106 [S9 E1] ND-affirming therapy: sensory regulation, integrating identity and understanding diffuse experiences
Topics in this episode: autism and trauma, autistic therapists, counselling, mental health, misdiagnosis

Dr Megan Anna Neff is a neurodivergent Clinical Psychologist from Portland, Oregon, in the USA. She has a small private practice specialising in neurodivergent-affirming therapy and is the founder of Neurodivergent Insights, where she creates education and wellness resources for neurodivergent adults. She is also co-host of the Divergent Conversations podcast.

Dr Neff is dedicated to educating the mental health field on non-stereotypical presentations of autism and ADHD. Now 39, she was diagnosed autistic over two years ago, and also has ADHD. She is also a parent to two neurodivergent children. She regularly provides trainings on neurodivergent-affirming practices and is the author of the forthcoming book Self-Care for Autistic People. I’m delighted to share my conversation with Dr Neff.

We talk about:

➡ What happened after she discovered she was autistic a few weeks before completing her PhD – and realised that a lot of what she’d been taught about autism was incorrect.

➡ OCD, PTSD, learning difficulties, dyslexia, and difficulties at school

➡ Misdiagnosis, what autistic people often get misdiagnosed with, and why

➡ Autistic people and CBT, what neurodivergent-affirming therapy can look like and the importance of the sensory aspect

➡ The challenges of being a content creator in the autism space

➡ Identity and terminology, and integrating our intersecting identities and unexplained experiences

TRIGGER WARNING: brief mentions of mental health and self harming throughout, but not in any detail.


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