Intimate relationships can be especially challenging for neurodiverse couples with very different perspectives, communication styles, approaches, and skill sets. The Peter M. Friedman Neurodiverse Couples Institute through the Asperger/Autism Network (AANE) offers resources that integrate these differences, to help improve understanding, communication, and connection.
I have been trained and certified as a neurodiverse couples therapist by the Asperger/Autism Network (AANE). He also has access to consultation with Grace Myhill, who is an expert in training and treating neurodiverse couples.
Why Neurology Matters
The Importance of Understanding Neurodiversity when Treating Neurodiverse Couples in Therapy
A couple is neurodiverse when one or both partners have an Asperger/Autism Spectrum profile. Because neurological differences between partners affect the dynamics of their relationship, including their communication, behavior, and ability to perceive each other’s perspectives, therapists must understand that neurology matters when working on the couple’s issues.
Neurology cannot be separated from a person — it affects personality, strengths, talents, and challenges — as well as the way a person views the world, thinks, speaks, behaves, and feels.
Neurology matters a great deal in an intimate relationship because it impacts every conversation a couple has, how they make decisions together, how they raise children together, how they live together, and how they achieve goals together.
Neurodiverse Couples Therapy can be a way of developing practical solutions that work for both!