Peggy Piers is a mental health counselor with a specialty in working with families and individuals with Autism Spectrum disorders, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD/ADHD), and other invisible challenges. Other areas of interest include:
- Groups for individuals and families with Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Developing Advocacy Skills and Service Plans
- Consultation with Individuals and Agencies
- Individual counseling for older and “late diagnosed” adults
- Transitions and Transition-age Young Adults
- Parenting and Transitions in the Family
- Understanding Asperger’s Syndrome
- Communication Skills
- Mood Management
Peggy’s counseling style involves a collaborative effort with her clients. She believes that effective counseling is the result of a relationship that combines acceptance, trust, and empathy, with exploration of questions and choices.
Peggy Piers has been working in mental health–related fields for over 30 years. After receiving a Masters degree from Lewis and Clark College, she has worked privately, with schools, and in community agencies. Her clients include children, families and adults. Peggy participates in educational opportunities to expand her areas of interest. These include study groups, workshops, and classes. She has taught informational classes for parents of children with ADD/ADHD. She has designed, and presently conducts, groups for young adults who have Asperger’s Syndrome and other cognitive –social challenges. She sometimes offers a group for parents of adolescents and young adults.
Peggy’s interest in parenting and advocacy is the result of both professional and personal experience. She has experienced the challenges of neurodiversity and “disability” as a counselor and as a family member. This experience has deepened her commitment to helping others find internal strength and community supports.