Therapy for People with Disabilities

A person with a disability is someone whose brain and/or body works differently than others.

I provide talk therapy for people with disabilities. Even though I have experience, there’s still a lot I don’t know. I’ll need to learn some things about the specifics of your disability and how it affects you.

I appreciate your patience with me as I get to know you.

Intellectual and Learning Disabilities

If you have an intellectual disability (ID) or learning disability (LD), others may say you are “r*tarded” or “special.”

Most folks with ID’s and LD’s are smart. You may just be a different kind of smart than what schools expect. Maybe you’re caring, artistic, or good at a particular skill.

What’s therapy like for people with ID/LD?

My goal is to work with you on your goals – not your parent’s, guardian’s or case worker’s.

If you are okay with me talking to people in your life though, it will probably help you towards your goals.

Your goals might include things like…

  • Finding things to do so you’re less bored
  • Leaving the house more often
  • Having more conversations with people
  • Keeping your anger from getting out of control
  • Learning about other emotions
  • Getting and keeping a job

We’ll work on your goals, whatever they are, by talking through an online video each week. I’ll help you think of ways to reach your goals. You’ll practice what we go over on your own. Then, you’ll report back to me the next week!

Physical Disabilities

Working with people with physical disabilities is something I feel passionately about. My mom has been physically disabled throughout her life. I understand on a personal level that people with physical disabilities are just… people, who have faults and problems and dreams like anyone else.

Physical disabilities include (but aren’t limited to)…

  • Cerebral palsy
  • Cystic fibrosis
  • Epilepsy
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Spina bifida

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.

What about chronic pain?

Though not always considered a disability by social security, I understand how incredibly debilitating chronic pain can be. I also have experience treating folks with chronic pain and fibromyalgia in mental health therapy.

Again, there are varying degrees to which chronic pain has a relationship to mental heath. We’ll discuss this further in therapy.