[7] S1, Ep7: Friendships, masking and getting counselling
Topics in this episode: autistic therapists, counselling, decision fatigue, friendships, gender, masking, routines

Becca Kerl was diagnosed at 38 – after a lifetime of wondering why she didn’t seem to quite fit into the world – and three of her children are on the spectrum too. 

She has spent years supporting the autistic community and helping others advocate for services. She recently completed a Masters degree in Counselling and is in the process of starting a counselling practice in Las Vegas, USA. 

She’s also a musician and a semi professional poker player, and she met her biological father for the first time on TV.

In this conversation we talk about:

  • The differences in trying to get an autism diagnosis for kids of different sexes;
  • Neurotypical people’s perceptions of autism – and navigating friendships with neurotypical friends
  • Masking, routines and decision fatigue
  • What it was like meeting her father on television
  • And what effective counselling for neurodivergent people looks like.

Squarepeg is a podcast in which neurodivergent women, and trans and nonbinary people, explore navigating a neurotypical world and share their insights, challenges and successes.

I hope that these conversations will be inspiring and thought provoking, open you up to new ways of thinking about being neurodivergent, and help you feel more connected to a worldwide community of people with similar experiences.

I’m Amy Richards, and after being diagnosed autistic at the age of 37 I’m now on a mission to learn more about different perspectives and issues around being a neurodivergent adult in a world that feels like it doesn’t quite fit.


Becca’s website: http://www.youruniquemind.com/ (site under construction when this episode was published)

Becca’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Your-Unique-Mind-108559494362144 

Becca meets her dad on the Today Show: https://www.today.com/video/watch-father-daughters-emotional-first-meeting-42075715670 

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