Individuals with developmental, learning, processing, or intellectual disabilities often experience challenges in identifying and communicating their emotions, needs, or wants in ways that can be easily understood by others. Additionally, they may experience challenges in understanding what others try to communicate to them. These challenges can lead to undesirable behaviors or behavioral outbursts at home, school, or work. Sometimes people are diagnosed with both a developmental, learning, processing, or intellectual disability and another mental health condition (for example, a person who has been diagnosed with both Intellectual Disability and Major Depressive Disorder), other times the difficulties a person experiences due to the developmental, learning, processing, or intellectual disability creates emotional or psychological distress that may not warrant a second diagnosis. In either case, counseling may be beneficial in improving the ability to regulate and communicate emotions, needs, and wants more effectively and developing skills to better manage behaviors and cope with life stressors.
My approach in working with individuals who experience these challenges is to determine the ways in which the person best receives and communicates information, to identify underlying factors related to the emotional, psychological, or behavioral difficulties, and to help the individual develop ways to resolve or cope with those concerns. The rate of progress varies depending upon the severity of the individual's disability and the presence of any co-occurring conditions. Issues tend to be addressed and concepts tend to be explained and practiced repeatedly across numerous sessions. I believe in celebrating every success along the way, regardless of how small a step it might appear to others.
If you are interested in pursuing counseling for an individual with a developmental, learning, processing, or intellectual disability, please contact me at 513-445-9959 or via my contact form and we can explore the appropriateness of the services I offer.