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The SquarePeg podcast invites autistic women and nonbinary people to explore navigating a neurotypical world and share their insights, challenges and successes.

I hope that these conversations will be inspiring and thought provoking, open you up to new ways of thinking about being neurodivergent, and help you feel more connected to a worldwide community of people with similar experiences.

The Squarepeg Podcast Amy Richards

    • Society & Culture
    • 5.0 • 48 Ratings

The SquarePeg podcast invites autistic women and nonbinary people to explore navigating a neurotypical world and share their insights, challenges and successes.

I hope that these conversations will be inspiring and thought provoking, open you up to new ways of thinking about being neurodivergent, and help you feel more connected to a worldwide community of people with similar experiences.

    S7, Ep1: The challenge of creating the life you want when you diverge from the neurotypical ‘norm’

    S7, Ep1: The challenge of creating the life you want when you diverge from the neurotypical ‘norm’

    My guest this week is Dr Kate Tomas, a Spiritual Mentor who lives in mid Wales in the UK. Kate developed powerful psychic abilities from an early age, and by 22 had built a thriving international practice as a witch, healer and psychic for individuals, multinational brands, governments and CEOs.
    She holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Theology from the University of Oxford, and is a world expert in Mysticism and Catholic women mystics. In 2018 she started a program called The Spiritual Life Upgrade to give women and non-binary people access to the core teachings of her spiritual tradition.
    First diagnosed with the connective tissue disorder EDS, Kate was diagnosed autistic and ADHD in her late 30s, when, like so many of us, she found herself making sense of many aspects of her life.
    In our conversation, Kate and I talk about:
    ➡ How our concept of self can change with an autism diagnosis
    ➡ Masking, misophonia, texture issues, and re-watching the same TV shows
    ➡ Structural oppression and privilege and how these relate to neurodivergent people
    ➡ The joy of gradually unmasking with our partners 
    This episode of the SquarePeg podcast is sponsored by THRIVE, my live workshop series. In these workshops I invite late diagnosed autistic women and nonbinary people to come with me on a journey of self discovery around life, work, personal fulfilment, and figuring out what you want out of life, what you actually need as an autistic adult, and how to start creating the life you truly want. If you’d like me to let you know when the next live round of workshops is open for enrolment, go to squarepeg.community/thrive/.
    Squarepeg is a podcast in which neurodivergent women, and trans and nonbinary people, explore navigating a neurotypical world and share their insights, challenges and successes.
    I hope that these conversations will be inspiring and thought provoking, open you up to new ways of thinking about being neurodivergent, and help you feel more connected to a worldwide community of people with similar experiences.
    I’m Amy Richards, and after being diagnosed autistic at the age of 37 I’m now on a mission to learn more about different perspectives and issues around being a neurodivergent adult in a world that feels like it doesn’t quite fit.
     
    EPISODE LINKS:
    Kate’s website: https://www.drkatetomas.com/
    Her Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/katetomasphd/
     
    If you'd like to connect or get in touch with Squarepeg, you can find me on:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/squarepeg.community/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/squarepegautism 
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/squarepegautism/ 
    Or on my website: https://squarepeg.community/ 
     
    THANK YOU TO MY PATRONS!
    A HUGE thank you to my amazing patrons, who support my work on the podcast:
    Abi Hunter, Abigail J Moore, Amy Adler, Amy-Beth Mellor, Annette, Ben Davies, Benita Borchard-Thierbach, Caroline, Cat Preston, Catrin Green, Cindy Bailey, Corinne Cariad, Danielle Warby, Dawn Trevellion, Emily, Elizabeth Vezina, Elizabeth Williams, Galina, Gwyneth, Jackie Allen, Jeff Goldman, Jen Bartlett, Kate Faust, Katharine Richards, Katherine Lynch, Kenneth Knowles, Laura Battley, Lea Li, Leo Ricketts, Lilli Simmons, Lyb, Mandy Allen, Pete Burke, Rebecca Kemp, Sarah Cottrell, Sarah Jeffery, Sarah Ivinson, Sarah Swanton, Sioned Wynn, Suzanna Chen, Suzanne, Tessa Valyou, Tree Hall, Una Walkenhorst, Vicki Temple, Victoria Routledge and Zephyrine Craster.
    If you’re enjoying the Squarepeg podcast and would like to help me carry on making new episodes, you can become a member of the Squarepeg community on Patreon from just £3 per month: https://www.patreon.com/squarepegpodcast 

    • 59 min
    Bonus: Grief and validation: repairing the damage of autistic masking and finding a sense of self

