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Anne Hoglund

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At A Glance:

Specialties and Certifications

 

  • Neurodiverse Parenting Specialist

  • Neurodiverse Couples Specialist

  • Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

 

Life Experience

 

  • I have an autistic child who is exploring their gender and identity

  • I have a sibling diagnosed with ADHD and neurodivergence exists on both sides of our extended families

  • Although undiagnosed at this time, I recognize that I have many autistic traits

  • I have a background working in a creative field for over 20 years and in working in higher education and non-profit organizations

 

Education

 

  • Masters in Integral Counseling Psychology

  • Bachelor of Fine Arts in Visual Communication

Anne's Story

I grew up in the Midwest and relocated to California in my early adulthood. I was always drawn to creative endeavors and pursuing my degree in fine art seemed like a natural choice. However, after working in a creative field for a few years, I felt something was missing. My heart wasn’t in it.

 

As a deep-feeling person, I knew that I wanted to contribute something. I enjoyed most helping others, especially in navigating their significant relationships and life's challenges.

 

After experiencing the positive benefits of my own work in therapy, I decided to go back to school to study counseling psychology. I loved the work and felt that I had finally found where I “fit.” Upon graduation from my program, I took a break from working as a therapist to start a family, and was thrust into the real "work" of a marriage, parenting, and managing a home as well as helping aging parents with significant health issues.

 

During this time our oldest child also received an autism diagnosis. I know from experience how that can deeply impact a marriage and the needs of a family both at home and out in the world. I saw clearly that navigating support for resources was an extremely challenging and time-consuming process, and there was so little available to help parents process these changes and challenges. As well, little is offered to keep parents feeling hopeful for the future and appreciative of their unique child.

 

I want to support parents, especially around the topic of neurodivergence, as they find their way into new rhythms and joys in their families and lives, as well as helping them build new skills and resilience in the harder times.

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Main Areas of Focus

Not What You Expected
 

Life can be complex as a parent. You love your children wholeheartedly and want the best for them, to support them in their unique experience and celebrate their innate gifts. Yet you didn’t anticipate the mental, emotional, and physical intensity that came along with the joys of parenthood. Life may look differently than how you were expecting it to. You may deeply feel the absence of a support system within your family, friendships, community, or in the greater culture that you thought would be there for you.

 

The additional needs that arise for your child, or for yourself or your partner, because of neurodivergence often adds more layers to the complexity of parenthood and a marriage. You may feel isolation, judgment from others, grief, loss, stress, worry, fear about the future, and exhaustion beyond the typical parenting experience.

 

Partner Not on the Same Page?
 

Perhaps you and your partner process a new neurodivergence diagnosis differently and are not aligned in how you want to approach services and engage with others around it.

 

You may recognize your child’s neurodivergent traits as your own or see them in your partner.

 

Perhaps you fear that you are not able to be the parent your child needs you to be, and are in “survival mode.”

 

You could also feel overwhelmed knowing that you need more support than what you have but are not sure how or where to get it. Navigating different healthcare systems for resources feels like an impossible task.

 

As well, you might not receive understanding and care from those you most need it from, in family, friends, or at your child’s school. Or perhaps you are only hearing negative language and outlooks around a neurodivergent experience from the resources you are turning to for support.

 

An Integrative Approach

 

As a parent of a neurodivergent child, I have navigated many of these types of concerns, often imperfectly. I’ve made mistakes and at times lost sight of the most important thing – maintaining an unconditional loving connection with my child.

 

Being a “good enough” parent doesn’t require perfection, thankfully. It does require a willingness to repair and try again. And again. And it helps tremendously to have the support you need while doing so.

 

By providing you warmth, compassion, and acceptance, I offer a space to feel seen and heard. I take an integrative approach, accounting for the different aspects of who you are, of your family, and the systems you are embedded in.

             

  • Together we can help you identify your needs and that of your child/family in your specific set of circumstances.
 
     

  • We can discover together who you are at this place in time, process the difficulties you are facing, and find what is most supportive for you and your child.
 
     

  • With positive reframing of your experience, we will work to understand and appreciate what you’ve gone through, identify and utilize your strengths, as well as help you establish support.
 
     

  • Our work may include identifying relational patterns that you feel interfere with how you relate to yourself and others.

 

It is my passion to help support you on this journey, to help you accept who you are and to be the parent you want to be, to celebrate your child, and to live more of the life you want. Know you do not have to go it alone on this journey. 

Other Areas of Focus​

Parenting a Neurodivergent Child:

  • Processing a new diagnosis

  • Anxiety/Fear About the Future

  • Isolation

  • Stress/Burnout

  • Aligning in Parenting with a Partner or Co-Parent

  • Self Care and Identifying/Utilizing Resources

  • High Sensitivity/Overwhelm in Parenting

  • Understanding Where Neurodivergence May Exist in Yourself or Partner


Self:

  • Developing Self Awareness and Appreciation

  • Identifying Strengths and Skills

  • Identifying Relational Patterns/Creating Healthy Patterns

  • Creating Goals

  • Discovering Your Values and Finding Meaning in Life


Relationships/Intimacy:

  • Dating

  • Maintaining Connection in Relationships

  • Developing Communication Skills

  • Creating Healthy Boundaries

  • Staying Authentic in Relationships

  • Moving Forward After the End of a Significant Relationship


Other Areas:

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • 12 Step Recovery

 

License

  • Registered AMFT # 110323

  • Supervised by Dr. Harry Motro, LMFT #53452

  • Employed by New Path Couples Therapy Inc.

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