Virtual Support Group for Autistic Women
Diagnosed (or Self-Diagnosed) in Adulthood

Women on the autism spectrum, working on a computer with multiple screens

Autistic girls and women have often been over looked and don’t receive a diagnosis and support because their symptoms present differently than boys. And at a young age, girls are often better at masking (hiding) their autistic traits. They learn to imitate social behaviors, even though many don’t understand the meaning of them.

Maintaining this masking for the external self is often exhausting and stressful, and it leads to poor self-esteem. It is often experienced as trauma, because there is no self-understanding or understanding from others. This often leads to additional mental health issues including anxiety and depression.

Support groups can be an amazing and healing way to improve your mental health. Our support groups are therapist led and are a safe place to share your struggles with others who understand what you are going through. We select topic based on the interests of the group members. Topics covered may include:

Topics covered may include:

•    Dating and Relationships
•    “Adulting”
•    Over-Stimulation
•    Emotional Awareness and Regulation
•    Saying No and Setting Boundaries
•    Neurodiversity, Including ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia
•    Sleep Issues
•    Sensory Issues
•    Extended Family Issues

•    Extended Family Issues
•    How Others React to My Diagnosis
•    Positive Aspects of Autism
•    Employment
•   Black and White Thinking
•   Addiction
•    Empathy and Perspective Taking
•    Childhood Trauma
•    Stimming

•    Dating and Relationships
•    “Adulting”
•    Over-Stimulation
•    Emotional Awareness and Regulation
•    Saying No and Setting Boundaries
•    Neurodiversity, Including ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia
•    Sleep Issues
•    Sensory Issues
•    Extended Family Issues
•    How Others React to My Diagnosis
•    Positive Aspects of Autism
•    Employment
•   Black and White Thinking
•   Addiction
•    Empathy and Perspective Taking
•    Childhood Trauma
•    Stimming

Results have been that participants develop a sense of belonging and connection. That you’re not alone and even make new friends. That you feel less stigmatized and that you’re okay just the way you are. And feeling less depressed, stressed and anxious overall.

Women on the autism spectrum, working on a computer with multiple screens
Women on the autism spectrum, working on a computer with multiple screens

Here’s what support group participants had to say

“I feel validated and understood which has helped my mental health”

“Absolutely would recommend, it’s truly valuable!”

“Jen is an incredible therapist and you will feel heard, understood and improvements to one’s self.”

“This was a special group to be a part of.”

“I’ve never felt so accepted by a group of people.”

“Jen led the group with confidence, empathy, compassion and really truly cares.”

“Safe place to be myself and not hide.”

“I like the structure of the group and how Jen led it with love and compassion.”

“I can just speak without censoring myself.”

“Jen brings important open discussions that we can truly identify with, and we bounced off each other as a group.”

“I looked forward to the group meetings”

“I felt comfortable in this group with link-minded peers. As I understand myself better, I can try to explain my thought and feeling to my family and others close to me.”

“I loved this group for lots of reasons, but mostly because I got to be MYSELF!”

“…here, I got to be accepted as I felt Iwanted to be: quiet, sad, crying,rebellious, or withdrawn. Thank you Jen”

“I was nervous about starting the group. I like the way it was structured, and it felt like a safe place.”

“I would recommend this group to others. Every week I looked forward to having this safe place to return to where I could share my truth and not worry about being misunderstood or judged.”

“This group helped me understand why I think and act in certain ways and how those ways differ from neurotypical people. I find that the more I can love and accept the way I am, the more comfortable I am in the world.”

Please contact us to discuss whether our support groups would be a good fit for you.