176 episodes

Join Mona Kay as she focuses on increasing understanding of the strengths, differences, and challenges in mixed neurotype relationships. Whether you're autistic, neurotypical or allistic, this podcast is for you! Knowing how your neurology may impact your communication style, emotional and social needs, processing speeds, sensory needs and sexual and physical intimacy desires is critical, especially in your romantic relationships. Listen in and learn about other's lived experiences, lessons learned, and strategies for understanding how neurological differences can impact your relationship.

Neurodiverse Love with Mona Kay Neurodiverse Love with Mona Kay

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.5 • 33 Ratings

Join Mona Kay as she focuses on increasing understanding of the strengths, differences, and challenges in mixed neurotype relationships. Whether you're autistic, neurotypical or allistic, this podcast is for you! Knowing how your neurology may impact your communication style, emotional and social needs, processing speeds, sensory needs and sexual and physical intimacy desires is critical, especially in your romantic relationships. Listen in and learn about other's lived experiences, lessons learned, and strategies for understanding how neurological differences can impact your relationship.

    Look Under the Hood of a Neurodiverse Relationship Using IFS-Kim Bolling

    Look Under the Hood of a Neurodiverse Relationship Using IFS-Kim Bolling

    To learn more about the Neurodivere Love Conversation Cards and Workbook, the Neurodiverse Love Conference videos and the other resources available for individuals or couples in mixed neurotype relationships, check out ⁠Neurodiverse Love.
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    Through the lens of neurodiversity, a movement to de-pathologize atypical neurological wiring, we will look at the application of IFS (Internal Family Systems therapy) to working with mixed neurology couples-effectively "looking under the hood" of what is happening for couples when they don't get along. A case example is discussed.



    You can contact Kim at: www.kimbolling.com

    • 21 min
    Neurologically Mixed Relationships: The Crash Course-Joe Biel and Faith Harper

    Neurologically Mixed Relationships: The Crash Course-Joe Biel and Faith Harper

    To learn more about the Neurodivere Love Conversation Cards and Workbook, the Neurodiverse Love Conference videos and the other resources available for individuals or couples in mixed neurotype relationships, check out ⁠Neurodiverse Love.

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    Just about everyone in a neurologically mixed relationship is confused about their partner's behavior and is often quick to assign motive. Instead, Joe Biel and Faith Harper offer tools to step back, listen, take care of yourself, and learn how to attack challenges as a team. 

    You can learn more about Joe at: joebiel.net

    You can contact Dr. Faith at: www.faithharper.com

    • 51 min
    Do You Feel Like No One Understands You or Your Relationship?-Margot Alexis and Chelle

    Do You Feel Like No One Understands You or Your Relationship?-Margot Alexis and Chelle

    To learn more about the Neurodiverse Love Conversation Cards and Workbook, the Neurodiverse Love Conference videos and the other resources available for individuals or couples in mixed neurotype relationships, check out ⁠Neurodiverse Love.

    If you would like register for the 4 week workshop series that Mona Kay, MSW, Ph.D. and Sarah Swenson, LMHC will be co-facilitating titled " How Can I Love My Partner and Still Struggle to Imagine a Healthy Future Together" that begins on July 9th, 2024 at 7:30pm EST click here.

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    During this episode, Margot Alexis and Chelle share information about the long-term effects of Cassandra syndrome. Many NT women endure chronic isolation, anxiety and depression. Others have difficulty sleeping, digestive disorders and serious autoimmune diseases. Some exhibit persistent anger, severe resentment and feel helpless to change the situation. Almost all will experience a loss of self. 

