Psychotherapy & Assessments
During this unprecedented time, we provide psychotherapy to help treat a broad range of mental health-related concerns. These could be overwhelming emotions of worry and stress; or could be the immense feelings of loneliness and withdrawal. We specialize in the diagnoses and therapy for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders, Asperger's Syndrome, and Attention-Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder.
Email our admin directly to check what group programs are available at the moment. Availabilities depend on individuals' enrolment. You may wish to consider individual therapy first. It is always better to learn about yourself before starting a group program.
Individuals on the Autism spectrum and their partners may experience more conflict than neurotypical couples, for many reasons. What is Empathy? What is Love? How do neurodivergent individuals demonstrate both? Theories that explore into this dynamic include the Double Empathy problem, and many others.
Our work is to build around mutual understanding and skills to improve the quality of relationship and communication between neurodivergent individuals and their partners.
ASD is a neurodevelopmental disorder. ASD individuals' experiences of difficulties are different to those who do not have the condition. But in itself, the severity of ASD is presented on spectrum. For example, a younger individual with ASD may struggle with more social and communication problems than older individuals. An adolescent on the spectrum may have trouble organizing school work, concentration and managing emotions. Adults on the spectrum, on the other hand, may suffer with Executive Functioning (EF) deficits in which they struggle with relationships, rigid thinking, and Working Memory (WM).
It gets more complex when there are comorbid conditions such as ADHD, and Bipolar Disorder.
According to the Family Systems Theory (Murray Bowen, Psychiatrist), the family unit is a complex social system in which members interact to influence each other's behavior.
"Families so profoundly affect their members’ thoughts, feelings, and actions that it often seems as if people are living under the same “emotional skin.” People solicit each other’s attention, approval, and support and react to each other’s needs, expectations, and upsets. The connectedness and reactivity make the functioning of family members interdependent. A change in one person’s functioning is predictably followed by reciprocal changes in the functioning of others."
Kerr, Michael E. “One Family’s Story: A Primer on Bowen Theory.” The Bowen Center for the Study of the Family. 2000. .
It is therefore very important to understand and work with the individual's family within therapy.
Cognitive assessments and learning ability assessments are often requested by schools to ensure the best possible learning outcome of students. With years of experience working in a the school system, we, as Educational Psychologists, provide Department of Education-Approved, professional psychoeducational assessment services. We understand both the needs and criteria from a School Student Wellbeing Staff's point of view, and from the individual's and family's point of view, as a private practitioner.