It’s tough living in a neurotypical world when you’re neurodiverse.
Being neurodiverse can be a frustrating and overwhelming experience. Your brain is wired differently, which gives you wonderful strengths. You are passionate and an expert. Your ability to focus intensely on passion projects is unparalleled. You see the details other people usually miss. You’re honest, loyal, and have integrity.
But, like all people, you also have areas of growth. Interpreting social cues might take more effort and time. Initiating, fostering, and sustaining relationships might be an everyday struggle. Chaos and sudden changes may stress you out more than your peers. You might have difficulty organizing yourself, managing your time, and coping with strong emotions. It might take you longer to read, write, or do math.
Those everyday struggles slowly decrease your happiness. They may cause you undue stress and anxiety. You may even develop feelings of isolation, depression, and hopelessness.
There’s no need to struggle alone.
You probably tried working with other therapists. Unfortunately, they likely didn’t understand, accept, or celebrate neurodiversity. I do.
My entire mental health career involved working with neurodiverse individuals. I worked with toddlers all the way to older adults. Through that experience, I developed an appreciation and understanding of how many neurodiverse people work best in therapy. Over the past 15 years, I acquired tools that work well with those who have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Asperger’s Syndrome, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and Learning Disorders (LD).
Even with that depth of experience, I don’t claim to know it all. I humbly understand that there’s much to learn about your experience and how you view the world. I won’t try to “fix” or “cure” you, as many people have probably tried in the past.
Rather, I see you as a partner in progress. Together, we will celebrate your strengths. We’ll discover how to advocate for the supports you need. Most importantly, we’ll develop skills and systems so you can have a thriving life.