    In this episode, Margot and Chelle discuss what Cassandra Syndrome is, it’s effects and how you can heal from it. They also share information on the following topics:


    Why NT women have a difficult time getting support from friends and family?
    The first step in recovery.
    What healthy emotional detachment looks like.
    How letting go is different than giving up.
    The support that is available,


    To learn more about Margot and Chelle please check out:
    www.healingcassandra.com

    • 35 min
    The Four Communication Styles-Ali Arena Perkinson

    The Four Communication Styles-Ali Arena Perkinson

    If you would like to register for the 4 week workshop series titled " "How Can I Love My Partner and Still Struggle to Imagine a Healthy Future Together", with Sarah Swenson, LMHC and Mona Kay, MSW, Ph.D. ⁠click here.


    To learn more about the Neurodivere Love Conversation Cards and Workbook, the Neurodiverse Love Conference videos and the other resources available for individuals or couples in mixed neurotype relationships, check out ⁠Neurodiverse Love.__________________________________________________________________

    During this episode, Dr. Ali Arena Perkinson shares information about the 4 communication styles she has identified to help individuals and couples better understand themselves and each other. The goal is for you and your partner to learn more about your different styles and how you can better understand each other and communicate more effectively.

    The 4 communication styles are:


    Purposeful
    Captivator
    Listener
    Facter

    To learn more about Ali and the work she does, please check out her website at: https://www.connection-squared.com/

    • 31 min
    Do You Want to Better Understand the Health and Mental Health Challenges That You Are Having?-Pnina Arad

    Do You Want to Better Understand the Health and Mental Health Challenges That You Are Having?-Pnina Arad

    If you would like to register for the 4 week workshop series titled " "How Can I Love My Partner and Still Struggle to Imagine a Healthy Future Together", with Sarah Swenson, LMHC and Mona Kay, MSW, Ph.D. click here.



    To learn more about the Neurodivere Love Conversation Cards and Workbook, the Neurodiverse Love Conference videos and the other resources available for individuals or couples in mixed neurotype relationships click here.
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    Although the global awareness of autism continues to show signs of growth, little empirical research has been done on the way in which neurodiversity impacts romantic relationships. The existing body of knowledge points at a severe state of distress in women who are in couple relationships with men on the autism spectrum. However, the literature is mainly based on personal accounts of these women, in many cases, without their partner being formally diagnosed. Most professionals aren’t trained or lack the experience to recognize or diagnose ASD in adults. Hence, they fail to provide efficient help for neurodiverse couples and women in neurodiverse relationships. Aiming to raise the awareness, change the existing situation and help these women and couples, Dr. Pnina Arad conducted an extensive quantitative study about the physical and mental well-being of women in neurodiverse relationships. During this episode she describes her research, shares the findings, and discusses the conclusions and implications of her study results.
    To learn more about Dr. Pnina Arad, please check out her website.

    • 27 min
    Being an Autistic Female Partner-Tony Attwood and Michelle Garnett

    Being an Autistic Female Partner-Tony Attwood and Michelle Garnett

    To learn more about the Neurodivere Love Conversation Cards and Workbook, the Neurodiverse Love Conference videos and the other resources available for individuals or couples in mixed neurotype relationships click here.

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    Professor Tony Attwood and Dr, Michelle Garnett have learned through their many years of clinical experience that there are some unique challenges to being in a love relationship as a female autistic partner, and yet much of the literature on relationships where one partner is autistic focuses on the male autistic/female neurotypical experience. In this session, they both describe some of the experiences they have discovered to be challenging for autistic women in love relationships, and give some ideas about how to manage these challenges. This session will be helpful to both autistic women and their partners.

    If you would like to learn more about the workshops and resources that Tony and Michelle have available, please check out their website.

    • 29 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
33 Ratings

33 Ratings

WellFedbyGijiMD ,

A Wealth of Information

For as far back as I can remember I have had an affinity for neurodiverse people — especially children, but also adults. Listening to Mona Kay’s interview with Dr. Veronica Anderson may have provided some insight into why by revealing what may be some of my own neurodiversity. Whether the Goldilocks Zone, Double Empathy, the Core Wound of Failure or other very resonating revelations abound in each episode.

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