Mental Health
Treatment

Hi - I'm Nicolle Griffin and I provide neurodiversity-affirming mental health treatment.

Neurodiversity-affirming means that I understand ADHD, Autism, Dyslexia and other neurodivergence to be natural differences in human development.
 
I do not see neurodivergent people as having intrinsic 'disorders', 'deficiencies' or 'conditions' that require 'treatment' or 'management'.

You are not broken.
You do not need to be fixed.

But, you might need mental health treatment if you develop stress, anxiety, depression or any other mental health issue that co-occurs with being a neurodivergent person in a neurotypical world.

We do better with neurodiversity-affirming mental health treatment

Almost every aspect of our society was created by neurotypical people, for neurotypical people.


I know how exhausting it is to exist in a society that undervalues what we are good at, and fixates on what we are not good at - because I live it too.

 

There is a severe mismatch between our neurodivergent needs and the expectations and rules of a neurotypical society. This mismatch will cause high stress, high anxiety, and depressed mood in neurodivergent people.

The more time that we spend in unsupportive neurotypical environments, the more 'disordered' or 'deficient' we will appear, and the higher the risk of us experiencing burn out and mental illness.

What I am going to say next is still considered a radical idea...

 

You will not find your path back to mental health and wellness by trying to 'correct' or 'fix' what neurotypical people see as 'disordered' or 'deficient' within you.

Your path back to mental health and wellness can only happen once you accept yourself and learn to work with your mind and body instead of against them.

Neurodivergent People in Crisis

The neurodivergent people I meet in crisis-mode often don't know what they are good at. Some even believe that they are not good at anything. Some feel that their lives are chaotic or out of control. Some feel hopeless or useless. Far too many have rock-bottom self-esteem.

 

But, saddest of all, I regularly meet neurodivergent people who see their neurodivergency as a weakness, a liability, or a tragedy. People who have been made to feel ashamed of themselves - because the neurotypical world is obsessed with pointing out their difficulties... sometimes to the extent that they are never able to discover their strengths.

Helping Neurodivergent People Out of Crisis

I help Autistic, ADHD, Dyslexic and other neurodivergents get themselves out of crisis by assisting you to:

1) Understand and accept yourself. When you accept your neurodivergency, we can drop the "neurotypical goals" - also known as all those mind rules you have internalised about what you 'should' be doing. When we start working on neurodivergent goals - also known as working out what you actually want and need - and making it happen - then you can start living your best life.

2) Create external support and scaffolding. This means everything we can put around you to take the pressure off you. This might be meds (I am pro-meds, but you don't have to be), it might be accommodations and adjustments at work or school (actual accommodations, not the ones that neurotypical people think 'should' work for us), or it might be a network of support from family, friends, community or other agencies.

3) Learn psychological skills and strategies - all the things you can learn to better support yourself and your needs. Tips, tricks and life hacks. All the knowledge I have learnt from psychology study and work over the last two decades. Plus everything I've learnt from being a neurodivergent person in a neurotypical world. Plus the learnings from my neurodivergent family members, friends and clients. All the neurodiversity-affirming resources you can imagine and none of the doom, gloom, conversion-therapy or pseudoscience.

Appointment Fees

Mental Health Treatment

1st appointment:
$250.00 for 50 minutes.
Medicare rebate: $88.25

Following appointments:
$220.00 for 50 minutes.
Medicare rebate: $88.25

 

This scheme enables individuals to access mental health treatment from a registered psychologist. Eligible individuals are able to access up to 10 individual sessions and 10 group sessions in a calendar year.

To qualify for a Medicare rebate for psychological sessions, an individual must be referred by their GP, psychiatrist or paediatrician.  

 

For individuals wishing to be referred by your GP under Medicare, you need to visit your GP for a mental health assessment. If your GP assesses that you require mental health treatment by a psychologist, they can prepare a Mental Health Treatment Plan. This will enable you to access rebates for your psychology sessions.

When booking your GP appointment you will need a longer appointment to complete the process and may need to advise the practice that you are seeking a mental health assessment.

Medicare Better Access to Mental Health Scheme

Some people I meet have been formally identified (read: diagnosed) as part of the neurodivergent community, and others strongly suspect they are and would like confirmation (read: assessment).

 

You don't need formal identification to access neurodivergent mental health treatment, all are welcome. 

If you would like confirmation of neurodivergency, please see my page for ADHD and Autism assessments.