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Do you feel "different"? Do you struggle with connecting with people and/or "fitting in"? Do you often feel that you have to "mask," or pretend to be other than you really are, in order to be accepted by others? Have you or someone you loved experienced challenges with verbal communication, sensory sensitivity, memory issues, "time blindness," trouble finishing things, feeling easily distracted, and/or poor emotional regulation, among other things? You are not alone and you are not to blame. We can help.
At its most basic, neurodiversity refers to the natural spectrum of variation in the human brain. This natural spectrum results in people experiencing and interacting with the world in many different ways, for example: differences in communication, learning styles, and behavior. In essence, this definition applies to all humans. We are all different, diverse, and have unique contributions to make to our communities and society.
The term neurodiversity is most used, however, in the specific context of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) as well as other neurological or developmental conditions like learning disabilities, brain injuries, and PTSD/other mental health disorders.
At CCP. we aim to increase acceptance and inclusion of all people while embracing neurological differences, and believe that there is no one "right" way of thinking, learning, or behaving. While we know that differences should not be viewed as deficits, we also know that society today remains largely built around a “neurotypical default” model, often causing neurodiverse folk to still be shamed, bullied, marginalized, & forced to mask for their own survival.
Masking is when a neurodiverse person tries to cover up their difference by copying the behaviors of neurotypical people. Also known as “Camouflaging” or “Impression Management," masking is an adaptive strategy to fit in socially, avoid being stigmatized or abused, and/or to feel more accepted. Masking can also become deeply engrained & unconscious when it frequently doesn't feel safe to be authentic. While adaptive, forced masking can lead to imposter syndrome and fear of inauthenticity (being "caught" "faking" by others). This can lead to neurodiverse folk struggling with self-esteem, their sense of self, and/or other co-occurring disorders like anxiety, depression, and/or substance abuse.
CCP has therapists trained in neurodiverse thinking who can help you explore your experience and experiment with solutions. We will help you re-connect with your true self in a safe and non-judgmental therapeutic environment. Please reach out as soon as you're ready. We're excited to work with you!
"Refusing to perform neurotypicality is a revolutionary act of self-love." -Devon Price
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