I believe that you are the expert on yourself, with unique strengths, challenges, and experiences in the world. We all have differences in learning, processing information, communicating, socializing, sensory processing, and cognition. I understand how these differences might show up for neurodivergent individuals, and I utilize this to inform our work together. I am here to explore with you so that you can better understand yourself and what will work best for you (inside and outside of the therapy room). Therapy will be a collaborative effort, as I support you in working toward your goals. I offer flexibility in the process, so that we can approach therapy in a way that will be most helpful to you.
STRENGTH-BASED: We identify strengths, bring awareness and appreciation to your unique qualities, values, and experiences. This can build self-compassion and self-advocacy, so that you can more confidently move toward your goals. I encourage this positive self inquiry and reflection as a regular practice, so that it becomes a part of yourself that is stronger, and easier to access amidst the challenges.
SOLUTION-FOCUSED/COACHING: We identify extrinsic/external challenges and barriers, and find ways to better navigate relationships and systems (employment, school). For people that struggle with executive functioning (time management, organization, planning, starting, staying on task, etc...) it can be profound to better understand the challenges, and to develop a system for managing responsibilities and meeting goals. The more that we understand our needs, we can honor ourselves, take better care of ourselves, and advocating for ourselves. This can often lead to a path of less resistance, reducing anxiety, and preventing burnout.
SENSORY/BODY: We notice our physical experience, using this to inform ways to cultivate a regulated nervous system. This can allow for greater stress tolerance, more flexibility thinking, emotional processing, and effective communication. We explore sensory needs and re-attune to the body's knowing of how to safely self-regulate (movement, stillness, soothing sensory stimulation, sensory breaks, rest). This is not always with the goal to take on more, it's often recognizing how to scale back. We learn to honor and accommodate needs, set limits, identify boundaries, and prioritize physical wellness.
COGNITIVE/BEHAVIORAL: We explore thoughts, emotions, and actions. We notice limiting beliefs, and areas where you are feeling held back. There is so much externally in the world that is outside of our control. When we shift attention to the areas that are within our control, the pathway forward can become much clearer. We explore the actions that will bring you into alignment with your values and goals.
INTEGRATIVE: We draw from the above Evidence-Based approaches (in and out of sessions) and you are encouraged to utilize any other resources and practices outside of therapy that you find helpful to your overall wellness.
"They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself." Andy Warhol
Therapy is not a magic fix (and you are not broken). This process can bring forth change and healing, relief from symptoms, agency, and space for new experiences. It can also be uncomfortable at times, and I am here to help you through that, and to find greater ease in the process.
This is a collaborative process and you will get the most out of it when you are consistent and take action outside of sessions.
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