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AUTISM & ADHD IN WOMEN

Schedule Your First Consultation Session, Today

Helping Neurodivergent Women Thrive

Neurodiversity-Affirming services for High-Performing Autistic & ADHD Women (and AFAB)
who are ready to be supported in their journey to personal growth and happiness.

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? 

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? 

“A Safe & Soothing Space to Help 
You Embrace Your Neurodivergence"

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

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

NeuroJess Founder 
Jess Pliszka, LPC, NCC, ADHD-CCSP says:

 

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 sensory processing disorder, I finally found the diagnoses that miraculously fit me perfectly. 

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

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and
Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

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 and ADHD, 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 and ADHD are not even a mental disorders, they are neurological disorders: 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.

 

NeuroJess Founder 
Jess Pliszka, LPC, NCC, ADHD-CCSP says:

 

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 sensory processing disorder, I finally found the diagnoses that miraculously fit me perfectly. 

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

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and
Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

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 and ADHD, 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 and ADHD are not even a mental disorders, they are neurological disorders: 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.

 

“A Safe & Soothing Space to Help 
You Embrace Your Neurodivergence"

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.

Jess says, "I am lucky enough to have my best friend, role model, and mom be neurodivergent (Autistic & ADHD), 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 Autism and ADHD looks like for women, which leads to improper diagnoses and further invalidation of the female autistic and ADHD 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 and ADHD are like for women.

In women, typical autistic traits and experiences include:

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

Being autistic does not mean someone has

An intellectual disability, violent behaviors, lack of empathy, antisocial behavior, or non-verbal communication.

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

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

Autism and ADHD are not linear spectrums; therefore, no two people have exactly the same traits. Two Autistic and/or ADHD people may have completely different symptoms but still have the same diagnosis. For example, the presence or lack of certain traits 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 (or ADHD); therefore, telling someone they "look normal" can be offensive and come off as demeaning. 

There are so many positive aspects of being autistic and ADHD and amazing qualities that autistic and ADHD people 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.

We want to welcome an open and honest conversation about autism and ADHD, specifically in females, so we have designated our practice as a safe space for high-performing women (and AFAB) to ask any questions you may have whether it be about autism or ADHD in general or our experiences as neurodivergent people, personally. We are more than happy to help increase understanding and acceptance, one person at a time.

Jess says, "I wouldn't change a single aspect of my life for anything, including my neurodivergence as an autistic and ADHD person. I am proud of who I am and what I am able to represent, and I hope to raise awareness about what the female autistic and ADHD presentation can look like, offering a different perspective and potential hope for the women and those assigned female at birth 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 and ADHD.

Specialists Focusing on Female Neurodivergence

Founded by A Neurodivergent Mom & Daughter Team

Ever ask yourself, "am i neurodivergent?"

We created the Only Program of Its Kind Created for Women Questioning Neurodivergence & Therapists Who Want To Help Neurodivergent Women Focus On Their Strengths of Thinking Differently.

Assessment Services

For Women (& AFAB) 18+

Who are questioning Autism or ADHD and are seeking validation without psychological testing.

Autism Assessments

Timeframe

  • 3 assessment sessions 

Process

  • Comprehensive clinical interview with complimentary preliminary consultation 
  • ​Evidence-based Autism screening measures, questionnaires, and tools developed by our specialists
  • Feedback and discussion of results
  • ​A review of DSM-V-TR criterion for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) based on your experience

Post-Assessment Report

  • Written report of findings with assigned diagnoses

ADHD Assessments

Timeframe

  • 2 assessment sessions 

Process

  • Comprehensive clinical interview with complimentary preliminary consultation 
  • ​Evidence-based ADHD screening measures, questionnaires, and tools developed by our specialists
  • Feedback and discussion of results
  • ​A review of DSM-V-TR criterion for Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) based on your experience

Post-Assessment Report

  • Written report of findings with assigned diagnoses

Dual Autism & ADHD Assessments

Timeframe

  • 4 assessment sessions 

Process

  • Comprehensive clinical interview with complimentary preliminary consultation 
  • ​Evidence-based Autism & ADHD screening measures, questionnaires, and tools developed by our specialists
  • Feedback and discussion of results
  • ​A review of DSM-V-TR criterion for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) based on your experience

Post-Assessment Report

  • Written report of findings with assigned diagnoses

Assessments are only available to individuals physically located within the state of Wisconsin at the time of sessions.

All assessments are provided via telehealth through a secure, HIPAA Compliant video conference platform.

Please note that we do not offer out-of-network billing, claims, or superbills for assessment services.

If you're questioning if you are Autistic or ADHD, having a neurodiversity assessment can bring you the validation and peace of mind that you are looking for.

Our goal is to collaborate with you, leading with your lived experience, working together as co-searchers for the truth. Our clinicians utilize their clinical experience, from a neurodiversity informed lens, identifying signs and traits of females who are Autistic and/or ADHD, and will help guide you through various screening measures, and tools developed by our specialists, that will help you understand neurodivergence and possible diagnoses.

