Therapy experiences of people with Asperger syndrome/autism

Hello and thank you for reading this message. If you haven’t participated in this survey yet, please will you consider?

I am Anja Rutten, a Senior Lecturer in Autism at Sheffield Hallam University. I am also a counsellor and psychotherapist working with people on the autism spectrum. I am currently researching for my Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at the University of the West of England.

My interest is in how people with Asperger syndrome/Autism experience counselling, psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy and other forms of ‘talking therapy’, in particular where these experiences are stressful or distressing. The voice of people on the autism spectrum is missing from the literature, and what is reported is often the views of professionals. I would really like to hear from you if you have experienced therapy and if you’re willing to share your perspective.

The link below will take you to the survey, and some information about it. You can participate if you are over 18, have experienced therapy and have either a formal diagnosis or self-identify as autistic/Asperger/being on the autism spectrum.

You can start the survey and save it to come back to it later, so it’s not necessary to complete it all in one go.

You may also copy this post or the link and forward it to other people who could be interested in participating.

Thank you very much for considering taking part. It is really appreciated.




About The Autism Centre, Sheffield Hallam University

The Autism Centre is part of the Department of Education, Childhood and Inclusion within the Faculty of Development and Society, Sheffield Hallam University. The Autism Centre promotes a view of autism as a different way of being. Whilst many people may live happy and accomplished lives with autism, different ways of being can challenge and confuse others. To help with understanding The Autism Centre delivers accredited courses at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral level. Its team of academics engage with research and consultancy and publish widely on the autism spectrum and disability.
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