Asperger's Treatment 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, wherewithal and confidence to feel good being themselves! We also help individuals to better communicate their unique needs to others.

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 autistic or Asperger's is to help lessen the stress caused by living in a neurotypically designed world by improving confidence, getting relationship accommodations, and through improving stressful environments!

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Improve Communication, Confidence & More

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

While it’s true that people with Asperger’s are often misunderstood, we aim to create a space 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 in a clear way. 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.

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 which is no longer officially diagnosed. Today, individuals see Asperger's as a different neurotype, rather than a diagnosis to be treated. Even though it's no longer diagnosed, many still identify with the diagnosis, however. It is often characterized with niche interests and an adherence to routine.

"Individuals who are Asperger’s often exhibit difficulties with sensory reception and social interaction. Common Asperger’s syndrome traits include: Different Communication Styles, Fixation on Patterns and Routines, Differences in Grasping Nonverbal Communication, Trouble Identifying and Expressing Emotions and Limited Range of Interests.

According to the Chief Public Health Officer in Canada, approximately 1 in every 66 children and youth are diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome in Canada. Today, most are being diagnosed 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 those with Asperger’s to feel more confident and empowered.

While there is no single cause of Asperger’s Syndrome, experts believe that it stems from a difference in neurotype that comes with its own share of strengths and limitations.

Those with Asperger's can exhibit traits from birth. Often, due to wide differences in presenting traits, individuals can go undiagnosed, especially in the case of women (who are often misdiagnosed with personality disorders) or those with other interlinked mental health diagnoses. Today, more and more individuals are getting an early diagnosis as autism continues to be popularized and a part of social awareness.