Autism and ADHD are two of the most underdiagnosed neurotypes in women. It's our mission to help you understand that you are not alone on your journey.

Our lead neurodivergence specialist Jess Pliszka says, "As a professional woman who is autistic and ADHD, I not only have specialized clinical experience about female neurodivergence, but I also have lived experience. This combination allows me to understand you on a deeper level and provide you with the most accurate clinical interpretation possible."

We prioritize your experience over measures and tests, taking a client-centered and neurodiversity-affirming approach.

The medical field has been harmful and ableist towards neurodivergent people, especially autistic individuals. Unlike most psychologists, we don't believe in solely relying on biased and outdated tests and measures to try to fit you into a box.

We believe in the importance of questioning current methods of engaging with the autistic experience, such as the utilization of oppressive assessment tools and ignoring of neurodivergent experiences. We aim to change the current system and implement more client-focused, neuroaffirming practices by prioritizing the voices of our neurodivergent clients for more equitable and inclusive practices.

Your experience matters most, and we will work collaboratively, using your lived experience to determine which diagnostic criterion best aligns with your background.

After the assessments, we will be able to tell you whether or not you meet DSM-5-TR criteria for ASD and/or ADHD.

It is also our goal to make our Autism and ADHD assessments more accessible to neurodivergent women and AFAB who are seeking diagnoses for validation purposes. So, unlike traditional neurotypically-biased neuropsychological testing that typically costs between $2,500 to $4,000, we offer more affordable neurodiversity-informed assessment services.

*Disclaimers:

  • Our assessment services are not considered neuropsychological testing or psychometric evaluations. Assessments are conducted by a board certified (NCC), licensed professional counselor (LPC).
  • Please note that your assigned diagnoses may not be recognized by state or federal institutions offering disability or unemployment benefits.

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.

Jess says, "I am lucky enough to have my best friend, role model, and mom be neurodivergent (Autistic and ADHD), 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 Autism and ADHD looks like for women, which leads to improper diagnoses and further invalidation of the female autistic and ADHD 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 and ADHD are like for women.

In women, typical autistic traits and experiences include:

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

Being autistic does not mean someone has

An intellectual disability, violent behaviors, lack of empathy, antisocial behavior, or non-verbal communication.

What is a neurodivergence specialist?

How is a specialist different than a general counselor or therapist?

If you severely broke your leg and needed complex surgery, who would you rather see: your general doctor, or an orthopedic surgeon who knows everything about your injury and can offer you the best options possible?

You'd pick the orthopedic specialist, right?

This analogy works when we speak about specialists vs general counselors in the mental health field, as well.

General counselors or therapists don't have one specialty, but instead try to help you with any and all concerns you may have. 

You likely will have less structured sessions, and will spend more time "just talking" about whatever concerns you may have that week; this is the traditional "talk therapy" approach. 

A neurodivergence specialist, or neuropsychotherapist, on the other hand, has expertise and great knowledge about neurodivergence,

and will be able to offer you psychoeducation on how and why your brain works the way it does, with structured, action-oriented sessions allowing you to learn about yourself and healthy coping skills, as well.

If you're really lucky, you'll get a neurodivergence therapist who is also neurodivergent (like Jess) who can understand you on an even deeper level.

While most neurodivergence specialists work with just about anyone, there is only one neurodivergence specialist who has expertise specifically in autism and ADHD in high-performing women, and that is Jess Pliszka.

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

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

Autism and ADHD are not linear spectrums; therefore, no two people have exactly the same traits. Two Autistic and/or ADHD people may have completely different symptoms but still have the same diagnosis. For example, the presence or lack of certain traits 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 (or ADHD); therefore, telling someone they "look normal" can be offensive and come off as demeaning. 

There are so many positive aspects of being autistic and ADHD and amazing qualities that autistic and ADHD people 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.

We want to welcome an open and honest conversation about autism and ADHD, specifically in females, so we have designated our practice as a safe space for high-performing women (and AFAB) to ask any questions you may have whether it be about autism or ADHD in general or our experiences as neurodivergent people, personally. We are more than happy to help increase understanding and acceptance, one person at a time.

Jess says, "I wouldn't change a single aspect of my life for anything, including my neurodivergence as an autistic and ADHD person. I am proud of who I am and what I am able to represent, and I hope to raise awareness about what the female autistic and ADHD presentation can look like, offering a different perspective and potential hope for the women and those assigned female at birth 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 and ADHD.

Assessment Services

For Women & AFAB aged 18+ 

Who are questioning Autism or ADHD and are 
seeking validation without psychological testing.

Autism Assessments

Timeframe

  • 3 assessment sessions 

Process

  • Comprehensive clinical interview with complimentary preliminary consultation 
  • ​Evidence-based Autism screening measures, questionnaires, and tools developed by our specialists
  • ​Feedback and discussion of results
  • ​A review of DSM-V-TR criterion for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) based on your experience

Post-Assessment Report

  • Written report of findings with assigned diagnosis

ADHD Assessments

Timeframe

  • 2 assessment sessions 

Process

  • Comprehensive clinical interview with complimentary preliminary consultation 
  • Evidence-based ADHD screening measures, questionnaires, and tools developed by our specialists
  • ​Feedback and discussion of results
  • ​A review of DSM-V-TR criterion for Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) based on your experience

Post-Assessment Report

  • Written report of findings with assigned diagnosis.

