Neurodivergent Therapy in Charlotte, NC


    What Does It Mean to Be Neurodivergent?

    Neurodivergent people can often feel like outsiders in a world made for “neurotypical” brains.

    This may lead to feeling isolated, like the world is not made to include you, and that you need to hide aspects of what makes you uniquely you- the way that YOU see the world. We see you!

    Your brain processes people, places, and surroundings differently. This can result in doubting your personal strengths and abilities.

    Feeling unseen in a society that expects neurotypical processing can result in feelings of frustration, sadness, and disconnection from others. Your struggles may arise in work, academic, and social settings, to name a few.

    Perhaps you’re still exploring what neurodivergence means. If you’re reading this, then you are likely thinking that your brain processes the world “differently.”

    There is NOTHING wrong with you. We are here to help you better understand the unique ways that your brain functions.

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    Reasons to Start Therapy for Neurodivergence

    Neurodivergence is the term that explains that brains process in a different (read: not wrong) way from what is considered “typical.” Our hope for neurodivergent therapy is to provide a safe space for you to explore your experience while normalizing that all brains function differently and can be appreciated.

    You've noticed that it can be difficult for you to pick up on social cues or to communicate effectively and that is having an impact on your ability to form and maintain friendships.
    Planning, organizing, or time management feels overwhelming.
    “Basic” daily tasks feel overstimulating.
    You are sensitive to things like light, sound, or touch, which makes certain environments overwhelming or uncomfortable for you.
    Your emotions feel BIG.
    If you are a student, maybe the traditional classroom setting is a challenge.
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    Nurture Your Cognitive Diversity

    We are here to help you better understand the unique ways that your brain functions with:

    Attention-Deficit Disorder (ADD)
    Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
    Complex Post Traumatic Disorder (PTSD)
    Bipolar Disorder
    Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
    Borderline Personality Disorder
    Sensory Processing Disorders
    Social Anxiety

    Meet ChangeWell Psych's Therapists

    Leia Charnin, Ph.D.

    Licensed Psychologist

    Talley Mortara, LMFTA

    Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

    Aliya Saulson, LCSW

    Licensed Clinical Social Worker

    Emily Soukhanouvong, Psy.D.

    Licensed Psychologist


    Frequently Asked Questions for Neurodiverse Individuals

    How can therapy help me manage the challenges associated with being neurodiverse?

    Therapy can be incredibly helpful for neurodiverse individuals in managing the challenges associated with their condition. Through therapy, individuals can learn strategies to help manage difficult emotions, improve social skills, and develop a greater sense of self-awareness and self-acceptance.

    What kind of therapeutic approaches are effective for neurodiverse individuals?

    There is no one-size-fits-all approach to therapy for neurodiverse individuals, as everyone’s needs and preferences are unique. However, some therapeutic approaches that may be particularly helpful for neurodiverse individuals include Neurodivergent-Affirming cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness-based therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). These therapies are applied with sensory supporting, unique-to the person, strengths-focused perspectives. Our therapists will tailor their approach to meet your specific needs.

    I've had negative experiences with therapy in the past. How do I know this will be different?

    We understand that previous negative experiences with therapy can be discouraging. Our therapists are trained to work with individuals who may have had negative experiences in the past, and we strive to create a supportive and validating environment for all of our clients. We prioritize building a strong therapeutic relationship, and we will work collaboratively with you to determine the best approach for your unique needs.

    Does ChangeWell Psych provide diagnostic testing?

    Our providers do not offer diagnostic testing as we focus on offering quality therapies to
    support our clients. We have close relationships with providers, who we are happy to
    refer you should diagnostic testing be helpful to support you.


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