WOMEN THRIVING WITH
NEURODIVERGENCE

You Are Free to Schedule Your Complimentary 
15-Minute Consult or Your First Session, Today!

Helping Young Women in Wisconsin
(Neurodivergent, LGBTQ+, Multicultural) 
Increase Your Resilience & Self-Esteem By 
Using Positive Coping Skills That Will Help You Live   
A Life Filled With Hope, Health & Happiness!


WOMEN THRIVING WITH
NEURODIVERGENCE

You Are Free to Schedule Your Complimentary 
15-Minute Consult or Your First Session, Today!

Helping Women With Neurodivergence Thrive!

Individual and group therapy services for 
Young Adult Women in Wisconsin
who are ready to be supported on their 
journey to personal growth and happiness.

Helping Women With Neurodivergence Thrive!

Individual and group therapy services for Young Adult Women in Wisconsin who are ready to be supported on their journey to personal growth and happiness.

Living with neurodivergence 
can be challenging. 
Rest assuredYou Are Not Alone!

Do you relate to any of the thoughts below?

  • Do you live your life trying to fit your thoughts, behavior, and emotions into a pre-designed box, but always end up feeling like a circular peg in a square hole? 
  • Do you feel like there was something "wrong" with you, since you aren't like everyone else? 
  • Do you not have many friends (or any at all), and have difficulty with the social experience which leaves you feeling ostracized and demeaned, despite your best efforts to "fit in?" 
  • ​Do you get frustrated that you can't be your authentic self, because people can't just accept your uniqueness for what it is? 

If this resonates with you and you're ready
embrace your uniqueness, I'm here for you!

If you are questioning if you are neurodivergent or if you have formally received a diagnosis, I completely understand how you feel.

After living in limbo for over 20 years feeling like an outsider, then diagnosis bouncing from anxiety to ADHD to sensory processing disorder, I finally found the diagnosis that miraculously fit me perfectly. 

The diagnosis that completely explained why I feel, think, and behave the way I do. The "box" I finally fit in:

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

When I first heard these words I was shocked. As a mental health professional, how did I never see this sooner? Based on what I was taught in school and how society and the media portray people with autism, I initially was in a state of denial.

But as I read the lists of symptoms that sounded like they were describing me specifically, I had a sudden wave of relief wash over me.

There was actually an explanation for why I am the way I am!

Every facet about myself that people made me feel bad for in the past was explained. It really wasn't my fault; I did do anything "wrong." I simply just didn't fit into their "box" so they tried controlling me by changing me.

As I read this, my entire perception of myself and my life experience completely changed in the best way possible. I finally felt free. I finally understood myself.

My denial instantly faded; at this moment I realized that I wasn't just "weird," "quirky," or "didn't fit in," my brain is simply just built differently. I am not neurotypical.

In fact, autism is not even a mental disorder, it is a neurological disorder: this means that our brain structure and neurotransmitters (brain chemicals) are simply different than neurotypical people.

I share my story because this information needs to be shared more readily and this conversation needs to be had without the stigma behind the disorder and fear of being diagnosed. 

You do not have to do this alone!

Living with neurodivergence 
can be challenging. 
Rest assuredYou Are Not Alone!

Do you relate to any of the thoughts below?

  • Do you live your life trying to fit your thoughts, behavior, and emotions into a pre-designed box, but always end up feeling like a circular peg in a square hole? 
  • Do you feel like there was something "wrong" with you, since you aren't like everyone else? 
  • Do you not have many friends (or any at all), and have difficulty with the social experience which leaves you feeling ostracized and demeaned, despite your best efforts to "fit in?" 
  • ​Do you get frustrated that you can't be your authentic self, because people can't just accept your uniqueness for what it is? 

If this resonates with you and you're ready
embrace your uniqueness, I'm here for you!

If you are questioning if you are neurodivergent or if you have formally received a diagnosis, I completely understand how you feel.

After living in limbo for over 20 years feeling like an outsider, then diagnosis bouncing from anxiety to ADHD to sensory processing disorder, I finally found the diagnosis that miraculously fit me perfectly. 

The diagnosis that completely explained why I feel, think, and behave the way I do. The "box" I finally fit in:

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

When I first heard these words I was shocked. As a mental health professional, how did I never see this sooner? Based on what I was taught in school and how society and the media portray people with autism, I initially was in a state of denial.

But as I read the lists of symptoms that sounded like they were describing me specifically, I had a sudden wave of relief wash over me.

There was actually an explanation for why I am the way I am!

Every facet about myself that people made me feel bad for in the past was explained. It really wasn't my fault; I did do anything "wrong." I simply just didn't fit into their "box" so they tried controlling me by changing me.

