Our meetings are held at the offices of Fall Creek Counseling Associates, located at 5900 Coyle Avenue (Suite D, upstairs), on the corner of Coyle and Manzanita in Carmichael. We offer meetings the third Monday and the first Monday of each month from 6 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. The meetups are facilitated by Psychologist Dr. Debra Moore and Nicole Metscher, MFT. We cover numerous topics at our groups, and you determine what we discuss. Some of our topics have included the pros and cons of getting a diagnostic evaluation, what other diagnoses AS is sometimes confused with or mistaken for, and whether or not (and how) to explain a diagnosis to others, how to navigate the social and academic and work worlds, and how to cope with discouragement and stress. We've also discussed how AS is a difference in processing sensations and information and how we can learn to work with these differences even though they are "hard-wired". We share resources, experiences and ideas in a supportive, safe environment and we encourage you to join us and see if this is a good fit for you!
(There are also an additional small weekly groups that Fall Creek Counseling offers for late teens and adults, as well as a group for younger children. The older group is for those who want a place to further discuss and practice skills relating to socializing, handling stress, and navigating relationships, the workplace, and life in general. This is a good group for adults or teens who are "stuck" or "stagnant" in their lives. This group meets Thursday evenings from 6-7pm in our Roseville offices on Sunrise Avenue. Call if you want more information. The younger group is for children who need some extra help learning emotional regulation skills, and friendship and social skills.)
If you wonder whether you have "Aspie" traits (or know you do), or have a friend, family member, or someone you care about who might, please come on out and join us. I know it is anxiety provoking for many people to attend meetings or to try new things (or to push themselves out of the comfort of home), but you will most likely be very glad you did!
Our attendees are consistently very supportive, kind folks who find much in common with each. No matter what your background or particular challenges, it is likely that someone else has had similar experiences. Meeting others who can give voice to feelings, thoughts or values you share can be quite an enlightening and encouraging event.
Our meetings are open to teens and adults. Teens can attend on their own or with a parent. I'd like to thank each and every one of you who attend our meetings. I know it's not always easy to speak up or to navigate a group setting. But this is a good place to practice. Keep coming back! Hope to see you all again soon.
Please make sure to RSVP! And if you RSVP and later can't make it, please be sure to go online and make the change, so that others can have your seat.
Debra Moore, Organizer
P.S. Check out our new "Meetup Cards"! Look under "what's new" on our home page. You can print out some of these and give them to anyone who might be interesting in learning more about AS or this group.