Russell James

Russell James
Russell is an autistic singer-songwriter based out of Corvallis, OR. He obtained his MA from Webster University and worked as a psychotherapist, focusing on trauma and spiritual healing. He attended University of New Mexico for his Phd work (incomplete) and focused on humanistic psychology, transpersonal psychology, and ecopsychology. His special interests include: comic books, nerd culture, birds, and nature.

My Problem with Autistic Meltdowns: Part Two

Autistic meltdowns have made me a better person. It’s strange to frame it like this, but it’s true. I’ve come to a place where I am grateful for them, and I welcome them into my home.

Image of a lighthouse in a storm about to be covered by a wave. Image is a metaphor for how an autistic person with autism may feel during a meltdown

My Problem with Autistic Meltdowns

Autistic meltdowns are an inevitable and necessary part of our lives. When they become part of the shame-rage cycle, we start to see problems.

COVID19: A Summer of Reasonable Expectations

Russell anticipated and prepared for the pandemic weeks before everyone else. Things were going well until anxiety dissolved his routine. His healthy eating, meditation, creative outlets, and even his hygiene were lost as he spent days at a time in bed.

Travels with Autism: My life on the road

An autistic traveling musician details how he survives– and thrives– a life on tour with meticulous planning and self-regulatory, thoughtful preparation.

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