    Bonus: Grief and validation: repairing the damage of autistic masking and finding a sense of self

    Aisha Edwards is a somatic trauma therapist, podcaster and writer from Vancouver, Washington, USA, and was diagnosed autistic last year, aged 39.
    Somatic trauma therapy is a body-centred approach to treating post-traumatic stress disorder that rather than focusing only on thoughts or emotions associated with a traumatic event, expands to include the natural bodily responses.
    I’m delighted to bring you this special bonus episode of the Squarepeg Podcast. This was recorded as a collaboration with the Emergent Liberation Collective podcast, a podcast about somatics and spirituality as instruments for personal healing and collective transformation.
    In my conversation with Aisha we talk about:
    ➡ The grief and validation of a late autism diagnosis
    ➡ Masking and unmasking
    ➡ Meltdowns
    ➡ Attracting our neurokin
    ➡ The impact of intergenerational autism
    I hope you’ll enjoy our conversation as much as I did.
    If you’re interested in somatic healing you might like to explore Aisha’s Within From Without: Trauma Informed Soul Journeying Guide, a nine part guide for integrating those traumatised parts of the self that’s full of trauma-informed education, spiritual practices, skills, tools and interventions. You can find the link to this in the show notes and on my website.
    And if you are one of my Patrons, you’ll find a special free download waiting for you from Aisha - her Ritual for Self Compassion.
    Squarepeg is a podcast in which neurodivergent women, and trans and nonbinary people, explore navigating a neurotypical world and share their insights, challenges and successes.
    I hope that these conversations will be inspiring and thought provoking, open you up to new ways of thinking about being neurodivergent, and help you feel more connected to a worldwide community of people with similar experiences.
    I’m Amy Richards, and after being diagnosed autistic at the age of 37 I’m now on a mission to learn more about different perspectives and issues around being a neurodivergent adult in a world that feels like it doesn’t quite fit.
     
    EPISODE LINKS:
    Emergent Liberation Collective podcast: https://emergentliberationcollective.libsyn.com/website 
    Aisha’s therapy website: https://www.fullflightwellness.com/ 
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/emergentliberationcollective/ 
    Within From Without: Trauma Informed Soul Journeying: https://fullflight.kartra.com/page/Vbk10 
     
    If you'd like to connect or get in touch with Squarepeg, you can find me on:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/squarepeg.community/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/squarepegautism 
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/squarepegautism/ 
    Or on my website: https://squarepeg.community/ 
     
    THANK YOU TO MY PATRONS!
    A HUGE thank you to my amazing patrons, who support my work on the podcast:
    Abi Hunter, Abigail J Moore, Amy Adler, Amy-Beth Mellor, Annette, Ben Davies, Benita Borchard-Thierbach, Caroline, Cat Preston, Catrin Green, Cindy Bailey, Corinne Cariad, Danielle Warby, Dawn Trevellion, Emily, Elizabeth Williams, Gwyneth, Jackie Allen, Jeff Goldman, Jen Bartlett, Kate Faust, Katharine Richards, Katherine Lynch, Kenneth Knowles, Laura Battley, Lea Li, Leo Ricketts, Lilli Simmons, Lyb, Mandy Allen, Pete Burke, Rebecca Kemp, Sarah Cottrell, Sarah Jeffery, Sarah Ivinson, Sarah Swanton, Sioned Wynn, Suzanna Chen, Suzanne, Tree Hall, Una Walkenhorst, Vera Cady, Vicki Temple, Victoria Routledge and Zephyrine Craster.
    If you’re enjoying the Squarepeg podcast and would like to help me carry on making new episodes, you can become a member of the Squarepeg community on Patreon from just £3 per month: https://www.patreon.com/squarepegpodcast 

    • 1 hr 3 min
    S6, Ep12: Safety, success and shaping neurodivergent stories: reflections on intersectional autism

    S6, Ep12: Safety, success and shaping neurodivergent stories: reflections on intersectional autism

