Counselling for partners and families of people with AS/ASD

Due to the very nature of ASD or AS, communication and the emotional connection in close relationships will be effected. Counselling is designed to help with:
  • Understanding the differences between the person with ASD and those without
  • Understanding how these differences lead to misunderstandings, upsets, tension, frustration, anger and loneliness
  • Understanding the components of communication
  • Finding creative ways to improve communication
  • Improving the quality of intimate relating
  • Stress reduction
  • Dealing with emotional distress, grief and depression
  • Improving coping skills

Counselling for people who are themselves experiencing symptoms of AS/ASD can help make life easier in a number of ways:

  • Stress reduction
  • Dealing with ‘melt-downs’/stress/upsets
  • Coping with Sensory Processing Problems
  • Understanding the components of good communication
  • Improving your listening and communication skills
  • Managing time and money
  • Finding a balance between distance and closeness in relationships
  • Coping with issues around intimacy
  • Improving parenting skills
  • Understanding the needs of your loved ones
  • Better self-esteem and confidence socially
  • Gaining a better understanding of socially expected behaviours
  • Dealing with depression and anxiety

Counselling with both partners or several family members

Counselling can help with understanding of the differences in each other’s worlds and can help to ‘build bridges’. Because the methods of communication can be so different, new and creative ways to communicate are learned. New ways to identify and deal with emotions are explored. A range of issues which may be of concern are worked through. For example, there may be issues around household chores, parenting, money, time management, and/or sexuality.

A formal diagnosis of ASD/AS can be helpful, but is not required for my approach.