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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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Self-Diagnosis and the Power of a Supportive Community

June 09, 20243 min read

This article was written by FlowArt Therapy's Rowan Nairn, who specializes in working with queer and neurodivergent individuals, couples, and polycules processing through identity and trauma. Rowan is currently welcoming new clients at our practice.

I truly appreciate those in my life who helped me understand and accept my own neurodivergence, because it was both a fast and a slow process. I received their diagnosis later in life, in my case it was self-diagnosis with the assistance of several people who have known they were neurodivergent for many years. It was very easy to accept that I am neurodivergent, however I still struggle to this day in remembering to give myself the patience and understanding that my brain needs. For so long, I kept trying to hold myself to a neurotypical standard and have had to have other people in my life remind me that it is OK to struggle with some of the areas where I have higher support needs. The biggest area that receiving a diagnosis has helped me to accept and understand is my Auditory Processing Disorder – before I knew that I was neurodivergent, and that sensory processing difficulties were often a facet of that (in one way or another), I just felt “stupid” for always needing to double or triple check instructions, or to not remember entire conversations just because there was some TV show on in the background that I had seen a dozen times. 

Now, I am more aware of the circumstances in which I struggle most, and areas that have the greatest impact if I have some assistance in, and this has made a world of difference. It makes sense that I was always better at understanding and having empathy for people in my life that were formally diagnosed and who struggled more with social and emotional aspects of their life – I was always able to be more patient and understanding, because there was a part of me that understood what they were experiencing at a personal level, underneath the masks that I had been taught to use. 

Self-diagnosis, and affirmation from those in my life that “yes, it’s completely legitimate to self-diagnose in the neurodivergent community, especially later in life when we have already been taught so many masking behaviors that formal assessments might miss things,” have helped me see myself in new ways. I am better at recognizing when I am at my limits, areas where I know that I won’t engage or function in a “neurotypical” way and setting proper expectations for myself and others. I’m not “lazy” or “antisocial,” it’s not that I “just don’t pay attention” or “don’t show how [you] really feel.” Instead, I just am neurodivergent, and my brain works differently and should not be expected to work in a way that it just isn’t wired to do. I am learning each and every day that I can just be me, struggles and all, and I am enough exactly as I am.

Rowan Nairn, MS, LMFTA, EMDR Trained

Therapist, FlowArt Therapy

[email protected]

Focus on Queer and Neurodivergent Folx

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Rowan Nairn

Rowan Nairn, LMFTA is a therapist at FlowArt Therapy and focuses their work on EMDR processing for trauma, as well as neurodivergent individuals, couples, and polycules. Rowan also works with queer folx, polyamorous folx, and kinky folx.

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