    **If the last 7 minutes of this recording is missing in Apple Podcasts, you can hear the last part on my website or on Spotify**
    Diane J Wright is an autistic advocate and the founder of Autastic, an online community that aims to help late diagnosed autistic adults, particularly those from minority communities, and is the only resource of its size founded by a woman of colour. 
    Diane was diagnosed autistic in her early 40s. Her career has been in the entertainment industry, and she now provides diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility consultation to film and television producers and writers, focusing on neurodivergence and communities of colour, drawing on her lived experience as an Afro-Caribbean, biracial, invisibly disabled Canadian-American.
    In our conversation we talk about:
    ➡ Picking apart the complexities of childhood trauma and autism
    ➡ Her work shaping how neurodivergent stories are told in film and TV
    ➡ The experiences and challenges of autistic people of colour, and why there aren’t more Black autistic advocates
    ➡ The experiences and needs of older late diagnosed autistic people
    ➡ The role masking plays in success, and the importance of reframing what it means to  be successful.
    Squarepeg is a podcast in which neurodivergent women, and trans and nonbinary people, explore navigating a neurotypical world and share their insights, challenges and successes.
    I hope that these conversations will be inspiring and thought provoking, open you up to new ways of thinking about being neurodivergent, and help you feel more connected to a worldwide community of people with similar experiences.
    I’m Amy Richards, and after being diagnosed autistic at the age of 37 I’m now on a mission to learn more about different perspectives and issues around being a neurodivergent adult in a world that feels like it doesn’t quite fit.
     
    EPISODE LINKS:
    https://autastic.com 
    https://twitter.com/WeAreAutastic 
    https://instagram.com/WeAreAutastic
    https://facebook.com/WeAreAutastic 
    If you'd like to connect or get in touch with Squarepeg, you can find me on:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/squarepeg.community/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/squarepegautism 
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/squarepegautism/ 
    Or on my website: https://squarepeg.community/ 
     
    THANK YOU TO MY PATRONS!
    A HUGE thank you to my amazing patrons, who support my work on the podcast:
    Abi Hunter, Amy Adler, Amy-Beth Mellor, Abigail J Moore, Ben Davies, Benita Borchard-Thierbach, Caroline, Cat Preston, Catrin Green, Cindy Bailey, Corinne Cariad, Danielle Warby, Dawn Trevellion, Emily, Elizabeth Williams, Gwyneth, Jackie Allen, Jeff Goldman, Jen Bartlett, Kate Faust, Katharine Richards, Katherine Lynch, Kenneth Knowles, Laura Battley, Lea Li, Leo Ricketts, Lilli Simmons, Lyb, Mandy Allen, Pete Burke, Rebecca Kemp, Sarah Cottrell, Sarah Jeffery, Sarah Ivinson, Sarah Swanton, Sioned Wynn, Suzanna Chen, Suzanne, Tree Hall, Una Walkenhorst, Vera Cady, Vicki Temple, Victoria Routledge and Zephyrine Craster.
    If you’re enjoying the Squarepeg podcast and would like to help me carry on making new episodes, you can become a member of the Squarepeg community on Patreon from just £3 per month: https://www.patreon.com/squarepegpodcast 

    • 1 hr 7 min
    S6, Ep11: The challenges of being autistic at work, and exploring the link between autistic trauma and our health

    S6, Ep11: The challenges of being autistic at work, and exploring the link between autistic trauma and our health

    Claire Gardener is a homeopath and primary school teacher in London in the UK. She is 45 and self diagnosed as autistic five years ago, after experiencing burnout in her teaching role. 
    A special interest in children’s literature lead to her first career in book editing, which came to an end as a result of workplace bullying. Since her burnout, she has trained in homeopathy, and continues to work part time as a teacher.
    Her specialism as a homeopath is in working with other late-diagnosed autistic women and non-binary people to help them come to terms with their autism by exploring the impact that autistic trauma has on their nervous systems, and how they cope with and manage the effects of this day-to-day.
    In our conversation we talk about 
    ➡ The challenges of being an autistic teacher 
    ➡ Managing the social aspect of workplaces, and her experience of workplace bullying
    ➡ Trauma and how it manifests in autistic people
    ➡ How trauma, anxiety and the nervous system interplay in autistic minds and bodies 
     
    If you are a Patron you can find an extra recording of me and Claire in my Patreon! If you'd like to become a Patron, click here.
    Squarepeg is a podcast in which neurodivergent women, and trans and nonbinary people, explore navigating a neurotypical world and share their insights, challenges and successes.
    I hope that these conversations will be inspiring and thought provoking, open you up to new ways of thinking about being neurodivergent, and help you feel more connected to a worldwide community of people with similar experiences.
    I’m Amy Richards, and after being diagnosed autistic at the age of 37 I’m now on a mission to learn more about different perspectives and issues around being a neurodivergent adult in a world that feels like it doesn’t quite fit.
     
