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A podcast for neurodivergent women, hosted by clinical psychologist Monique Mitchelson and clinical neuropsychologist Michelle Livock. Covering Autism to ADHD and everything in between, we aim to educate and inspire women who think differen

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Season 5


Dyspraxia with Rosemary Richings

We are thrilled to have Rosemary Richings on the podcast today, to chat with us about her experience of dyspraxia. Rosemary is a writer, editor, and public speaker specialising in disability and neurodiversity, and she is the author of Stumbling Through Space and Time: Living Life With Dyspraxia. Rosemary is on the board of trustees of Dyspraxic Me, a charity for dyspraxic young adults.   In this episode we cover: What is dyspraxia? How is dyspraxia diagnosed? Rosemary’s experience of dyspraxia from childhood to adulthood. The mental load of neurodivergence. What has been helpful in accommodating and supporting dyspraxia for Rosemary.   You can find Rosemary through her socials here, and through her website.   You can access more information on dyspraxia through the Developmental Coordination Disorder Australia website.   Want polished copies of our episodes in beautiful and readable pdf article format? Grab them here.    Enjoyed the episode and want to support us further? Join our Patreon community! Patreon subscribers receive basic episode transcripts from Season 4 onwards, access to a monthly live zoom hang out, 50% off our episode articles, plus bonus monthly content (depending on subscription tier). Check out our Patreon page to support us, as we aim to make quality mental health care information accessible to everyone: www.patreon.com/ndwomanpod.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Dyspraxia with Rosemary Richings

We are thrilled to have Rosemary Richings on the podcast today, to chat with us about her experience of dyspraxia. Rosemary is a writer, editor, and public speaker specialising in disability and neurodiversity, and she is the author of Stumbling Through Space and Time: Living Life With Dyspraxia. Rosemary is on the board of trustees of Dyspraxic Me, a charity for dyspraxic young adults.   In this episode we cover: What is dyspraxia? How is dyspraxia diagnosed? Rosemary’s experience of dyspraxia from childhood to adulthood. The mental load of neurodivergence. What has been helpful in accommodating and supporting dyspraxia for Rosemary.   You can find Rosemary through her socials here, and through her website.   You can access more information on dyspraxia through the Developmental Coordination Disorder Australia website.   Want polished copies of our episodes in beautiful and readable pdf article format? Grab them here.    Enjoyed the episode and want to support us further? Join our Patreon community! Patreon subscribers receive basic episode transcripts from Season 4 onwards, access to a monthly live zoom hang out, 50% off our episode articles, plus bonus monthly content (depending on subscription tier). Check out our Patreon page to support us, as we aim to make quality mental health care information accessible to everyone: www.patreon.com/ndwomanpod.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

49:46

EP11 - S5

26 May 24

Compassionate Practice

In this week's episode we chat about compassionate practice. We have both been super keen to do an episode on compassion for a while now, given compassion is a core tenant of our practice. In this ep we went through some of the core features of compassion, how this can be used therapeutically, and developing self-compassion. We loved putting this episode together for you!   We cover: What is compassion and what are the benefits of compassionate practice? What does it mean to be in an active state of compassion. How compassion fits into the ‘haunted house’ of our brain. Working with the inner critic. Compassionate practice and neurodivergence. Strategies for compassionate practice and for activating a state of ‘rest’ in our nervous system.   Resources on compassionate practice: The Compassionate Mind – by Paul Gilbert Fierce Self Compassion – by Kristen Neff Online compassion quiz  Preorder Monique’s book - The Neurodivergence Skills Workbook for Autism and ADHD: Cultivate Self-Compassion, Live Authentically, and Be Your Own Advocate.  Access Michelle’s three part course on compassionate practice exclusively through our Patreon (‘Buy us a Wine’ tier). Check out the study Monique mentioned mentioned on Autism and self compassion.    Want polished copies of our episodes in beautiful and readable pdf article format? Grab them here.    Enjoyed the episode and want to support us further? Join our Patreon community! Patreon subscribers receive basic episode transcripts from Season 4 onwards, access to a monthly live zoom hang out, 50% off our episode articles, plus bonus monthly content (depending on subscription tier). Check out our Patreon page to support us, as we aim to make quality mental health care information accessible to everyone: www.patreon.com/ndwomanpod.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Compassionate Practice

