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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!

Neurodiverse Couples Therapy

3 Tips for Success in Gottman Couples Therapy for Neurodivergent Partners

The Gottman method is designed to help couples build intimacy by boosting respect and breaking down communication barriers. Most people understand the importance of healthy communication in a relationship but aren’t sure what it looks like.  In a neurodivergent intimate partnership, this is the main concern that brings couples to therapy, that both partners are

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Trauma

Trauma Responses: Exploring How Trauma Affects Our Behavior

Trauma impacts everyone differently. Some people are able to repress the effects of a traumatic situation for years. Others struggle to deal with the effects of it immediately. One thing most trauma survivors have in common, however, is that trauma can impact behavior for years. This is called a trauma response. From a young age,

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ADHD

What is Stimming and Why Do Neurodivergent People Do It?

Life as a neurotypical person can be hard to navigate and overwhelming at times. That’s for someone who has zero difficulties regulating their behavior, moods, or environment around them. When you have neurodivergent differences, such as Autism Spectrum and/or ADHD, it can be hard to navigate the day-to-day and feel regulated and calm. A diagnosis

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Neurodiverse Couples Therapy

The Benefits of Neurodiverse Couples Therapy

Curious about how neurodiverse couples therapy can help you and your intimate partner? Neurodiversity is becoming more widely understood across the world. While most people associate it with autism, there are a variety of conditions that can make someone neurodivergent. It simply means that their brain works differently than what is considered neurotypical. Neurodivergent people

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Trauma

What is Trauma-Informed Care & Why is it Important?

While trauma might not face the stigma other mental health conditions do, people who have experienced it often have a different obstacle to overcome—understanding. There is no “one size fits all” when it comes to a traumatic experience, leaving many people to ask things like “what’s wrong with you?” rather than “what happened to you?”.

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Autism

What is Interoception and Increasing Understanding with Neurodivergent Needs

You may have heard the term interoception before and know what it means, or maybe this is a completely new concept for you to understand. Many neurodivergent individuals with Autism and/or ADHD struggle with interoception skills which, as a result, can negatively impact mental and physical health. I didn’t really learn about interoception until years

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Autism

EMDR Therapy for Autism Spectrum Trauma Healing

Trauma-informed care is increasingly becoming the preferred standard when working with neurodivergent folks with autism spectrum differences. Autistic individuals tend to experience more trauma for a variety of reasons as they continue to try to adapt to living in a world with neurotypical standards. Individuals with developmental differences, such as autism spectrum, are more vulnerable

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ADHD

What Conditions are Neurodivergent?

It’s estimated that 15-20% of the global population is neurodivergent. While we can certainly get into the details of what neurodiversity truly means, in a nutshell, it refers to anyone with a condition that causes their brain to work a bit differently than a neurotypical brain. The neurodiversity movement promotes and accepts these differences and does

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Neurodiverse Couples Therapy

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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ADHD

What is RSD with ADHD?

Rejection-Sensitive Dysphoria (RSD) is a condition that causes extreme emotional sensitivity and pain. That pain is caused by the perception of rejection or criticism, especially from friends and loved ones.  It’s fair to say no one likes to experience rejection. As humans, we all want to be liked and accepted. So, when you feel like

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