More than anything, you want to see your child happy, independent and successful. So, you do everything you can to support your son or daughter. However, that leaves you exhausted most of the time. Half the time you question yourself and worry you are doing something wrong. So much of your life is taken up with trying to advocate for, teach and support your child. Still, it doesn't seem like enough. Social situations seem difficult for them and there is more conflict in your home than you want to admit. You find yourself putting your child first until you have no energy left.
- Is your teen or adult child (12+ years old) intelligent or perhaps even gifted, yet they have difficulty reading social cues?
- Do you worry about your child not having friends, being bullied, or spending too much time alone?
- Are you frustrated that your autistic teen or young adult is avoiding adult responsibilities?
- Do you worry about your child’s future and the ability to function independently?
- Are you and your child getting stuck in the same arguments and they don't seem to listen?
- Are you concerned about your child’s motivation and self-advocacy skills?
- Do you worry about your son or daughter suffering and being taken advantage of by others?
- Has your child been diagnosed with social anxiety, Asperger's or high functioning autism?
- Are you wanting to figure out how to best support your child's transition to adulthood?
- Are you trying your best and feeling exhausted or burned out?
You are not alone. As autism experts, we have worked with countless parents of neurodiverse children. We've walked beside parents who are exhausted and concerned. Therefore, we understand not only common challenges families face but also what has helped other parents and their children. Through either individual counseling sessions or a support group for mothers of neurodiverse children, we provide you the support & guidance you've been looking for.
Parent Consulting and Counseling For Caregivers who have a Child with Autism Traits (12+ yrs old)
How will Parent Counseling Help You?
Every parent needs something slightly different and individual counseling is meant to be exactly that: individualized. In counseling sessions, you'll have the opportunity to work on the goals that will most help you. In counseling sessions, Dr. Tasha Oswald maintains a nonjudgemental space in which to explore your concerns and worries about your child's development. You'll have the opportunity to learn about the relationship between autism and anxiety, and how anxiety might impact your child's emergence into adulthood.
Dr. Tasha Oswald is uniquely positioned to provide counseling to parents of children with autism. Why? Because of her vast experience working with people on the autism spectrum means she understands their perspective as well. She can offer you specific advice and teach you skills to help you assist your teen or adult in learning to regulate their own emotions. Where tensions run high, counseling can help you learn new ways to communicate with your child that will support their growth and help build their confidence, as well. Most important, you'll be encouraged to develop your own strategies for managing worry and stress.
Who will benefit most from these services?
You will benefit from these services if you are a parent with a child who is a teenager or adult with autism traits and social-communication difficulties, and you want to effectively support their transition to adulthood. You're looking for support and helpful ideas on how to increase your child's independence and healthy behaviors.
Individual Counseling for Parents: What to Expect
You'll meet on a regular basis, typically every week for 1 hour, with Dr. Tasha Oswald. Over time you'll build trust and see Dr. Tasha as an ally. Together you'll work collaboratively on addressing issues that are important to you. You'll work at a pace that is comfortable for you. You'll learn and practice strategies to communicate with your child in a way that supports their independence and problem-solving skills, and enhances their confidence and motivation. Dr. Tasha will use Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), person-centered therapy, motivational interviewing techniques, and social skills training to help you gain greater insights into your child's perspective and challenges, and build strategies that will help support your child's growing independence. Over time you'll gain more comfort around managing your own worries and frustrations around your child, and greater hope around their future. You may want opportunities to meet with other parents experiencing similar challenges, and so you'll have the opportunity to discuss the value of group therapy and whether you want to prepare to join one of our groups.
Fee: $250 1-hr individual counseling
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How do I start Parent Counseling?
Sometimes it may feel hard or overwhelming to figure out what type of service is best for you or to take that first step of reaching out. However, parenting a child with autism can be hard. And you deserve support. We can help you figure out which service will best help you reach your goals for your family.
I understand the struggles you face, and I truly believe you are doing your best.
Other Services at Open Doors Therapy in Palo Alto, CA
Open Doors Therapy wants to serve as a resource for your entire family. In addition to individual therapy for parents, we offer a support group for moms of teens & young adults with Autism. Furthermore, we have a wide range of other supportive & therapeutic groups. Groups offered at Open Doors Therapy include autism support for adults, a group for neurodiverse women, social skills classes for college students, groups for neurodiverse young adults & parents, as well as a group for mothers of teens with autism.
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Contact Open Doors Therapy for a free consultation to learn more about our resources for individuals & families living with Autism, Aspergers & all forms of neurodiversity!