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People with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) report painful experiences through emotional misunderstandings with typically developing (TD) peers. There are limited intervention methodologies for ASD on the impact of emotional injuries and how to work with resulting trauma. This paper presents a rational-empirical model of trauma-related experiences with the first presentation of a new case conceptualization model for Emotion-Focused Therapy for ASD. It describes the transformation of problematic emotion schemes through a sequence of emotional processing steps illustrated with a case example. These steps include: overcoming differentiation of core painful feelings (such as loneliness, shame, and fear); autobiographical memory recall of distanced trauma, using a novel method of video Interpersonal Process Recall; and articulation of the unmet needs contained in core painful feelings. This is followed by the expression of an emotional response to those feelings/needs; typically, self-soothing, protective anger and compassion responses offered interpersonally by group members. These emerging adaptive emotions facilitate mentalization of self and other that strengthens intrapersonal and interpersonal agency. This rational-empirical case conceptualization acts as a hypothesis for testing in subsequent trials.
|Number of pages||11|
|Journal||Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy|
|Early online date||17 Feb 2018|
|Publication status||Published - 30 Sept 2018|
- emotion-focused therapy
- autism spectrum disorder
- group therapy
- trauma- related experiences
- case conceptualization
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- Education - Senior Lecturer
- Health and Wellbeing
- Society and Policy
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Emotion-Focused Therapy for Autism Spectrum
4/01/16 → …
Project: Research - no external funding
Experiences of the step-out technique in emotion-focused therapy for clients with autistic processRobinson, A. & Kalawski, J. P., 5 Sept 2022, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies. p. 1-18 18 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile25 Downloads (Pure)
Enhancing empathy in emotion-focused group therapy for adolescents with autism spectrum disorder: a case conceptualization model for interpersonal rupture and repairRobinson, A., 16 Oct 2019, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy. 10 p.
Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-reviewOpen AccessFile
An investigation into process guided person-centred-experiential group therapy for people Asperger’s SyndromeRobinson, A., 9 Sept 2013.
Research output: Contribution to conference › Abstract › peer-review
North Lanarkshire Community Learning and Development Partnership: Celebration of Learning: Transformative Skills
Robinson, Anna (Recipient), 21 Nov 2018
Prize: Prize (including medals and awards)
- 1 Oral presentation
TLC Network: Trauma and Disability
Anna Robinson (Speaker) & John Davis (Speaker)10 Feb 2021
Activity: Talk or presentation types › Oral presentation