Virtuous Circle Counselling


Neurodiversity Counselling Calgary

Neurodivergent Counselling in Calgary

Welcome to Virtuous Circle Counselling, your trusted partner in Calgary for specialized neurodivergent counselling services. At Virtuous Circle Counselling, we celebrate the diversity of the human mind and recognize that neurodivergence is a natural and valuable aspect of human variation. Our dedicated team of counsellors is deeply committed to offering compassionate, affirming, and tailored support that acknowledges and respects your unique neurodiverse experiences.

We understand that living as a neurodivergent individual comes with its own set of challenges and strengths. Our goal is to provide a supportive environment where you can explore and embrace your unique identity. Our approach is holistic, focusing not just on coping mechanisms, but also on leveraging your inherent strengths to thrive in various aspects of your life. Join us in embracing your unique mind and discovering the incredible potential within you.

What is Neurodivergent Counselling?

Neurodivergent counselling is a therapeutic approach designed to support individuals whose neurological development and functioning differ from what is considered typical or neurotypical. This includes a wide range of conditions such as Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), dyslexia, and more. Neurodivergent counselling focuses on recognizing and celebrating neurodiversity, helping individuals leverage their unique strengths while addressing any challenges they may face.

Why Choose Neurodivergent Counselling?

Neurodivergent individuals often face unique challenges that can affect various aspects of life, including education, employment, relationships, and self-esteem. Counselling can provide valuable tools and strategies to:

  • Improve social skills and communication;
  • Manage stress and anxiety;
  • Enhance organizational and time management skills;
  • Address sensory sensitivities; and
  • Support emotional regulation and mental health.

Understanding Neurodiversity

Neurodiversity refers to the concept that neurological differences are natural variations of the human brain. Some common conditions that fall under neurodiversity include:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder;
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder;
  • Dyslexia;
  • Dyspraxia;
  • Tourette Syndrome;
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)


At Virtuous Circle Counselling, we don’t think of these conditions as deficits or disorders but as variations of the mind that bring both strengths and challenges to each unique individual.

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What Kind of Therapy is Best for Someone Who is Neurodivergent?

The best type of therapy for someone who is neurodivergent often depends on their individual needs and preferences. At Virtuous Circle Counselling in Calgary, we offer neurodiversity-affirming therapy that focuses on:

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

CBT is effective in helping individuals manage anxiety, depression, and other emotional challenges by addressing negative thought patterns and behaviours.

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

ACT encourages individuals to accept their thoughts and feelings rather than fighting against them, promoting psychological flexibility.

Social Skills Training

This therapy helps individuals develop effective communication and social interaction skills, which can be particularly beneficial for those with ASD or ADHD.

Mindfulness-Based Therapies

Mindfulness techniques can help manage stress and improve emotional regulation.

Sensory Integration Therapy

This approach is useful for individuals with sensory processing issues, helping them respond more appropriately to sensory input.

How Do I Get Tested for Neurodiversity?

Testing for neurodiversity typically involves a comprehensive assessment by a psychologist or a specialist trained therapist in diagnosing neurodevelopmental conditions. The process usually includes:

  • Clinical interviews to understand your developmental history and current functioning;
  • Standardized tests and questionnaires to assess cognitive, emotional, and behavioural aspects;
  • Observations in different settings, such as home, school, or work; and
  • Input from family members, teachers, or employers.


At Virtuous Circle Counselling, we can guide you through the process of getting tested for neurodiversity and connect you with the appropriate resources and professionals.

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What to Expect from Neurodivergent Counselling

Our neurodivergent counselling sessions are tailored to meet your specific needs and goals. Here’s what you can expect:

Initial Assessment

During the first session, your counsellor will conduct a thorough assessment to understand your unique experiences, strengths, and challenges. This helps in creating a personalized therapy plan.

Goal Setting

Together, you and your counsellor will set achievable and meaningful goals. These goals can range from improving social interactions to managing anxiety or enhancing executive functioning skills.

Therapeutic Techniques

Your counsellor will use a variety of therapeutic techniques tailored to your needs, such as CBT, ACT, mindfulness, and social skills training. These techniques are aimed at empowering you to navigate life’s challenges effectively.

Continuous Support and Evaluation

Throughout your counselling journey, your progress will be continuously monitored, and your therapy plan will be adjusted as needed to ensure you are receiving the most effective support.

Why Choose Virtuous Circle Counselling?

At Virtuous Circle Counselling, we pride ourselves on offering compassionate, individualized, and evidence-based therapy. Here are some reasons to choose us:

  • Experienced Therapists: Our team consists of highly trained professionals with expertise in neurodiversity and mental health.
  • Personalized Approach: We tailor our therapy to meet your unique needs and goals.
  • Inclusive Environment: We provide a safe and affirming space where you can explore your strengths and challenges without judgement.
  • Comprehensive Support: Beyond counselling, we offer resources, referrals, and support for families and caregivers.

Take the First Step Towards Empowerment

If you or a loved one could benefit from neurodivergent counselling, reach out to Virtuous Circle Counselling in Calgary. Our dedicated team is here to support you every step of the way. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and begin your journey towards empowerment and self-discovery.

By choosing Virtuous Circle Counselling, you are choosing a partner committed to understanding and affirming your unique neurodiverse experience. Let us help you harness your strengths and achieve your full potential.

Book Your Appointment Online

We are currently accepting new clients however being a good fit is everything in a therapeutic alliance. When you’re ready, please contact us for a free 30-minute phone consultation to see if we match your needs and goals.

We at Virtuous Circle Counselling acknowledge Moh’kinstsis, the lands where the Bow and Elbow rivers meet, in what we currently call Calgary. We acknowledge that we are visitors on Moh’kinsstis and acknowledge the Blackfoot are those who named this area as Moh’kinsstis. In the spirit of Truth and Reconciliation, we recognize the ancestral territories, cultures, and oral practices of the Blackfoot people, the Îyarhe Nakoda Nations, the Dene people of the Tsuut’ina Nation, and the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3.