Adam works primarily with children, adolescents, parents/Carers and young adults and is known for working effectively with clients with ASD/Asperger’s. He has extensive experience working with complex presentations and is Co-founder and Director of The Extreme Behaviour Mechanics (www.extremebehaviourmechanics.com.au).
Adam is skilled in working with issues including:
Developmental disorders and Disabilities – ASD, Asperger’s, intellectual impairment, genetic disorders, young adults with ASD post-school
Mood problems – Anxiety, Depression, emotional regulation, anger management, worries, OCD, Adjustment Disorder, suicidal thoughts/self harm, motivation problems
Behaviour problems – ADD/ADHD, non-compliance, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder, truancy, offending behaviour, self harm, bullying, substance use and abuse, managing devices and screen-time, risk taking behaviour
Parenting and family issues – parent training, designing individualized parenting programs, co-parenting, parenting in blended families or in family breakdown, foster care parenting, parenting children with disabilities/ASD, parenting adopted/overseas adopted children
Identity and Attachment issues – Reactive Attachment Disorder, identity, gender identity, self-esteem, confidence, adoption/overseas adoption
Social and relationship problems – peer issues, relationship issues, bullying, managing social media, social skills deficits, conflict resolution
Trauma and loss – victims of abuse, trauma/PTSD, grief and loss, bereavement
Forensic issues – Court assessments and reports, risk assessments, offending behaviour, managing post-incarceration, Youth Justice Conferencing
Adam uses a common sense and ‘real’ approach to problems. He is particularly skilled at working with young people who don’t think they need help, who have had negative experiences in therapy before or who are not particularly enthusiastic/compliant clients.
Adam mainly uses Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) with a strong focus on Behaviour Modification informed by Functional Behaviour Analysis (FBA). In order to find approaches that best fit the client, he incorporates elements of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Mindfulness-based techniques, Solution Focused Therapy (SFT) and Narrative approaches.
Adam always works from a client centered approach and sees his role as helping the client to work out how best to change things for themselves or for their children to get better outcomes and to become the best version of themselves possible.
“I believe people do their best with what they have at that point in time. So when things go wrong for a person, it is usually because something is missing. Whether it is knowledge, or the way we interpret or understand something, or patience, energy or some skill, there is usually something practical that is missing or would benefit from adjusting.”