As I read this, my entire perception of myself and my life experience completely changed in the best way possible. I finally felt free. I finally understood myself.

My denial instantly faded; at this moment I realized that I wasn't just "weird," "quirky," or "didn't fit in," my brain is simply just built differently. I am not neurotypical.

In fact, autism is not even a mental disorder, it is a neurological disorder: this means that our brain structure and neurotransmitters (brain chemicals) are simply different than neurotypical people.

I share my story because this information needs to be shared more readily and this conversation needs to be had without the stigma behind the disorder and fear of being diagnosed. 

You do not have to do this alone!

“A Safe & Soothing Space to Help 
You Embrace Your Uniqueness!”

“A Safe & Soothing Space to Help 
You Embrace Your Uniqueness!”

Diagnoses are meant to help, not harm.

So, if a diagnosis can help reduce self-deprecation and negative internal thoughts by allowing an individual to understand themselves, then there should be no stigma or shame around receiving one.

I am lucky enough to have my best friend, role model, and mom be neurodivergent with ASD, as well, so I know I am never alone on my journey, but not everyone is so fortunate. 

The more we educate ourselves and others, the more we can help to reduce prejudice and stigma, and help those who truly need it, such as women like me and my mom.

Women are one of the most underdiagnosed groups when 
it comes to autism. 

Since the diagnostic criteria and research were designed around boys, the criteria and symptoms do not describe a female experience on the spectrum.

This leads to skeptical clinicians and diagnosticians, as most are not properly educated on what ASD looks like for women, which leads to improper diagnoses and further invalidation of the female autistic experience.

This means that a multitude of women are still living their lives feeling like a "freak" or "outsider" because they have not been properly diagnosed and have not had exposure to the truth about what autism is like for women.

In women, typical symptoms of ASD include:

  • Social difficulty (and feeling like an outsider.
  • Sensory sensitivity, 
  • Masking (hiding differences to appear "normal").
  • Difficulties with eye contact.
  • Emotional regulation/expression challenges.
  • Literal thinking and interpretation.
  • Stimming (repetitive behaviors for self-regulation).
  •  Anxiety and depression


Nice to meet you, I'm Jess!

"You deserve to feel heard and be understood. I 
have a caring & empathetic approach that includes 
using humor as a tool. I look forward to helping you 
start your new journey to a happier and healthier life!"

Diagnoses are meant to help,
not harm.

So, if a diagnosis can help reduce self-deprecation and negative internal thoughts by allowing an individual to understand themselves, then there should be no stigma or shame around receiving one.

I am lucky enough to have my best friend, role model, and mom be neurodivergent with ASD, as well, so I know I am never alone on my journey, but not everyone is so fortunate. 

The more we educate ourselves and others, the more we can help to reduce prejudice and stigma, and help those who truly need it, such as women like me and my mom.

Women are one of the most underdiagnosed groups when 
it comes to autism. 

Since the diagnostic criteria and research were designed around boys, the criteria and symptoms do not describe a female experience on the spectrum.

This leads to skeptical clinicians and diagnosticians, as most are not properly educated on what ASD looks like for women, which leads to improper diagnoses and further invalidation of the female autistic experience.

This means that a multitude of women are still living their lives feeling like a "freak" or "outsider" because they have not been properly diagnosed and have not had exposure to the truth about what autism is like for women.

In women, typical symptoms of ASD include:

  • Social difficulty (and feeling like an outsider.
  • Sensory sensitivity, 
  • Masking (hiding differences to appear "normal").
  • Difficulties with eye contact.
  • Emotional regulation/expression challenges.
  • Literal thinking and interpretation.
  • Stimming (repetitive behaviors for self-regulation).
  •  Anxiety and depression


Nice to meet you, 
I'm Jess!

"You deserve to feel heard and be understood. I have a caring & empathetic approach that includes 
using humor as a tool. I look forward to helping you start your new journey to a happier and 
healthier life!"

Autism does not equal mental disability, violence, lack of empathy, antisocial behavior, or non-verbal communication.

While these symptoms can occur, they are mostly myths about autism that are perpetuated by our society and media, leading people to fear autism instead of understanding it.

 In fact, most women with autism are highly intelligent, empathetic people who have a desire to communicate with others, but simply have difficulty doing so. 

Autism is not a linear spectrum; therefore, no two people have exactly the same symptoms. Two people with ASD may have completely different symptoms but still have the same diagnosis. A presence or lack of certain symptoms does not make a person "more" or "less" autistic.

Many autistic women who have minimal support needs are often told they "look normal" because they mask so well. But in reality, there is no one "look" for autism; therefore, telling someone they "look normal" can be offensive and come off as demeaning. 

