Autism Spectrum

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Our counseling approach with these young men & women is to help them build confidence about who they are by turning them into advocates of their own emotional and intellectual intelligence. We teach to teach others about the neurological and social benefits of an autism spectrum brain. A neuro-exceptional mind!  

-Michel Bordeau, MA, LCSW

When we work with kids on spectrum, we make sure we understand that the context of school (be this at elementary, middle, high school, or college) has not evolved with their brain.  In fact their particular brand of neuro-potential (or their brain's ability to successfully adapt) has pre-existed in this society for a long time.  The issue at the core is that society does not adapt to them —this unfortunately, is not the other way around.

-Michel Bordeau, MA, LCSW

Individuals on the autism spectrum typically have advanced Emotional Intelligence (EQ), Intellectual Quotient (IQ), and Executive Functioning skills. In fact, their emotional and intellectual sensitivities and strengths are paradoxical factors that make them at odds with societal expectations.  Additionally, because they struggle with boundaries and Theory of Mind, they frequently need social skill reinforcements.

Generative Therapy is designed to assist pre-adolescents, adolescents, and young men & women who need to fine-tune these skills in order to feel less pressured and less overwhelmed by societal expectations. It is meant to focus on the origin of ineffective and chronic reactive responses.

Social skills

Specialties

Stigma Management. Anger Management. Social Skills. Boundary Skills. Interpersonal Effectiveness. Executive Functioning. Self-advocacy. Vocational transition. Middle School, High School, and College Readiness. Career Transition. Dual Diagnostic. Obsessive Behavior and Cognition management. Chronic pain. 

Treatment Modalities

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Family System, Psychodynamic, and Relational Therapies. Psycho-education