At Centrum Spectra you can ask for information and you can make an individual appointment to talk to a hands on expert (via phone or Skype) who has first hand experience with Autism (ASD) and an Eating Disorder.
The individual sessions are meant for girls or women from the age of 16 and older who have Autism (ASD) and experience problems with eating, or have been diagnosed with an Eating Disorder such as Anorexia Nervosa (AN).
Perhaps you are waiting for an intake for treatment, or you are in between treatments and you would like to have someone to talk to in the meantime. You can also use the appointments with our hands on experts as an addition to the treatment that you are already receiving. In that case we will suggest you to communicate to your healthcare worker that you have additional appointments with an hands on expert at Centrum Spectra.
What can I discuss?
During the sessions you have the possibility to talk about things that you find difficult and occupy you at this very moment. This can be subjects related to food, like having difficulties with eating enough, planning your food and dealing with eating in social situations. You can address subjects that are not directly related to food, like dealing with your Autism (ASD), daily (family) life, school, work and relationships.
Where do the sessions take place?
The sessions take place where you feel comfortable. They take place on Skype and can take place in you own (living) room.
This has the benefit that it costs you less energy and calories than when you would have to travel for your appointment and that you can have sessions no matter where you live. Also, you can always have a session with your own experience expert, also when you are on holiday.
Incidental and regular appointments
You can choose to schedule incidental appointments. There is also the possibility to plan regular appointments on fixed days and times. You can choose between one hour sessions or 30 minute sessions. In some cases it can be helpful to plan two 30 minute sessions a week, instead of a one hour session.
No replacement for regular therapy
The sessions with our hands on experts are not a replacement for regular therapy or treatment. The sessions are meant as a listening ear and it is up to you to apply the tips and advise from our experts in your daily life. You will stay responsible for your own mental and physical health at all times.