Dual Autism & ADHD Assessments

Timeframe

  • 4 assessment sessions 

Process

  • Comprehensive clinical interview with complimentary preliminary consultation 
  • ​Evidence-based Autism & ADHD screening measures, questionnaires, and tools developed by our specialists
  • ​Feedback and discussion of results
  • ​A review of DSM-V-TR criterion for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) based on your experience

Post-Assessment Report

  • Written report of findings with assigned diagnoses

If you're questioning if you are Autistic or ADHD, having a neurodiversity assessment can bring you the validation and peace of mind that you are looking for. 

Our goal is to collaborate with you, leading with your lived experience, working together as co-searchers for the truth. Our clinicians utilize their clinical experience, from a neurodiversity informed lens, identifying signs and traits of females who are Autistic and/or ADHD, and will help guide you through various screening measures, and tools developed by our specialists, that will help you understand neurodivergence and possible diagnoses.

Autism and ADHD are two of the most underdiagnosed neurotypes in women. It's our mission to help you understand that you are not alone on your journey. 

Our lead neurodivergence specialist Jess Pliszka says, "As a professional woman who is autistic and ADHD, I not only have specialized clinical experience about female neurodivergence, but I also have lived experience. This combination allows me to understand you on a deeper level and provide you with the most accurate clinical interpretation possible."

We prioritize your experience over measures and tests, taking a client-centered and neurodiversity-affirming approach.

The medical field has been harmful and ableist towards neurodivergent people, especially autistic individuals. Unlike most psychologists, we don't believe in solely relying on biased and outdated tests and measures to try to fit you into a box. 

We believe in the importance of questioning current methods of engaging with the autistic experience, such as the utilization of oppressive assessment tools and ignoring of neurodivergent experiences. We aim to change the current system and implement more client-focused, neuroaffirming practices by prioritizing the voices of our neurodivergent clients for more equitable and inclusive practices.

Your experience matters most, and we will work collaboratively, using your lived experience to determine which diagnostic criterion best aligns with your background.

After the assessments, we will be able to tell you whether or not you meet DSM-5-TR criteria for ASD and/or ADHD. 

It is also our goal to make our Autism and ADHD assessments more accessible to neurodivergent women and AFAB who are seeking diagnoses for validation purposes. So, unlike traditional neurotypically-biased neuropsychological testing that typically costs between $2,500 to $4,000, we offer more affordable neurodiversity-informed assessment services.

These services are only available to individuals physically located within the state of Wisconsin at the time of sessions.

All assessments are provided via telehealth through a secure, HIPAA Compliant video conference platform.

Please note that we do not offer out-of-network billing, claims, or superbills for assessment services.

*Disclaimers:

  • Our assessment services are not considered neuropsychological testing or psychometric evaluations. Assessments are conducted by a board certified (NCC), licensed professional counselor (LPC).
  • Please note that your assigned diagnoses may not be recognized by state or federal institutions offering disability or unemployment benefits.

Specialists Focusing on Female Neurodivergence

Founded by A Neurodivergent Mom & Daughter Team

Ever ask yourself, "am i neurodivergent?"

We created the Only Program of Its Kind Created for
Women Questioning Neurodivergence & Therapists Who Want To Help Neurodivergent Women Focus On Their Strengths of Thinking Differently.

What is a neurodivergence specialist?

How is a specialist different than a general counselor or therapist?

If you severely broke your leg and needed complex surgery, who would you rather see: your general doctor, or an orthopedic surgeon who knows everything about your injury and can offer you the best options possible?

You'd pick the orthopedic specialist, right?

This analogy works when we speak about specialists vs general counselors in the mental health field, as well.

General counselors or therapists don't have one specialty, but instead try to help you with any and all concerns you may have.

You likely will have less structured sessions, and will spend more time "just talking" about whatever concerns you may have that week; this is the traditional "talk therapy" approach. 

A neurodivergence specialist, or neuropsychotherapist, on the other hand, has expertise and great knowledge about neurodivergence, 

and will be able to offer you psychoeducation on how and why your brain works the way it does, with structured, action-oriented sessions allowing you to learn about yourself and healthy coping skills, as well.

If you're really lucky, you'll get a neurodivergence therapist who is also neurodivergent (like Jess) who can understand you on an even deeper level.

While most neurodivergence specialists work with just about anyone, there is only one neurodivergence specialist who has expertise specifically in autism and ADHD in high-performing women, and that is Jess Pliszka.

It's time to put your needs, first.

Start living the life you deserve to be living!

You are free to schedule your initial consultation, below.

We hear you, and we're here for you.

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Start living the life you deserve to be living!

We hear you, and 
we're here for you.

You are free to schedule your intial consultation, below.

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