How Does It Work?
My Coaching Practice:
I am a Certified Autism Specialist and Life Coach.
I work with adults who have Asperger's Syndrome or similar autism spectrum profiles, and other communication and socially challenging disorders. This includes individuals who may suspect they have autism but have never been formally diagnosed.
I use a Cognitive Behavior Therapy approach.
Who I serve:
As an Autism Life Coach I specialize in working with adults who have Asperger's Syndrome (AS,) High Functioning Autism (HFA), or Pervasive Developmental Disorders- Not Otherwise Specified (PDD- NOS) and who have completed high school. I help individuals who are facing challenges as they transition into college, start new vocations or careers, struggle with existing employment issues and inter- and intra-personal relationships, wish to improve their independent living skills, or who just may need general assistance and guidance in finding direction in life as they look towards an uncertain future.
I work primarily with individuals who have social competency, communication and executive functioning challenges, helping them develop their personal strengths and talents via a Cognitive Behavior Therapy * approach. I use explicit, proactive instruction and concrete strategies and provide opportunities for practice and generaliziation.
I also integrate a variety of evidence-based and promising approaches into my treatment such as mindfulness and guided meditation, art therapy and animal assisted learning, including equine therapy.
What can I expect?
I am not a licensed therapist or psychologist nor am I an Applied Behavior Analyst, so I do not run formal therapy sessions. I am an
Autism Specialist with a deep understanding of and appreciation for
the daily struggles and challenges of people who are on the autism spectrum.
As a life coach I am more of a mentor, advocate, and advisor, here to listen, ask questions, give honest feedback, and provide guidance and encouragement. It is all about sharing insights and collaborating on solutions.
Our coaching sessions are straightforward and realistic in the identification and discussion of strengths and challenges. The intervention techniques and related activities I integrate into the sessions are informal yet ordered and practical with measurable outcomes.
How does it work?
Participating in life coaching sessions entails meeting with
me weekly or biweekly to identify and set concrete,
achievable goals. These are goals specifically tailored toward
meeting your needs and personal challenges, and
capitalizing on your interests and capabilities.
Where do we meet? Coaching sessions take place in a
relaxed environment wherever the goals dictate - at my home
office, at your home, or in the local community like at a coffee
shop or library. If distance or transportation issues make it too difficult to meet in person, it is possible to conduct coaching sessions via Skype or over the phone, though in-person sessions are preferrable.
For how Long? The frequency and duration of each session
depends on a mutually agreed-on time frame.
Individual sessions (one-on-one) last a minimum of one hour and up to three hours. I recommend starting with a minimum
of 6 sessions of at least one hour duration.
Groups Sessions: Sessions may be in groups of two to three participants plus myself. Group participants are expected to commit to a full term of 8-12 sessions to ensure for group cohesion and continuity.
is very organized and always well prepared for her sessions with
is an asset to her as she spends a lot of time thinking about the needs of her clients and how best to provide services
clients are very lucky to be working with someone as thoughtful and dedicated as her."
Karen Morin M. Ed, M.S., CCC SLP:
Lex-Communicate LLC, & adjunct faculty in
Antioch University, NE
Your first local “getting to know you" individual session is complimentary.
This is a fee-for service agreement and is not covered
by insurance. Call for more information on rates and services.
to let yourself blossom!
* What is Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)?
The CBT approach is especially beneficial to individuals who have Asperger's Syndrome (AS) and High Functioning Autism (HFA) who are language-based learners capable of thinking about their own thinking and learning.
Autism Speaks describes CBT as follows:
"Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is used primarily to help individuals with Asperger's Syndrome (AS) regulate their emotions, develop impulse control, and improve their behavior as a result. In addition, some individuals with AS/HFA struggle with fears and anxiety, or may become depressed. Cognitive behavior therapy has been shown to be helpful for reducing anxious and depressed feelings and behavior by making changes in thoughts and perceptions of situations through a change in cognition... or how thinking is processed."
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