Integrative Psychotherapeutic Approaches to Autism Spectrum Conditions: Working with Hearts of Glass (Paperback)David Moat (author)
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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.
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers
Number of pages: 160
Weight: 244 g
Dimensions: 227 x 154 x 11 mm
I have been influenced by David's words and methods for many years. He clearly 'gets' autism. This book provides a plethora of ideas which put autism at the centre of the approach. I will certainly be using this very valuable book in my work. -- Sarah Hendrickx, author and specialist consultant and trainer in autism and Asperger syndrome
David has produced an excellent volume related to the psychotherapeutic support of individuals with autism. A wide-ranging text written in an extremely sensitive and informative manner, this is an excellent introduction to possible ways of working with autistic individuals. -- Dr Luke Beardon, Senior Lecturer in Autism, The Autism Centre, Sheffield Hallam University
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