    EPISODE LINKS:
    Claire’s website: https://www.clairegardenerhomeopathy.com 
    Her Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/claire_gardener_homeopathy/ 
    Her Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/greenwichhomeopathy/
    If you'd like to connect or get in touch with Squarepeg, you can find me on:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/squarepeg.community/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/squarepegautism 
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/squarepegautism/ 
    Or on my website: https://squarepeg.community/ 
     
    THANK YOU TO MY PATRONS!
    A HUGE thank you to my amazing patrons, who support my work on the podcast:
    Abi Hunter, Amy Adler, Amy-Beth Mellor, Abigail J Moore, Ben Davies, Benita Borchard-Thierbach, Caroline, Cat Preston, Catrin Green, Cindy Bailey, Corinne Cariad, Danielle Warby, Dawn Trevellion, Emily, Elizabeth Williams, Jackie Allen, Jeff Goldman, Kate Faust, Katharine Richards, Katherine Lynch, Kenneth Knowles, Lea Li, Leo Ricketts, Lilli Simmons, Lyb, Mandy Allen, Pete Burke, Rebecca Kemp, Sarah Cottrell, Sarah Jeffery, Sarah Ivinson, Sarah Swanton, Sioned Wynn, Suzanna Chen, Suzanne, Tree Hall, Una Walkenhorst, Vera Cady, Vicki Temple, Victoria Routledge and Zephyrine Craster.
    If you’re enjoying the Squarepeg podcast and would like to help me carry on making new episodes, you can become a member of the Squarepeg community on Patreon from just £3 per month: https://www.patreon.com/squarepegpodcast 

    • 59 min
    S6, Ep10: Burnout, survival and feeling stuck: the intersection of autism, privilege and poverty

    S6, Ep10: Burnout, survival and feeling stuck: the intersection of autism, privilege and poverty

    Alma is an unemployed forager, food designer, artist, craftswoman and permaculture gardener from the Netherlands. She was diagnosed autistic in 2019 after self identifying the year before; she has also since been diagnosed with ADHD.
    When her then undiagnosed autistic and ADHD traits meant that she wasn’t able to finish her degree, she was offered a management position at the student café she had worked at while at university, staying there until she suffered a burnout in 2016 and found herself unable to work.
    Her life since then has been about survival, and she wanted to come on the podcast to talk about the role of privilege and poverty in autistic lives.
    In our conversation we talk about:
    ➡ The impact of her upbringing, growing up in poverty with a neurodivergent parent
    ➡ The impact of her burnout
    ➡ Being both autistic and ADHD and how this effects her executive function
    ➡ The intersectionality of autism, privilege and poverty ‒ and survivorship bias
    ➡ Navigating a romantic relationship when you’re both neurodivergent
    Squarepeg is a podcast in which neurodivergent women, and trans and nonbinary people, explore navigating a neurotypical world and share their insights, challenges and successes.
    I hope that these conversations will be inspiring and thought provoking, open you up to new ways of thinking about being neurodivergent, and help you feel more connected to a worldwide community of people with similar experiences.
    I’m Amy Richards, and after being diagnosed autistic at the age of 37 I’m now on a mission to learn more about different perspectives and issues around being a neurodivergent adult in a world that feels like it doesn’t quite fit.
     
    EPISODE LINKS:
    Alma's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/_a.l.m.l.a_/
    VOTE FOR SQUAREPEG IN THE BRITISH PODCAST AWARDS
    If you haven’t voted in the British Podcast Awards yet, you can vote for me in the Listeners’ Choice award. Voting closes on Sunday 17 July 2022. If you want to vote, click here and search for ‘Squarepeg’ with no space to find the right show.
    If you'd like to connect or get in touch with Squarepeg, you can find me on:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/squarepeg.community/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/squarepegautism 
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/squarepegautism/ 
    Or on my website: https://squarepeg.community/ 
     
    THANK YOU TO MY PATRONS!
    A HUGE thank you to my amazing patrons, who support my work on the podcast:
    Abi Hunter, Amy Adler, Amy-Beth Mellor, Abigail J Moore, Ben Davies, Benita Borchard-Thierbach, Caroline, Cat Preston, Catrin Green, Cindy Bailey, Corinne Cariad, Danielle Warby, Dawn Trevellion, Emily, Elizabeth Williams, Jackie Allen, Jeff Goldman, Kate Faust, Katharine Richards, Katherine Lynch, Kenneth Knowles, Lea Li, Leo Ricketts, Lilli Simmons, Lyb, Mandy Allen, Pete Burke, Rebecca Kemp, Sarah Cottrell, Sarah Jeffery, Sarah Swanton, Sioned Wynn, Suzanna Chen, Suzanne, Tree Hall, Una Walkenhorst, Vera Cady, Vicki Temple, Victoria Routledge and Zephyrine Craster.
    If you’re enjoying the Squarepeg podcast and would like to help me carry on making new episodes, you can become a member of the Squarepeg community on Patreon from just £3 per month: https://www.patreon.com/squarepegpodcast 

    • 1 hr 3 min
    S6, Ep9: Autism, psychotherapy and trauma: why many autistic people need a different approach.

