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Please expect our first meeting to be relaxed and informal. My primary goal will be to get to know your family and start building a relationship with your child.
Please do not worry if your child fidgets, interrupts, asks questions, leaves the room and comes back, doesn’t engage—essentially, let your kid be their awesome self! I am neurodivergent and support neurodiverse families all the time; I want to go with whatever works best for your child to regulate and feel comfortable.
In fact, you’ll likely notice me fidgeting a lot too!
You might feel nervous, or your child might feel uncomfortable with me because I’m a new person they’re just meeting for the first time. That’s okay. My intent is never to force the relationship, I want to be respectful of their comfort level and go at their pace.
My goal is to offer support and information in a way that works for your family.
Remember that this is your time, in particular your child’s time. If you have specific concerns or questions you wish to discuss, please feel free to ask. I will come with a plan in mind, but a very flexible plan I intend to adapt to fit the needs of your family.
No. No formal diagnosis or referral needed. Anyone is welcome to use my services if they feel what I offer will meet their needs.
Our first appointment (the free meet-and-greet) is usually 20-30 minutes. This is to help me get a sense of what you (and/or your family) are looking for and whether I would be a good fit to meet your needs. I can answer any questions you may have about the process and about the services I provide. Thereafter, appointments are generally one hour in length.
Unfortunately, many insurance companies do not yet cover AuDHD and parent coaching or advocacy services. However, some plans will cover these expenses. I am not a registered psychologist or registered social worker, but I can provide receipts with my credentials to assist in the process of submitting to insurance. If you are eligible for the Disability Tax Credit (DTC), you can submit the expenses as part of your tax returns.
I have a Child & Youth Work (CYW) diploma from a three-year full-time College program in Ontario, as well as a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Psychology from the University of Winnipeg. I have extensive experience and continuing education in neurodivergence, in particular ADHD and Autism.
Understanding the difference between pathologizing and affirming approaches. For me, one of the most important qualities in a good coach, counsellor, tutor, or therapist is they are neurodiversity-affirming. Advice from a professional advocate for finding neurodiversity-affirming support.
Advice for neurodivergent folks new to receiving counselling, or new to affirming professionals. Neurodivergent (ND) folks feel judged a lot of the time. Sometimes we are being judged. Other times we’re judging ourselves, or worrying about what others might be thinking of us.