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Neurodiversity-Affirming Therapy

What Is Neurodiversity?

Neurodiversity is a concept that recognizes the diversity of human brain function and cognition. It suggests that neurological differences are not disorders, but normal variations in brain development. This includes conditions like autism, ADHD, dyslexia, dyscalculia, dyspraxia, Tourette’s syndrome, and others. High sensitivity (HSP) and sensory processing disorder (SPD), though not in the DSM, are also considered forms of neurodivergence, as they involve different ways of processing information. In my practice, I focus on ADHD, autism, and highly sensitive people.

Challenges and Strengths of Neurodivergent People

Neurodivergent people face various challenges in neurotypical environments, such as:

 

Neurodivergent people also have many strengths and talents to offer, such as:

  • Attention to detail

  • Pattern recognition

  • Problem solving

  • Memory

  • Intuition

  • Empathy

  • Creativity

How I Can Help

I use a neurodiversity-affirming approach to therapy that acknowledges and celebrates your value and potential rather than trying to change you. I'll work with you to identify and build on your strengths and help you find ways to use them to achieve your goals. As a neurodivergent therapist, I: 

  • Educate myself on various aspects of neurodiversity

  • Ask questions to understand your perspectives

  • Communicate directly and clearly

  • Avoid judgment and assumptions

  • Respect your boundaries and preferences

  • Find patterns in your ways of thinking and make relevant connections to previous experiences

I can help you:

  • Discover your true self and support you in unmasking

  • Understand and accommodate your sensory needs

  • Improve your day-to-day life with executive functioning tips and tricks

  • Reduce or prevent burnout

  • Access resources and strategies that suit your goals and strengths

 

If you’re interested in working with me or want to know more, please send me a message!

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