What You Need To Know About Affirmative, Online Neurodivergent Therapy

Are you neurodivergent? Suspect you might be? As a part of the neurodivergent community myself, I specialize in helping people learn more about how their brain works.

Neurodivergent therapy provided by someone who is neurodivergent is one of the best ways to feel accepted and seen in a therapeutic space.

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What Is Neurodiversity?

Neurodiversity refers to the different ways everyone thinks, learns, and behaves.

No two people experience things the same way, but neurodivergent clients often have mental health issues, including autism, ADHD, and other mental health concerns.

Neurodivergent people have many strengths, but due to a lack of understanding in our society, they face many challenges, too.

Types of neurodiversity:

  • Autism 
  • ADHD
  • Tourette Syndrome
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Dyslexia
  • Dyspraxia
  • Synethesia 
  • OCD
  • PTSD
  • Anxiety
  • Nonverbal Learning Disorder 

This list is not comprehensive by any means, but these are some of the more widely-known and occurring types of neurodiversity. 

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Signs that you might be neurodivergent:

  • You have difficulty with social interaction (eye contact, social cues, initiating conversations)
  • You experience sensitivity with different sensory inputs, like being overwhelmed or distracted by loud noises or bright lights
  • You express strong interests in specific topics or activities – people may even call you “obsessed” with specific subjects
  • You struggle with managing your time 
  • You experience difficulty with regulating your emotions – ranging from having a tough time managing intense emotions or difficulty expressing emotions in the first place 
  • You have a unique way of thinking and problem solving, outside of the norm. 
  • You can focus intensely and pay incredible attention to detail
  • You feel “othered” or different from your peers

Again, this list is not comprehensive. Everyone is unique and identifying with items on this list does not serve as a diagnosis. 

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Common Challenges Neurodivergent People Face

No two neurodivergent people have the same challenges, but some common issues you may face include:

  • Inability to stay organized in school or work
  • Difficulty planning or prioritizing important tasks in school or work
  • Anxiety or stress related to sensory overload
  • Inability to meet demands required from your employer or school based on a lack of accommodations
  • Discrimination or bullying due to the different ways you process information
  • Changes in routine, workload, or other factors can cause anxiety
  • Challenges with multi-tasking or switching from one task to another
  • Can often misunderstand sarcasm, leading to hurt feelings or emotional outbursts

Neurodivergence Diagnosis & Assessments

Unlike diabetes or other medical illnesses, neurodivergent diagnoses aren’t possible with a simple blood or medical test.

Instead, they require in-depth assessments and screenings, looking closely at a person’s developmental history, including speech and social skills.

The screenings also consider past and present behaviors during observations and interviews to pick up on any behavior patterns or communication issues.

During the screening, it’s advisable to discuss anything you’ve noticed, whether for yourself or your child, including sudden mood changes, learning disorders, communication problems, or an unusual lack of interest in typical activities.

Myths, Facts & Stats About Neurodiversity

Like most mental health issues, myths about neurodiversity make it challenging for a neurodivergent person to overcome many of the issues they face, especially when dealing with society. Here are some of the most common myths:

Myth: Neurodivergent means autistic

Truth: Neurodivergent clients can have many conditions and challenges, including, but not limited to, autism. They may also deal with ADHD, dyslexia, bipolar disorder, OCD, PTSD, and anxiety, among others.

Myth: Neurodivergent people are all the same

Truth: Just like no two people with diabetes present the same challenges, neither do neurodivergent people. While 15% to 20% of the world’s population has some form of neurodivergence, no two people have the same disabilities or challenges.

Myth: Neurodivergent clients cannot communicate

Truth: Some neurodivergent patients have communication challenges, but they can overcome the challenges with the right therapy and treatment when properly addressed. It shouldn’t be assumed that all neurodivergent individuals cannot communicate.

Neurodivergent Treatment

There isn’t a one-size-fits-all treatment for neurotypical people. The treatment and support required depend on the challenges and symptoms patients face.

Some common forms of treatment include cognitive behavioral therapy, speech and language therapy, applied behavior analysis, nutritional therapy, medication management, and occupational therapy.

What Is Neurodivergent Affirming Therapy?

Neurodivergent affirming therapy focuses on the acceptance of a person’s neurodiversity. This therapy doesn’t aim to ‘fix’ the issues, but instead, help the client accept their differences and learn how to manage them to build their self-esteem and have a higher quality of life.

How Online Neurodiversity Therapy Can Help

I’m autistic. I know what it’s like to have a brain that’s not viewed as “normal.” I know what it feels like to navigate a world that wasn’t built for you. My goal as a therapist is to provide a space where people can explore how their brains work.

As an expert in most types of neurodiversity, I give my clients education and practical advice on maximizing their personal happiness and joy in their lives exactly as they are. Neurodiversity therapy provided by a neurodiverse therapist is the best way to heal and grow.

Benefits of Online Therapy

Online neurodiversity-affirming therapy may feel strange or ‘too modern.’ Still, it has proven to be effective for patients, helping them feel relaxed and better able to focus on the changes they want to make.

Consistency is the key to neurodivergent affirming therapy, and being able to log on at home, where you’re most comfortable and don’t have to create sudden change, can increase the likelihood of attending sessions and for them to be productive.

