Autism and ADHD
I believe in celebrating neurodiversity and fostering an inclusive environment for all individuals, which includes celebrating each neurotype (including autistic, ADHD, or AuDHD). My approach to working with autistic and ADHD clients is rooted in respect, understanding, and empowerment. I do not view these traits as disorders, deficits, or pathologies, but rather as unique aspects of human diversity that should be embraced and valued.
Neurodiversity recognizes that variations in neurological functioning, such as autism and ADHD, are natural and essential elements of human diversity. Just as different cultures and languages enrich our world, diverse neurological traits contribute to a richer tapestry of human experiences and abilities. I reject the notion that being neurotypical is the norm to which all should conform, or that it even truly exists. Instead, I celebrate the unique strengths and perspectives that neurodivergent individuals bring to our society.
My therapeutic approach is firmly rooted in the concept of person-centered care. I recognize that each individual is a unique and valuable person with their own preferences, strengths, and challenges. My goal is to work collaboratively with clients to understand their specific needs, preferences, and goals.
Embracing Neurodivergent Identities:
I respect and affirm the identities of all client. I recognize that these identities may or may not be central to who you are, and am here to support and celebrate these aspects of your life. I do not believe in the language of “fixing”, as I believe that embracing and understanding one’s neurodivergence is a vital step towards self-acceptance and growth.
Rather than focusing solely on perceived challenges associated with autism and ADHD, I embrace a strengths-based approach. I acknowledge the numerous strengths and skills that neurodivergent individuals possess, such as heightened creativity, attention to detail, and unique problem-solving abilities. Our therapy sessions aim to cultivate and harness these strengths to help my clients thrive in all aspects of their lives.
Building Coping Strategies:
While I do not see autism and ADHD as disorders, we understand that neurodivergent individuals may encounter specific challenges in a predominantly ‘neurotypical’ world. I work collaboratively with my clients to develop coping strategies that align with their unique needs and goals. These strategies are not intended to “normalize” behavior but rather to empower clients to navigate a world that might not always be attuned to their neurodivergent experiences.
Creating a Supportive Environment:
The therapeutic space we cultivate is designed to be a safe and accepting environment where clients can freely express themselves without fear of judgment. I actively listen to my clients’ experiences, validate their emotions, and provide a nurturing space where they can explore their thoughts and feelings.
I am passionate about providing a neurodiversity-affirming approach to therapy. My aim is to support my autistic and ADHD clients by celebrating their unique identities, empowering their strengths, and fostering a sense of belonging in a world that should embrace neurodiversity. Together, let’s embark on a journey of self-discovery, growth, and acceptance.