COVID-19: Why is it so Hard for those who Learn Differently!

  During these stressful and uncertain times, practicing social distancing and good hygiene is essential! There is no question that individuals with learning differences must also adhere to these standards. However, it is important to recognize that doing so may not be as easy for those who already struggle to recognize personal space and remainContinue reading “COVID-19: Why is it so Hard for those who Learn Differently!”

A Two-Pronged Approach: How and Why Individuals with Learning Differences Benefit from Coaching and Emotionally Focused Psychotherapy

  A call with a potential client yesterday reminded me why I provide emotionally focused psychotherapy to individuals with learning differences instead of exclusively coaching them. He described how his challenges meeting deadlines and finding a professional path have provoked symptoms of depression and low self-esteem, and that while he was looking for concrete strategiesContinue reading “A Two-Pronged Approach: How and Why Individuals with Learning Differences Benefit from Coaching and Emotionally Focused Psychotherapy”

Finding the True Man Within: Masculinity and Mental Health Challenges for Men with Different Types of Learning Differences

As a Bergen County psychotherapist and coach, I see many young men who are struggling with some aspect of their masculinity. For young men with learning differences, social rejection, challenges in school, and later difficulties maintaining employment can not only be acutely painful, but also shake the foundation of their manhood.  The intersection of disabilityContinue reading “Finding the True Man Within: Masculinity and Mental Health Challenges for Men with Different Types of Learning Differences”

Dating Skills Group

  Dating can be stressful for anyone, but for young adults with Asperger Syndrome and Nonverbal Learning Disorder, it can seem especially challenging. Through the implementation of a six- week curriculum, each participant will have the opportunity to support one another in exploring the world of dating, collaborating on new strategies through role-play and discussion, andContinue reading “Dating Skills Group”

The Present and the Past: How to Navigate the Complexity of Learning Differences in Couples Therapy

As learning differences have become better understood, a wider array of coaching and dating services have become available for young adults facing these challenges. However, what has been less researched, but is equally important to understand, are the long term emotional impacts of learning differences on a relationship. Many couples in which one or bothContinue reading “The Present and the Past: How to Navigate the Complexity of Learning Differences in Couples Therapy”

Unseen Challenges: The Unique Needs of Young Adults with “Invisible Disabilities” in the Work Place.

  As learning differences are increasingly studied and new interventions have been created, a relatively new term has been devised to describe those with less noticeable cognitive, mental health, and health-related challenges: “invisible disabilities.” (Association, ND). While historically these individuals may have been under-supported in the academic context, as a result of increasing research andContinue reading “Unseen Challenges: The Unique Needs of Young Adults with “Invisible Disabilities” in the Work Place.”

How to Be Honest: Discussing Physical Attraction Towards Others and Pornography Use in Relationships

Some of the most sensitive and challenging topics for couples are physical attraction towards others and pornography use. Couples will frequently avoid these topics for fear of provoking each other’s insecurities and jealousy. However, the truth is that the guilt and embarrassment that stop couples from sharing also hinders emotional and physical intimacy. With aContinue reading “How to Be Honest: Discussing Physical Attraction Towards Others and Pornography Use in Relationships”

Dating and Asperger’s

Dating Success: Strategies for Those on the Spectrum And With NVLD It is well-know that young adults on the autism spectrum and with Nonverbal Learning Disorder (NVLD) often struggle with understanding nonverbal body language and social nuances such as humor, figures of speech, and sarcasm. The difficulties of dating for those with NVLD and onContinue reading “Dating and Asperger’s”

Five Steps Young Adults Can Take to Manage Loneliness Post-College in NYC

Five Steps Young Adults Can Take to Manage Loneliness Post-College in NYC  It is no secret that New York City can be a lonely place. Despite its reputation as being one of        the most fast-paced and action-filled cities in the world, many of the young people I work with face challenges in establishing meaningful friendships.Continue reading “Five Steps Young Adults Can Take to Manage Loneliness Post-College in NYC”

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