Difficult Conversations Often Require Self-Advocacy
Before you joined the workforce, you had built-in support systems to help you succeed in high school and college. “Adulting”, by contrast, feels isolating without supports. Combine that with moving to a new place, meeting new people, and learning new skills, and it can be overwhelming. One of the goals of Open Doors Therapy is to help young professionals build skills they need to be more confident at work. These skills are very useful when you need to have tough conversations or clear up any misunderstandings or be a self-advocate.
Talking to Neurotypical Supervisors as an Aspie Adult
Communicating With Colleagues and Stakeholders
Learning New Coping Skills for Managing Stress
Engaging in social interactions can be very stressful. Especially if you identify as being autistic. That stress is compounded by working in technology, as many of our clients in the Bay Area do. In our social skills groups, we help you identify strategies to better manage stress and social anxiety. You can have positive interactions with neurodiverse peers in the group. And, by practicing newly learned skills, you will become more confident being a self-advocate. We will help you cope with the stress of your job and lead the independent life you want!
Self-Sabotage is the Enemy of Self-Advocacy
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About the Author
Dr. Tasha Oswald is a trained developmental and clinical psychologist. She is the founder and director of Open Doors Therapy, a private counseling practice in Palo Alto, near San Francisco, CA. She facilitates social skills groups for neurodiverse adults and teens on the autism spectrum.