Autism Diagnostic Research Centre
Tel: 023 8020 2631

Post-diagnosis

Introduction

The ADRC clinical team became increasingly aware of the need for a post-diagnostic service that can offer specialist input for individuals with a diagnosis of ASD. With this in mind, ADRC has complemented its assessment and diagnostic service and can now offer both adapted Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Relationship Counselling.

Relationship Counselling

Our counsellor adopts a humanistic approach to counselling, drawing on techniques and strategies from CBT, Gestalt and Person-centred therapies as necessary. Using a combination of approaches along with knowledge and experience of ASD counselling sessions can be tailored to meet the needs of each individual in the best possible way.

The aims of the counselling are to:

help an individual understand and address some of the difficulties experienced growing up with ASD,

  • gain a greater understanding of self and how ASD is affecting both self and interaction with others,
  • raise awareness to reactions to gain valuable insight into self and gain a deeper understanding of living with ASD,
  • explore aspects of human behaviour, how these are interpreted and alternative thoughts and responses,
  • explore relationships with family and peers,
  • explore how the individual reacts to events and situations and the impact this has on self and ultimately how the individual then responds to others,
  • gain an understanding of strengths within the work place and strategies to manage work place differences,
  • help manage the anxiety experienced in particular circumstances,
  • develop anxiety management strategies and how to put these into practice,
  • enable an individual to become more confident in managing anxiety should it return, and
  • focus on the future and coping strategies to support the individual once the counselling has ended.