Counselling for Parents & Carers of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)

Raising a child with Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other neurodevelopmental differences can be extremely challenging at times and place many demands on parents. Parents and their family go through a period of major adjustment and can sometimes feel that they have no control of their lives.

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 to be able to support them individually and, to support them through their child or young person’s treatment.

How can counselling help parents and carers?

As it can take a long time to get a diagnosis for children or young people, it is common for parents to feel an initial sense of relief, but this is often quickly followed by confusion, anxiety and feelings of being overwhelmed about how to support their child or young person going forward. Counselling can provide a safe space where parents can share these emotions without feeling judged, helping parents process the diagnosis and their expectations of raising a child or young person with a diagnosis.

Butterfly Counselling provides parents with a confidential and structured space, where they can feel safe to explore their thoughts and feelings. Providing therapy for parents increases confidence in their decision making, parenting skills and stress management. Parents may also want to explore their own triggers in the home and develop strategies to use which lower the emotional intensity of these triggers.

It is important that parents do not neglect their own needs while looking after the needs of their child or young person. Parents may feel a myriad of feelings and have no time to process them. Counselling can be time for you to learn self-care and also a time to learn techniques and skills to help you manage stress more effectively.

Parent/Carer counselling can help with:

  • Processing pre and post diagnosis of Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or other neurodevelopmental differences.
  • Improving family stability by lowering anxiety and giving practical behaviour management.
  • Grief or loss linked to the diagnosis or life event.
  • Understanding how to manage your own emotions and thought process.
  • Exploring the parents expectations following a diagnosis.
  • Exploring everyday parenting challenges .
  • Your child's/young person’s challenging behaviours such as shutdowns and meltdowns.
  • Managing parent’s anxieties around challenging behaviours.
  • Improving confidence in parenting skills.
  • Exploring feelings of anxiety, guilt, grief, loss, anger, depression, powerlessness and helplessness.
  • Identifying healthy boundaries.

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.

07460 401639

fiona@butterfly-counselling.co.uk