Mandi Clegg
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Mandi Clegg

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Autism +
Late / recently diagnosed
Life transitions
Aetna, United, Cigna, Oscar, Oxford

Hello!  My name is Mandi (she/her/hers or they/them/theirs) and I am a Clinical Social Worker, licensed in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, Florida and Nevada.  I have been working in the field as a family case manager and medical social worker for over 15 years. I bring this knowledge of family systems, personal or community trauma, medical support and empathy to every session with my clients. My personal desire is to support the LGBTQI+ communities and anyone suffering from anxiety disorders, coping with life’s challenges, and stress. In recent years, I have also worked to build a neurodiversity affirming practice that supports late-diagnosed Autistic and ADHD adults.It is my belief that most clients do not want a therapist to sit silently and nod. I practice from a place rooted in Interpersonal, Feminist and Liberation Health and will always bring a kind voice, a compassionate ear and provide a space where no topic is taboo.  Plus, you may also see the occasional therapy dog or cat pop into the Telehealth sessions with you.

What motivated you to specialize in working with autistic adults?

I first came to understand Autism Burnout and the Neurodiversity affirming care when my wife was diagnosed.  She had an amazing neuropsych provider who 'sent us down the rabbit hole' of understanding Autism and how late-diagnosed adults can struggle with anxiety, depression and loneliness once burnout has set in.  I am looking forward work bringing the knowledge I have learned and expanding on it with the team at Prosper.

How do you bring a strengths-based, affirming approach to your client work?

My belief is that each client should have a truly open and affirming space for therapy that works for them.  I encourage my clients to come to sessions with their lighting and sound as it works best for them, bringing in hobbies/fidgets/SPiNs and stim needs as well as drinks or snacks if they desire.  There is no reason for anyone to feel uncomfortable when coming to therapy, which already takes a bit of vulnerability and bravery to initiate.  I hope to help my clients explore their existing coping strategies to help determine what they want to keep, what they want to enhance or sort out what they might like to 'do away' with.  My clients are in the expert seat, they drive the sessions.  I am here to come along for the ride and help read the map together!

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Masters of Social Work from University at Albany, Bachelors of Social Work from College of St Rose
Spending time with my wife and our animals, binge watching goofy TV, enjoying nature