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19-10-2023 | Original Paper

Mental Health Providers’ Perspectives on What Helps and Hinders in Psychotherapy for Autistic Adults with Co-occurring Mental Health Problems

Auteurs: Theresa Jubenville-Wood, David B. Nicholas, Jonathan Weiss, Sharon Cairns

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

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Abstract

Autistic adults experience disproportionate rates of co-occurring mental health problems. Psychotherapy has been recognized as an appropriate treatment approach, but evidence is limited. Researchers used a qualitative research paradigm to explore the experiences of mental health providers who provide psychotherapy to autistic adults. The Enhanced Critical Incident Technique was used to interview 13 mental health providers regarding perceptions of facilitating therapy with autistic adults. This research highlights challenges to providing psychotherapy to autistic adults while also illuminating ways that mental health providers have worked to ameliorate such challenges and create positive experiences in therapy. This research also contrasts therapy for autistic adults relative to the general population. Practice recommendations and suggestions for future research are offered.
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We recognize that there is no consensus regarding how to communicate about autism. In this paper, we use identity-first language (e.g., “autistic person/adult”). More recently, members of the autism community have indicated a preference for identity-first language over person-first language (e.g., “person with autism”), and authors have highlighted issues associated with using person-first language (Bottema-Beutel et al., 2020; Kenny et al., 2016). Identity-first language is intended to affirm and validate the autistic identity.
 
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Metagegevens
Titel
Mental Health Providers’ Perspectives on What Helps and Hinders in Psychotherapy for Autistic Adults with Co-occurring Mental Health Problems
Auteurs
Theresa Jubenville-Wood
David B. Nicholas
Jonathan Weiss
Sharon Cairns
Publicatiedatum
19-10-2023
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Print ISSN: 0162-3257
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-3432
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-023-06143-y