My Story

 

MSW, RSW, PhD
Registered Social Worker

My Story

After many years of research and teaching in University settings, I made an abrupt mid-life career change to work with the neurodivergent. There were few, if any, services for neurodivergent adults at the time. I wanted to change that. It was personal. I am a mom, friend, colleague, teacher and therapist to neurodivergent people of all ages and walks of life.  As for me? I walk a fine line between being neurodivergent and neurotypical. If I had to wear a hat, I’d pick acquired ADHD.

As a counsellor: I provide traditional counselling services for mental health struggles (anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, self-harm, sex and gender identity stuff, etc.). I also provide non-traditional counselling based on my understanding of how neuroatypical brains and nervous systems work.

Typical clients I work with may include teenagers struggling to understand who they are and navigate school and social relationships, late diagnosed adults who wonder what their diagnosis means, adults who have self-diagnosed but continue to question, individuals who are tired of masking or suffering from autistic burnout, couples who are not getting what they want from their relationship and struggle to communicate about it, and neurodivergent youth and adults who want to meet other neurodivergent folks and figure these, and other, things out together.

As an educator: I work to build capacity for neurodiversity-affirming educational and mental health services and workplaces in Canada. In a neurotypical world, the burden falls on the neurodivergent to adapt, at any cost. But round pegs don’t fit into square holes. The only way all neurotypes can coexist with an equal chance of being understood and respected is if we build understanding around difference and stop privileging typical brains over all others. To solve the problems of our world, we need neuroatypical brains! My training workshops are based on research and professional and lived experience.