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Want to understand the Neurodiversity Spectrum, Anxiety, OCD Spectrum, and/or Relationships? Or simply get advice and reading recommendations? Welcome to Dr. G's blog!

Autism

Masking Autism: What Are the Consequences of Camouflage?

“Be yourself.” We hear it all the time as the answer to living well and interacting genuinely. Yet, so many autistic people don’t feel they have the option to comfortably be who they are. Perhaps you feel this way too. As a result, like many neurodiverse people, you may have chosen to cope by hiding

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Neurodiverse Couples

How to Improve Communication in Your Neurodiverse Relationship

Communication, for any couple, is a continual work in progress. Your neurodiverse relationship is no exception. Whether one or both of you are on the autism spectrum, the challenges to feeling mutually heard and understood are real and ongoing. Coming together to engage and respond to each other effectively is vital to a lasting connection.

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Parenting

How to Co-Parent Productively With A Difficult Or Resistant Ex

Parenting is hard enough as it is. It can be even more difficult to co-parent. Staying on the same page, cooperating, and remaining consistent are often full-time jobs. Parents that split up often struggle to stay on track with parenting goals. The most important thing to remember is that your child needs your leadership and modeling

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ADHD

5 Treatment Options For Adults Living with ADHD

Many people associate ADHD with children. While it’s a common childhood disorder, it impacts many adults, too.  Some adults deal with ADHD because they weren’t properly diagnosed as a child. Others have been carrying it since childhood and are still trying to find treatments that work.  Whatever the case, there are ways to manage and

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Neurodiverse Couples

Love on the Autism Spectrum

Are you an adult on the autism spectrum or in a relationship with an individual with ASD and do you feel like you are struggling with the important relationships in your life? Whether you are stuck in unhealthy communication cycles, spiraling further away from feeling connected, or struggling to stay on the same page with

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Autism

Neurodiversity Affirming Psychotherapy for Autism

What does it mean to be Neurodiversity Affirming? Neurodiversity simply explains the natural variations in the brain. In this sense, neurodiversity is not seen as a disorder or deficit that needs to be “fixed”. It is recognized as a spectrum and a natural part of life. This is an important perspective to promote to increase

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OCD

How Does Therapy Work for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)?

Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP) is the “gold standard,” or the treatment of choice, for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD).  At Spectrum Connections Therapy, I use a combination of evidence-based approaches to treat OCD which include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Exposure and Response Prevention Therapy (ERP), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). I also use a family

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Neurodiverse Couples

Attachment Styles 101

Attachment styles are part of attachment theory in psychology, developed by John Bowlby and Mary Ainsworth. They help outline how we think, feel, and act in our relationships. Parents this post may be helpful as you think more about your relationship with your child and how you can support healthy and secure attachments in your family.

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