CCPA Counselling Book Award

National Honour for Local Professional

Counsellor Katherine Paxton was in fine form on May 16. The Sooke-based counsellor had a full night’s sleep at home following the return trip from Charlottetown, PEI where she had accepted a prestigious award.

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Stress and Autism Spectrum Disorders

ASD and StressStress is a way of life for people with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). For them, the question becomes how much stress?

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Living With Someone Who Has an Autism Spectrum Disorder

ASD and IsolationLiving with a family member or partner who has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a unique experience that many other families may have difficulty understanding. People with ASD have unique characteristics that may appear odd or
bizarre to outsiders.

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Autism Spectrum Disorders and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Abut 1 in 8 people with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are also diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Obsessive-compulsive behaviours with people who have ASD tend to be around repetitive questioning, ordering things, or repetitive touching. 

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Autism Spectrum Disorders and Phobias

ASD and PhobiasPhobias are fears that appear to be irrational to the outside observer, or are fears that seem to be out of proportion to the situation. People with ASD tend to have unusual fears and unusual responses to fear.

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Autism Spectrum Disorders and Emotions

Typical people (neurotypicals) will assume that if the person looks smart that they are capable of managing their emotions. People with ASD are often wrongly judged in this manner.

People with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have several differences with regards to their emotions than more typical people. People with ASD may express their emotions in unique ways that may be easily misunderstood.

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Autism Spectrum Disorders and Depression

ASD and DepressionDepression is one of the most common problems facing people with an autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Rates of depression among individuals with ASD tend to range from approximately 50%, where rates of depression are about 2% in typical men and 9% in typical women. This rate may be underestimated, as depression often remains undiagnosed in people with ASD. About half of the people with ASD have severe depression, often requiring intensive treatment.

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Autism Spectrum Disorders and Anxiety

ASD and AnxietyAnxiety is the most common problem that people with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) experience. Rates of anxiety in people with ASD can be as high as almost 85%. For many, if not most people with ASD, experiencing some level of anxiety is the norm.

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What is Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)?

The ASD mind

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) is a goal-oriented counselling system. It is based on the concept that thoughts, feelings, and behaviours are interrelated, and that you can effect great personal change if you change one of these three areas. Themes regarding the way a person responds to events or perceives events in his or her life are referred to as schema. Understanding schemas can lead to insight and personal change. Cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) is based on the work of Aaron Beck and Albert Ellis.

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