In this week's episode we chat about compassionate practice. We have both been super keen to do an episode on compassion for a while now, given compassion is a core tenant of our practice. In this ep we went through some of the core features of compassion, how this can be used therapeutically, and developing self-compassion. We loved putting this episode together for you!   We cover: What is compassion and what are the benefits of compassionate practice? What does it mean to be in an active state of compassion. How compassion fits into the ‘haunted house’ of our brain. Working with the inner critic. Compassionate practice and neurodivergence. Strategies for compassionate practice and for activating a state of ‘rest’ in our nervous system.   Resources on compassionate practice: The Compassionate Mind – by Paul Gilbert Fierce Self Compassion – by Kristen Neff Online compassion quiz  Preorder Monique’s book - The Neurodivergence Skills Workbook for Autism and ADHD: Cultivate Self-Compassion, Live Authentically, and Be Your Own Advocate.  Access Michelle’s three part course on compassionate practice exclusively through our Patreon (‘Buy us a Wine’ tier). Check out the study Monique mentioned mentioned on Autism and self compassion.    Want polished copies of our episodes in beautiful and readable pdf article format? Grab them here.    Enjoyed the episode and want to support us further? Join our Patreon community! Patreon subscribers receive basic episode transcripts from Season 4 onwards, access to a monthly live zoom hang out, 50% off our episode articles, plus bonus monthly content (depending on subscription tier). Check out our Patreon page to support us, as we aim to make quality mental health care information accessible to everyone: www.patreon.com/ndwomanpod.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

01:09:08

EP10 - S5

19 May 24

Minority Stress with Rebecca Gannon

Today on the show Monique interviews Rebecca Gannon. Rebecca is a Neurodivergent Psychologist with a Masters in Educational and Developmental Psychology. Their clinical work focuses on Autism and ADHD assessment for adults as well as supervising other Psychologists and allied health professionals in neuroaffirming practice skills. Rebecca is Aboriginal, a parent, a partner, and their long-standing special interest just happens to be Autism.   On this episode Monique and Rebecca cover: Rebecca’s experience of her own neurodivergence, including the pivotal role of community as part of a healthy self-identity + the importance of understanding all aspects of your neurodivergent identity. The importance of advocacy based on lived experience and community consultation when providing support services to people with a minority identity. The Minority Stress Model. Rebecca’s experience of having both Aboriginal and neurodivergent minority identities. Ways to psychological safety for minority group members in health care settings. Rebecca’s experience navigating the health care system as an ND parent of a child with complex health needs. Heavy Metal Music (it’s relevant, we promise!).     Things we mentioned: Literature on ABA  The Australian Indigenous Psychology Association.   Another Day in the Colony – book by Chelsea Watego Find out more about Dr Tracey Westerman here.    You can contact Rebecca through her website, Kaleidoscope Assessment or on Instagram @kaleidoscopeassessment.   Want polished copies of our episodes in beautiful and readable pdf article format? Grab them here.    Enjoyed the episode and want to support us further? Join our Patreon community! Patreon subscribers receive basic episode transcripts from Season 4 onwards, access to a monthly live zoom hang out, 50% off our episode articles, plus bonus monthly content (depending on subscription tier). Check out our Patreon page to support us, as we aim to make quality mental health care information accessible to everyone: www.patreon.com/ndwomanpod.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Minority Stress with Rebecca Gannon

Today on the show Monique interviews Rebecca Gannon. Rebecca is a Neurodivergent Psychologist with a Masters in Educational and Developmental Psychology. Their clinical work focuses on Autism and ADHD assessment for adults as well as supervising other Psychologists and allied health professionals in neuroaffirming practice skills. Rebecca is Aboriginal, a parent, a partner, and their long-standing special interest just happens to be Autism.   On this episode Monique and Rebecca cover: Rebecca’s experience of her own neurodivergence, including the pivotal role of community as part of a healthy self-identity + the importance of understanding all aspects of your neurodivergent identity. The importance of advocacy based on lived experience and community consultation when providing support services to people with a minority identity. The Minority Stress Model. Rebecca’s experience of having both Aboriginal and neurodivergent minority identities. Ways to psychological safety for minority group members in health care settings. Rebecca’s experience navigating the health care system as an ND parent of a child with complex health needs. Heavy Metal Music (it’s relevant, we promise!).     Things we mentioned: Literature on ABA  The Australian Indigenous Psychology Association.   Another Day in the Colony – book by Chelsea Watego Find out more about Dr Tracey Westerman here.    You can contact Rebecca through her website, Kaleidoscope Assessment or on Instagram @kaleidoscopeassessment.   Want polished copies of our episodes in beautiful and readable pdf article format? Grab them here.    Enjoyed the episode and want to support us further? Join our Patreon community! Patreon subscribers receive basic episode transcripts from Season 4 onwards, access to a monthly live zoom hang out, 50% off our episode articles, plus bonus monthly content (depending on subscription tier). Check out our Patreon page to support us, as we aim to make quality mental health care information accessible to everyone: www.patreon.com/ndwomanpod.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

