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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

Dr. Mary Doherty – consultant anaesthetist, Our Ladies’ Hospital.

“It was only when my son was diagnosed as autistic that everything finally made sense: my unconventional lifestyle and career path, my sequential interests which are unusual in their variety and intensity, my sensory preferences and my absolute need for solitude. Finally understanding that my experience of the world is different from that of non-autistic people allows me to understand my needs and ensure they are met, and at this point I love being autistic and no longer struggle with mental health issues.

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.

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 Modalties

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

“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