About Kathleen Rapp, LCSW

Kathleen Rapp, LCSW, has been a practicing psychotherapist for over 20 years. Her approach is holistic, using a patient, accepting, non-judgmental, psycho-spiritual form of therapy. Kathleen creates a supportive and nurturing environment that is results oriented. One of her passions is working with people with Asperger’s syndrome and their partners to help them learn coping and communication skills that create better relationships and lives.

Asperger’s and Your Spouse

What Happened to the Person I Married?
“It seems like I’m married to a totally different person than the person I met. What happened?”
Over and over again I hear this from my clients who are spouses or partners of people with Asperger’s or features of Asperger’s. What went wrong?

All relationships go through a courtship phase when […]

By |November 4th, 2017|Asperger's Syndrome|0 Comments

Why do people with Asperger’s fight the diagnosis?

Asperger’s: Fighting the Diagnosis
One key feature of someone with Asperger’s is impaired self-awareness. They simply do not see the world the way others do, and consequently they cannot see themselves as others do. When someone points out something personal to someone with Asperger’s, they may put up a wall of protection.

Most people with Asperger’s syndrome […]

By |September 21st, 2017|Asperger's Syndrome|0 Comments

Why is Asperger’s so Easy to Miss?

Why is Asperger’s syndrome so easy to miss for both professionals and family members?
People with Asperger’s are often very intelligent, and they can work hard to compensate for their differences. Many people with the disorder use their intelligence to mask their deficits in personal, social, and professional relationships in order to get by in the […]

By |May 13th, 2017|Asperger's Syndrome|0 Comments

Asperger’s and the Holidays

The holidays can be particularly challenging for those with a partner or a child with Asperger’s. The social demands, the general chaos, and the expectations can be more than the person with Asperger’s can handle. 

First, understand what is happening and why. Here are some things you can do:

Modify your expectations.
Communicate carefully and avoid surprises.
Make advance […]

By |November 23rd, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Asperger Partners Support Group

This month is the One Year Anniversary for the AS spouses support group.  When I began the group in April 2015 at the request of several clients (and the insistence one wonderful lady), I had no idea where it would lead. The group has far exceeded the few expectations/hopes that I had.  It has been […]

By |April 10th, 2016|Asperger's Syndrome|0 Comments

Is There Asperger’s in My Marriage?

Recently I’ve had the opportunity to work with several couples where one of the spouses has aspects of Asperger’s Syndrome, a neurological condition which is present from birth but often unrecognized. While the person may not have full-blown Asperger’s, he may not be able to demonstrate a full range of emotion which is essential for […]

By |January 10th, 2015|Asperger's Syndrome|0 Comments