Spectrum Blog

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!

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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Autism

Why Autistics May Be More At Risk for Complex Trauma

During the last twenty years, awareness of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has grown by leaps and bounds. Through a variety of means, society is now familiar with the language associated with trauma and the need for treatment. As time goes on, we are also gaining a deeper understanding of the impact that abuse, neglect, bullying,

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OCD

Everyday with OCD: 5 Practical Tips for Managing Your Symptoms

You don’t like it but you do it anyway. Whatever the “it” is for you (handwashing, lightswitch flipping, cell phone checking, etc.) you are bullied by your brain to do so. Like it or not.  No matter how annoyed, exhausted, or frustrated you feel. OCD makes getting through the day a continuous challenge. Symptoms of

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Autism

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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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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A mother and daughter hug while sitting on a porch overlooking a mountain area
Parenting

Our ACTion Plan for Parents

At Spectrum Connections Therapy, our goal is to support parents and children with an action plan that will help you move forward. The plan is action based and focused on positive behavior change. It is individualized and tailored to your families needs. We offer the ABC Action Plan to help you support your parenting but

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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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Anxiety

Is Your Worry Warranted? When It’s Time to Do Something About Anxiety

Anxiety is a mental health condition that requires attention if your worries interfere with your daily life. It is healthy to be anxious about certain events in your life like applying for a job or going on your first date. The story changes if everything around you makes you anxious. Anxiety could creep in every time you

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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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