We’re on the therapist’s couch today talking about how to take care of yourself as an autism parent. We all know how stressful parenting can be, and it’s even more so for the parent of a child on the autism spectrum. Gordon Brewer, a licensed marriage and family therapist, shares some tips for taking better care of yourself, including how to manage the grief that often accompanies our lives.
In this episode you will discover:
How Gordon’s own experience helped inform his experience as a therapist in working with caregiving and grief
Gordons career journey from funeral director to therapist and what the two have in common
Why its important to take care of yourself as an autism parent
Techniques for how to get your mind from worrying about the past and future to present-focused thinking
Meet Gordon Brewer, LMFT
Gordon Brewer, Jr., MEd, LMFT therapist | podcaster | trainer | speaker | writer is a licensed marital and family therapist and an AAMFT Approved Supervisor. Gordon is the person behind The Practice of Therapy Podcast and Blog. The Practice of Therapy provides information and resources for clinicians starting, growing or scaling private practices.
Gordon has worked in the human services and mental health fields for over 30 years. He has previously worked in agency settings and is currently in private practice as a therapist. He is the owner of a group therapy practice, Kingsport Counseling Associates, PLLC (www.kingsportcounseling,com) located in Kingsport, TN. He has also served as an adjunct instructor and internship supervisor at East Tennessee State University.
Gordon is married to Mary “Sister” Brewer and they have one daughter, Rebecca who is an environmental educator. Gordon is also a clergy person in the Episcopal Church (vocational deacon).
Mentioned on the podcast:
- Join the conversation in our private Facebook group: Our Autism Blueprint Private Facebook Page
- Gordon’s podcast & blog: The Practice of Therapy
- Gordon’s private practice: Kingsport Counseling
- Episode where Gordon interviewed Janeen: Working with autism spectrum families in private practice
- previous episode Janeen mentioned about meltdowns: Managing Meltdowns
- Killin It Camp: A conference for private practitioners where Gordon and I met.
- A few more Autism Blueprint episodes about grief:
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Listen to this episode: Caring For The Caregiver