Simply put: You are not broken – this is just how your brain works.
Unfortunately, being on the spectrum does not make you immune to other behavioral health concerns that anyone (including neurotypicals) might seek the help of a therapist. It may mean, however, that run-of-the-mill talk therapy may not be a good fit for you.
Specifically, if you are on the spectrum, you might struggle with anxiety, depressive, and/or substance abuse disorders that further complicate your interpersonal interactions and connection to the larger community. These are perfectly good reasons to see a therapist but means that a therapist needs to tailor the sessions to address your specific relational difficulties versus applying a rote intervention for anyone with ASD. Although you have an ASD, you are not like everyone else with the same condition.
Maybe you’ve tried therapy before and found it frustrating. Likely you saw a skilled therapist, but one that was not knowledgeable or comfortable working with those on the autism spectrum. You have feelings but likely are not able to articulate or respond to them as others expect. Realizing a benefit from your work with a psychotherapist can be challenging simply because the therapist is expecting you to have insight into your feelings and experiences that is inaccessible.
Aspergers and ASD conditions are best seen and understood simply as a neurological difference – a condition that presents relational difficulties that those having the condition, and those who care about them, have to accommodate versus trying to cure. When working with anyone, including those with Aspergers/ASD, our focus is always on helping clients gain comfort and confidence in being their true selves, not who they think they are expected to be.
How can Therapy Help?
At PeoplePsych we focus on understanding who you are and how you function. We then tailor our approach to how you function in the relationship. From this perspective, we work with you to resolve the issues that bring you to us.
Through our work, you should notice an alleviation of the issues that brought you to us as well as:
- Expanded emotional awareness
- Increased resilience
- Increased insight and self-acceptance
- Increased empathy for self and others
- More effective communication with others
- Expanded feelings of connectedness with self and others