Empowering the Cognitively Diverse in Counseling

Article originally published in the Oregon Counseling Association newsletter.

"For those experiencing cognitive differences such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, cognitive disabilities, or developmental disabilities, mental health counseling is beneficial, but often overlooked. Typical programs for these populations often focus on behavioral changes and interventions but leave out emotional support. Counselors can promote inclusivity by recognizing the emotional impact of a diagnosis, and recognizing the support available through mental health counseling. When connecting with my clients who have cognitive differences, they regularly express emotional reactions to being told that they must change and their self-esteem is often negatively impacted. Often the person who receives these corrections develops the perspective that their natural state does not fit in to the rest of society..."

Article found on Page 4.