Impact of Autism on the Family

 By A’verria Martin, MFTI

Having a child diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder has a profound effect on the entire family. It is not uncommon for families who have a member diagnosed with autism to experience ongoing and unresolved ambiguous loss because their loved one is physically present while psychologically distant. This ambiguity prevents normal coping strategies and makes grieving difficult which, in turn, results in a number of negative symptoms including marital conflict, guilt, sleepless nights, loneliness, hurt, and depression. If the impact of the illness is not considered and ambiguous loss is not treated it has the capability of eroding couple and family relationships. Couple and family therapy can provide the support your family deserves by processing and negotiating the impact of autism on you your family, navigating uncharted territory, and considering and addressing issues that prevent closeness.

If you are looking for affordable therapy and do not have health insurance, we have a solution for you. Dr. A’verria Martin is a marriage and family therapy intern who provides an affordable alternative for clients who are seeking a seasoned therapist at a reduced cost. Dr. Martin received her Master’s degree in Marital and Family Therapy in 2008 from Alliant International University and her Ph.D. in Marital and Family Therapy at Loma Linda University in 2012 with a specialization in Medical Family Therapy. Over the last five years, Dr. Martin has worked with clients’ living with chronic disability and illness, as well as family members who are grieving the loss associated with their loved ones disability and illness. Dr. Martin support’s individuals, couples, and families to openly process feelings, harmonize beliefs and ideas, and organize and share responsibilities to enrich their future development.

Please call 619.600.0683 ext. 1 to schedule an appointment.

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