Dori Zener, is a registered social worker who has dedicated her career to creating Neurodiversity-Affirming mental health opportunities for autistic people across the lifespan. Her specialized focus lies in supporting late-discovered neurodivergent individuals, helping them cultivate self-awareness and self-compassion throughout their personal journeys. Dori also offers trainings based on her clinical expertise, centered around her INVEST model, which provides a Neurodiversity-Affirming framework for counseling. She is deeply passionate about fostering autism acceptance and actively contributes to expanding the understanding of autism through various avenues such as publications, workshops, research collaborations, and corporate consultations.

Dori strongly values the transformative potential of shared lived experiences in fostering connections and instilling hope. To bring this belief into practice, she spearheaded the establishment of five autistic-led peer support groups. Good Company, for adult women and nonbinary adults, Chilling on the Spectrum, a young adult support and social group, Navigating Work a unique group for Neurodivergent job seekers, Rainbow Spectrum Pride, a support group for autistic 2SLGBTQIA+ adults, and Wildflowers, a support and social group for autistic girls and nonbinary teens. Through these initiatives, Dori aims to cultivate supportive communities that nurture individuals and celebrate their diverse experiences.

Client Focus: Preteens (9+ years), teens and adults diagnosed or self-diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum including Asperger’s Syndrome, learning differences and ADHD. Lifespan approach. Expertise working with girls and women.

Single Session Therapy + Resources: $400/90 minutes

Fee: $225/clinical hour session

Trainings/ Public Speaking on the following topics: INVEST Neurodiversity-Affirming Therapy Model, Profile of Autistic girls & women, Autism & Mental Health

Treatment Orientation:

  • Neurodiversity Framework
  • Strengths-Based
  • Person-Centred
  • Solution Focused Therapy (SFT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral (DBT)
  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)


  • Adjusting to change / life transitions
  • Anger management
  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral issues
  • Bullying
  • Coping skills
  • Depression
  • Effective communication
  • Emotion regulation
  • Executive functioning
  • Girls and Women with ASD
  • Gender diversity
  • Mood disorders
  • Parenting
  • Peer relationships
  • Self esteem
  • Sexuality and relationships
  • Social skills
  • Stress management
  • Women’s issues
  • Work performance

Therapy Options:

In person, telephone, online video conference or email therapy


Master of Social Work, University of Toronto, Faculty of Social Work
Bachelor of Arts (Hons.), Social and Political Theory, University of Western Ontario
Certificate in Solution-Focused Counselling, University of Toronto
Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) Accredited Provider
Certificate in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
Ongoing training in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy


“An Expert Discussion on Knowledge Translation in Autism in Adulthood Research”. Moderators: Anne V. Kirby, Participants: Katherine E. McDonald, James Cusack, Brenna Maddox, Cheryl Mangan, Lisa Morgan, Anne Roux, Nidhi Singhal, and Dori Zener. Autism in Adulthood. Mar 2021.11-17.

Zener, D. (2019), “Helping autistic women thrive”, Advances in Autism, Vol. 5 No. 3, pp. 143-156.

Zener, D. (2019), “Journey to diagnosis for women with autism”, Advances in Autism, Vol. 5 Issue: 1, pp.2-13,

Contact Dori Zener to request full-text versions of the publications.


Radio Guest

The Dating and Relationship Show – Autism and Dating AM640  – 2019


“10 Tips for Enhancing Mental Health” – CAMH 2023

“Fostering well-being in Autistic girls and women”, Profile of girls and women, INVEST – ACT 2022

“PTSD & Sexual Assault” – AIDE Canada 2022

INVESTing in Women & Girls with ASD: Identify Needs, Validate, Educate, Strengthen, and Thrive – 2018

Practical Strategies for Promoting Mental Wellness for Girls & Women with Autism  – ACT 2017

Women on the Autism Spectrum and Eating Disorders: Implications for Treatment – NEDIC 2013