It also allows other family members to support you should you face challenges.

Online therapy removes obstacles, including transportation issues, timing conflicts, and sudden mood changes that would make in-person counseling more challenging.

About AshTree Counseling Center: Online Neurodivergent Therapy in North Carolina

AshTree Counseling was founded by Ashlyn Baker, a neurodivergent therapist. She understands the challenges her patients endure from her empathy, compassion, education, and her own experience.

She has a solid understanding of what it’s like to live in a world where you feel ‘different,’ and she has the tools to help implement acceptance and success in your life.

Meet Our Neurodiversity-Affirming Therapists

At AshTree Counseling, we employ neurodiversity-affirming therapists who embrace each client with a thorough understanding and compassion, knowing that each client is different and has different needs.

We believe all humans are created differently and deserve the same chances in life. There isn’t one way to act, think, or behave. Each of our different personalities and tendencies is what makes the world a beautiful place.

Our world has created a negative connotation of anyone with a mental health diagnosis or a different way of thinking. This is why we are proud to be a part of the neurodiversity movement to stop discrimination and help everyone embrace human diversity.

Here’s a look at our therapists:

Ashlyn Baker

Founder, MA, LCMHCA, and NCC, Ashlyn is also neurodivergent, easily connecting with clients as she can empathize with their symptoms and the challenges they face in the world.

She focuses on acceptance and enabling clients to understand how their brains operate and how to find happiness.

Teal Russeau

MA and LCMHCA, Teal believes in having a therapeutic relationship with someone who experiences neurodiversity themselves.

Teal has ADHD and is autistic; she works with children and adults, helping them highlight their strengths and learn coping skills to help clients overcome the challenges neurodiversity can create.

Ashley Burke

MA, LCMHCA, and NCC, Ashley focuses on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical-Behavior Therapy. She helps clients learn to embrace who they are, be vulnerable, and create change.

Ready to support your mental health journey with an online neurodivergent-affirming therapist?

How Our Process Works

You’re ready to get support from someone who is in your community. You’re ready to work with someone who accepts and supports you for who you are today.

As a virtual counseling practitioner, I am ready to work with you in the state of North Carolina, on your schedule, at your convenience. My approach is kind, client-centered, and entirely focused on your well-being.

1. Schedule a Free Phone Consultation

A phone consultation lasts around 15 minutes and is a great opportunity to get to know you and how I can best assist you. Once we gather some details, we schedule you for your first session.

2. Talk to Me About How I Can Help

The first intake session will involve getting to know you on a more detailed level.

I’ll ask questions about who you are, your background, your family, your goals for therapy, and your expectations. This will be a time for you to ask questions and make sure you’re happy and comfortable.

3. Learn To Embrace Your Identity

Let me support you as you navigate a neurotypical world. Let’s celebrate what makes you you. Let’s work together to create a life for you that you love.

Online Neurodivergent Therapy Pricing

At AshTree Counseling, we don’t work with insurance companies directly.

You are free to file a claim with your insurance company, but to keep our services affordable and to avoid insurance companies from limiting the type and number of services you receive, we charge a flat rate of $120 per session.

What Our Patients Are Saying

“Started teaching me to be more accepting of myself as well be more accepting of my own confusion. I’m more aware of how much my obsessions come from discomfort with ambiguity and my own uncertainty.”

“Thank you for being so intricately kind to me.”

“You were so helpful and made a big impact on me and my life. Your counseling services always gave me a safe space to talk and feel heard.”

FAQs

How To Tell if My Neurodivergent Child Needs Counseling or Play Therapy?

During our intake, we can observe your child and see which type of therapy would benefit him the most, given his development, communication, and social skills.

Can Virtual Therapy Be Helpful?

Virtual therapy is a great way to help neurodivergent individuals feel comfortable during their sessions.

Being in the comfort of their own home and not having a sudden change in schedule and environment can reduce the overstimulation and help them focus on the neurodivergent therapist.

How Do You Build a Good, Supportive Relationship With Your Clients?

I am empathetic, caring, and understanding of all situations. I take my time with my clients, helping them to feel comfortable during therapy sessions.

No two clients are the same, and I take the time to get to know you and your needs to ensure you get as much as possible from your therapy sessions.

Not ready to begin your therapy journey today? That’s ok! Here are some resources I recommend to my neurodiverse clients that you might find useful!

Neurodiverse Resources

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Other mental health services I offer:

Anyone can suffer from any number of mental health struggles at once. If this specific type of therapy isn’t suited for your needs, take a look at our other areas of focus:

Therapy for ADHD

Therapy for Autism

Therapy for LGBTQ+

Therapy for Trauma

Information on our virtual therapy services for North Carolina

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Before the pandemic, a lot of mental health professionals viewed virtual therapy in a negative light. After the pandemic, the overall attitude in the mental health community has certainly changed. Now we have an opportunity to provide crucial psychotherapy support to anyone in the State of North Carolina! If you live in NC and are interested in working with us, we can make that happen. I utilize an entirely secure digital platform to conduct our sessions and are able to ensure your privacy. The only caveat to working with me is that you must be located in the NC during the session.