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Individual Support: Neurodivergent Adults

Move from Surviving to Thriving!

Anxious and exhausted from masking your neurodivergent traits in an attempt to navigate the neurotypical world, frustrated with criticism at home or work, it can be easy to think the best you can hope for is zoning out with your phone or computer until you're forced to leave the house again. 


It doesn't have to be this way.

A rich and joyful life includes not only handling daily responsibilities, but also building relationships and having a sense of meaning or purpose.

Some of the areas of life we cover include:

Career.  Work stress is the number one reason most adults come to see me. It is important to understand the unwritten social rules of the workplace, to know when and how to disclose your neurodivergence, and to know how to care for yourself so work doesn't sap the joy out of life.  Thinking of changing jobs? We can discuss neurodivergent friendly work options.

Relationships. Challenges with connecting and building relationships are another primary reason neurodivergent people seek out support. We focus on understanding what it takes to build and maintain relationships, learning how to navigate anxiety in social situations, and improving communication with coworkers, friends, and family.

Executive Function. Executive Function (EF) challenges are common for neurodivergent people.  These often show up as trouble getting started, difficulty staying focused and completing work, as well as challenges with planning and time management. We focus on strategies to maximize EF skills.

Purpose. A sense of purpose comes from being connected with things greater than one's self. For some people, this comes through creative or intellectual pursuits such as art, writing, or a focus on a specific interest. For others, a sense of meaning comes from making the world a better place. We work together to build meaningful activities into daily life.

Understanding Neurodivergence. Understanding neurodivergence and how to self-advocate is critical for long-term success. Masking (hiding neurodivergent traits to fit in) is exhausting and damaging. Instead, we focus on being the best version of ourselves.

Sensory Sensitivities. Neurodivergent people react to sensory stimuli differently than neurotypical people.  Loud noises may feel unbearable.  Sensitivity to texture or taste may result in eating a limited range of foods. Difficulty with temperature regulation can make a hot room or the entire season of summer miserable.  We talk about why sensory sensitivities exist and how to navigate them. 


Handling the Practical Necessities.  Other goals we work on include dealing with the practical details of life. These can include handling household responsibilities, managing your money, transit options, caring for your health, and the other routine things we all need to do in life.

Location: Online anywhere; in person in Reno, NV

Coaching Rate:  $150 per session (United States dollar)

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Group Support for Neurodivergent Adults

For Adults, In Person or Online

  • Does social stuff stress you out so much that you avoid it, even though you're feeling isolated?

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  • Do you feel anxious a lot of the time? Almost all the time?

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  • Do you feel very sensitive to rejection or criticism?

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  • Is change hard? Are unexpected changes almost unmanageable?

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  • Do you have trouble getting started, staying focused, or completing things?

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  • Do you hyperfocus on certain topics that others don't always care about?

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  • Is it hard to get daily life stuff done? Do you get mad at yourself for not trying hard enough - even though you're always trying?

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  • Have you struggled to maintain employment?​​

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  • Are office politics confusing or hard to navigate? 

If you answered "yes" to many of these questions, this group might be a good fit for you. 

This group focuses on helping you to:

  • Build and maintain relationships. Understand the links between neurodivergence, trauma, and how we act in personal and professional relationships. Learn how to build connections with others that feel safe and supportive. 

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  • Succeed at work.  Learn how to build good relationships with your supervisor and colleagues, figure out who you can (and can't) trust at work, and develop allies who can make work more manageable.

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  • Get things done. Understand the links between neurodivergence, anxiety, and the executive function skills that help us accomplish our goals.

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  • Appreciate the value of your ND traits. 

 

Schedule & Location:  

  • In Person in Reno, NV: every other Tuesday evening or every other Wednesday evening

  • Online every other Tuesday evening or every other Saturday afternoon

Group Cost: $75 per session/$50 sliding scale (United States dollar)