Dr. Natalie Engelbrecht holding a test report.

An autism assessment

Because autism varies widely from person to person, making a diagnosis can be difficult if a clinician does not have clinical experience specifically in autism. It is often diagnosed later in life, as difficulties stemming from autism may not be recognized until they become apparent after a burnout, or indeed if you are dealing with an experienced clinician who understands what patterns to look for—subtle as they may be.

I see these patterns, both because I am an experienced Canadian psychotherapist with a specialty and special interest in autism, and because I am autistic myself. To read more about how being autistic and a psychotherapist work in unison, have a look at:

An autistic therapist

Why pursue a diagnosis?

A formal diagnosis can help you in various ways:

  • It can offer a framework to begin to make sense of your life.
  • It can improve your understanding of yourself, your behaviors and proclivities, and how you see others and the world.
    • If you understand yourself better, by extension others can come to understand you better as well.
    • A diagnosis can also be useful in gaining a better understanding of your child or partner, which can enrich your relationship with them.
  • It can help you acknowledge your strengths, and better manage your challenges.
    • Self-awareness is key to personal growth, but being more aware of our strengths can also lead to greater self-esteem, and ultimately even success and happiness in life.
  • It can be immensely validating to get a diagnosis, especially when people in your environment have stated you couldn’t possibly be autistic.
    • They are likely wrong anyway, because research indicates that about 80% of people who self-diagnosed autism ultimately had their diagnosis confirmed by a specialist.
  • A diagnosis is often needed to get access to specialized therapy or support.
  • A diagnosis may give you access to special education resources at school, or extra time on exams.

Assessment

I offer autism assessments for a relatively low price because I think it’s important to help other autistic people, who often don’t have the money to step into an expensive assessment process. For that reason, I also offer my assessments in two parts. That way, I can offer an initial screening assessment at an affordable price, after which I can advise you on whether it makes sense to proceed with the diagnosis.

To learn more about the assessments I offer, have a look at the post below.

Online autism assessments

An illustration of a clipboard with a checklist or assessment.

When you are ready to pursue an autism assessment,
please contact me via the assessments page.

Assessment, Diagnosis, Diagnostic process, Interview, Psychometric test


Dr. Natalie Engelbrecht

Dr. Natalie Engelbrecht

Dr. Natalie Engelbrecht RP ND is a dually licensed registered psychotherapist and naturopathic doctor, a Canadian leader in trauma and PTSD, and integrative medicine strictly informed by scientific research, and she happens to be autistic.

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