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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

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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Trauma

Common Gaslighting Phrases to Watch Out For

Gaslighting is a form of psychological manipulation. It is a means of making another person doubt themselves and what they believe. This tactic is often used by narcissists and abusers in order to generate doubt and confusion in the victim’s mind.  It is also used so that the abuser can plant seeds of uncertainty in

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Neurodiverse Couples Therapy

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 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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ADHD

OCD vs. ADHD: 3 Similarities & 3 Differences

Most people have a basic idea of what OCD and ADHD are. However, the two conditions may get confused, or the symptoms get misdiagnosed. It’s important to understand both the similarities and differences between OCD and ADHD, especially if you’re concerned that someone in your life might be dealing with one or the other. Educating

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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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Trauma

Is People-Pleasing a Trauma Response?

Living through a traumatic experience can cause many different reactions. Some people get outwardly angry and resentful, and others become more passive. The action of people-pleasing is generally caused by a traumatic experience and/or complex trauma. It is also known as the 4th response in the fight, fight, or freeze pattern, otherwise called the fawn response.

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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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