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Neurodiversity Affirming Services

TherapyWorks was founded by a neurodivergent clinician, who has been intentional in reviewing information, examining biases, listening carefully to the neurodivergent community in order to create services that are engaging and do not cause harm.  

TherapyWorks team members work collaboratively with clients and families to address the reasons for seeking support.  Our primary aim is to supporting our neurodivergent clients to achieve self acceptance, identify their strengths and gather supports to deal with the barriers that come with being in home, work and school settings that were designed for people who have more typical experiences.  

In addition to counselling and other support and educational services, TherapyWorks team members use a a social model of disability in understanding the impacts of trying to live in a world that can feel overwhelming and with fellow citizens who may not understand those impacts themselves.   It is important to us to identify the systems that create challenges and work with caregivers, schools, employers, and communities to structure environments and interactions to meet the needs of the individual.  

We are a PDA / Pathological Demand Avoidance  knowledgable practice.  We prefer to consider these traits to reflect a high need to maintain autonomy.  Our services for individuals with PDA are often family based, where we support self awareness for the individual with PDA, explore aspects of self that might contribute to overwhelm and regulation challenges, and also with family to identify the approaches that are most effective in supporting and communicating with their family member with PDA traits.

What is Neurodivergence?

The term neurodivergence covers a broad range of conditions or traits that at one time would have been labelled disorders.  To be honest, in many settings, they are still considered disorders.  Neurodivergence adopts a view that these are a part of identity and can't be cured or medicated away.  However, being neurodivergent can come with real challenges.  For example, a person can be very reactive in an environment that overwhelms their sensory system.  

The variety of conditions or traits are are considered neurodivergent include, (but are not limited to):

  • Autism

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

  • Dyslexia

  • Dyspraxia

  • Tourette’s Syndrome

  • Dyscalculia

  • Dysgraphia

  • Giftedness

  • Meares-Irlen Syndrome

  • Hyperlexia

  • Synesthesia

  • Anxiety

  • Trauma

  • Sensory Processing Disorder

  • Rejection Sensitive Dysphoria (RSD)

Neurodivergent Therapy Services in Kamloops

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THE BOOK!

A Guide to Sometimes Noise is Big 

for Parents and Educators

Lori Seeley was privileged to co-author a book for parents, carers and educators with local Kamloops children's author, Angela Coelho.  Intended for those who support children with Autism, A Guide to Sometimes Noise is Big for Parents and Educators (2018), is a companion guide to the children's book, Sometimes Noise is Big: Life with Autism. The 2nd edition of the guide offers even more useful information and helpful strategies to support children who experience the world differently and can be purchased as a stand alone reference.  Available  now on Amazon and Chapter's / Indigo and through Jessica Kingsley Publishers.

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