Louise Brown

As a queer and autistic therapist and supervisor in private practice, I have always been fascinated by themes of creativity, identity, and otherness, and how we find our place in the world. I specialise in working with neurodivergent and/or LGBTQIA+ clients who are exploring similar issues, and I also supervise a range of professionals.

My interest in neurodiversity developed during my ten years working in a university disability support service. Despite coming from a multiple neurodivergent family and suspecting dyslexia and dyspraxia were part of my profile, my autistic identity remained unknown to me until 2019. I was experiencing autistic burnout at the time, and my therapist asked if I had ever considered being autistic.

Since then, I have gone through a process of grief, unlearning, compassion, understanding, reconnection, and acceptance, which has allowed me to rebuild a life that is tailored to meet my needs and support all aspects of my identity. This process has been tough and continues to be ongoing, but it has been the single most healing thing I have done for myself. Knowing my queer, autistic self has opened new spaces and possibilities. I am passionate about the importance of making space for our intersectional identities and the context in which we exist with them, both for ourselves and our clients.

Six Neurodivergent therapists discuss their unique journeys and insights on embracing their differences as a…