Autism and Neurodiversity
One of our specialties is supporting the mental health needs of neurodivergent children, teens and adults. Whether you or your child have been formally diagnosed with ADHD, Autism, Learning Disorders, etc. or you are just starting to explore the possibility of being neurodivergent, we are here to support you on this journey.
Questions that often come up in counseling can be very specific, such as:
"I think I might be autistic. Now what?"
"How and when do I tell my child about their diagnosis?"
"How do I help my neurodivergent child feel happy and confident about himself?"
Questions may also be more general and not specific to one's diagnosis. We focus on the mental health needs of our clients and offer counseling in a way that is supportive, individualized and neurodiversity affirming.
Family therapy can help caregivers develop better understanding of the unique needs and strengths of their child.
Children and teens benefit from counseling through learning ways to be in control of their own mind and body, manage their emotions, bounce back from disappointments, navigate social relationships and adapt to change. Individual counseling can be instrumental in helping children and adults develop a positive self-image and self-accepting attitude. Understanding things like one's own sensory preferences, masking, stimming, self-regulation, etc. is very important for people living in the world that views their way of experiencing the world and natural interests as "atypical". Our goal is to help each person feel empowered by embracing their individuality and by knowing how to advocate for themselves and be successful in all areas of their lives.
"Just because someone does not talk, does not mean they have nothing to say". Autism presents differently in different people and we firmly believe that each person can benefit from counseling with the right approach to communication and processing feelings and emotions. We respect communication and sensory differences and look beyond behaviors to support our clients in managing difficult emotions and developing effective self-regulation and self-advocacy skills.