Therapy for People with Disabilities
At Grounded Counseling, we believe that every person has a unique relationship with their disability. In therapy, we’ll discuss the specifics of your disability and how it impacts your mental health (or vice versa).
What about Virtual Therapy for People with Disabilities?
In many cases, teletherapy is more accessible than in-office counseling. For folks on the Autism spectrum, it can be helpful not to have the pressure of making eye contact, as would be the case in an in-person session.
Sometimes, teletherapy can be challenging for people who don’t have great computer skills. We are happy to assist with this and engage family to help as needed.
Intellectual and Learning Disabilities
If you have an intellectual disability (ID) or learning disability (LD), others may say you are “special.” You may have taken different classes in school, or gone to school past the age of 18.
People with ID’s and LD’s are smart and skilled. There are many different types of intelligence, as this article explains.
What’s therapy like for people with ID/LD?
The goal of Grounded Counseling, PLLC, is to work with you on your goals – not a parent’s, guardian’s or case worker’s.
With that said, if you’re okay with your therapist talking to the people in your life, it may help you towards your goals.
Possible Therapy Goals for Folks with ID/LD:
- Having closer relationships
- Learning about emotions
- Coping with emotions
- Improving communication skills
- Practicing setting and respecting boundaries
You and your therapist will work on your goals by talking through an online video each week. You’ll practice any skills you learn in therapy on your own. Then, you’ll report back the next week!
Autism Spectrum Disorders
People with Autism are often talented and gifted in several areas. This is just one of the many reasons why we enjoy working with people with Autism at Grounded Counseling.
Some people with Autism struggle with things that neurotypical (non-Autistic) people don’t. For example, making and maintaining friendships and romantic relationships. People with ASD may also be more sensitive to loud sounds, bright lights, and other external stimuli.
What does therapy look like for people with Autism?
Like with every disability, Autism and how it impacts your life is somewhat unique to you. It also may have varying impacts on mental health, and vice versa.
In therapy, we’ll build upon your strengths, and give you tools to overcome difficulties.
People with physical disabilities are just people, who have strengths, faults, problems, and dreams.
How much we address your physical disability in therapy is entirely up to you. There are some folks for whom anxiety, depression, PTSD, or other mental health concerns are directly related to their disability, while for others, it may be unrelated, or somewhere in the middle.
Examples of Physical Disabilities
- Cerebral palsy
- Cystic fibrosis
- Multiple sclerosis
- Spina bifida
What about chronic pain?
Though not always considered a disability by social security, chronic pain can be incredibly debilitating.
Chronic pain and medical conditions are often related to mental health, and each can exacerbate the other. We’ll discuss this further in therapy.