On this site, or the planet...? Be specific. I'm autistic.
As 'The Humanistic Autistic', I'm here to navigate wellbeing from both a personal and professional perspective through a neurodivergent lens.
I'm a Humanistic Therapeutic Counsellor. I'm autistic, ADHD and dyspraxic. I'm also a self-titled 'Neuro-Nerd'.
This platform allows me to bring you information and content from a professional perspective along with dollops of my lived experience. I was diagnosed autistic and ADHD as an adult, and one thing that I found most helpful myself during my own assessment process was to hear from others about their pre and post diagnosis experiences.
There is still so much to learn about in terms of neurodivergent wellbeing, and I want to talk about it. I want to share what I've learnt along the way, and share what I hope will be some exciting developments in the future.
So, whether you're wondering if you might be neurodivergent, on a journey to diagnosis, or you're just curious, please join me. This space will not be exclusive. If you're neurotypical but are interested in wellbeing, well, you might just pick up some useful tips here. Neurodivergent people often have to prioritise wellbeing in a variety of different, creative ways in order to build and maintain a personal sense of thrive, not just survive. Many wellbeing strategies can be applied and adapted to all neurotypes with a little divergent thinking.
Please be aware that when I speak from personal experience, that it is just that - MY experience. We are all unique, neurology aside, in how we are in the world. I am aware that my voice comes from a place of safety, personal understanding and knowledge, and a degree of privilege in terms of how I can adjust my environments at this point in my life to suit my needs. That means that I am not speaking on behalf of all autistic, ADHD, dyspraxic people. I am speaking only about myself and my diagnoses in those instances. If you relate to any of that, great! If you don't, that's cool too. Doesn't make either of us any less or more of who we are in our uniqueness.
As a Counsellor, I work with many young people and adults around their pre and post diagnosis explorations. I'm currently a student of Positive Psychology, and hope to go forward with research in the area of neurodivergent wellbeing in the next year. My own neurodivergence is an integral part of who I am as a therapist and academic student and researcher. I'll be touching on all of these things from time to time, but this space here is separate to my role as a Counsellor in private practice. I won't be actively advertising my services in that respect here. If you want to find out more about my work as a Counsellor you can find more information here www.lodestonetherapies.co.uk .What I will bring here though is my continued professional knowledge and learning around what it is to nurture our neurodivergent wellbeing in a neurotypcial world.