How can therapy help neurodivergent clients?

Written by Emma Evans

October 8, 2023

Over the years in my practice I’ve been lucky enough to help lots of neurodivergent clients. They have not only gained from the therapy we’ve done together, but I have also gained from the heaps of education they have brought along with them! 
Unwittingly they have helped me understand neurodiversity and what makes people tick in so many wonderful ways! 

What most people don’t realise is, there are so many types of neurodivergent categories. The most common we think of are things such as ADHD or Autism, but when you begin to realise that there are so many different categories of what’s termed diverse, then it becomes clear that most therapists will help people who fall into these categories, far more often than they realise! 

So, how can therapy help people with neurodiversity?
It can provide a safe and supportive space for people to talk about their experiences. Neurodivergent people often face stigma and discrimination, so it can be important for them to have a space where they feel safe and accepted. Therapy can provide that space, where they can talk about their experiences without judgment. 

Help them to understand their neurodivergence.
Therapy can help neurodivergent people to learn more about their neurodivergence, including their strengths, challenges, and how it affects their life. This can help them to develop a better understanding of themselves and to make informed decisions about their lives.

Develop coping mechanisms and strategies.
Therapy can help neurodivergent people to develop coping mechanisms and strategies for dealing with the challenges of living with neurodivergence. This can include things like managing stress, anxiety, and sensory sensitivities.

Build self-esteem and self-acceptance.
Neurodivergent people often experience low self-esteem and self-acceptance. Therapy can help them to build their self-esteem and to accept themselves for who they are.

Improve relationships.
Neurodivergent people can sometimes have difficulty in relationships. Therapy can help them to learn how to communicate more effectively, to understand the needs of others, and to build and maintain healthy relationships.

Therapy may also help to target specific areas of life, and can be used to treat mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, and ADHD.
It can also be used to help neurodivergent people to navigate school, work, and social relationships.

The best type of therapy for a particular individual will depend on their individual needs and concerns. However, in general, therapy can be a very helpful tool for neurodivergent people to live happier and more fulfilling lives.

Here are some tips for finding a therapist who is a good fit for a neurodivergent client:

  • Look for a therapist who has experience working with neurodivergent people.
  • Ask the therapist about their approach to therapy.
  • Trust your gut instinct and choose a therapist who you feel comfortable with.

If you are a neurodivergent person who is considering therapy, I encourage you to reach out to a therapist today. Therapy can be a life-changing experience for neurodivergent people.

Emma Evans 
Director APHP & NRPC

Published : Oct 8, 2023