Experience Liberation in a Relentless World

Because trying to contort yourself into contrived precepts of normalcy is exhausting

Burnout, chronic stress and fatigue are now common place topics among mothers, teachers and mental health providers and many others. Compared to chronic stress, burnout is particularly problematic because it is often accompanied by withdrawal and cycling emotions.

However, one of the main factors that distinguishes autistic burnout, is that it can ensue from just regular living in a world designed around neurotypical functioning. There’s often increased sensitivity and isolation in an attempt to recover.

In this workshop that is comprised of six sessions, we explore autistic burnout in the larger context of the neurodiversity movement, also known as the "next civil rights movement."  This context includes examining autism burnout in the context of a decolonized approach to well-being.  The link between autism, burnout and oppression is ableism.  This affects how we conceive of autism, our expectations of what is appropriate, and dare we say "normal," which will in turn inform treatment approaches, assumptions and goals not only for treatment outcomes, but daily living for autistics.  *We'll also discuss this from lived and direct autistic experience so as to lift up and center autistic voices as we do so.

This workshop integrates understanding and awareness of autism in an approach that recognizes and resists ingrained ways of thinking and behaving related to dominance and power. By embracing practices around embodied living, we can reestablish our natural inclinations towards connection which impact health. When we practice embodiment, our body experiences safety which facilitates presence, an essential quality if we are to resist burnout.  

Discover and Practice a Decolonized Approach to Preventing Burnout

"One puzzle piece is not the red flag. It's your.....framework. If you see me as novelty or opportunity for your brilliance, you don't really see me."

Whether you are a practitioner or have experienced therapy as a client, or both, it’s likely that the training underlying theoretical approaches used for healing reflect and reinforce underlying power dynamics rooted in monocentrism and supremacy that perpetuate pathology. The conditioning runs so deep, even with post graduate training centered on embodied practices, it’s hard not to slip in and out of conditioning that is rooted well within psychology practices, thinking and research.

A checklist or information sheet regarding these practices is insufficient to dissolve generations of subconscious learning. It takes consistent practice to automate healthier behaviors and patterns of thinking.  More importantly, our lives are not static.  Learning is a process that unfolds over time in the context of our everyday interactions and daily activities.  

Rather than a "to do" list to identify and prevent burnout, this workshop delves deeper to offer a way of transforming our lives so that we live attuned to our limits and resist tendencies that promote burnout.  In so doing, we perform anti-oppressive work that redefines "normal" and what is acceptable.

Spend six weeks over alternating *Tuesdays learning and interacting with Meira Greenfeld, a renowned activist, community leader, educator, clinician and attorney where she will education and provide strategies and thought provoking inquiry to transform your thinking with respect to well-being, and in particular, how you understand autism.

Learn in Community Over Three Months

If you care about your personal and professional growth, you've probably already experienced or witnessed amazing instances of transformation and possibility.  You will also have had some awareness of what it takes to change and how to practice in a neurodiversity affirming manner.  However, even experienced professionals can struggle with new paradigms and get stuck or stressed when it comes to dealing with novel experiences.  If we have unresolved trauma or internalized bias, this can also make us susceptible to internalized prejudices and blind-spots.  

Besides, growth isn't linear.  This six week extended workshop allows you to practice the perspectives you will discover over time.  We simply learn better in a communal setting with time to implement what we learn in our everyday settings and return again to the community setting to address any nuances and inconsistencies.  Unlearning and relearning takes time.

How might this interactive learning benefit you?

Burnout is Not an Individual Problem

Do You Recognize the underlying Cultural Footprints?






Sense of urgency


 Fear of confrontation

 People pleasing

Win or lose



Being aware of these patterns is not sufficient. If that were the case, most therapists could provide their clients with checklists and send them on their way.  Connecting the dots is a lot harder than most people think.  For starters, though burnout is widely considered to be of epidemic proportions, it's not officially recognized as an illness, health or medical condition.  It's underlying causes are often normalized and responsibility continues to shift to the individual despite its effect on suicide rates, higher turnover, lower productivity, and higher healthcare costs.  

We are simply asking the wrong questions.  It's not what's wrong with the individual.  It's what's wrong with the way we live our lives and the tolerance for unfair treatment, unmanageable workloads, time pressures and unrealistic deadlines.  When larger and widely unseen forces rooted in oppression are internalized, it can be quite difficult to sort out the toxicity.  And distressing.  Discerning oppression is not an undertaking that lends itself to a quick fix.  In most cases, awareness is followed by swift stress responses to protect identity that has internalized subtle notions embedded in supremacist thinking.  This will be the *meat* of these upcoming interactive sessions.

