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About Dr. Misty

Dr. Misty Gibson earned her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision in 2020 (yeah, THAT year). This milestone fueled her dream of teaching, mentoring, and supervising counselors-in-training with a neurodivergent-affirming approach. When she's not shaping future therapists at Antioch University Seattle or The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, she's running her vibrant group practice, FlowArt Therapy.

At FlowArt Therapy, we focus on supporting the mental health needs of neurodivergent and queer folx. And guess what? Dr. Misty is also an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist! She’s passionate about working with people in open relationships, polyamorous networks, and the BDSM community. Dr. Misty is all about breaking boundaries and celebrating diversity in every form. 🌟

About Michell

Michell Brockman is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Washington state, who earned her Master’s in Clinical Counseling in 2022. As a neurodivergent human herself, Michell gets the struggles of navigating a world with neuronormative expectations.

Working alongside Dr. Misty at FlowArt Therapy, Michell is passionate about supporting neurodivergent adults, the LGBTQIA community, kink and BDSM enthusiasts, and those in polyamorous and ENM relationships. A trauma-informed therapist, she loves using EMDR, parts work, and somatic body-focused therapies to help her clients thrive.

Michell always dreamed of being a therapist (and an artist), and now she’s both! Constantly learning and creating, Michell loves sharing her knowledge and unique perspective with the world. 🌟

It all started with an inquiry—Michell reached out to FlowArt Therapy for a clinical internship, when Dr. Misty was just a lone sole provider, and the magic began! Under Dr. Misty's supervision, Michell thrived through her internship and associate licensing, and now, they work side by side as colleagues and professional partners throughout all of FlowArt. With a shared passion for advocating and raising awareness about the awesomeness of being neurodivergent and queer, they’ve grown the FlowArt community from FlowArt Therapy to include FlowArt Academy, and their quirky podcast, Neurosparkly. Together, they're enhancing our world to learn, accept, and support neurodivergent humans through knowledge, courses, and general fun!

At FlowArt, we’re expanding beyond therapy to bring you awesome courses, a fabulous newsletter, and our super fun podcast. Why? Because we want to support neurodivergent folx everywhere—not just in Washington state! Our mission is to build a vibrant community of support, awareness, and inclusion that spans states and countries, connecting people who might never have met otherwise.

As neurodivergent individuals ourselves, we know how tough it can be to make close connections. That’s why we’re creating a space where you can show up as your most authentic self. We want to know you, and we want you to know us. Let’s make this community sparkle together! 🌟

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Diagnoses and Labels: Two Sides of The Coin

June 09, 20243 min read

This article was written by FlowArt Therapy's Alli Fisher, who specializes in art therapy with neurodivergent kids, teens, and young adults processing through trauma. Alli is currently welcoming new clients at our practice.

Listen to this article here ⤵️

For many, a diagnosis can feel validating and provide insight into their experiences. This has been the case for clients in this community and fellow therapists, whether self-diagnosed or formally diagnosed. However, for others, it can have a negative impact. Some individuals who receive diagnoses may take on these diagnoses as identities, further labeling themselves. These labels can sometimes lead to feelings of confusion, frustration, limitation, being boxed in, discrimination, and more.

This has been my experience through my own mental health journey. There have been times when I felt I might qualify for a diagnosis, but I believed I would not gain anything positive from having the label. I feared that if I had a diagnosis, I wouldn’t be seen as a full human being and would instead be viewed solely as the diagnosis. I feared that a diagnosis would not encapsulate all of me, leaving me feeling frustrated. I did not want my journey to be boxed in because I felt that what makes up who I am is much more than these labels. I began to see the things I experienced as just parts of me, pieces of a greater whole, things I accepted or grew to love about myself, without the label. I chose to work through these aspects as they appeared when needed, and for me, this approach has worked beautifully.

I feel fortunate that this was a privilege I could have. I was able to live in a world where I had the choice, knowledge, and support from others to make this possible. I recognize that for others, this is not always the case, depending on the accommodations they need for school or work, the support or acceptance they seek from doctors or others, access to medication or insurance, the intensity of symptoms, and more.

As a therapist, I generally work this way as well. I work with the whole individual. I see all the parts that make up the whole person, and we work from there. I pull research proven to help the symptom or the situation. These symptoms may relate to a diagnosis, but ultimately, I focus on each part and each goal, working with the whole individual.

That being said, I do see the power in having a diagnosis as well. I understand how naming what someone has experienced can be validating. A label can make you feel less alone, supported by others in a shared community, and help you reach out to others with a shared experience. I know that some people with a diagnosis become more understanding of themselves and less judgmental. Additionally, I see how it can open levels of support within society. Therefore, if a client expresses an interest or need for a diagnosis, I support the client in this. We explore it together and collaboratively work to diagnose them with what aligns most closely with their experiences. From there, we continue to discuss and incorporate the diagnosis into sessions as it feels natural and fitting.

Ultimately, I encourage you to do what feels like the best fit for you!

Alli Fisher, MA, LMHCA, ATR-P

Art Therapist, FlowArt Therapy

[email protected]

Focus on Young Folx with Trauma

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Alli Fisher, MA, LMHCA, ATR-P

Alli Fisher is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor Associate and Provisional Registered Art Therapist at FlowArt Therapy, specializing in working with kids, teens, and young adults.

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