Individual Therapy: In weekly sessions, I target ASD related challenges such as perspective taking, cognitive flexibility, managing anxiety and anger, building relationships, self-awareness, gaining independence BUT I work on it in the context of something your son or daughter actually cares about. So what does this look like in the room? For a t'ween, we might use The HULK to look at the dark side of anger, for a teen we might use The Hunger Games to explore resilience, and for an adult, we might analyze social faux pas from The Office.
Family Therapy: Family sessions can occur weekly, monthly or whenever ASD related issues are affecting family life. Family work supports transfer of interventions from individual therapy to home life while improving communication between clients and their parents.
Group Drama Therapy: Verbal group therapy can be a suitable modality for clients without communication issues. However, for folks on the spectrum, access to non-verbal modes of communication is the initial key to unlocking social capacities. Group drama therapy provides a forum connection and engagement while building social skill sets. (see blog for more detailed info)
Parent Consultation: Collaboration with parents is an essential part of my work. I offer guidance around the IEP process, family conflict, challenging behaviors while in turn using parent generated knowledge/insights to inform the treatment. I include 45 minutes of consultation a month to parents of clients engaged in weekly individual therapy.
School Consultation: As I have have years of experience collaborating with a host of providers including Speech Pathologists, Occupational Therapists, Behaviorists, Teachers and Assistants, I am very comfortable walking into a school and establishing a productive working relationship with your son or daughter's team. In a very short time, we can get to the heart of matter and generate a viable plan to support your son or daughter access his/her academic program more fully. The best outcomes for treatment occur when there is frequent communication between providers and teachers.
Drama Therapy in the Schools: Weekly drama therapy groups can be a wonderful addition to academic programs. Lessons and/or social skills training can be incorporated into a dramatic format. As drama is a kinesthetic modality, it grants access to multiple ways of learning, which is crucial for students with ASD.
Transition Planning: Planning for the future can be an anxiety provoking process. Helping your son/daughter cultivate a strong sense of self and take ownership of individual strengths make envisioning future plans possible. In collaboration with the client and his/her family, I help to generate a viable plan that contains realistic goals and encourages continual growth.
Parent Support Groups: Parents are often so busy caring and advocating for their sons/daughters that it is a rarity that they get the opportunity to connect with other parents who experience the same daily challenges. Bi-weekly support groups afford parents the time and space to get the support they need in raising a child, teen or young adult on the spectrum.
Workshops and Presentations: I offer ASD trainings to teachers, providers and school staff on how to work with challenging issues that arise in school settings.
Intern Services: I have the great pleasure of working with two amazing interns, both of whom have years of experience working with kids, teens and young adults on the spectrum. Under my supervision, they are offering the following services.
Sibling Support Group: Siblings of t'weens and teens of the spectrum often have to put their needs aside to accommodate their siblings. These siblings often demonstrate a maturity beyond their years and tend to be high achievers. Giving these siblings an outlet for expression and safe place to process the challenges can greatly improve their well being and the health of the family overall.
Life Skills Counseling: Parents often express frustration that their young adult children don't follow through with self-care, household chores, school work, pursuing and maintaining employment. There are times when logistics (schedules, job responsibilities, school work, self care) of daily living can be overwhelming; this can be especially true for young adults on the spectrum. Life skills counseling provides the way and the means to plan, prioritize and execute these plans effectively.
|Liz McDonough | MFT, RDT | Licensed marriage and family therapist | Registered drama therapist |
San Rafael, CA | email: email@example.com