    S6, Ep9: Autism, psychotherapy and trauma: why many autistic people need a different approach.

    Cloie Parfitt is a psychotherapist, originally from Tennessee in the United States, now living in Norwich in the UK. A former nurse, she switched to psychotherapy when she realised that she found the hospital environment and long shifts too much of a sensory challenge. 
    She now works with many neurodivergent clients, and is currently undertaking a professional doctorate in counselling and psychotherapy at the University of Edinburgh, where she works collaboratively with autistic women to explore their experience of psychological trauma and trauma therapy. 
    In our conversation we talk about 
    ➡ Her experiences of social isolation, sensory overload, burnout and depression
    ➡ Psychotherapy and autism
    ➡ Why some types of therapy don’t always work for autistic women
    ➡ Barriers to effective treatment, and how mental health practitioners can better mitigate these challenges.
    Squarepeg is a podcast in which neurodivergent women, and trans and nonbinary people, explore navigating a neurotypical world and share their insights, challenges and successes.
    I hope that these conversations will be inspiring and thought provoking, open you up to new ways of thinking about being neurodivergent, and help you feel more connected to a worldwide community of people with similar experiences.
    I’m Amy Richards, and after being diagnosed autistic at the age of 37 I’m now on a mission to learn more about different perspectives and issues around being a neurodivergent adult in a world that feels like it doesn’t quite fit.
     
    EPISODE LINKS:
    Cloie's website: www.diversemindstherapy.org
    Her Insta: https://www.instagram.com/the_neurodivergent_therapist/ 
    Samantha Craft’s list of traits: http://www.myspectrumsuite.com/samantha-crafts-autistic-traits-checklist/
    VOTE FOR SQUAREPEG IN THE BRITISH PODCAST AWARDS
    If you haven’t voted in the British Podcast Awards yet, there’s still time! I’ve been nominated for a Rising Star award for Squarepeg – and you can vote for me in the Listeners’ Choice award. Voting closes on Sunday 17 July.
    It would be amazing if Squarepeg could win something, as it will help spread the word and allow more people who could benefit from it to find the podcast.
    >>> If you want to vote, click here and search for ‘Squarepeg’ with no space to find the right show.
     
    If you'd like to connect or get in touch with Squarepeg, you can find me on:
    Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/squarepeg.community/
    Twitter: https://twitter.com/squarepegautism 
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/squarepegautism/ 
    Or on my website: https://squarepeg.community/ 
     
    THANK YOU TO MY PATRONS!
    A HUGE thank you to my amazing patrons, who support my work on the podcast:
    Abi Hunter, Amy Adler, Amy-Beth Mellor, Abigail J Moore, Ben Davies, Benita Borchard-Thierbach, Caroline, Cat Preston, Catrin Green, Cindy Bailey, Corinne Cariad, Danielle Warby, Dawn Trevellion, Emily, Elizabeth Williams, Jackie Allen, Jeff Goldman, Kate Faust, Katharine Richards, Katherine Lynch, Lea Li, Leo Ricketts, Lilli Simmons, Lyb, Mandy Allen, Pete Burke, Rebecca Kemp, Sarah Cottrell, Sarah Jeffery, Sarah Swanton, Sioned Wynn, Suzanna Chen, Suzanne, Tree Hall, Una Walkenhorst, Vera Cady, Vicki Temple, Victoria Routledge and Zephyrine Craster.
    If you’re enjoying the Squarepeg podcast and would like to help me carry on making new episodes, you can become a member of the Squarepeg community on Patreon from just £3 per month: https://www.patreon.com/squarepegpodcast 

    • 55 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
48 Ratings

48 Ratings

bendyautistic ,

Love love this podcast

I love this podcast thank you so much for doing it. It makes me feel less alone after being diagnosed earlier this year at the age of 34. Please keep going !! 😊

happyautie ,

Fantastic

This podcast has helped me so much. Thank you Amy, I hope you get the recognition you deserve for putting this podcast together. You deserve awards and so much more!! ⭐️🏆🥇🥇🥇

HCG82 ,

Hopeful

As a mum of a young adult female who was diagnosed 4 years ago this podcast is a ray of hope, it explains my daughters difficulties and helps me understand and appreciate her differences, I wish more NT people listened and educated themselves. I love the sensitivity and freedom people have on this podcast to share their stories, a must listen for all x

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