318 E. Branch Street Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
Specializing in
Neurodivergent

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Every journey begins with
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Welcome to Total Spectrum Counseling, based on the Central Coast of California, with satellite offices throughout the state.

What is Neurodiversity Affirmative Therapy?

Have you tried therapy and found it difficult to connect? Have you worked SO hard to find healing and continue to struggle? Have you been frustrated by the standard format of therapy that doesn’t seem to work for you? This is because standard therapy culture was created primarily by Neurotypical people. And we have found that for many Neurodivergent clients, this just doesn’t work. Neurodivergent people connect differently, our brains come alive in different contexts, we move differently, we pay attention to different things. And these differences, when not honored by those around us, create wells of anxiety and shame that can cause us to get stuck.

Total Spectrum Counseling is a Neurodiversity Affirmative Practice.

Most of us are Neurodivergent ourselves.

What We Don't Do

We will not work to behaviorally modify you or your loved one to act and look more conventional.

Instead, we will empower our clients to embrace themselves as they are. We will not provide you with Neurotypical looking “social skills” – they don’t work in the long run. It is more useful to understand and accept how different people prefer to socialize and communicate. We won’t overwhelm you with concrete tools created by Neurotypical people.

Instead, we will help you tap into your built-in potential to cope, connect, and thrive, and help you develop tools that work for you. We won’t correct you for talking or moving a certain way. Instead, we will join you in your way of being and celebrate it. We won’t urge you to suffer further in environments that don’t work for you. Instead, we will teach you to advocate for your needs, alter the environment to better suit you, and seek accommodations. Daring to not fit in can free us from the bonds of shame and anxiety. And we are one of the few practices that can help you do this so that you can discover the joy in your life.

Total Spectrum Counseling

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Other Services Offered

Total Spectrum Counseling offers HIPAA compliant tele-therapy

We are culturally humble neurodivergent therapists who specialize in working with neurodivergent and neurotypical people with all sorts of difficulties.

Our Values

Total Spectrum Counseling is sex positive, culturally humble, and LGBTQIA+ affirming

We honor all the ways people choose to live our lives.

"What you are to be, you are now becoming."

— Carl Rogers
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We are here to help you. The first step is always the hardest one to take, and it gets easier once you make that initial call. At Total Spectrum Counseling, you will not be alone on your journey to a more content and meaningful life. Let us help you reach your full potential. Need more assistance please send us an email to: info@totalspectrumcounseling.com. We are also on social media.