Karl Reichert (he/him)

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I’m autistic, but I didn’t know it for most of my life. My name is Karl, and I’m a geek therapist.

Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Vancouver, WA

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About My Clients

You love nerd culture. You try to engage in it, but you keep finding yourself feeling overwhelmed or shutting down when surrounded by all the things in geekdom that you love. You wonder why you feel this way. I want us to work together to help you develop guidelines that make sense to you, so that you can play these games, go to these conventions, and embrace this culture without also being completely exhausted or melting or shutting down.

My Background and Approach

I go to anime, comic, and game conventions, so I know what it’s like to be extremely excited about them. I also know what it’s like to be completely exhausted at the end of the day at a convention: feeling anxious, irritated, and overwhelmed by the many people packed into the convention center and wondering why I feel that way. In grad school my training focused on dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) for adults, which teaches people skills and practices to help reduce symptoms. More recently, I have come to understand why I leaned toward such a structured system—most autistic people love structure and routine—and I have also realized that DBT is not for everyone. I have completed ongoing trainings on a variety of topics, including geek therapy, grief, and trauma, and in 2020 I became certified in eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

I have been part of the nerd/geek culture since I first learned to read, growing up on staples such as Batman: the animated series and devouring any horror, sci-fi, or fantasy book I could get my hands on. I roll the dice, fling spells, and try desperately to get creamy blends. I have stood on both sides of the GM screen. I am firmly against ABA and Autism Speaks: An autistic person is not a broken neurotypical person.

I offer online counseling in the following states:

At A Glance

  • Experience: 6 years of practice
  • Languages: English
  • Rate: $180 - 180/session

Info

360-448-1417 Email Karl
101 E. 8th St.
Suite 110
Vancouver, WA 98660

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