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Have you been misunderstood by the professionals you go to for help? Many autistic people find themselves being unintentionally harmed by the well-meaning people who are trying to help them. Most professionals simply do not understand autism or the culture of autistic people. 

I do.

I am autistic.

Contact me to have a chat to see if I can help you:

  • Understand a new diagnosis of autism

  • How to integrate a new diagnosis of autism into your life

  • Have a better quality of life as an autistic person

  • Untangle trauma from relationships, society, ableism, and bullying

  • Understand and live with PTSD and autism

  • Make, develop, and keep friendships

  • Have a better workplace experience

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My Story

I am an autistic adult, diagnosed later in life at 48 years old. I grew up knowing I didn't fit in with my peers, but not understanding why. I experienced bullying and rejection. As an autistic child, I accepted that I was less than because it was the message I heard from so many people in my life, and in those formative years, I developed PTSD. 

Many autistic people live with PTSD due to the chronic negative social interactions they've experienced over their lifetime. Many autistic people also live with high anxiety all day, everyday. I understand the striving to be ok regardless of living with PTSD and anxiety. 

I was a teacher for over 20 years, with the last 5 years of my teaching career being with students who were on the autism spectrum. I loved teaching them! For the first time in my life I was with people who were like me and it was a positive turning point in my life.

Then, my husband of 29 years died by suicide and the life that I knew died along with him.

The year following his suicide, as I tried to put the pieces of my life back together, I was constantly challenged by difficult social interactions, confusing relationship changes, out of control emotions, and very sensitive senses.

I have now changed the trajectory of my career from being a teacher to being a Life Coach. My goal is to reduce the abundance of unintentional harm autistic people experience by well-meaning professionals who just do not understand autism.  

I believe in the strengths of autistic people. I understand how autistic people can use their strengths to problem-solve unique solutions to the difficulties they face in their everyday lives.

I have coached many newly-diagnosed and/or self-diagnosed autistic people about how to integrate autism into their lives in order to experience a better quality of life. I have also helped autistic people to untangle trauma and understand how PTSD intersects with autism.


I use a trauma-informed, strengths-based approach in helping autistic people understand how aspects of autism can help and/or hinder their recover and healing from trauma.

I also work with professionals, family members, and friends to help them understand autistic people and our culture.

Let me help you help yourself.

I offer a free introductory 15 minute meeting to see if I can be of help.

Contact me to set one up!



You can leave me a message here.

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