A mindful approach works wonders for many people with asperger’s
I’ve just spent a really enjoyable day in the company of those who, like me, are involved with asperger’s syndrome in Oxfordshire. Autism Oxford held a conference on AS and mental health, a conference in which several very courageous people with the condition described their lives and how they learned to make the very best use of their very real strengths.
As the father of a young woman with asperger’s it was reassuring to hear of their positivity. Being on the spectrum is difficult but having asperger’s needn’t be a life-sentence of pain and defeat. Success and fulfillment really is possible and the good news is that there is now plenty of help available.
I was struck (as a therapist) by the way in which one of the presenters, and a clinical psychologist, both described hypnosis as being a great resource. They didn’t call it hypnosis, however. They used the term “mindfulness.” Mindfulness is a form of meditation, stripped of its buddhist element and tailored to everyday life.
Mindfulness, they opined, could help with anxiety, depression, general emotional regulation and a whole lot more besides.
The state achieved by a mindful meditation is rather the same as that experienced in hypnosis
Dr Michael Yapko has written an excellent book: “Mindfulness and Hypnosis” which concludes that the neurological effects of both are one and the same. Hypnotherapy, he adds, is superior in its therapeutic potential because it establishes the same state of consciousness as does a mindfulness routine, deepens it and then uses it to cause change to the client’s beliefs, attitudes and behaviours. Hypnosis, hypnotherapy, is mindfulness on steroids.
I have always used mindfulness based tasks with my clients, whether they are on the autistic spectrum or neurotypical. I find such clinical interventions an excellent way of helping a client to change their view of life. I also find it a superb way of helping them to change the way their view themselves and others. Hypnotherapy takes the same relaxed and focused state of mind and uses it to help a client change, grow and develop.
Combine this with a solution focused therapy (Bliss and Edmonds explain this beautifully in their book), a dash of gestalt therapy, some person centred approaches and a therapist who has a good understanding of ASD issues and you have a good recipe for success.
I have used a mindful hypnotherapy approach with people with high functioning autism in order to help them resolve issues such as OCD, depression, anxiety, social anxiety, sensory issues and lots, lots more. If you or a loved one are on the high functioning end of the spectrum and would like some help, more confidence and some practical tools with which to cope with life then please get in touch. I work in Reading, Oxford, London, Wallingford and Thame. If you live in or around those areas then give me a call or email me. Perhaps I could help you too.
I believe in your ability to achieve your goals. Please call me on 07786 123736 / 01865 600970 / 01183 280284, or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we can discuss things in a little more depth.
I look forward to hearing from you.
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