01:00:50

EP09 - S5

12 May 24

Depression and TMS with Michelle Marques

In this week’s episode we are thrilled to chat to Michelle Marques about her experience with depression and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, plus a million other things. Michelle is an Autistic and ADHD writer with a background in journalism and a Master’s in African American studies. Her writing and research focuses on gender, sexuality, race, neurodiversity, and pop culture.    We chat about:   Michelle’s experience of learning about her neurodivergence and the hidden cost of ADHD for high achievers. Codeswitching, the privilege of authenticity, and intersecting identities as an Autistic person and as a cultural minority. Michelle’s experience of depression and how she differentiates between depression and burnout as a neurodivergent person. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. Things Michelle has found helpful for managing her mental health.   You can find Michelle’s writing on her Substack “Neurodivergent Black Girl” and you can follow her on Instagram @michellemar.ques.    Update! An American psychologist has reached out and let us know that TMS can be covered by Medicare in some cases in the USA. Here's some more information on that.    Want polished copies of our episodes in beautiful and readable pdf article format? Grab them here.    Enjoyed the episode and want to support us further? Join our Patreon community! Patreon subscribers receive basic episode transcripts from Season 4 onwards, access to a monthly live zoom hang out, 50% off our episode articles, plus bonus monthly content (depending on subscription tier). Check out our Patreon page to support us, as we aim to make quality mental health care information accessible to everyone: www.patreon.com/ndwomanpod.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Depression and TMS with Michelle Marques

In this week’s episode we are thrilled to chat to Michelle Marques about her experience with depression and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, plus a million other things. Michelle is an Autistic and ADHD writer with a background in journalism and a Master’s in African American studies. Her writing and research focuses on gender, sexuality, race, neurodiversity, and pop culture.    We chat about:   Michelle’s experience of learning about her neurodivergence and the hidden cost of ADHD for high achievers. Codeswitching, the privilege of authenticity, and intersecting identities as an Autistic person and as a cultural minority. Michelle’s experience of depression and how she differentiates between depression and burnout as a neurodivergent person. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation. Things Michelle has found helpful for managing her mental health.   You can find Michelle’s writing on her Substack “Neurodivergent Black Girl” and you can follow her on Instagram @michellemar.ques.    Update! An American psychologist has reached out and let us know that TMS can be covered by Medicare in some cases in the USA. Here's some more information on that.    Want polished copies of our episodes in beautiful and readable pdf article format? Grab them here.    Enjoyed the episode and want to support us further? Join our Patreon community! Patreon subscribers receive basic episode transcripts from Season 4 onwards, access to a monthly live zoom hang out, 50% off our episode articles, plus bonus monthly content (depending on subscription tier). Check out our Patreon page to support us, as we aim to make quality mental health care information accessible to everyone: www.patreon.com/ndwomanpod.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

01:19:34

EP08 - S5

5 May 24

Early Identification with Josephine Barbaro

This week on the podcast Monique interviews the incredible Associate Professor Josephine Barbaro. Josie is a late identified Autistic ADHDer. She is a Principal Research Fellow and Psychologist at the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre, La Trobe University, Melbourne. She is the Research Director of Identification and Diagnosis of Autism, and Clinical Director of the Victorian Early Assessment Clinic, providing neuro-affirming, transdisciplinary assessments for neurodivergence in children under 3 years. Josie’s research interests are in the early identification and diagnosis of Autism, family health and well-being following a diagnosis, and Neurodiversity Affirming research and practice.   In this episode Monique and Josie cover:   Josie’s path to understanding her own neurodivergence. The heritability of neurodivergence and the importance of taking a whole-family approach to supporting neurodivergent kids. Josie’s work on early identification of Autism and the development of the SACS early identification screening tool and the ASDectect app. Josie’s research and work into closing the gender gap in early diagnosis of Autism. Why early identification is so important and addressing concerns parents can have around ‘labelling’. How to share a diagnosis of Autism with your child. Debunking the myths around overdiagnosis of Autism.   Things we mentioned:   The Victorian Early Assessment Clinic. The SACS early identification screening tool training The ASDectect app Conversation article co-written by Josie and Marie Camin on talking to your child about their diagnosis.  Conversation article co-written by Josie and Dr Nancy Sadka debunking the myth around overdiagnosis of Autism.  Books to use as a conversation starter to introduce neurodivergence to a child include The Brain Forest and The Rainbow Brain, both by Sandyha Menon, and Round World Square Me by Chelsea Luker.    You can contact Josie via email at [email protected] or find her on her socials here.   Want polished copies of our episodes in beautiful and readable pdf article format? Grab them here.    Enjoyed the episode and want to support us further? Join our Patreon community! Patreon subscribers receive basic episode transcripts from Season 4 onwards, access to a monthly live zoom hang out, 50% off our episode articles, plus bonus monthly content (depending on subscription tier). Check out our Patreon page to support us, as we aim to make quality mental health care information accessible to everyone: www.patreon.com/ndwomanpod.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Early Identification with Josephine Barbaro

