I am a neurodiversity specialist. I help you gain self-understanding and tools to flourish in relationships and through life's transitions.
Counselor in Lafayette, CA
Relational work includes a specific type of empathy, one that includes a sense of mutuality with a contextual and cultural awareness. Relational-cultural counseling includes partnership in therapy, where we work together to explore your experiences of being feeling truly understood.
I am trained and experienced in many approaches and theoretical orientations, and utilize what best fits for you in the moment. See more about my approach here: https://www.therathrive.com/about/about-dr-grace-malonai/dr-graces-approach/
I see existential therapy as a collaborative approach, to work work together to create balance while exploring deeper, maybe even darker thoughts, without overwhelm. This perspective helps look at meaning in life, your connections, relationships, and sense of purpose. Existential perspective supports the processing of internal conflicts, choices, while also being grounded in the present, without becoming overwhelmed or preoccupied with a potential future.
I see highly sensitive people as those with particular messages that can feel overwhelming by either being too much (far too loud, too rough, too intense, etc.) or as not enough (too quiet, too soft, too still, etc.). I believe in highly sensitive people, this usually is true for the whole person, physically, emotionally and spiritually. I get this, and accept and understand your sensitive nature. Get help with navigating life as a highly sensitive person and learn to celebrate your strengths.
My experience with highly sensitive people and those with gifted traits supports my support of Autistic people. I understand and appreciate the intensity, sensitivity and struggle that Autistics may experience in life. My goal is to support you to grow in your own self-acceptance and self-understanding, and to facilitate you to discover and utilize your strengths and more effectively identify, grow from, and manage your challenges.
Neuratypical people, such as those who are highly sensitive, Autistic, gifted, have ADHD or who are otherwise neurodivergent, may experience anxiety differently than neurotypical, including a different experience and/or more intensity around it. That's why my stance on anxiety, including existential anxiety, is that holistic is important-- because anxiety impacts all aspects of a person.