There are so many positive aspects of having ASD and amazing qualities that people with autism have to offer, but we just need the space to be able to be ourselves so we can contribute without being restricted and put in the neurotypical box. 

 "Autism" is not a bad word or taboo topic you should avoid, so let's talk about it!

I want to welcome an open and honest conversation about autism, specifically in women, so I have designated my practice as a safe space for young women to ask any questions you may have whether it be about autism in general or my experience, personally. I am more than happy to help increase understanding and awareness, one person at a time! 

I wouldn't change a single aspect of my life for anything, including my neurodivergence as a woman with ASD.

I am proud of who I am and what I am able to represent, and I hope to raise awareness about what autism and what being on the spectrum can look like, offering a different perspective and potential hope for the women and girls who feel the same way I did my whole life.

Knowledge is power, and power can help so many. So, thank you for helping be a part of this change by paying it forward and helping teach others to reduce misconceptions about autism!

(If you are interested in learning more about what autism can look like in women and girls for yourself or someone you know, this is one of the most comprehensive and insightful resources I have found to date: Click Here).

(If you would like to take a brief assessment to determine if you may have autistic traits for further evaluation and possible diagnosis, please visit: Click Here).

Autism does not equal mental disability, violence, lack of empathy, antisocial behavior, or non-verbal communication.

While these symptoms can occur, they are mostly myths about autism that are perpetuated by our society and media, leading people to fear autism instead of understanding it.

In fact, most women with autism are highly intelligent, empathetic people who have a desire to communicate with others, but simply have difficulty doing so. 

Autism is not a linear spectrum; therefore, no two people have exactly the same symptoms. Two people with ASD may have completely different symptoms but still have the same diagnosis. A presence or lack of certain symptoms does not make a person "more" or "less" autistic.

Many autistic women who have minimal support needs are often told they "look normal" because they mask so well. But in reality, there is no one "look" for autism; therefore, telling someone they "look normal" can be offensive and come off as demeaning. 

There are so many positive aspects of having ASD and amazing qualities that people with autism have to offer, but we just need the space to be able to be ourselves so we can contribute without being restricted and put in the neurotypical box. 

 "Autism" is not a bad word or taboo topic you should avoid, so let's talk about it!

I want to welcome an open and honest conversation about autism, specifically in women, so I have designated my practice as a safe space for young women to ask any questions you may have whether it be about autism in general or my experience, personally. I am more than happy to help increase understanding and awareness, one person at a time! 

I wouldn't change a single aspect of my life for anything, including my neurodivergence as a woman with ASD.

I am proud of who I am and what I am able to represent, and I hope to raise awareness about what autism and what being on the spectrum can look like, offering a different perspective and potential hope for the women and girls who feel the same way I did my whole life.

Knowledge is power, and power can help so many. So, thank you for helping be a part of this change by paying it forward and helping teach others to reduce misconceptions about autism!

(If you are interested in learning more about what autism can look like in women and girls for yourself or someone you know, this is one of the most comprehensive and insightful resources I have found to date: Click Here).

(If you would like to take a brief assessment to determine if you may have autistic traits for further evaluation and possible diagnosis, please visit: Click Here).

It's time to put your needs, first!

Start living the life you deserve to be living.

I hear you, and I'm here for you!

You are free to schedule your free
15-minute consultation, below!

Multicultural & LGBTQ+ Friendly!

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towards Hope, health, & happiness!

Copyright 2021 - NeuroJess Women's Neurocounseling Center, LLC - All Rights Reserved

It's time to put your needs, first!

Start living the life you deserve to be living.

Multicultural & 
LGBTQ+ Friendly!

I hear you, and 
I'm here for you!

You are free to schedule your free 15-minute consultation, below!

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Congratulations on taking Your first step Towards Hope, health, & happiness!

Copyright 2021 - NeuroJess Women's Neurocounseling Center, LLC - 
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DISCLAIMER: This is to inform you that Jess Pliszka a licensed professional counselor in-training (LPC-IT) (Wisconsin License #4969-226).
Jess Pliszka is a board certified (Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC)), and has a Master’s degree in Professional Counseling. LPC-ITs are supervised by licensed professional counselors (LPCs) which follows Wisconsin Admin. Code § MPSW 12 for supervision. Any questions, please feel reach out.  jess@neurojess.com
DISCLAIMER: This is to inform you that Jess Pliszka a licensed professional counselor in-training (LPC-IT) (Wisconsin License #4969-226). 
Jess Pliszka is a board certified (Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC)), and has a Master’s degree in Professional Counseling. LPC-ITs are supervised by licensed professional counselors (LPCs) which follows Wisconsin Admin. Code § MPSW 12 for supervision. Any questions, please reach out.