Mental Health Therapy for Nonspeakers

I think everyone needs a therapist.

Having someone to talk to without feeling judged or like you are dumping on your friends is so
freeing. I have never been more in control of my emotions than i have been since I started

Having a safe space to talk about my emotions has made them seem less scary and more manageable. My meltdowns are fewer and easier to come out of.

Even my positive emotions are less overwhelming.
We can all benefit, autistic or not, from having an “Alison.”

Editor’s note: Alison is the name of a therapist who often works with nonspeaking clients. You can check out the article below by Trevor’s friend, Nick Barry, and introduced by their teacher at Reach Every Voice, Lisa Mihalich Quinn.

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13 Responses

  1. Yes, Trevor:

    being judged and fearing dumping on your friends or close people is a reason lots of people avoid therapy.

    And it is so beautiful to feel regulated and inside yourself and in the world.

    It’s not Trevor. It’s not Alison.

    It’s TrevorandAlison.

    1. Hi Autistically Scott,

      I had a great time visiting your blog today [12 September 2022].

      Especially the Autscape one and the one you wrote about “Embrace Autistic Culture” and the other one about “Autistic Joy”.

      I think therapists do need to know about autistic culture and spaces and joy.

      1. Hi Adelaide, thank you so much! I’m really glad you enjoyed my blog posts I’m very proud of them. Absolutely, experiences like those are vital for therapists and anyone to know. In some training I do I speak a bit about those aspects and I want to promote autistic culture, spaces and joy. It would help create a much better world for us. 😊 Thank you again for visiting my blog I really appreciate you reading those posts.

  2. I’m a therapist working at a health care cooperative, and working with autistic folks while being autistic myself is so rewarding. I’m not sure if this is the right place to ask this, but I’m wondering if you or anyone else at Neuroclastic know about therapies that work best for autistic folks? My clinic still contracts with ABA providers, which makes me very angry but I don’t know what alternatives to suggest, other than therapy for kids and their parents. Any advice or resources you could provide would be very much appreciated, I want to make my workplace safe for all autistic people, myself included.

    1. In the menu, there is a Resources subsection, Directories, available in Neuroclastic! Unsure if that answers your question, but it’s worth checking.

  3. This is very true, and part of what communication rights also entails: the right to have a space for expression, facilitation and acceptance of feelings helps regulate emotions in the long term, as you have written of your therapeutic experience in this article.
    I’m glad for you, Trevor.

  4. Your description of your therapeutic experience in this article demonstrates the truth of this statement, and it also illustrates an aspect of communication rights: the right to have a space for expression, facilitation, and acceptance of feelings, all of which contribute to the long-term goal of regulating emotions.

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