My Approach to Helping
I specialize in working online with neurodiverse couples in which one partner is autistic and the other is neurotypical, as well as the individuals in these partnerships. This requires a unique understanding of the dilemmas and challenges encountered by both partners and helping them understand themselves and each other. We build on strengths. I teach skills for creating new means of interpersonal communication. I help individuals and couples discern whether to stay together or move apart, which includes supporting them through any necessary transitions, as we go through the various stages of psychoeducation, understanding, grief, and rewards involved in this unique relationship. I have developed a protocol I call Neurodiverse Bonding Therapy, which is described in my upcoming book.
More Info About My Practice
Neurodiverse couples face particular and unique issues. I can help you put words to your feelings and support you in your journey, as you learn new ways of effective communication, identify and grieve any losses, and chart a course for the future. I can help you because I understand both the interior life of the autistic partner and of the neurotypical partner. I can help you learn to build new bridges to strengthen your relationship, which relieves anxiety. If you discern during our work that it might be better to go your separate ways, we can work together on creating this new path as well.
My clients and I work online with a video chat platform created specifically for telemedicine. Depending on where you live, we form a counseling (Washington state) or coaching relationship (everywhere else).
Unlike therapy, coaching is a skills and education relationship for neurodiverse couples and individuals in these relationships and is not focused on mental health.
Specific Issue(s) I'm Skilled at Helping With
I work with neurodiverse couples - autistic + neurotypical partners - and individuals in these relationships. I also work with individuals whose intelligence, talent, entrepreneurial skills, creativity, or other achievements and accomplishments set them apart.
How Psychotherapy Can Help
My practice is unusual and highly specialized. I can guide your journey of self-discovery, from which new habits, thought patterns, and choices emerge. Together we can work to help you understand your issues and replace them with behaviors that help you feel better and reach your goals. Please visit my website for extensive information about my practice. I work exclusively online.