Individual Counseling for Those on the Spectrum
Do you, or your loved one, experience depression, anxiety, inability to focus on important tasks, disorganization, or low self-esteem? These and other mental health challenges commonly occur with autism spectrum disorders. OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder), suicidal thoughts, attention deficit disorder, and learning disabilities are also often seen in individuals on the spectrum. Individual counseling is a recommended treatment method (along with medication, when indicated) for a wide range of mental health problems.
Coaching can help you master the challenges of daily living, such as understanding the “neurotypical” social world, maintaining friendships, and organizing your time to achieve your goals. With coaching from a mental health professional who understands autism spectrum disorders you will have the comfort knowing that the stress, anxiety, and depression you may be experiencing will be treated, as well.
One of the greatest challenges of those on the autism spectrum is navigating the NT/neurotypical world. The majority of people are neurotypical, but there is still a large number of people on the spectrum. Unfortunately, being in the minority can put a lot of pressure on the Aspie to conform to neurotypical ways. Learning about how NT’s think and behave can help navigate social situations such as work parties, communicating with the boss and coworkers, going to parties of peers, and even mundane shopping trips.
Individual counseling is generally most effective on a weekly basis, with regular, one-hour sessions, although we can discuss how best to meet your needs. Please contact us at our office in Bothell if you would like to make an appointment or discuss how we can help you.