Thrive Counseling Center
Therapy for Individuals, Couples & Family

Supporting Neurodiversity: Adults in Federal Way, WA

Are you or a family member living with a diagnosis (or suspected diagnosis) of: 

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Asperger’s
  • Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder
  • Other Learning Disabilities

Supporting Neurodiversity AdultsAre you struggling to fit into the complex world of neurotypicals (that’s everyone else!)

If so, our Supporting Neurodiversity services are for you.

Our world is a complicated place to live in, and there isn’t a perfect rule book of what to do, what to say, and when to do or say it.  

Individuals who live with neurodiverse brains see and engage with the world differently. Unfortunately our world, and it’s “rules” are not always friendly to those living with neurodiverse brains.  

If we were to pause and take inventory of all the ways your brain works, we would quickly realize that your brain is capable of amazing things (although we know it doesn’t always feel this way). Many times we find that those living with a “diagnosis” actually have ways of engaging in the world in ways neurotypicals (that’s everyone else) only wish they could!

What Celebrating Neurodiversity Means for You

Celebrating neurodiversity means that we get to honor the many different ways there are of living and being in the world. The way you engage in the world is not wrong, it’s just different. Celebrating neurodiversity means that we don’t assume that one way of living in the world is better than another. Each unique person, and the way their brain works has its strengths and advantages, as well as unique challenges.  

Supporting neurodiversity means that we help identify your strengths as well as your challenges. Then, we get to use your strengths to target the areas of life that you are struggling with. 

Some focus areas in our work with our neurodiverse adult clients:

  • Learn how to engage with neurotypicals more effectively
  • Navigate the complex social world of their work environments
  • Learn how to develop sustainable and healthy friendships 
  • Better understand the rules of engagement for dating and relationships
  • Become more active and engaged in their marriage
  • Successfully transition from home to college and/or living independently

We help parents, families, and significant others of neurodiverse individuals:

  • Understand how the neurodiverse brain works, and how to effectively work with it 
  • Develop reasonable expectations and transition plans
  • Feel grounded in knowing how to give the right amount of support 
  • Learn how to communicate more effectively
  • Understand how to best support the overall development and well-being of your child or partner

Our Approach to Therapy

What we know from our years of experience is that many common approaches to counseling and therapy just don’t work for neurodiverse individuals. Our team understands this and utilizes evidence-based, solution-focused, and strengths-based approaches in our work with neurodiverse individuals and their families.

Are you ready to take the next step and get the help and guidance you are looking for?

You can schedule your appointment online now, give us a call, or send us an email

For more information on our work with kids and teens living with neurodiversity click here.

We specialize in:

Counseling for Individuals

If you are struggling and need support and guidance, we can help you:
  • Navigate a major life decision
  • Figure out how to make the changes you want in your life or relationships but struggle to achieve
  • Move out of depression and/or anxiety and into your life
  • End the struggle with negative relationship patterns (being a people pleaser, finding yourself in toxic relationships, struggling with setting appropriate boundaries)
  • Find more effective ways to manage anger
  • Find success living with Adult Autism, Asperger’s, ADHD/ADD, or a Learning Disability

Counseling for Couples

If you feel like you aren’t getting what you want in your relationship, we can help you:
  • Improve communication to help you and your significant other get on the same page.
  • Rebuild trust and intimacy after an affair or break in trust.
  • Prevent Anxiety, Depression, an Autism Spectrum/Asperger's diagnosis, or ADHD from coming between the two of you.
  • Make the decision to stay or go: when you both want support in evaluating which direction to take in your marriage or relationship.
  • Have Autism Spectrum Disorder/Asperger’s

Counseling for Children and Teens

Growing up is hard work. We help children and teens who:
  • Feel anxious, or worried all the time.
  • Feel depressed, lonely, or isolated
  • Have a tough time controlling their emotions and the behaviors that result (emotional outbursts, anger, aggression).
  • Struggle socially, or tend to end up in friendships where they are being taken advantage of.
  • Struggle academically and feel overwhelmed and stuck in knowing how to get back on track.
  • Feel overwhelmed with life changes or transitions (divorce, blended family dynamics, a move, or loss of a family member or close friend).
  • Have ADHD/ADD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder).
We also offer support to parents who feel overwhelmed or stuck in figuring out the best steps to take to help their child or teen. When challenges are showing up in school we can also work with your child or teens school on your behalf.
Find the member of our team that is right for you.
Working with an experienced professional can mean feeling:
  • Supported
  • Hopeful
  • Understood
  • More confident
  • Capable of handling challenges in relationships
  • Appreciative of having an advocate and expert on their team
  • That you don’t have to go it alone anymore

There is hope. Are you ready to take the next step?
At our Federal Way counseling center, we can often schedule you the same week you call. With our online counseling platform we can frequently start working with you as soon as the next day.

In order to accommodate the work and school schedules of our clients we have late evening appointments most days of the week.

To take the next step give us a call, send us an email, or schedule your first appointment now through our online scheduling system.

We look forward to working with you.