Treating autism from a trauma perspective

Counselor treats autistic and trauma patients with mindfulness technique


By Liz Johnson, Richmond News Staff

Licensed counselor Robert Cox, of Life Recovery Consulting in Richmond, wants to change the way we “see and think about the treatment and expression of autism.”

Cox specializes in trauma, autism and addictions, and is trained in mindfulness in those areas.

“Mindfulness is a way of teaching people to emotionally regulate,” Cox said. “There’s a lot of research out about how mindfulness actually rewires your brain. (It) promotes neural (nerve) growth, which we didn’t think possible 10 years ago.”

Using mindfulness, Cox said, to treat trauma and anxiety reduces the stress-inducing chemicals in the body, such as cortisol and adrenaline, and increases the calming ones, such as oxytocin, serotonin (a neurotransmitter) and dopamine (which carries messages between brain cells).

The complete story is in the Friday, March 9, 2018 Richmond News.

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