Autism Related Services:

The Essential Experience

We are all related. It is essential to our growth and our understanding of ourselves and each other to know that. It is both brave and honorable to seek help from others at various points in our lives. Here at Essential Counseling, we value the traits of trust, honor, wisdom, curiosity, openness. 

 We look forward to seeing you here. 

These are some of the services we offer:

 Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

ABA can be used to increase expected behaviors and decrease unexpected behaviors. It can be taught in the home or in our offices. Essential CTS is an in-network provider of ABA services with BCBS.

Individual Therapy

Weekly Individual Therapy session s have shown to be highly effective for targeting both short-term and long-term goals. Exposure Therapy is also highly effective for phobias, fears, obsessions, compulsions, OCD.  We specialize in DBT and CBT for issues that may arise as a result of Autism, PDD and the diagnosis formerly known as Aspergers. 

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)

The components of DBT include:

mindfulness, emotion regulation, interpersonal effectiveness, and distress tolerance.

We have found that many people in the ASD community benefit from our modified DBT approach.

 Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) has also proven to be effective for many.

Parent Training

Parent Training is offered to parents and caregivers who would like to be more effective in the home environment. We also offer family therapy, couples therapy and caregiver self-care education and support. 

Social Groups

We offer a varied array of social groups to meet the various personalities and cognitive levels of those we serve. To see the full list of the groups we are currently offering, scroll down this page.

Therapeutic Support in the Home and Community

Regardless of whether or not you qualify for ABA services, we offer Independent Skills Training and Therapeutic Support in the Home and Community.  

Services similar or adjunct  to ABA may include:

Adaptive Behavior Treatment (ABT)

Functional Behavior Assessments (FBAs)

TEACCH methods from

UNC Chapel Hill

This club focuses on the superpowers of mindfulness, emotion regulation and perspective taking. Social Skill Development will be practiced during live action games.  Exciting and engaging.

Meets weekly on Mondays at 5pm 

Ages 12-15

Level Up 

Game Club for Social Intelligence  

Meets weekly on Tuesdays at 5:15pm

Ages 16-21

 

Social Intelligence Groups for Emerging Adults

Based upon Marsha Linehan's Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) model this group focuses on the following 4 modules:

Emotion Regulation

Distress Tolerance

Interpersonal Effectiveness

Experiential Mindfulness

These groups Meets weekly on  Mondays at 3pm

Ages 21 and up

DBT informed Experiential Groups

            SOCIAL GROUPS

Life Skills and Social Skills cannot be learned just by reading some books. They require practice.

Social groups are a way to make social practice more accessible and more fun.

Repetition, with support, increases the likelihood of long-term skill retention

increasing the likelihood of success. 

Groups are often a much more effective format than traditional talk therapy because they provide

a safe space for practice

and are, frankly speaking,

not boring.

Social skills groups:

The Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS®)

is the leading research-based social skills training program for youth with social challenges. 

PEERS® has a strong evidence base for use with adolescents

and young adults with autism spectrum disorders,

and is also appropriate for adolescents and young adults with ADHD,

anxiety, depression, and other socioemotional problems. 

The PEERS® Program emphasizes live practice, comprehensive teaching,

ecologically valid skills based on empirical evidence.

Our PEERS based groups also emphasize DBT skills

and social improvisation skills throughout to increase

mindfulness, emotion regulation,

distress tolerance and interpersonal effectiveness.

We also utilize board games during group sessions which allow

for a more Natural Environment Teaching (NET) foundation.

Parents are also taught how to assist with skill advancement

for use at home. Worksheets are assigned weekly

for processing of skills and skill retention.

Space is limited.

 

 

 

What is ABA and how can it help a person with Autism?

Today, ABA, which stands for Applied Behavior Analysis, is widely recognized as a safe and effective treatment for autism. It has been endorsed by a number of state and federal agencies, including the U.S. Surgeon General and the New York State Department of Health.  Over the last decade, the nation has seen a particularly dramatic increase in the use of ABA to help persons with autism live happy and productive lives. In particular, ABA principles and techniques can foster basic skills such as looking, listening and imitating, as well as complex skills such as reading, conversing and understanding another person’s perspective.

Essential CTS is an in-network provider of ABA for most BCBS plans.

Each club will meet twice weekly (both Mondays and Fridays) over an 8 week period beginning Monday October 1st.

Ages 8-11 will meet both on Mondays and Fridays

5:30-6:30pm

Ages 12-15 will meet both on

Mondays and Fridays

6:30-7:30pm

Each Monday group will consist of skills-based strategies to build and increase social confidence and self-empowerment. The Friday groups are designed to allow participants to process the week’s hurdles and successes as well as troubleshoot areas which may require more guidance.

$100 is required to reserve a space in this group.

Another payment of $180 will be due by the first meeting to cover the first 4 weeks. The last payment of $280 will be due by the end of October to cover the remaining weeks. The group will culminate with a final session on Monday, November 26th with a social outing planned by the participants.

Ages 8-11

Ages 12-14

Self-Empowerment and Social Confidence for Girls

This club will meet on Mondays over an 8 week period beginning Monday October 1st.

Ages 5-7 will meet Mondays from 3:30-4:30pm

Ages 8-10 will meet Mondays from 4:30-5:30pm

Groups will focus on the superpowers of mindfulness, emotion regulation and perspective taking. Social Skill Development will be practiced in vivo in an exciting and engaging format.

$100 is required to reserve a space in this group.

Another payment of $180 will be due by the first meeting.

Ages 5-7

Ages 8-10

Social Superpowers 

This club will meet over an 8 week period beginning Monday October 1st.

 

Ages 14-17 will meet on Fridays from 4-5pm

Ages 18 and up will meet Fridays from 5-6pm

Groups will focus on the superpowers of mindfulness, emotion regulation and perspective taking. Social Skill Development will be practiced in vivo in an exciting and engaging format.

$100 is required to reserve a space in this group.

Another payment of $180 will be due by the first meeting.

Ages 14-17

Ages 18 and up

 

Level Up

Game Club for Social Intelligence