Coaching for Neurodivergent Health and Wellness
Are you a star-shaped person? I’m not talking about being a square peg trying to fit into a round hole….but a star shape that won’t fit into any hole? In any box?! If the answer is yes…I might just be the life coach for you. I believe that stars can’t shine when they are in boxes!
If you have been professionally diagnosed or self-diagnose as Autistic, you may feel like an alien in this world. You can do some things better than anyone else around you, but struggle to do basic things that others can do: effectively put your thoughts into words that others understand, be around others without getting a “social hangover,” manage the basic tasks of everyday life without becoming overwhelmed, and feel like you belong here as you are.
When you are neurodivergent and your brain works in a completely different way from the people around you, life is a never-ending source of challenge and surprise…and sometimes overwhelm. I know this from my own lived experience.
I started on a journey of discovery several years ago, which led to a (completely unexpected!) diagnosis of autism.. Once the initial surprise wore off and I began to understand who and what I am, everything began to change for the better. Definitely not all at once…there was a lot of work to do to get to a place of acceptance and understanding. But now I have been able to make the necessary changes in my life to support my unique needs.
Being neurodivergent myself helps me to better understand and support others who are, as I am intimately familiar with masking, meltdowns and shutdowns, and the need to find the balance between living authentically and finding ways to meet the demands of life in a way that is right and healthy for the autistic soul.
The kinds of skills I can teach in autism coaching include:
–Managing sensory processing issues to reduce overwhelm
–Task organization and life planning to help with executive functioning challenges
–Reducing procrastination and life paralysis
–Setting and achieving important life goals
–Creating an environment which is calm and easier to navigate
–Developing healthy life habits related to self-care, sleep, nutrition, and activity to stabilize energy levels
–Reducing sensory and emotional overwhelm with mindfulness strategies tailored to autistic adults
–Navigating friendships and relationships as an autistic adult
–Building a safe and supportive social network
–Emotional regulation and how to identify, manage, and express emotions
–Predicting and navigating transitions with less stress
–Managing social expectations without losing one’s authentic self
–Identifying triggers for your autistic meltdowns/shutdowns, how to stay safe, and ways to recover from them more quickly
If you want to learn how to embrace your autistic self and build a life of calm within the storm of the neurotypical world, I would like to help.