Families often have to go through a period of major adjustment following a diagnosis of ASD. It can take quite a long time to get a diagnosis and, when it comes, parents can feel overwhelmed and confused over how to go about supporting their child. Many come to feel they have no control of their daily lives..
This is where counselling can help.
Counselling provides a safe space where you can share your emotions without feeling judged. This helps you process both the ASD diagnosis and your expectations of raising a child with the condition.
It is important you do not neglect your own needs while looking after your autistic child. You may feel a myriad of feelings and have no time to process them. Counselling can be the time and place where you learn not only to self-care but also the techniques and skills you need to help you manage and live with your child's ASD.
Fiona Goodwin-Lynch founded Butterfly Counselling after realising, with many years of experience, there was a lack of counselling services in the north east for families with ASD and other neurodevelopmental differences especially for parents / carers. She saw first-hand, when working with children and young people with ASD and other neurodevelopmental differences the daily challenges parents / carers faced. These challenges were not only when their child or young person received a diagnosis but also while they were waiting for a diagnosis.
Fiona began to offer parenting sessions and found that she received extremely positive feedback from parents. Much of the feedback from parents / carers said that the parenting sessions provided a safe space for parents to explore their thoughts, feelings and behaviours and that this brought stability back into their family.
Butterfly Counselling is passionate about providing quality counselling for parents and carers who are struggling to cope with a child's ASD. With confidential and structured therapy in a controlled space, they can feel safe to explore their thoughts and feelings. Such therapy has been shown to improve confidence, decision making, parenting skills and stress management..
Each session is 50 minutes.
There are many other issues that we can help you with – Contact Butterfly Counselling Services Ltd for more details.
Please contact Butterfly Counselling Services for details on fees.