HELPING AUTISTIC ADULTS

Autism-informed
Therapy

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CUSTOMIZING OUR APPROACH TO MEET YOUR SENSORY NEEDS

Helping Autistic Adults to unmask and to have their needs met in a safe environment

What it means to be autistic is wildly misunderstood. In fact, we are sometimes found by individuals seeking autism treatment. However, autism is not something that needs to be “treated”. Using our approach, we aim to normalize and de-stigmatize what it means to be an autistic person. Additionally, we also customize our approach to create a safe space that assists in unmasking. Services are also offered to help with particular needs at no additional cost, such as access to session summaries if requested.

It is our goal to help you to understand your needs and to set up a life style that supports them. We can also help to connect you to other neurodivergent-informed practices as necessary to create a collaborative environment. This is subject to community availability.

HELPING TO UNMASK

Therapy in a Positive,
Supporting Environment

It’s not an overstatement to say that many autistic individuals find themselves masking in a variety of ways. The best way to describe masking is when an individual feels compelled to play up, or to play down their projected social image for the sake of blending-in. Long-term, masking can be harmful and promote autistic burnout resulting in a variety of issues. This is why we aim to help autistic individuals to unmask not just in therapy, but in their lives. We also understand that unmasking in some contexts can result in a feeling of lack of safety, so we are more than happy to support you in these moments.

At Unique Peace Counselling, we also understand that there is often a link between masking and social/emotional traumas. Using this knowledge, we can also offer explanations and support when masking is motivated by trauma. We may also recommend working with certain trauma-informed practitioners as the need arises, as not every therapist is equipped to work with every type of trauma.

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THERAPY APPROACHES THAT ARE NEURODIVERGENT-INFORMED

Different Types of tALK TherapIES TO SUPPORT AUTISTIC ADULTS

Client-Centered: Client-centered therapy is a talk therapy approach that aims to use the client’s lived experiences as sources of wisdom. These sources are then used to help clients to generate their own insights. We customize this approach by offering more guidance towards insights for those who need it, as we understand that sometimes recalling thoughts and feelings can be difficult.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT): Acceptance and commitment therapy aims to help clients to accept things on the outside their control (unpleasant thoughts, emotions, etc.) and to align with their core values through value-based action. This approach is helpful if your goal is to understand yourself better and to unmask more easily in some contexts. 

Solution-Focused Therapy: Depending on the unique needs of the individual, sometimes solution-focused therapy is best. Not all clients are seeking long-term, deep exploration of their thoughts, emotions and values and are instead seeking short-term fixes to specific problems. This approach is often more hands on and aims to support clients in coming up with their own solutions. We can also use our background knowledge of community resources to help you in your solution-seeking process.

Frequently Asked Questions

In the past, individuals believed that autism was a developmental disorder that led to a variety of different traits, such as fixations on specific routines, stimuli and interests. Today, we now see autism as naturally occurring variance in neurotype that brings it’s own strengths and setbacks when compared to the dominant neurotype. 

According to recent statistics, one in every 59 people are assessed as autistic. This number has been increasing as more is learnt about what it means to be autistic. This number is high enough that most of us have had an interaction with someone who is autistic (although we may not know it).

Generally speaking, if someone suspects that they are autistic, they can be assessed through a physician, a nurse practitioner, a psychiatrist or a a psychologist. However, because not everyone in these groups are trained to assess individuals as autistic, it can be difficult to seek an assessment. If you need help finding a specialist that can help in this area, feel free to reach out. Although we cannot assess you ourselves, we may have some leads in your area (subject to availability, results not guaranteed and the leads will not be associated with Unique Peace Counselling). 

 

This question is difficult to answer, as autism isn’t something that’s “caused”. Instead, current research suggests that autism is a natural variance in neurotype that leads individuals to experience the world differently. This means that an individual is autistic throughout their life, even though they may only be assessed later in life. Additionally, one’s chances of being autistic are higher if individuals in your family are neurodivergent, as neurotypes seem to be, at least in part, hereditary. 

 

 

 

Autistic individuals have the capability of feeling a lot in some situations (hypersensitivity) and not much in others (hyposensitivity), leading to different insights and perspectives compared to neurotypicals. However, this often means that autistic individuals are more likely to avoid situations where they’re exposed to a lot of things at once, such as crowds, chaotic environments, etc. In addition, some autistic adults may control their sensory exposure by maintaing habits and routine. Because of differences in sensory perception, autistic traits can look very different from person to person.

 

 

Overcome Mental & Emotional Health Challenges with
Kalon Roy, RP

Committed to Your Unique Needs

I am Kalon Roy, a registered psychotherapist since 2017. I work with individuals, couples, and families to address various mental and emotional health challenges. My approach focuses on understanding your unique situation rather than relying solely on a diagnosis. Through empathy and personalized treatment plans, I aim to tackle the roots of your problems and help you reach your goals.
Let’s determine your path together. Reach out today and let’s chat!