In the beginning…
In October 2017, Jennifer founded her first business, A Space to Thrive, as a private therapy and consulting practice. This business did indeed thrive as Jennifer walked with hundreds of clients navigating healing through complex trauma.
When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, A Space to Thrive became a fully virtual teleheath and consulting practice. They were able to continue serving clients throughout the pandemic and was bolstered by a PPP grant in 2021.
In 2020, at 41 years old, Jennifer experienced her awakening to her Autistic-ADHD identity. Coming into this identity was the result of many conversations with clients exploring their various neurodivergences as well as years of study Jennifer invested into the neurolandscape of brains that have survived years, even decades of complex trauma. Though they were beginning to see connections to Autistic-ADHD identity in 2017, they did not realize this truth fully until 2020.
This new knowledge about how her brain works changed Jennifer’s whole world. In June 2022, she retired from a 15 year career as a complex trauma therapist to rebrand her business as Expansive Expressions which brings neuroinclusion to Executive Consulting and Business Coaching.
Expansive Expressions specializes in equipping other late-identified Autistic and ADHD founders, executives, and professionals. Jennifer was drawn to serve this population inspired by her own lived experiences as an AuDHD business owner. As they navigated the business start-up process, they were moved to learn of the sheer volume of other Autistic and ADHD people who turn to entrepreneurship due to severe burnout because the mainstream working world is highly inaccessible.
Through conversations and their own lived-experience, Jennifer recognized a lack of business training and support designed by and for neurodivergent entrepreneurs. This matters because neurodivergent people have exquisitly unique ways of being, thinking, working, and connecting in the world. Sadly, without business support systems that work WITH our brains, many neurodivergent entrepreneurs struggle with sustainability and profitability.