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Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is characterised by qualitative impairments in social communication and a restricted, repetitive pattern of behaviour, interests, or activities. There is a high prevalence of co-occurring mental health problems, particularly emotional disorders, in autistic people and the possibility of experiencing a mood disorder and/or an anxiety disorder at some point in their lives.

A NICE study (NICE, 2012) found that Autistic people may require adaptations to standard evidence-based psychological treatments to adequately meet their needs: these adaptations include an increased use of written and visual information, emphasising behaviour change over cognitive approaches, having well explained guidance and rules in therapy, involving a friend, family member or carer, having breaks, incorporating special interests and avoiding ambiguous use of language.

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We offer specifically adapted psychological therapy for adults on the Autism Spectrum. This may cover a range of issues, including understanding the differences between Autism and neurotypicals, skills development, stress management, depression, self-harm, anxiety, social anxiety, anger management, OCD, PTSD, sexuality and identity issues, relationships, understanding unwritten rules, building on strengths, career development, reasonable adjustments, student welfare, sleep problems, etc.

We can also offer couples or family therapy where one member of the family (or more) has a diagnosis of ASD.

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CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy)

Evidence based psychological interventions can be effective in the treatment of a range of common mental health problems in autistic people. Clinical interventions based on cognitive behavioural frame work have been the base for successful researches with a focus on anxiety highlighting the clinical effectiveness of adapted cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for common mental health problems in autistic adults.

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