Supporting Neurodivergent Humans
My clients often fit into one or more of the categories below. My approach supports and is affirming to Neurodivergent and LGBTQIA+ experiences. I work with my clients through a trauma-informed lens and interventions.
Areas of Focus
Being Neurodivergent (ND) is an umbrella term which can include many labels. Being ND means you have a differently wired brain from the "typical." This may include differences in the way you learn, communicate, feel, think, behave, and relate to others.
Autism is sometimes identified in childhood and other times in adulthood, by a professional or self. Autism is a neurological difference (not deficit) that someone is born with. It often involves feeling different from others. Autistic people have differences in how they communicate, experiences sensory input and emotions, are in relationship with others, and how/what they focus their attention.
Trauma involves experiencing a highly stressful or life threatening event. This may be a one-time or ongoing experience. Being ND while living in an overwhelming world can be experienced as traumatic in our bodies. Trauma can result in symptoms and triggers that are activated by specific stimuli. Because of the past or the chronic trauma/stress, being in the present may feel unsafe.
Highly Sensitive Person
Being a Highly Sensitive Person (HSP) is a trait you are born with. It includes characteristics like being a deep thinker and feeler, being sensitive to your environment, needing more downtime to recovery from daily life, and feeling yours and others' emotions strongly. HSPs are often described as shy or quiet and need more time to "warm-up."
ADHD involves differences in executive functioning: planning, organizing, regulating emotions, and memory. Focusing and attention differences, as well as sensory sensitivities and excess energy may also present. ADHD is similar to Autism in that it can be diagnosed in childhood, and is sometimes missed due to masking or non-stereotypical presentations.
Other areas of focus are:
Addiction & Recovery
Family of Origin Stress