People on the autism spectrum often present with symptoms indicating poor self-awareness or hyper-awareness, low self-esteem, depression and difficulty connecting with others. Treatment which relies on medical and behavioural views of autism risks ignoring emotional factors. This book demonstrates that counselling and emotional support is not only possible for people on the autism spectrum, but essential.
David Moat describes the impact of autism on emotional perception and regulation, and looks at how various therapeutic principles can helpfully be applied to address these issues. He identifies strategies for dealing with common emotional difficulties, including anxiety, anger and depression, as well as techniques for aiding relaxation. Specific approaches to use as part of holistic care are described, including play therapy, the use of imagery and story-making, hypnotherapy, intensive interaction, Neuro-Linguistic Programming, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and positive psychology.
This is essential reading for all those working therapeutically with people on the autism spectrum, including counsellors, therapists and psychologists, as well as parents.
David Moat is an Integrative Psychotherapist with over twenty-six years' experience of working with individuals on the autism spectrum. He is a past joint-chair of The Confederation of Service Providers for People with Autism (CoSPPA) and has been a registered team leader in the Autism Accreditation Programme. He currently lives and practices psychotherapy in Cambridge, UK, where he is Initial Treatment Consultant at the Integrated Autism Clinic.
Introduction. 1. Acknowledged, Accepted and Embraced. 2. Integrative Psychotherapeutic Principles. 3. ...and Breathe! 4. Social Coaching. 5. Goals and Targets. 6. Beyond Words. 7. Using Play and Creativity in Therapy. 8. Hypnotherapeutic Techniques. 9. Imagery and Story-making. 10. Anger. 11. Anxiety. 12. Loss and Bereavement. 13. Positive Life Planning. 14. New Developments. Appendix: Historical Influences on Psychotherapy for Autism. Bibliography. Further Reading. Index.