This week on the podcast Monique interviews the incredible Associate Professor Josephine Barbaro. Josie is a late identified Autistic ADHDer. She is a Principal Research Fellow and Psychologist at the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre, La Trobe University, Melbourne. She is the Research Director of Identification and Diagnosis of Autism, and Clinical Director of the Victorian Early Assessment Clinic, providing neuro-affirming, transdisciplinary assessments for neurodivergence in children under 3 years. Josie’s research interests are in the early identification and diagnosis of Autism, family health and well-being following a diagnosis, and Neurodiversity Affirming research and practice.   In this episode Monique and Josie cover:   Josie’s path to understanding her own neurodivergence. The heritability of neurodivergence and the importance of taking a whole-family approach to supporting neurodivergent kids. Josie’s work on early identification of Autism and the development of the SACS early identification screening tool and the ASDectect app. Josie’s research and work into closing the gender gap in early diagnosis of Autism. Why early identification is so important and addressing concerns parents can have around ‘labelling’. How to share a diagnosis of Autism with your child. Debunking the myths around overdiagnosis of Autism.   Things we mentioned:   The Victorian Early Assessment Clinic. The SACS early identification screening tool training The ASDectect app Conversation article co-written by Josie and Marie Camin on talking to your child about their diagnosis.  Conversation article co-written by Josie and Dr Nancy Sadka debunking the myth around overdiagnosis of Autism.  Books to use as a conversation starter to introduce neurodivergence to a child include The Brain Forest and The Rainbow Brain, both by Sandyha Menon, and Round World Square Me by Chelsea Luker.    You can contact Josie via email at [email protected] or find her on her socials here.   Want polished copies of our episodes in beautiful and readable pdf article format? Grab them here.    Enjoyed the episode and want to support us further? Join our Patreon community! Patreon subscribers receive basic episode transcripts from Season 4 onwards, access to a monthly live zoom hang out, 50% off our episode articles, plus bonus monthly content (depending on subscription tier). Check out our Patreon page to support us, as we aim to make quality mental health care information accessible to everyone: www.patreon.com/ndwomanpod.  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

01:05:23

EP07 - S5

28 Apr 24

Sensory Regulation with Joanne Seymon

A note to our listeners: In this episode we chat about self-harm. Some of our listeners may prefer to skip this one.   Happy Monday! In today’s episode Monique interviews Joanne Seymon; AuDHDer Occupational Therapist, and co-founder of Kaiko Fidgets. Jo is passionate about developing appropriate sensory tools for teens and adults, with a focus on harm minimisation and emotional regulation. She uses both her lived experience and her background in occupational therapy to match sensory needs to the right sensory support. In this episode Jo shares some personal details about her son Kai’s mental health journey, and Kai has given his consent for these details to be shared.   In this episode Monique and Jo cover:   How Kaiko Fidgets came to be and Jo’s path to diagnosis and understanding her own neurodivergence. What actually is ‘Occupational Therapy’ (OT) and how can OTs work with neurodivergent folk? Different sensory needs and ideas around supporting sensory regulation. When pain is used as a regulator – Jo’s approach to this and some options for harm minimisation. Understanding and managing the cumulative effect of sensory load.     Find Jo on her website (www.kaikofidgets.com), through her socials (@kaikofidgets), or reach out to her via email ([email protected])     Want polished copies of our episodes in beautiful and readable pdf article format? Grab them here.    Enjoyed the episode and want to support us further? Join our Patreon community! Patreon subscribers receive basic episode transcripts from Season 4 onwards, access to a monthly live zoom hang out, 50% off our episode articles, plus bonus monthly content (depending on subscription tier). Check out our Patreon page to support us, as we aim to make quality mental health care information accessible to everyone: www.patreon.com/ndwomanpod.   Contact us at [email protected], or visit our website: www.ndwomanpod.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Sensory Regulation with Joanne Seymon

A note to our listeners: In this episode we chat about self-harm. Some of our listeners may prefer to skip this one.   Happy Monday! In today’s episode Monique interviews Joanne Seymon; AuDHDer Occupational Therapist, and co-founder of Kaiko Fidgets. Jo is passionate about developing appropriate sensory tools for teens and adults, with a focus on harm minimisation and emotional regulation. She uses both her lived experience and her background in occupational therapy to match sensory needs to the right sensory support. In this episode Jo shares some personal details about her son Kai’s mental health journey, and Kai has given his consent for these details to be shared.   In this episode Monique and Jo cover:   How Kaiko Fidgets came to be and Jo’s path to diagnosis and understanding her own neurodivergence. What actually is ‘Occupational Therapy’ (OT) and how can OTs work with neurodivergent folk? Different sensory needs and ideas around supporting sensory regulation. When pain is used as a regulator – Jo’s approach to this and some options for harm minimisation. Understanding and managing the cumulative effect of sensory load.     Find Jo on her website (www.kaikofidgets.com), through her socials (@kaikofidgets), or reach out to her via email ([email protected])     Want polished copies of our episodes in beautiful and readable pdf article format? Grab them here.    Enjoyed the episode and want to support us further? Join our Patreon community! Patreon subscribers receive basic episode transcripts from Season 4 onwards, access to a monthly live zoom hang out, 50% off our episode articles, plus bonus monthly content (depending on subscription tier). Check out our Patreon page to support us, as we aim to make quality mental health care information accessible to everyone: www.patreon.com/ndwomanpod.   Contact us at [email protected], or visit our website: www.ndwomanpod.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

