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Emotional Regulation in Neurodiversity-affirmative Therapy

Emotional Regulation

Emotional regulation involves recognising, managing, and responding to emotional experiences in a balanced way. This concept is particularly significant within the context of neurodiversity-affirmative therapy, where unique cognitive and emotional processing styles are respected and supported.

Challenges explored

In neurodiversity-affirmative therapy, emotional regulation can be more complex due to diverse neurological conditions such as autism, ADHD, and other neurodevelopmental differences. Addressing these challenges with empathy and specialised approaches is important.

What is neurodiversity-affirmative therapy?

Neurodiversity-affirmative therapy focuses on respecting and validating the individual’s neurological makeup. Emotional regulation within this framework involves practices that honour neurodiverse experiences, promoting mental well-being and emotional balance. Key features include personalised practices, an understanding of sensory sensitivities, and encouraging self-acceptance.

What is emotional regulation?

Emotional regulation refers to the ability to manage and respond to one’s emotional experiences in an affirming manner. It involves recognising emotions, understanding their impact, and employing practices to maintain emotional balance.

Benefits in therapy

Integrating emotional regulation into the therapeutic process supports mental health, improves relationships, and enhances overall well-being. Neurodiversity-affirmative therapy provides a supportive environment that respects neurodiverse needs.

Therapeutic approaches

Approaches may include mindfulness practices, integrative psychotherapy, sensory modulation, and emotional literacy exercises, all adapted to the individual’s neurodiverse profile.


What is neurodiversity-affirmative therapy?
Neurodiversity-affirmative therapy is an approach that respects and values neurological differences, providing specialised support that aligns with the individual’s unique cognitive and emotional needs.
Why is emotional regulation important in neurodiversity-affirmative therapy?
Emotional regulation is important as it helps individuals manage their emotional experiences, reduce stress, and improve mental health, particularly for those with neurodevelopmental differences.
What approaches are used for emotional regulation in this therapy?
Approaches include mindfulness, cognitive-behavioural practices, sensory modulation, and emotional literacy exercises, all adapted to suit neurodiverse individuals.


  1. Emotional regulation in autism spectrum disorder: The roles of parent emotion regulation, parenting stress, and parent-child interaction
  2. Neurodiversity in the classroom: Strength-based strategies to help students with special needs succeed in school and life
  3. Emotional regulation and adaptive functioning in autism spectrum disorder: A meta-analysis
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This glossary provides definitions of various counselling terms and approaches for informational purposes only, without implying endorsement or service provision