ADULT MENTAL HEALTH
Adult Autism Support
Offering support and therapy for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
We offer confidential, caring & professional support for adults dealing with autism
Free initial consultations within 24 hours
ASD in Adults
Around 700,000 individuals affected by ASD
ASD is a lifelong neurodevelopmental condition that affects a person’s communication and how they relate to others and the world around them. Autism can also affect a person’s behaviour, cognitive processing, and attention.
Although symptoms of Autism usually show in early childhood some individuals do not receive a diagnosis until much later in life and in some stances may have been misdiagnosed.
Autism can go misdiagnosed in childhood
This can create unexpected challenges moving into adult life
We empower our clients by helping them understand
Through a compassionate and understanding approach
Understanding your condition
The effect of ASD will vary from person to person
Autism is described as a spectrum disorder; this means it can range in severity for each individual. There are many different terms that can be used to describe an individual on the Autism Spectrum such as high-functioning, low-functioning, atypical and pervasive developmental disorder.
The important thing to remember is that no two people with Autism are the same and their condition will vary in severity and impact on their life.
Getting help to manage your condition
No label or diagnosis can tell you exactly the challenges each individual will face in their life
We strongly believe that although diagnosis can be an important step it is also helpful to work with those with ASD to better understand these personal challenges and to assess needs on a case by case basis.
Although ASD is not an illness or a medical problem that can be cured, we work to help each person understand and manage their condition in a way that they are able to reduce interference and increase the quality of their life, building on areas where there may be cognitive and behavioural deficits to help build a better and brighter future.
Mental Health and Autism
If you have ASD you are more likely to suffer from a mental health condition
Those on the autism Spectrum are more likely to have a mental health condition than the general population, however unfortunately these concerns can often be overlooked. It is important to address these issues early on if you can, so that you get the right support and treatment. Two common mental health conditions are anxiety and depression:
Anxiety disorders are common for those on the Autism Spectrum, it’s thought that there is a higher vulnerability to stress because of biological differences and social difficulties may contribute to low self-esteem and heightened responses to apparent threats that may not always be proportionate. Particularly changes in routine and environments can often trigger the onset of stress-based responses and affect the persons ability to cope and function, overtime this can also then can also lead to depression and other
Most people will experience times of feeling sad or low, however when theses feelings persist and get in the way of managing daily life it may be a period of depression. Not only are people with autism more likely to experience depression it can be hard to seek help. It can be challenging to find help and speak to professionals; it may be that this causes stress and that they could be worried that it will not be taken seriously or that they might be blamed. It may also be difficult to communicate experiences and describe symptoms.
Mental health conditions can get overlooked
Addressing these issues allows you to get the right support
How we can help
Specialist help for ASD
Autism & Mental Health Assessment
Getting to know you and understanding your needs
A part of your initial assessment you will talk in detail about how you manage your diagnosed or suspected ASD condition, any challenges you have and then look at what your needs are currently. During your initial assessment we will also ask you about your mental health and explore any concerns you have. Treatment options will be explained and you will be encouraged to take some time to consider if you like to move forward with any recommendations.
Initial Autism Screening
Finding a way forward whatever your circumstances
If you do not have an official Autism diagnosis we will be able to book a screening appointment where we can assess if you meet the criteria to get an official Autism Diagnosis. We can either assist you to then get an official diagnosis or offer you treatment based on a working diagnosis. Your views are always paramount when making decisions about your next steps and treatment.
Therapy & Crisis Support
Tailored treatment options to suit you
We offer long and short term therapy options depending on what you need and the outcome of the assessment. These appointments will help you to further explore your condition, process anxiety, manage difficult emotions build healthy thinking styles and work towards any treatment goals you have identified.
We are able to offer emergency appointments and phone support in times of crisis.
Drug & Alcohol Treatment
We have experience working with ASD
If you have any concerns about drug or alcohol use we will be able to ensure that you receive support in this area too. Our drug and alcohol team have experience working with a range of individuals with different conditions including ASD. We work with both harm reduction and abstinence strategies depending on what your goals are.
Building strong and helpful relationships
We are able to support family members and friends when it would be beneficial for you. It may be helping them to understand your condition and how that impacts you or it can be teaching strategies to them to help you manage your condition. Your therapist will also be able to help both you and family members address any communication problems or interpersonal conflict. Confidentiality remains a priority and information is only disclosed to family memebers with your consent.