In couples where one partner has Asperger’s or autism, a sometimes underserved and misdiagnosed person is the neurotypical partner. In therapy, the neurotypical partner may describe depression, anxiety, debilitating loneliness, exhaustion, and no sex life. They may describe living with their partner like they are roommates or feeling like their partner's parent. Their friends, family, or previous therapists may have misunderstood their relationship experiences, and the client may blame themselves.
In this 2-hour continuing education web conference, Sarah Swenson, LMHC will discuss how to make sense of the neurotypical partner’s story in individual therapy. Sarah will also discuss strategies for supporting the neurotypical partner as they unpack relationship challenges they may be experiencing and face difficult decisions in their life.
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Sarah Swenson, LMHC is a psychotherapist in private practice in the South Lake Union neighborhood of Seattle, home of some of the world's largest information technology companies. Because of the high occurrence of autism among members of the IT workforce, she specializes in working with couples in which one partner is on the autism spectrum and the other is neurotypical.
Sarah is a former dean of students, museum educator, and surgical photographer who returned to graduate school when her own children went off to college. Her lifelong interest in high intelligence, coupled with personal experience of adults with undiagnosed ASD, led to her working with couples struggling with misdiagnosed or undiagnosed autism.
Sarah is fluent in four languages and provides coaching services for clients around the world. She also offers consultation services to therapists about working with neurodiverse couples.
Sarah is currently working on her first book with the working title Twenty Questions and Twenty Answers for Couples Facing Autism Spectrum – and for the Therapists who Support Them. Sarah is also an autism spectrum Topic Expert for GoodTherapy.