Autism Spectrum Condition

What is Autism Spectrum Condition?

Autism spectrum condition (ASC) – including Asperger’s syndrome – is a neurodevelopmental disorder. It is a lifelong diagnosis. However, with the right support, people with ASC can lead successful and fulfilling lives.

What are the signs of ASC?

If you have autism, there are particular areas of your life where you are likely to experience barriers:

  • Managing social situations and social interactions
  • Communicating with other people
  • Developing and maintaining social relationships

Additionally, people with ASC may find it hard to cope with changes and rely on extraordinarily strict routines to manage their lives. Some people have very intense interests in particular areas, and dedicate most of their energy and time to pursuing these interests. They might also experience sensory sensitivities (e.g. sensitivity to light, sounds, textures).


Autism diagnostic assessments

If you experience the symptoms above, it would be helpful to explore an autism diagnostic assessment. Head to our neurodevelopmental assessments page for more details.

Frequently asked questions

ASC can manifest in different ways and can impact different areas of a person’s life. If you believe that it is getting in the way of you being happy in life, therapy can help you learn skills for better managing your symptoms.

Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT) can help you learn how to better navigate different situations and relationships and also build skills for self-management.

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Dr Adí Hannah Sela

Dr Adí Hannah Sela is a Counselling Psychologist working as a private practitioner and a lecturer on a professional doctorate program. She earned her Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at the University of East London, where her research interests lay in disordered eating and motherhood. Dr Sela’s prior training took place in Israel where she trained as a CBT therapist and received her Bachelors Degree in Psychology. 

As a psychologist, Dr Sela works flexibly with her clients’ needs; integrating tools from a wide array of evidence-based therapies in order to tailor therapy to each individual. Dr Sela draws from many modalities including: Gestalt Therapy, psychodynamic therapies, Compassion-Focused Therapy (CFT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT). Dr Sela believes that as humans we experience and express emotions not only through spoken word, and as such she offers artistic methods of exploration where appropriate.  

Dr Sela works with couples, adults and young people.  Dr Sela specialises in working with eating disorders (and disordered eating), body image disturbances, low self-worth, low mood, issues of control (e.g., OCD), gender dysphoria, identity struggles, motherhood, trauma, social anxiety, and other forms of anxiety.  

Dr Sela is fluent in English, Hebrew and Spanish.