01:05:49

EP06 - S5

14 Apr 24

Stimming with Marie Camin

On this week’s episode Monique interviews Marie Camin about stimming. Marie is a multiply neurodivergent clinical psychologist, researcher, and a neurodiversity advocate. Marie is currently completing her PhD on Autistic stimming at La Trobe University and she is a Founding Committee Member of the OTARC Autistic Advisory Group; she believes strongly in contributing to a more accurate and affirming understanding of Autistic experiences through co-production with the community. She loves animals, pop culture, and anything creative.   This episode is jam packed with goodies! Monique and Marie cover:   Community as a key part of the neurodivergent identity. Marie’s experience as a neurodivergent clinical psychologist and her path to discovering her own neurodivergence. A side quest on special interests. Everything stimming – what is it, how is it understood (both from a community perspective and based on the DSM), and many examples of what stimming can look like. The evolution of thinking in the psychological field around the purpose of stimming and responses to stimming. Harm minimisation approaches for stimming that is harmful to self or others (please be aware that self-harm is mentioned here, and so some listeners may decide to skip this). Marie’s advice for other neurodivergent folks trying to function in a neuro-normative way.     Want to learn more about Marie or get in touch with her? You can find her through her website here, or on Instagram @mariecamin.   Check out her digital downloads and ND Pride stickers here!   Want polished copies of our episodes in beautiful and readable pdf article format? Grab them here.    Enjoyed the episode and want to support us further? Join our Patreon community! Patreon subscribers receive basic episode transcripts from Season 4 onwards, access to a monthly live zoom hang out, 50% off our episode articles, plus bonus monthly content (depending on subscription tier). Check out our Patreon page to support us, as we aim to make quality mental health care information accessible to everyone: www.patreon.com/ndwomanpod.   Contact us at [email protected], or visit our website: www.ndwomanpod.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Stimming with Marie Camin

On this week’s episode Monique interviews Marie Camin about stimming. Marie is a multiply neurodivergent clinical psychologist, researcher, and a neurodiversity advocate. Marie is currently completing her PhD on Autistic stimming at La Trobe University and she is a Founding Committee Member of the OTARC Autistic Advisory Group; she believes strongly in contributing to a more accurate and affirming understanding of Autistic experiences through co-production with the community. She loves animals, pop culture, and anything creative.   This episode is jam packed with goodies! Monique and Marie cover:   Community as a key part of the neurodivergent identity. Marie’s experience as a neurodivergent clinical psychologist and her path to discovering her own neurodivergence. A side quest on special interests. Everything stimming – what is it, how is it understood (both from a community perspective and based on the DSM), and many examples of what stimming can look like. The evolution of thinking in the psychological field around the purpose of stimming and responses to stimming. Harm minimisation approaches for stimming that is harmful to self or others (please be aware that self-harm is mentioned here, and so some listeners may decide to skip this). Marie’s advice for other neurodivergent folks trying to function in a neuro-normative way.     Want to learn more about Marie or get in touch with her? You can find her through her website here, or on Instagram @mariecamin.   Check out her digital downloads and ND Pride stickers here!   Want polished copies of our episodes in beautiful and readable pdf article format? Grab them here.    Enjoyed the episode and want to support us further? Join our Patreon community! Patreon subscribers receive basic episode transcripts from Season 4 onwards, access to a monthly live zoom hang out, 50% off our episode articles, plus bonus monthly content (depending on subscription tier). Check out our Patreon page to support us, as we aim to make quality mental health care information accessible to everyone: www.patreon.com/ndwomanpod.   Contact us at [email protected], or visit our website: www.ndwomanpod.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

01:21:13

EP05 - S5

7 Apr 24

Pelvic and Sexual Pain with Shan Morrison

This week on the podcast we interview ADHDer and physiotherapist Shan Morrison. Shan is a Specialist Women’s, Men’s & Pelvic Health Physiotherapist and fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists. She has practiced exclusively in pelvic health for 30 years, and is the director of Women’s & Men’s Health Physiotherapy: a private practice based in Melbourne that exists to restore pelvic health and empower every person to live their best life. Shan’s clinical passion is being part of a like-minded multi-disciplinary team that takes a whole person approach to supporting those experiencing persistent pelvic and sexual pain.   In this episode we cover:   Shan’s experience of neurodivergence, particularly as an ND physiotherapist, and her path to discovering her own neurodivergence. The role of a Pelvic Health Physiotherapist in general, and we learn all about Shan’s specialty of pelvic pain, including the causes of persistent pelvic pain, some common pelvic pain conditions, and factors that contribute to persistent pelvic pain. Shan’s approach to treating persistent pelvic pain wholistically – what does this involve and how does she do this in her practice. The overlap of neurodivergence and persistent pain conditions. Why is it so important to screen for multiple aspects of an individual’s mental and physical health as a health professional, regardless of your specific speciality. What to do if you are experiencing persistent pelvic pain.     You can connect with Shan via her practice website – www.wmhp.com.au –  or by email: [email protected]     Shan recommends the following resources:   This simple pain education website (general not pelvic pain). The book ‘Healing Pelvic Pain’ by Dr Peta Wright and Dr Wright’s website which has a number of resources.      Things we mentioned:   Michelle’s on-demand webinar that Shan mentioned, for allied health professionals on Identifying Neurodivergence, can be accessed directly here or through our website.  You can access the study Shan mentioned on psychoeducational needs around persistent pelvic pain in women here. The qualitative study on heterosexual sexual satisfaction that Michelle mentioned is in ‘Girls & Sex’ by Peggy Orenstein     Want polished copies of our episodes in beautiful and readable pdf article format? Grab them here.    Enjoyed the episode and want to support us further? Join our Patreon community! Patreon subscribers receive basic episode transcripts from Season 4 onwards, access to a monthly live zoom hang out, 50% off our episode articles, plus bonus monthly content (depending on subscription tier). Check out our Patreon page to support us, as we aim to make quality mental health care information accessible to everyone: www.patreon.com/ndwomanpod.   Contact us at [email protected], or visit our website: www.ndwomanpod.com  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Pelvic and Sexual Pain with Shan Morrison

