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💬 Relationship SOS? Here’s How to Introduce Neurodiverse Couples Therapy

As a neurodiverse couples therapist, I often hear: 


"I’m pretty sure my husband is autistic. We’ve tried regular couples therapy and it bombed. He gets mad when I suggest he might be autistic. I feel lonely and desperate for help. What should I do?" 😔


I get it—regular couples was painful for both of you. You're pretty sure he’s not going anywhere near therapy again.  


But, for some reason, you haven’t given up.


So how do I pull him in?


 

How to Get Him on Board


1. Pick Your Moment:

Don’t drop this on him when he’s in the middle of his latest hobby deep- dive or when you’re already bickering. Find a chill time when you’re both relaxed. 🕒


2. Highlight the Expertise:

Emphasize that the therapist specializes in neurodiverse couples, so he or she understands our unique challenges and strengths. 🧠


3. Focus on Specific Goals:

This will not be open ended therapy going nowhere.


Talk about the specific goals you both want to achieve, like better communication, less conflict, and more understanding.


Therapy is a tool to reach those goals. 🎯


4. Respect His Feelings:

Acknowledge that it’s tough to consider therapy, especially if previous experiences were negative. Show that you respect his feelings and are seeking a new approach together. 🤝


5. Small Initial Commitment:

Suggest meeting the therapist for just ONE session to see if there is a good fit. Sometimes, just meeting the therapist can alleviate fears or misconceptions. 🛋️


6. Cost-Benefit Analysis:

Compare a 10% increase in happiness for decades to a few hours of failed couples therapy. ⚖️


7. Respect Autonomy:

Reassure him that therapy is NOT about changing who he is, but understanding each other better and finding strategies that work for both of you. 🌟


8. Address Misconceptions:

Clear up any misconceptions he might have about therapy. It’s not about laying blame or rehashing past issues—it’s about moving forward positively. 🌈



What’s Actually Different About Neurodiverse Couples Therapy?

1. Therapist Training:

Our therapists are trained in neurodiversity and won’t shame, blame, or try to change the autistic or ADHD partner.


You’ll both be on the same footing, and it’s about equality and understanding. 👩‍🏫🤝


2. Decoding Neurodiversity:

Our therapist will break down the patterns that show up in a neurodiverse relationship in a way that makes sense. It’s like getting the user manual for your interactions. 📘🧩


3. Rebuilding Communication:

You’ll learn how to rebuild communication that takes your brain differences into account. 🗣️💡


4. Sensory Stuff:

Our therapists will help you address any sensory sensitivities and how these impact your day-to-day life. It’s like figuring out why certain things drive him nuts and finding workarounds. 👂


5. Emotional & Logic Connection:

You’ll work on understanding each other’s emotional and logical perspectives.


It’s about figuring out how to connect both hearts and minds, ensuring you’re on the same page emotionally and logically. We won’t prioritize emotions over logic. Both are important!!💖🧠


6. Real Tools:

You’ll get practical tools and exercises to use at home. It’s not just talk—it’s about making real changes that you’ll actually notice. 🛠️🏠


Ready to Give It a Try?


Popping the question about couples therapy can be super tough.


It's like proposing all over again, but for the sake of your relationship's health.


Are you ready to give it a try? 😊


Let's take the first step together. You can book a couple session or book an individual session just to talk about how to ask your partner.


We'll figure it out together, and you won't be alone in this. You got this! 💪


Until next time,

 

Harry

Dr. Harry Motro, LMFT, Clinical Director

Founder Neurodiverse Couples Counseling Center


 

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