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Want to understand the Neurodiversity Spectrum, Anxiety, OCD, Trauma and/or Neurodivergent Relationships? Or simply to get advice, updates and reading recommendations? Welcome to Dr. G’s Blog!

Adult Therapy

Taking a Deeper Look at the Freeze and Fawn Responses

Most people have heard of the fight-or-flight responses regarding how your mind comprehends fear. When you’re in a dangerous situation — even a perceived one — your mind tells the rest of your body that it needs to defend itself somehow.  Fight means standing up to the threat, while flight means running away from it or avoiding it.

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Trauma

What is Brainspotting Therapy?

Brainspotting therapy is nothing new. In fact, it was discovered over 20 years ago. But, more people are just starting to discover it and the benefits it can provide when healing from trauma and unresolved issues. Brainspotting can also regulate the nervous system, release hurts, and help you let go of unwanted patterns. But what

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ADHD

How Social Anxiety Takes a Toll on Neurodivergent Folks

Social anxiety casts a wide net. It’s a type of anxiety that can practically paralyze you in social situations or even make you fearful when you think about social settings. But, for people living with autism, ADHD, and/or another form of neurodivergence, social anxiety can feel even more overwhelming.  Unfortunately, anxiety is fairly common in

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Neurodiverse Couples Therapy

5 Communication Tips for Couples

Communication is one of the key components of any successful relationship. While most people know that, it doesn’t mean communicating with your partner is always easy. It also doesn’t mean the communication habits in your relationship are always healthy.  Thankfully, there are things you can do to improve your communication as a couple. By making healthy

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Autism

How Trauma Affects Someone with Autism

Trauma can have a serious, long-term impact on anyone who goes through it. Whether it was a one-time traumatic event or complex trauma like abuse or neglect, no one is immune from struggling with the aftermath. However, trauma can affect someone with autism differently. Unfortunately, people with autism are often at a greater risk of experiencing trauma

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Adult Therapy

You Think You May Have Experienced Childhood Trauma. Now What?

Childhood trauma is more common than many people think. However, many people who experience it—especially at a very young age—try to repress those memories or forget about them as a defense mechanism.  That can work for a while. There are many functioning adults who had to deal with childhood trauma and haven’t had any major

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Anxiety

5 Ways to Navigate Neurodivergent Social Anxiety

Social anxiety can impact anyone. It refers to any individual who deals with irrational anxiety in social situations or through different interactions. Neurodivergent people often get labeled as “socially anxious,” though it’s even more common that they get mislabeled as shy. For those on the autism spectrum or with other neurodiverse conditions, being around groups

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Adult Therapy

How Does Complex Trauma Present in Adults

Most people have a basic understanding of trauma. You’ve undoubtedly heard of PTSD and experiences in childhood and adulthood that could lead to trauma symptoms. However, fewer people have either heard of or fully understand complex trauma. The two differ in that complex trauma is something that repeatedly happens over time. Therefore, it’s often referred

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OCD

Is OCD Neurodivergent?

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) is considered a type of anxiety disorder. While OCD can absolutely create anxious thoughts and foster anxiety-related symptoms, in more recent years, it has been also viewed as neurodiverse in origin. What does that mean? Someone who is neurodivergent has a brain that processes things differently, learns differently, or behaves differently than

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