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:
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,
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.