People with AS who embrace psychotherapy

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20 May 2011, 9:34 am

I am very much aware of the many people with AS who find this process incompatible with either their personality or their AS or both.

However, as much as I value and respect this opinion, which I believe to be commonplace amongst many here with AS, I would like this thread to be a place for those who do value psychotherapy and would welcome them to share their experiences of having AS and working on themselves in Psychotherapy. If you do have a burning desire to offer a critique on therapy, there are many many threads here on WP where you can find a space to vent .

By psychotherapy I mean long-term therapy not counselling. Examples could include psychoanalytical, psychodynamic, transpersonal psychology, or whatever approach / approaches you have tried.



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20 May 2011, 9:40 am

What is the issue with disregarding both brief psychotherapy and counselling?



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20 May 2011, 10:21 am

Why is this in L&D? And who can afford such intensive therapy?



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20 May 2011, 12:20 pm

What about Solution Focused Brief Therapy? It works well for many people but it's not a long term thing.


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20 May 2011, 2:29 pm

I have tried SFBT very useful.

I am a great beliver in the
complementarity of different
approaches.

What was yr experience of SFBT like?



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20 May 2011, 2:40 pm

I was studying it for a psychology class I did two years ago, it seemed like an effective method to me based on what I've learned but I haven't found a therapist that specialises in it yet. The idea of treating each session as a stand alone appeals to me for various reasons.


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20 May 2011, 2:46 pm

mv wrote:
Why is this in L&D?


Indeed. Moving to... General Autism Discussion

I'm currently on a course of psychodynamic group therapy. It's not perfect, but I do like it, and get a lot out of it.


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20 May 2011, 2:56 pm

I've been in therapy more or less 4 years. *shrugs* I'm decent with it, I know I wouldn't have been able to cope at points without it.



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21 May 2011, 12:32 am

Thank you everybody who has responded so far.

After many years of being in therapy, I would say that it has facilitated in the process of moving me beyond the intellect and into the experience of feeling my feelings.

This experience has enabled me to have empathy on myself and others, and in many ways helped me to understand the inner world of others that has often in the past remained an enigma to me.

I do not credit all my personal growth to therapy, there are many things that have opened my heart and helped me grow. Things like the love I feel for my my son and his love for me. The love I once held for his mother. My love of birds, nature, music, art and poetry.