For anyone to whom Neurodiversity is a new concept, it is the idea that neurological differences are to be recognized and respected as any other human variation. Neurodiversity can help everyone (families, teachers, colleagues and friends etc) frame challenges as differences, rather than as deficits.
My therapeutic approach is eclectic and tailored to accommodate the neurodiversity of my clients and families. I have training in a variety of evidenced based approaches enabling me to work with a range of clients including the Neurodivergent.
As a Multiply Divergent adult: #ADHD, #Dyspraxia # Dyslexia My experience has been that people often focus on the challenges of neurological divergent. I want to change the narrative and create a balanced view which focuses equally on our talents and strengths.
I provide ‘lived’ and professional therapies and education for children and families struggling with ADHD, Autism, anxiety, depression, sensory integration and life transitions. I provide individual therapy for children and young adults as well as training for parents,carers and teachers.
I am passionate about empowering Neurodivergents and their allies with the knowledge and mindset necessary to Embrace Difference!
So you know what to expect, let me tell you a bit about myself.
I am a qualified psychotherapist currently based in Hamburg Germany, but I move around the world quite a bit!
I was diagnosed with Dyslexia in my 20s, Dyspraxia in my 30s and ADHD in my 40s.
In my career (even pre-diagnosis) I worked with many neurologically diverse adults and children and have a real affinity with this section of the community through my lived experiences and my professional history.
I have worked internationally and in a variety of settings: Family Centres, Refugee Resettlement Projects, Mental Health Charities, Women’s Crisis Centres, alongside Child Protection Agencies, in Special Education and International School Counselling services. I have also worked with those involved in the Judicial Systems.
The realisation that I was wired differently, and not a clumsy, impulsive imposter occurred slowly. Even though I was working as a Special Education Teacher at the time! Life was busy, studying and qualifying, moving countries and raising children, no time to stop and reflect!.
My neurodiverse family includes one neurotypical, and two Autistics both of whom are dyslexic like me. Because we are neurodiverse, our brains are wired differently enough to be noticeable, and we have some very unique strengths and challenges as a family.
We end up with a lot of miscommunications, but that helps us all become more empathetic, and exercise forgiveness.
We often have the benefit of two or more different ways of looking at a situation or coming up with a solution, which can be confusing but is also very helpful!
We can have very different needs when it comes to relaxing or recharging; I want to go out and talk and be energetic whilst my youngest prefers (actually needs) to stay home and relax alone in a dark room.
Being in a neurodiverse family means I am deeply familiar with the challenges that child rearing has for parents, and particularly those who raise children overseas. I appreciate the patience, tolerance and loving understanding that parents learn to develop.
Now in my fifties I am embracing life as a neurodivergent therapist, consultant and neurodiversity-affirming educator. My diagnoses and my subsequent career progression have been life-changing, life-affirming, and have brought me peace, relief, and fulfilment. A lot of things make sense and now I am making the accommodations and adding the support I need to live a great life that suits me, my neurotype and my personality.
Neurodivergent people have a lot to contribute to society, and I believe we should listen, uplift and empower them more. I am very open about my neurovariations because of this reason. I am proud of my accomplishments in overcoming many hurdles and obstacles throughout my life, and I enjoy helping others overcome adversity and be their magical, neurodivergent self. I believe the future is bright and the future is neurodiverse.
Please get in touch if you would like to book a session and I am more than happy to answer any questions or queries you may have.
I am a registered Psychotherapist and Certified Autism Specialist. I am an International Baccalaureate (IB) School Counsellor and member of the Association of German International Schools (AGIS). You can find me on the Association of Neurodivergent Counsellors directory, (ANDT) where I support and practise the organisational values and ethos. My psychotherapeutic work is supervised by accredited supervisors. I am also an Approved Clinical Practicum Supervisor. Having completed the Yin Yoga teacher training programme, I currently teach yoga to adolescent youngsters seeking support with self and emotional regulation.