Free Funding Applications, Self-Pay, Employment & Professional Organisations Referrals.

Affordable, Professional Disability Focused Therapy from Any Device. Text, Chat & Video.

Convenient, Discreet, Professional Online Therapy Anytime, Anywhere.

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Psychological Support

We can help you with your emotional & mental health; our therapists work with people on the autistic spectrum who have varying degrees of Autism. The therapy focuses on assisting you to overcome various psychological barriers.

Our team understands that living with ASD can be difficult, but we know it can be manageable. Our treatment plans focus on helping you think more clearly & gain a purpose.

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Psychological Support

We can help you with your emotional & mental health; our therapists work with people on the autistic spectrum who have varying degrees of autism. The therapy focuses on assisting you to overcome various psychological barriers.

Our team understands that living with Autism can be difficult, but we know it can be manageable. Our treatment plans focus on helping you think more clearly & gain a purpose.

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Therapy

If you feel you have autistic traits, you may see the world differently than most people. Perhaps, you feel uncomfortable being yourself in social or work settings. These feelings can complicate life, leaving you overwhelmed.

Thoughts

  • 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

If you have answered these questions & feel it broadly describes how you think and act, mental health counselling for autism may be a great place to start to move forward healthily and confidently.

Therapy

If you feel you have autistic traits, you may see the world differently than most people. Perhaps, you feel uncomfortable being yourself in social or work settings. These feelings can complicate life, leaving you overwhelmed.

Thoughts

  • 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

If you have answered these questions & feel it broadly describes how you think and act, mental health counselling for autism may be a great place to start to move forward healthily and confidently.

Therapy

If you feel you have autistic traits, you may see the world differently than most people. Perhaps, you feel uncomfortable being yourself in social or work settings. These feelings can complicate life, leaving you overwhelmed.

Thoughts

  • 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

If you have answered these questions & feel it broadly describes how you think and act, mental health counselling for autism may be a great place to start to move forward healthily and confidently.

Mental Health

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 bullying and trauma’s effect on your life.

Whatever brings you to therapy, our counselling for people with autism team can help you thrive and feel comfortable in your skin.

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. Our therapists will help develop such plans by setting achievable targets at each counselling stage. Goals often provide a sense of purpose and structure (daily routine) and improve confidence and self-esteem.

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Mental Health

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 bullying and trauma’s effect on your life.

Whatever brings you to therapy, our counselling for people with autism team can help you thrive and feel comfortable in your skin.

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. Our therapists will help develop such plans by setting achievable targets at each counselling stage. Goals often provide a sense of purpose and structure (daily routine) and improve confidence and self-esteem.

Mental Health

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 bullying and trauma’s effect on your life.

Whatever brings you to therapy, our counselling for people with autism team can help you thrive and feel comfortable in your skin.

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. Our therapists will help develop such plans by setting achievable targets at each counselling stage. Goals often provide a sense of purpose and structure (daily routine) and improve confidence and self-esteem.

Funding Options

Referrals

Our Counselling for people on the autistic spectrum referrals cater for all types of requirements; you can contact us directly for more information or complete a self-referral form to move to the next step. We reply to you within 24 hours, Monday to Friday.

NHS Applications

Counselling People on the Autistic Spectrum Applications for Free NHS Funding

You firstly Self-Refer by using this link:  NHS Self-Referral

Once you have completed the form, you will be asked to attend a free counselling session; this session helps us make an application for you.

No NHS application is guaranteed to be successful; we do, though, support most NHS regions in the UK.

A typical timescale to start the sessions is 12 weeks from the date of the assessment session.

Please let us know if you have any questions by contacting us on the form below this section.

Profesional Organisations

We support many organisations with Spina Bifida Counselling including solicitors, and employment support all the way through to smaller organisations that need support.

Contact us to find out more.

Self-Pay Plans

Counselling Sessions are 50 minutes long and booked in advance.

We offer self-pay plans, including pay-by-session & saver packs where you can buy groups of 6 sessions at reduced price points.

Single Session – £50

6 Session Saver – £240 (£40)

Please contact us if you are in financial difficulties.

 

Mixed Plans

Being a major service, we can offer Counselling for people on the autistic spectrum with a mixed plan. This means you can start paying privately & then if or when funding comes in you can switch to a funded counselling model.

Contact us to find out more

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Email

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Head Office Address

DisabilityPlus House, 25 Pembroke Avenue

Hersham, KT12 4NT

 

 

 

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General Information

Cause & Interventions

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 of having autism.
  • Parents who have a child with ASD have a 2 to 18% chance of having a second child who is also affected.
  • Studies have shown that if one child has autism among identical twins, the other will be affected about 36 to 95% of the time. In non-identical twins, if one child has autism, the other is concerned about 31% 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 precise: Vaccines do not cause autism.

 

Intervention and Supports 

  • Early intervention can improve learning, communication and social skills, and underlying brain development.
  • Applied behaviour analysis (ABA) and therapies based on its principles are the most researched and commonly used behavioural 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

Autism and understanding the emotions of other people

An autistic person may find it hard to understand the emotions of other people.

Emotions are interpreted by subtle messages sent by facial expression, eye contact and body language. These are often missed or misinterpreted by an autistic person. Because of this, autistic people might be mistakenly perceived as being rude or unfeeling.

Autistic people may find it difficult to understand how others perceive their behaviour.

Partners of autistic people

Some autistic people will successfully maintain relationships. However, like most relationships, there are challenges.

An adult’s diagnosis of autism often follows their child’s diagnosis of autism or that of another relative. This ‘double whammy’ can be extremely distressing to the partner who has to cope simultaneously with both diagnoses. Mental health counselling for autism, or joining a support group where they can talk with other people who face the same challenges, can be helpful.

An autistic partner, like any partner, will have strengths and weaknesses when it comes to relationships. A non-autistic partner may find that there are communication breakdowns, such as misunderstandings or finding that your partner is not able to predict your feelings. An autistic partner may need routine, order and time to pursue their hobbies.

Relationship counselling with a counsellor or psychologist experienced in working with autistic people can assist couples to develop strategies and communicating more effectively with each other.

Associated Challenges
  • An estimated 40% 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, and 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 6 and 15 have been bullied.
  • Nearly 28% of 8-year-olds with ASD have self-injurious behaviours. 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% of deaths associated with wandering or bolting by those aged 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% 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% of children and teens on the autism spectrum.
  • Depression affects approximately 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% of adults with autism. By contrast, schizophrenia affects an estimated 1.1% of the general population.
  • Autism-associated health problems extend across the life span – from young children to senior citizens. Nearly a third (32%) of 2 to 5-year-olds with autism are overweight, and 16% are obese. By contrast, less than a quarter (23%) of 2 to 5-year-olds in the general population are overweight, and only 10% are medically obese.
  • Risperidone and aripiprazole are 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 tend to serve as the child’s case manager and advocate and are less likely to work outside the home. On average, they work fewer hours per week and earn 56% less than mothers with no health limitations and 35% 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 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 healthcare for years after they stop seeing a paediatrician.
  • More than half of young adults with autism remain unemployed and unenrolled in higher education two years after high school. This is a lower rate than young adults in other disability categories, including learning disabilities, intellectual disability or speech-language impairment.
  • Of people with autism who used state-funded vocational rehabilitation programs in 2014, only 60% left the program with a job. Of these, 80% 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 encouraging independence reduce autism symptoms and increase daily living skills.

 

For more information on Autism, please press this link for the NHS website.