Do you also provide therapy for clients who are not on the autism spectrum?
Absolutely! I integrate several approaches in my work. One of my favorites is a somatic-based therapy called Focusing that was developed in response to the questions, "What are clients who improve in therapy actually doing that makes it work? What are they doing in comparison to clients who get stuck?" This technique can be taught and learned over several sessions and can be helpful with addressing issues such as anxiety, trauma, grief and loss, and depression. I also provide longer-term talk therapy for teens and adults who are not autistic.
Do you take insurance?
I am an out-of-network provider at this time. Depending on the terms of your plan, you may be able to submit my services to your insurance provider for reimbursement. I can provide you with a super bill with the required details, upon request.
I saw that you have done research with psilocybin and MDMA. Do you provide psychedelic-assisted therapy?
Outside of legal, clinical research settings? I do not. I am trained and qualified to provide therapeutic support to individuals who have had difficult or powerfully transformative experiences with psychedelics. This type of after care is called integration work. I do not provide "underground" therapy or make referrals to work outside of approved clinical trials. I am also available to provide consultation and training for health care professionals who would like to learn more about the classic hallucinogens and psychedelics.
What is neurodiversity?
I first learned about neurodiversity from my colleague, Nick Walker, who is an autistic self-advocate, author, educator, and neurodiversity expert. He published this description in his blog:
"Autism is still widely regarded as a “disorder,” but this view has been challenged in recent years by proponents of the neurodiversity model, which holds that autism and other neurocognitive variants are simply part of the natural spectrum of human biodiversity, like variations in ethnicity or sexual orientation (which have also been pathologized in the past). Ultimately, to describe autism as a disorder represents a value judgment rather than a scientific fact." (source: Neurocosmopolitanism.com)
Do you provide therapy online?
If you are a resident of California and are interested in learning more about receiving psychotherapy online, let me know. I am currently researching ways to make this type of service more readily available to my clients, when appropriate.
I noticed that you do not use person-first language. Why is that?
I started using identity-first language (autistic person) instead of person-first language (person with autism) because so many autistic adults and self-advocates told me that they prefer identity-first. I always work with my clients to confirm their preferences regarding terminology, communication methods, and sensory triggers because no truer words have ever been spoken than when professor Stephen Shore said, "If you've met one person with autism, you've met one person with autism."
Do you work with couples?
I do not have expertise in providing couples therapy, so I make referrals to service providers in the area who specialize in this kind of work and who have experience working with clients on the autism spectrum. Occasionally, significant others will come in for a consultation with me to learn more about autism in general or they will attend a session in support of the client’s work in therapy.