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Neurodiverse Couples

So…What is Cassandra Syndrome, Anyway?

You may have heard of Cassandra Syndrome, or maybe you have not. As the neurotypical partner in a neurodivergent intimate partnership, you are likely trying to better explain your emotional experience in your relationship with your partner who may have autism and/or ADHD. More often than not, your neurodivergent partner may not even be aware

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Neurodiverse Couples

Communicating While Angry: Healthy Tips to Keep the Conversation Civil

When you’re upset with your partner, it’s easy to let your anger get the best of you. You might end up saying things you don’t mean—or things you’ll later regret. What you choose to say can also fuel an argument further. You might end up going completely off-topic and bringing up things that aren’t even

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Neurodiverse Couples

Navigating the Holidays When You Don’t Like the In-Laws

Not liking your in-laws might be an old stereotype, but for some people, it’s a very true reality. As the old saying goes, when you marry someone, you marry their whole family. It might not always feel that way, but it certainly can during the holiday season. It’s the time of year when families get

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Neurodiverse Couples

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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Neurodiverse Couples

Dating While Neurodivergent: Boundaries & Expectations

Dating is a nuanced experience for everyone. No two situations are exactly alike. Whether you’re heading out on a first date or you’ve been seeing a special someone for a while, the dating world can be a little stressful for everyone. However, it’s often especially overwhelming for neurodivergent individuals.  That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t date.

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Neurodiverse Couples

Is Your Partner on the Spectrum? Try These Tips to Understand Them Well

Are you a neurotypical person with a partner on the Autism Spectrum? Are you struggling to find ways to connect and relate in everyday ways? You aren’t alone in your experience. Many couples in similar circumstances struggle as they try to find harmony and balance together in their intimate partnerships. At Spectrum Connections Therapy, we

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Neurodiverse Couples

Gottman Couples Therapy: What It Is & Why It Works

We hear all the time that relationships are “hard work.” Yet, perhaps they are so difficult because tools for relationship success and satisfaction are not taught early enough or thoroughly enough from the start. What if there were proven techniques available to help restore your struggling connection? What if you knew what to do to

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Neurodiverse Couples

How Do Attachment Types Develop and What Can You Learn From Them?

Starting from an early age, our lives are often shaped by the people who surround us. Known as attachment theory, it explores the connection that humans have with one another. Most often, the connection between caregiver and infant. Attachment theory looks at the various ways bonds in life influence us as we grow up into

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Podcast with Dr. Nicole Gurash: Navigating the Spectrum

Recently I chatted with Michele Portlock with Navigating the Spectrum, located in Parker, Colorado. We chatted about neurodiversity-affirming and trauma-informed care for the neurodivergent community. If you’d like to listen to the podcast, here is the link. https://www.micheleportlock.com/

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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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