Working with Autism

 

Perceiving and thinking about the world differently means that a person on the autism spectrum has unique strengths and capacities. However, feeling different and managing the complexities of living in an increasingly busy world can also be very challenging.

 

Living on the spectrum can impact on a person’s capacity for social communication, their self-esteem, identity, ability to form relationships, ability to regulate emotions, ability to cope with change, and ability to pursue and maintain education and employment goals. Many people on the spectrum experience higher levels of anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive behaviours and some develop eating disorders. 

I work with individuals, couples and families who live with autism spectrum conditions, including Asperger's syndrome. I help individuals navigate the daily challenges that come with living on the spectrum, as well as recognising and developing their strengths. I also work with couples and families to develop a shared understanding of the experience of living on the autism spectrum. 

 

Therapy can help to:

  • Develop a greater understanding of yourself and your relationships

  • Couples and families can develop a shared understanding of their experience of living with autism.

  • Explore the experience of contemplating, awaiting or coming to terms with a diagnosis of autism.

  • Develop a self-care plan to lessen stress and anxiety and increase a sense of ease and well-being

  • Explore ways to cope with change and transitions (e.g, moving from primary to secondary school)

  • Explore ways to navigate the challenges of adolescence 

  • Improve self-esteem and confidence 

  • Discover and develop strengths and abilities

  • Identify supports and resources

Address:     2 Rathgar Avenue, Rathgar, Dublin 6

Email:         sueswantherapy@gmail.com

Telephone: 0872904486