Confronting the diagnosis of ASD in adulthood is profound and enlightening at the same time. This for yourself but also for your partner or other family members.
First, it is important to identify and address the positive effects. When applied correctly, these positive effects can help you as an adult in certain areas.
Through psychoeducation and talk therapy, initial work is done on acceptance of this enduring vulnerability. These conversations may take place, with your permission, in the presence of a confidant (partner, parent, close friend or person involved). Acceptance and awareness takes some time. So we give this the space it needs.
To enable social reciprocity, it is important to pay due attention to the emotional experience. This in yourself and then how to interpret them in others. In this way, you will initially learn to deal with your own emotions differently which will result in less frustration and anger. After this, we learn the behavior patterns that best fit it. At the same time, we make sure you learn how to evaluate, question and adjust your behavior and communication accordingly based on how people around you react to what you say or do.
Language is often understood literally by you. Facial expressions, body language and social cues often don’t work. Thinking in abstract terms is also often not easy for you. In terms of communication, this is a fairly technical matter in terms of therapy. We teach you how to have a conversation. Specific questions and answers. In particular, learning to verify that everything is well understood is part of the toolbox.
We pay ample attention to basic needs that all too often go unmet. Are we thinking of relationship, sex, friendship and so on. Together we will work to help you do this. On the one hand, you learn to develop the necessary skills to acquire what you need. On the other hand, we explore how it can practically have a place in your life.
We redefine identity and the positive attributes that help define it. In short, you will learn to get the best out of yourself!
In the workplace… Occupational problems are addressed with the greatest effectiveness in the workplace itself. For this, we move (as far as possible) to your workplace to work with real-life situations through a direct approach. These are identified, patterns are uncovered, communication skills are honed, and then very targeted work can be done to change behavior. Management, supervisors and close colleagues can be involved with your permission, so that your process can be supported as broadly as possible and your workplace no longer forms an obstacle, e.g. by adapting movement possibilities, variation in tasks and support in time management, planning, organization and administration.