Stephanie DeSouza has a Master’s degree in clinical social work from Temple University and has over 15 years of experience working with individuals and families living with autism. She has developed individual programs in addition to curricula for community-based social skills and home settings to support neurodiversity. Stephanie practiced psychotherapy as well for 10 years and developed a specialization and interest in working as a Neurodiverse Coach. She understands the frustrations for those who have ASD and finding knowledgeable clinicians who can properly diagnose and support their needs is a challenge. Stephanie works in partnership with her clients to design specific strategies to help autistic individuals navigate the challenges of being neurodiverse in a neurotypical world. She enjoys working with college students, young and older adults, parents of children with ASD, and neurodiverse couples looking to cultivate techniques to improve their communication, growth, and overall well-being.
Working with couples is of particular interest to Stephanie. She looks to bridge communication gaps between neurodiverse couples, which can cause significant frustration, as if two different languages are being spoken. With input from both partners, Stephanie identifies productive communication patterns to improve perspective taking and connection to support improved communication and build a foundation for healthy interactions. Stephanie also works to understand how sensory issues, regulating emotions, and interpreting spoken and unspoken social cues impact relationships. Stephanie is interactive, caring, collaborative, and intentional.