This week on the podcast we interview ADHDer and physiotherapist Shan Morrison. Shan is a Specialist Women’s, Men’s & Pelvic Health Physiotherapist and fellow of the Australian College of Physiotherapists. She has practiced exclusively in pelvic health for 30 years, and is the director of Women’s & Men’s Health Physiotherapy: a private practice based in Melbourne that exists to restore pelvic health and empower every person to live their best life. Shan’s clinical passion is being part of a like-minded multi-disciplinary team that takes a whole person approach to supporting those experiencing persistent pelvic and sexual pain.   In this episode we cover:   Shan’s experience of neurodivergence, particularly as an ND physiotherapist, and her path to discovering her own neurodivergence. The role of a Pelvic Health Physiotherapist in general, and we learn all about Shan’s specialty of pelvic pain, including the causes of persistent pelvic pain, some common pelvic pain conditions, and factors that contribute to persistent pelvic pain. Shan’s approach to treating persistent pelvic pain wholistically – what does this involve and how does she do this in her practice. The overlap of neurodivergence and persistent pain conditions. Why is it so important to screen for multiple aspects of an individual’s mental and physical health as a health professional, regardless of your specific speciality. What to do if you are experiencing persistent pelvic pain.     You can connect with Shan via her practice website – www.wmhp.com.au –  or by email: [email protected]     Shan recommends the following resources:   This simple pain education website (general not pelvic pain). The book ‘Healing Pelvic Pain’ by Dr Peta Wright and Dr Wright’s website which has a number of resources.      Things we mentioned:   Michelle’s on-demand webinar that Shan mentioned, for allied health professionals on Identifying Neurodivergence, can be accessed directly here or through our website.  You can access the study Shan mentioned on psychoeducational needs around persistent pelvic pain in women here. The qualitative study on heterosexual sexual satisfaction that Michelle mentioned is in ‘Girls & Sex’ by Peggy Orenstein     Want polished copies of our episodes in beautiful and readable pdf article format? Grab them here.    Enjoyed the episode and want to support us further? Join our Patreon community! Patreon subscribers receive basic episode transcripts from Season 4 onwards, access to a monthly live zoom hang out, 50% off our episode articles, plus bonus monthly content (depending on subscription tier). Check out our Patreon page to support us, as we aim to make quality mental health care information accessible to everyone: www.patreon.com/ndwomanpod.   Contact us at [email protected], or visit our website: www.ndwomanpod.com  See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

01:22:53

EP04 - S5

31 Mar 24

Neurodivergent Parents Parenting Neurodivergent Kids with Dr Celia Falchi

Today’s guest is ADHDer psychologist Dr. Celia Falchi. Celia works in private practice in Wellington, New Zealand. She works with predominantly neurodivergent clients across the lifespan, specialising in trauma work, and she engages in advocacy work within the profession, including being on the Education Committee for AADPA. Celia is also mum to two AuDHDer neurodivergent kids, who are 10 and 13 years old. In this episode Celia shares some personal details about her kids, and Celia’s kids have given their consent for these details to be shared.   In this episode we cover:   Celia’s personal journey with discovering her own neurodivergence in adulthood, and how her ADHD has affected different areas of her personal and professional life. Juggling the emotions and needs of multiple different family members (including her own!). The importance of “modelling humanity” as a parent, and showing that it’s OK to make mistakes. The central importance of relationship and joyful connection when parenting, and approaching behavioural challenges with curiosity. Supporting ND kids’ mental health as a parent, and the importance of belonging. Advocating for and supporting your kids in the school system.     The book that Celia mentions is ‘Relationship Based Treatment of Children and their Parents; an integrative guide to neurobiology, attachment, regulation, and discipline’ by Elizabeth Sylvester and Kat Scherer.   Want polished copies of our episodes in beautiful and readable pdf article format? Grab them here.    Enjoyed the episode and want to support us further? Join our Patreon community! Patreon subscribers receive basic episode transcripts from Season 4 onwards, access to a monthly live zoom hang out, 50% off our episode articles, plus bonus monthly content (depending on subscription tier). Check out our Patreon page to support us, as we aim to make quality mental health care information accessible to everyone: www.patreon.com/ndwomanpod.   Contact us at [email protected], or visit our website: www.ndwomanpod.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

