EMBODIED LIFE THERAPY CENTER
Neuodivergent-affirming care at ELTC
At ELTC we believe that neurotypes are differences, not disorders. We challenge negative beliefs and myths about neurodivergent folks and instead provide service that is strengths based and affirming. All clinicians at ELTC, several of which identify as neurodivergent, receive ongoing training and supervision. We also provide neuro- affirming assessments and evaluations for ADHD and autism done by Neurodivergent providers.
Neurodiversity is an umbrella word to describe a variety of neurotypes such as autism, adhd, dyslexia, ocd etc. Here are some resources to get you started:
ADHD and Rejection Sensitivity
Strengths based autistic criteria
Neurodiversity online assessments
The neurodiversity paradigm shift is also a social justice movement as many minorities such as those born female, BIPOC, and LGBTQ+ make up the majority of the undiagnosed, oftentimes receiving multiple, and at times, wrong diagnoses before learning later in life of their neurotype. For those whose neurodiversity has been missed, sometimes for decades, a diagnosis can bring relief and undo years of shame and confusion about our identities. Many of these folks learn that they’ve been camouflaging and/or compensating to make up for what was believed to be “something wrong with them”or struggles with executive functioning, socializing, and differences from neurotypicals on both conscious and unconscious levels.
We do not endorse or align with ABA methodology in any way.
At ELTC we recognize the harm done to those whose natural neurotypes have been misunderstood, misdiagnosed, and stigmatized and treated as deficits rather than differences. We stand rooted in models such as the social model of disability that understands it is an environment that disables natural differences in individuals, and there is nothing inherently wrong with different types of brains. We aim to learn better ways to identify these differences and provide therapies that support the goals of individuals who may not resonate in the same way that therapy has traditionally been conducted.