I am Autistic/ADHD, Will Counselling Help Me?
Updated: Nov 25, 2022
How will counselling help me understand my autism/ADHD?
One to one counselling can be a daunting experience for anyone which can be amplified if you identify as neurodivergent.
When we think about therapy, we can often think of a therapist sitting in a chair analysing our client's body language and eye contact whilst they sit in the chair opposite expected to divulge their inner traumas.
Therapy is not a one size fits all approach and what may work for one person doesn't work for another. Just because someone feels unable to make eye contact does not always mean this comes from a deeper place other than they just don't like eye contact. The same goes for fidgeting or stimming, this doesn't always mean someone is uncomfortable or anxious.
If you are neurodivergent, you have likely experienced feelings of isolation, not fitting in, not being good enough, and not being like everyone else. It can be quite common for people to feel very lonely growing up too. Counselling can help you to process all of those feelings and internal/external beliefs that you have developed over time. It can help you to feel more accepting of yourself which in turn helps you to feel more content, and less anxious with less negative self-talk.
What would your life look like if you weren't struggling with the things you are or have been struggling with lately? Perhaps it would give you more time in your head to focus on the things you enjoy. Maybe you would feel less anxious. Maybe you would have more confidence which can empower you to make the changes you want in your life.
Whatever it is you envision for yourself, counselling can help you to access it!
Just like ensuring there are adaptations made for physical disabilities, for example, wheelchair-friendly rooms, I like to ensure I can make adaptations for clients who struggle with the subtleties and expectations of therapy.
If you struggle with the thought of therapy but feel it would benefit you, get in touch and we can look at any adaptations which may help ease your experience of therapy.
If you are unsure whether or not you are neurodivergent, here are links to some really useful profiles from people with lived experiences of different neurodivergence below: