“I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.”


— Brene Brown

Our Story

For years, neurodivergent individuals have been told what to say, how to act, how to feel, what is okay or “appropriate” even when their body is sending them very different messages. Asking these individuals to conform and assimilate, disconnects them from their senses and body. As a result, most of our clients have lost connection to their own opinion or voice. They are actively masking their emotions, sensations, and voice. Many are scared to say the “wrong” thing all the time.


Mindsight Therapies came from a desire to provide unconventional support & solutions for the authentic empowerment of neurodivergent people. Founder and speech therapist Debbie Patterson, M.A., CCC-SLP had become disillusioned by the conventional therapies and solutions based on the neurotypical brain and “normal” behavior. She wanted to create a practice that would see, honor and advocate for a neurodivergent person’s truth, even when it goes against societal norms. Additionally, she wanted to address the limited services for people after the age of 18 (when their need is often the greatest) as well as create more access with group sessions that focus on social learning and emotional regulation, regardless of age, in the Orange County & Southern California area.


We look forward to continuing our story with you.

Our Approach

We recognize and honor that neurodivergent people have a different neurology. Your or your child’s brain is wired differently and you do not think, experience or express like the neuromajority. And that is okay. Our practice is about meeting you where you are and creating therapies that support and affirm neurodiversity. We also believe –

In helping clients make connections with others in a way that feels right to them. Our job is to help clients find their voice and confidence to use it.

Therapy helps uncover what the behavior is communicating. Behavior IS communication. Understanding what needs to be expressed and effectively empowering clients is the most supportive therapy.

The “textbook” or “evidence-based” solution is not always best or the most supportive for neurodivergent individuals. We believe in integrating an individual’s differences vs. training them to be ‘normal’.

Social emotional learning is a team effort. This includes families, educators, and other professionals. Our goal is to collaborate with parents, families and other professionals to help our clients make lasting social connections.

– Meet the Team –

Resources & Certifications

AHSA Certified - Certificate of Clinical Competence
Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology and Hearing Aid Dispensers Board
HeartMath Certified Professional | HeartMath Institute


Kelly Mahler, OTD, OTR/L



The Zones of Regulation



Anna Vagin, Ph.D., Speech & Language Pathologist and Founder of Social Learning Labs



Prizant, Barry M. (2015) Uniquely Human. Simon & Schuster Paperbacks.


Brené Brown (2015). “Rising Strong: How the Ability to Reset Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead”, p.182, Spiegel & Grau

Interested in working together?