Neurodivergent Parents Parenting Neurodivergent Kids with Dr Celia Falchi

Today’s guest is ADHDer psychologist Dr. Celia Falchi. Celia works in private practice in Wellington, New Zealand. She works with predominantly neurodivergent clients across the lifespan, specialising in trauma work, and she engages in advocacy work within the profession, including being on the Education Committee for AADPA. Celia is also mum to two AuDHDer neurodivergent kids, who are 10 and 13 years old. In this episode Celia shares some personal details about her kids, and Celia’s kids have given their consent for these details to be shared.   In this episode we cover:   Celia’s personal journey with discovering her own neurodivergence in adulthood, and how her ADHD has affected different areas of her personal and professional life. Juggling the emotions and needs of multiple different family members (including her own!). The importance of “modelling humanity” as a parent, and showing that it’s OK to make mistakes. The central importance of relationship and joyful connection when parenting, and approaching behavioural challenges with curiosity. Supporting ND kids’ mental health as a parent, and the importance of belonging. Advocating for and supporting your kids in the school system.     The book that Celia mentions is ‘Relationship Based Treatment of Children and their Parents; an integrative guide to neurobiology, attachment, regulation, and discipline’ by Elizabeth Sylvester and Kat Scherer.   Want polished copies of our episodes in beautiful and readable pdf article format? Grab them here.    Enjoyed the episode and want to support us further? Join our Patreon community! Patreon subscribers receive basic episode transcripts from Season 4 onwards, access to a monthly live zoom hang out, 50% off our episode articles, plus bonus monthly content (depending on subscription tier). Check out our Patreon page to support us, as we aim to make quality mental health care information accessible to everyone: www.patreon.com/ndwomanpod.   Contact us at [email protected], or visit our website: www.ndwomanpod.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

01:18:16

EP03 - S5

24 Mar 24

'We don't know what we don't know' with Jodie Wilson

A note to our listeners – this episode briefly mentions suicide, so some of our listeners may decide to skip this one.   This week on the podcast Monique interviews Jodie Wilson, who is an AuDHDer veterinarian, researcher, author, and mum (not necessarily in that order!). Jodie advocates for diversity inclusion within the veterinary industry through her work with the Veterinary Kaleidoscope and she also works as a researcher at the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre at La Trobe University. Jodie is currently in the middle of her second Masters degree, which looks at the intersection of autism and wellbeing, and she is about to launch her first non-fiction book: A Guide for Autistic Professionals Considering Disclosing their Diagnoses at Work.   In this episode Monique and Jodie cover:   Jodie’s experience of late diagnosis and what identification of her neurodivergence meant for her in both her personal and professional life. How Jodie dealt with autistic burnout, managed a sudden loss in her physical mobility, and how she has tailored her working life to accommodate her needs. Key take homes from Jodie’s research into the experience of autistic folk interacting with mental health systems. The strengths that neurodivergent vets bring to the industry and the challenges that neurodivergent folk may face in this industry. Jodie’s advocacy work with the Veterinary Kaleidoscope. Jodie’s top tips for other adult diagnosed neurodivergent folk     For those wondering, Jodie’s research on the experience of autistic adults interacting with mental health care (and the associated resource to come out of this) is not currently publicly available, but we will share it when it is!   You can find the study that Monique mentioned on autistic folks with chronic pain interacting with the healthcare system here.   You can find Jodie here: www.disrupt.vet and sign up to get an alert when her book is out here: www.disrupt.vet/books    Want polished copies of our episodes in beautiful and readable pdf article format? Grab them here.    Enjoyed the episode and want to support us further? Join our Patreon community! Patreon subscribers receive basic episode transcripts from Season 4 onwards, access to a monthly live zoom hang out, 50% off our episode articles, plus bonus monthly content (depending on subscription tier). Check out our Patreon page to support us, as we aim to make quality mental health care information accessible to everyone: www.patreon.com/ndwomanpod.   Contact us at [email protected], or visit our website: www.ndwomanpod.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

