Treatment for Individuals with High Functioning Autism (Huntington, NY)
Being on the spectrum can be difficult a lot of the time. You have difficulties with social interactions, emotions, and anxiety. You feel like no one understands you and that they never will. Social gathering or interactions might be incredibly difficult because you just don't know what to say.
Maybe you feel like it's easier to be on your own, because it can be incredibly uncomfortable to be around others. They may not understand you and you may not understand them! You sometimes make mistakes about people’s intentions and other times you just blank our and don't know what to say.
"Why is this so difficult?" you think to yourself.
You can live your life the way you want…
Yes, being on the spectrum means that your brain works a little bit different, and yes, it can feel overwhelming sometimes. But imagine having better coping strategies. Imagine learning the skills you need to socialize with others and feeling like you have so much to offer (because you do!). You feel more confident in social situations, you know how to cope when something unexpected happens. You've learned to be more flexible and you feel so proud of yourself.
How to get there...
With some hard work, and guidance you’ll be able to get there. Just know you’re not in this alone and that learning new skills is not going to change your personality… it’ll just change the way you do things to help you start feeling more comfortable in a variety of situations. During therapy you can expect to learn:
How to cope with uncertainty
How to make friends and keep them
How to engage others in conversations
How to advocate for yourself
How to live a life that is true to you
Meeting a therapist for the first time can be somewhat scary, but I want you to know that you're not alone. I have helped many individuals like you get to a place where they feel more comfortable and more engaged with others. I know change is hard, but I know that you are capable!
Ready to chat and see if I’m the right therapist for you? Set up a FREE 20 minute phone consultation to make sure we’re a good fit!
How does therapy look different for individuals who have social learning
disorders (Autism and ADHD)?
I know that your brain thinks differently and this is totally okay! I make sure that you understand so I'll teach you things in a variety of ways. I make sure that I try to be as concrete as possible. I also make sure to provide a lot of visuals as I know that it's sometimes easier for you. If you need, I will often send you what we've learned about by email so you can practice at home.
How long does therapy last?
This depends on you. I have had some people who come in wanting to learn a certain skill. They learn it, and they're on their way! Others will sometimes need more support. Everyone is different and that is totally okay.
What can I expect from therapy?
I make sure that I am aware of how your neurodiversity affects you. I am also very empathetic about what your experiences are like as I know that it can be difficult. My sessions will usually depends on what your needs are, but some of the things I teach are social emotional skills, understanding your anxiety, flexibility, and making and keeping friends. Most of my sessions are VERY skills based, as I believe this is something a lot of neurodivergent individuals need. So you will always learn something from our sessions. I can't wait to meet you! But if you have any questions, send me a message below!