Asperger's Support with a Qualified Therapist

Although Asperger's Syndrome is no longer diagnosed, many still identify and seek out support using the diagnosis. Today, Asperger's Syndrome has been absorbed into the umbrella diagnosis of of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), primarily to avoid the use of ableist language. If you identify with the diagnosis, don't worry! We provide a safe and caring therapeutic environment, regardless of how anyone identifies!

At Unique Peace Counselling, we focus exclusively on helping teens and adults find their way in the world, enabling clients with the tools and confidence needed to reach their goals! We also help individuals to communicate their unique needs to others as necessary.

Our research and hands-on counselling experience puts us in a position to help the people we meet, passing on guidance that is proven and tested to be effective. Our goal working with those that identify as Asperger's is to help lessen the stress caused by living in a neurotypically designed world. This is done by improving confidence, seeking relationship accommodations, and changing stressful environments.

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Improve Communication, Confidence & More

We not only work with Asperger adults, but we welcome the presence and participation of their family, friends and/or partners. Our experience has shown that talk therapy can greatly improve these relationships as understanding builds, and love emerges!

While it’s true that Asperger people are often misunderstood, we aim to create a space that's neurodivergent-affirming, where they can feel understood and begin to feel safe showing their true colours!

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What Types of Therapy Work Well with Asperger’s Syndrome?

Therapy can help Asperger individuals to better process their and others' emotions, deepen self-understanding, reduce stress and explain their needs to others. Several types of therapy that are used alongside Asperger's include:

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

CBT is a common type of talk therapy that’s used to help Asperger individuals to better understand their thoughts in a structured and homework-based way. For those that don't like the idea of homework, or for those that want a stronger focus on the therapeutic relationship, Client-Centered Therapy is recommended instead. In order to make this approach more neurodivergent-friendly, tasks are edited to make room for particular sensitivities.

Client-Centered Therapy

Asperger individuals can greatly benefit from Client-Centered Therapy, as it focuses on using a deep therapeutic relationship to help clients grow. A large emphasis is placed on building a collaborative relationship early so that a knowledgeable therapist can help connect you with any goals that you may have. This approach is traditionally done over a longer-term basis when compared to CBT.

Solution-Focused Therapy

Like CBT, Solution-Focused Therapy is traditionally a shorter form of therapy. Unlike advice giving, solution-focused therapists aim to help you come up with your own ways to reach your goals, as this way the lessons you learn are likely to stick around longer. This treatment can benefit Asperger individuals if they are coming in for short-term support, such as needing help completing a particular task.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Asperger’s syndrome was previously seen as a developmental disorder. Today, more and more people see Asperger's as a natural variance in neurotype, rather than a separate diagnosis to be treated. Even though it's no longer diagnosed, many still identify with the diagnosis, however.

Individuals who are Asperger’s often experience differences in sensory reception. Common Asperger’s Syndrome traits include: Different Communication Styles, A Preference for Patterns and Routines, Differences in Interpreting Nonverbal Communication, Differences in Identifying and Expressing Emotions and Generally a More Niche Range of Interests.

According to the Chief Public Health Officer in Canada, approximately 1 in every 66 children and youth were previously diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome in Canada. Today, most are being assessed under the larger umbrella term of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Working with a qualified therapist can greatly increase self-esteem, energy levels and self-expression, which can enable someone who is Asperger’s to feel more confident and empowered.

Asperger’s is believed to be a natural variance in neurotype that is present throughout one's life.

Asperger's is not a mental health condition that suddenly manifests. Instead, it it a natural variance in neurotype that is present throughout one's life. Often, due to wide differences in presenting traits, individuals may go unassessed throughout their lives, however. Today, more and more individuals are getting an early assessment as autism continues to be a part of the social narrative.