'We don't know what we don't know' with Jodie Wilson

A note to our listeners – this episode briefly mentions suicide, so some of our listeners may decide to skip this one.   This week on the podcast Monique interviews Jodie Wilson, who is an AuDHDer veterinarian, researcher, author, and mum (not necessarily in that order!). Jodie advocates for diversity inclusion within the veterinary industry through her work with the Veterinary Kaleidoscope and she also works as a researcher at the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre at La Trobe University. Jodie is currently in the middle of her second Masters degree, which looks at the intersection of autism and wellbeing, and she is about to launch her first non-fiction book: A Guide for Autistic Professionals Considering Disclosing their Diagnoses at Work.   In this episode Monique and Jodie cover:   Jodie’s experience of late diagnosis and what identification of her neurodivergence meant for her in both her personal and professional life. How Jodie dealt with autistic burnout, managed a sudden loss in her physical mobility, and how she has tailored her working life to accommodate her needs. Key take homes from Jodie’s research into the experience of autistic folk interacting with mental health systems. The strengths that neurodivergent vets bring to the industry and the challenges that neurodivergent folk may face in this industry. Jodie’s advocacy work with the Veterinary Kaleidoscope. Jodie’s top tips for other adult diagnosed neurodivergent folk     For those wondering, Jodie’s research on the experience of autistic adults interacting with mental health care (and the associated resource to come out of this) is not currently publicly available, but we will share it when it is!   You can find the study that Monique mentioned on autistic folks with chronic pain interacting with the healthcare system here.   You can find Jodie here: www.disrupt.vet and sign up to get an alert when her book is out here: www.disrupt.vet/books    Want polished copies of our episodes in beautiful and readable pdf article format? Grab them here.    Enjoyed the episode and want to support us further? Join our Patreon community! Patreon subscribers receive basic episode transcripts from Season 4 onwards, access to a monthly live zoom hang out, 50% off our episode articles, plus bonus monthly content (depending on subscription tier). Check out our Patreon page to support us, as we aim to make quality mental health care information accessible to everyone: www.patreon.com/ndwomanpod.   Contact us at [email protected], or visit our website: www.ndwomanpod.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

56:34

EP02 - S5

17 Mar 24

The Menopause Transition

Menopause! It happens to roughly half of the human race, but it continues to be shrouded in mystery for many people. In today’s episode we discuss this very important transition. We cover: Why are we doing an episode on menopause? The social aspect of the menopause transition. An overview of our sex hormones and how these change during the menopause transition. Early and premature menopause. Common signs and symptoms of peri-menopause and menopause. The effect of peri-menopause on our mood, cognition, and physical functioning. The research on peri-menopause and menopause in neurodivergent folk. Strategies for managing the menopause transition.     Things we mentioned: ADDitude Survey on ADHD and menopause. When My Autism Broke, Autism research ‘is all about the blokes and the kids’, and Period of Importance – studies on autism and menopause. Australasian Menopause Society     Resources on Menopause: Menopausing: The Positive Roadmap to Your Second Spring Hardcover by Davina McCall & Dr Naomi Potter. Dr Naomi Potter is a UK GP and British Menopause Society accredited specialist doctor. Hormone Repair Manual: Every woman's guide to healthy hormones after 40 by Lara Briden Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez The Feel Good Guide to Menopause by Dr Nicola Gates https://reframingautism.org.au/menopausal-and-melting-down-an-autistic-tale-of-sensory-survival/ https://www.autism.org.uk/advice-and-guidance/topics/physical-health/menopause https://henpicked.net/menopause-hub/     Want polished copies of our episodes in beautiful and readable pdf article format? Grab them here.    Enjoyed the episode and want to support us further? Join our Patreon community! Patreon subscribers receive basic episode transcripts from Season 4 onwards, access to a monthly live zoom hang out, 50% off our episode articles, plus bonus monthly content (depending on subscription tier). Check out our Patreon page to support us, as we aim to make quality mental health care information accessible to everyone: www.patreon.com/ndwomanpod.   Contact us at [email protected], or visit our website: www.ndwomanpod.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

The Menopause Transition

Menopause! It happens to roughly half of the human race, but it continues to be shrouded in mystery for many people. In today’s episode we discuss this very important transition. We cover: Why are we doing an episode on menopause? The social aspect of the menopause transition. An overview of our sex hormones and how these change during the menopause transition. Early and premature menopause. Common signs and symptoms of peri-menopause and menopause. The effect of peri-menopause on our mood, cognition, and physical functioning. The research on peri-menopause and menopause in neurodivergent folk. Strategies for managing the menopause transition.     Things we mentioned: ADDitude Survey on ADHD and menopause. When My Autism Broke, Autism research ‘is all about the blokes and the kids’, and Period of Importance – studies on autism and menopause. Australasian Menopause Society     Resources on Menopause: Menopausing: The Positive Roadmap to Your Second Spring Hardcover by Davina McCall & Dr Naomi Potter. Dr Naomi Potter is a UK GP and British Menopause Society accredited specialist doctor. Hormone Repair Manual: Every woman's guide to healthy hormones after 40 by Lara Briden Invisible Women by Caroline Criado Perez The Feel Good Guide to Menopause by Dr Nicola Gates https://reframingautism.org.au/menopausal-and-melting-down-an-autistic-tale-of-sensory-survival/ https://www.autism.org.uk/advice-and-guidance/topics/physical-health/menopause https://henpicked.net/menopause-hub/     Want polished copies of our episodes in beautiful and readable pdf article format? Grab them here.    Enjoyed the episode and want to support us further? Join our Patreon community! Patreon subscribers receive basic episode transcripts from Season 4 onwards, access to a monthly live zoom hang out, 50% off our episode articles, plus bonus monthly content (depending on subscription tier). Check out our Patreon page to support us, as we aim to make quality mental health care information accessible to everyone: www.patreon.com/ndwomanpod.   Contact us at [email protected], or visit our website: www.ndwomanpod.comSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

01:33:44

EP01 - S5

10 Mar 24


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