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Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Asperger Syndrome

Many times over the years I have worked with individuals who have Asperger Syndrome who isolate themselves because they think that there is little hope in making new social connections with people. This frustration in these individuals is what leads to the common misconception that all people who have Asperger Syndrome (AS) are aloof and have little desire in having new and meaningful social connections. I know better than this.

If you are reading this and you live with AS, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy can work extremely well to help you with problems in your relationships, social anxiety, awkwardness and fear of new social situations. Many times individuals that I have worked with who have AS will say that there is “no time for” or they have “given up on the idea of” making new friends or with having a romantic relationship. After some decoding of the information behind this thinking, it is clear that there is a clear desire for these types of relationships, but because of repeated negative experiences related to trying to start a new relationship, these individuals gave up. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy can help you identify the thoughts that keep you from successfully entering new social arenas, and help you develop a plan to overcome these thoughts.

You can only overcome loneliness if you remove the situations and thoughts that are leading to that loneliness. Cognitive behavioral therapy can help you better understand what leads to this and do something about it. That is what is most significant. Most people that I work with who have AS know when their thinking is not rational, but they don’t know what to do with that information. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy can help you understand the problems in your thinking, but then take the next step which is changing something in your life to build those connections that you have been wanting for so long.

For more information about how Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy can help with social anxiety related to Asperger Syndrome, please e-mail me at michaelsalas@vantagepointdallascounseling.com or set up a consultation today so that I can discuss this with you in person.

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