Acceptance and Commitment Therapy / Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
Raising children is one of the most wonderful, privileged jobs that we can encounter during our lifetime. However it is also one of the most stressful. Alongside the everyday stressors of raising children, raising and caring for a child or young person with Autism, alongside navigating a difficult assessment and legal process, can sometimes feel quite isolating, exhausting and worrying. Unfortunately the assessment and diagnosis process can often put huge amounts of mental and emotional strain on parents and also on relationships. Once a child has received a diagnosis, some parents are not provided with adequate support and this can leave them feeling anxious about what the future may hold or how to acquire the right support for their child and what this may look like.
Whilst Applied Behaviour Analysis is the only scientifically validated treatment for children with Autism that is shown to lead to good prospect of progress, it is also often beneficial for parents to receive therapy/ counselling in order to help them address and talk about any emotional difficulties or painful worries that they are experiencing.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy are both scientifically shown to have a positive effect in helping people to work through painful thoughts/ worries/ emotions or people experiencing mental health concerns, such as anxiety and depression.
How can I access psychological support?
1 – Some areas offer an IAPT service (Adult Improving Access to Psychological Therapies Programme) whereby you can request psychological therapy through your GP or even self refer in certain places. http://www.nhs.uk/Service-Search/Psychological%20therapies%20%28IAPT%29/LocationSearch/10008
2 – Private psychologists qualified in ACT/ CBT may be able to offer therapy sessions either in person or via Skype. It is possible to look for a psychologist trained in ACT using this link:
Autism Fledglings can personally highly recommend Psychotherapist Beverly Coghlan whom offers sessions via Skype:
3 – There are online courses and also books that might be useful, in addition to working with a qualified psychologist. These include:
4 – Mindfulness exercises are often combined with ACT/CBT