Don't let this opportunity pass you by.

Understanding Autistic Burnout, Neurodiversity & Decolonized Therapy

What You'll Learn and What We Will Cover:

Autism burnout involves all the issues mentioned regarding burnout in general with a host of other exacerbating factors.

  Masking how autistics hide autistic traits

  Diversity of behaviors that include autistic experience

 Common misdiagnoses

 Reasons why many autistics have high social anxiety

Sensory input and how this relates to stress

 Suicide risks attributed to autistic experience

 Independence and self-sufficiency biases

Social Connection why certain social strategies recommended for burnout don't work for many autistics

✓ Sensory accommodations 

Stimming It's much more than hand flapping

Raising Consciousness and Responsibility

What responsibility do mental health professionals bear in dismantling systemic oppression and structural barriers particularly as these forces have been perpetuated by the mental health profession?

Is Social Justice devolving into word policing and virtue signaling

 How anti-oppression practice can improve treatment outcomes

 How do we discern performative action from real and impactful effort?

 What is the neurodiversity movement?

Can those from traditionally marginalized groups be oppressive?  

Does lived experience trump rational thinking?

Can "wokeness"  go too far and cause more harm than good? 

Modifying Conventional Modalities such as EMDR so that they are neurodiverse affirming

“There must exist a paradigm, a practical model for social change that includes an understanding of ways to transform consciousness that are linked to efforts to transform structures.” — bell hooks

You'll Learn From:

Social activist and racial justice advocate

Meira Greenfeld, JD, LCSW, ASDCS, CTTP has been involved in activism and advocacy for decades having been inspired by the activism of her parents and grandparents who impacted many lives with their community work (e.g. opening a community grocery, paying for burials, providing scholarships and job training opportunities). Their work reflected an inherent respect for human dignity and resilience. Meira has witnessed and lived in places of active civil unrest that include the Caribbean and the Middle East.

Her experience of cross-cultural dynamics is informed by a mixed racial background and lived experience in five different countries that reflect opposing colonial experiences and perspectives regarding race and culture. She is a sought-after speaker and Harvard Law graduate with a passion for helping individuals transform despair, anger and frustration into actual and impactful change. She was a student of Professor Derrick Bell, the founder of Critical Race Theory from whom she learned Constitutional Law.

She has over 15 years experience of conflict resolution and negotiation experience that includes working with entities such as IBM and Microsoft in addition to representational work as a Board Member of the Harvard Prison Legal Assistance Project which required her testimony at state proceedings following prison uprisings in Massachusetts.

She is also an experienced social activist with award winning community work for leadership and public service that includes work within the LGBTQ community acknowledged in Duke Law J. 1988 Feb; (1): 29-70 by Dr. Troyen A. Brennan, M.D., for research assistance on a study that advocated for greater access to health care for those diagnosed with AIDS early in the epidemic.

Her *personal and professional experience with autism inform her passion to help autistics live quality lives to their full potential.  She believes that the entire message of neurodiversity challenges not only how we view autism but societal norms regarding how we are ‘supposed’ to think, behave and interact with the world. 

Meira is currently working in private practice as a licensed trauma psychotherapist specializing in C-PTSD, relational-based trauma, addiction, autism, identity cohesion and racial/intergenerational trauma. Her current aspiration involves expanding her practice to cultivate leadership among providers and community members. Among her goals, she wishes to support change that increases access to mental health services while also improving the conditions and terms under which providers work.  

If you are activist minded and want to be involved in advocacy, particularly with respect to improving conditions for therapists, please join her in workshops, support her work, participate in online communities dedicated to advocacy work or listen to her podcast.  Willing collaborators and co-facilitators are especially welcome!

*We'll talk more in the workshop.

Here's the plan:


The next cohort will convene starting May-June 2023. 9:00 am PST /12:00 am EST for two hours alternating Tuesdays. There will be a total of six sessions over three months.  


I will try to respond to every question you send.  Let me know if you want to remain anonymous.


You can chat with me on FB, on messenger, but preferably by email. You can also text me at 602-691-6560.   Participate in Q&A during the workshop.  It would be nice, but you don't have to be on camera.  I will record only a portion of each session, about 30 minutes at the start to honor the comfort level and privacy of all who attend.

Reserve Your Space

"The entire message of neurodiversity challenges not only how we view autism but societal norms regarding how we are ‘supposed’ to think, behave and interact with the world. "

~Meira Greenfeld