Art Therapy for Late-Identified Autism

I provide art therapy for women who are late-diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder and those who are questioning if they might be autistic.

 

Many autistic women go unseen and undiagnosed for years.

 

Why?

The standards for recognizing and diagnosing autism are largely based on studies and observations of white cis-heteronormative boys.

 

Turns out, autism presents itself differently in women. 

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People who are raised and socialized as girls frequently learn how to mask and camouflage autism. As a result, autism is more of an internal experience than external behaviors that others can observe.

I hold a neurodivergent view of autism that classifies autism as a difference in brain functioning, processing and learning than the average human, referred to as "neurotypicals." 

Autism does not mean you are broken. It is a lived reality that has incredible benefits, as well as challenges.

 

I know because I am autistic. My life is better because I am autistic. I love that I pick up on things that others don't. I deeply enjoy getting lost in creative projects.

 

Through art therapy, I help clients to explore if they are autistic and how their autism uniquely impacts them, including their strengths, challenges, and all the messy middle. Some of the topics we'll untangle include:

  • Masking and Camouflaging

  • Sensory Sensitivity 

  • Executive Functioning

  • Overload and Shutdown

  • Sensorimotor Impacts (gut, hyper vigilance, etc.)

We develop strategies and coping skills, heal old wounds (autistic people frequently experience shame, alienation, and trauma), and discuss  how to thrive as an autistic person in a neurotypical world.