The words neurodiversity and neurodivergent (or ND) can be used to describe a person with natural variations in the brain that mean that they might think and process information differently to a neurotypical person and have different sensitivities.
It is used to describe people who are autistic, dyslexic, ADHD, dyspraxic, dyscalculic as well as other neurodivergent ways of being. ND might be used in a psychological assessment, or may be self-applied to someone who identifies as any of the above.
Put simply, it can be summarised as “different, not broken”. I really like these words.
I am autistic and ADHD (this combination is sometimes written as AuDHD), and as a neurodivergent therapist this has deepened and enhanced my practice, especially my work with ND people. I came to understand my AuDHD brain late in life but that understanding has made so much sense of my experience of the world.
If you are neurodivergent, if you feel that you experience the world differently to a lot of other people and wonder about exploring that, or if you are close to a neurodivergent person and want to better understand your relationship with them, then working with a therapist like me who is ND might be useful. I speak Neurotypical fluently, but Neurodivergent is my native tongue!
I am fully supportive of whatever is useful for my clients – whether that is self-diagnosis, support through an assessment, or exploring and reframing their experience of their life and of the world – my knowledge, understanding, curiosity and practice could make us useful allies in navigating your way through.
If not, I have access to a network of other neurodivergent therapists around the world and might be able to help you with an onward referral. Get in touch and let’s see if we’re a good fit. I look forward to hearing from you.