Autism Spectrum Disorder

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder, typically emerging in childhood, which affects a patient’s ability to effectively socialize, solve problems and communicate. Some people with ASD need a lot of help in their daily lives while others need less. Therapists qualified in the treatment of Autism spectrum disorder can also help to diagnose it, as well as work with the individual on their social skills, help them learn to control emotions and address repetitive behaviors, among other things. If you or your child has received a diagnosis of Autism (or you suspect one may be forthcoming), contact one of our specialists today for support.

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I am a neurodivergent-affirming therapist. This means that I don't view autism as a problem to be solved, but as a difference to be accommodated, as well as a set of strengths to be celebrated. I am neurodivergent myself and have many family members diagnosed with autism. I love helping autistic people find their calm, appreciate their value, and find their path in the world.

— Erin Dykhuizen, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in St. Paul, MN

I have found a passion for working with Neurodiverse individuals, especially those who have just realized this recently or even later in life. I work with a neurodiverse affirming lens, so let's work together to find what works best for YOU. Whether it's sensory overload, learning to unmask, or just learn on how to navigate the neurotypical society we live in, we'll work together to create accommodations for the unique person you are.

— Olivia Szabo, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate
 

In the UK, I had a clinical placement at a Specialist Asperger's Syndrome Service in which I provided post-diagnostic counseling to individuals diagnosed with Aspergers/ASD/ASC to help them come to understand their diagnosis and to better navigate the impact of their difference upon their lives. I also have significant experience supporting the partners of persons with Aspergers/ASD/ASC.

— Melanie Chitwood Accepting New Client, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in -person in Seattle & Auburn with video sessions for persons in CA, FL, and the rest of Washington State.,

I have a deep passion for helping families affected by those diagnosed with ASD or exhibiting symptoms of Asperger's syndrome or other aspects of being on the spectrum. Certainly, many are never diagnosed and function in the important aspects of their lives without being any wiser to their traits. Others live a life of masking and disconnection from themselves, their loved ones and purpose. My approach focuses on how ASD affects families and in restoring their connection to each other.

— Meira Greenfeld, Psychotherapist in Phoenix, AZ
 

My doctoral dissertation studied the affect of parental behaviors that support increasing social motivation in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). As a professional and as a parent of an adult with ASD, I have unique insights into families' daily living and individuals with ASD. I want to support your family goals to achieve success for everyone in the family.

— Jeanie Metivier, Psychotherapist

Missed diagnosis, AFAB missed diagnosis, late diagnosis, Autistic self-advocacy, self-acceptance, self-compassion.

— Jacqueline Hynes, Licensed Professional Counselor in Princeton, TX
 

I support the identity model of neurodivergence. If you are self-identified, have been diagnosed, or suspect you may be ADHD, HSP, or Autistic, I am here to help you explore your both your gifts and challenges to guide you to finding a greater sense of safety in the world. I also greatly enjoy working with guardians and caretakers of neurodivergent kids and teens to help them better support kids. Please note: I am anti ABA and will not utilize or support the use of ABA.

— Jamie Eastman, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate

One-on-one ABA services for individuals diagnosed with Autism, developmental disorders, and ADHD. From the development of the Behavior Intervention Plan BIP to treatment implementation and successful discharge. Expertise in evidence-based caregiver education and skills training to increase understanding of parenting, child development and disabilities, linkages to services and resources to help improve overall family functioning and building caregivers leadership and advocacy skills

— Maria Puentes, Psychotherapist in Altamonte Spring, FL
 

Late diagnosis can bring about many difficult feelings including grief. Through work on unmasking and identity, my hope is to support you in beginning to live life authentically and in a way that creates safety in previously difficult situations.

— Sharon Aguilar, Art Therapist in Dallas, TX

First of all, I don't believe that autism should be considered a "disorder." I see our ableist culture as more the problem and I work as an advocate for neurodivergent folks. If you are autistic, I prefer to get to know you as an individual and find out what you are interested to work on in therapy. I can support you by learning about your strengths and interests to better support the areas that you're looking to change.

— James Reling, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR
 

In addition to training on neurodiversity, I also have lived experience in being neurodivergent. I know to help neurodivergent individuals embrace themselves and use their unique qualities to excel in life.

— Alyssa Davis, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

I help neurodivergent preteens, young adults, and adults understand the way their brain works: how to work with it and not against it. I specialize in executive functioning, sensory-based coping strategies, and routine and habit modification to help my clients participate in their current roles (school, work) and engage in meaningful activities.

— Angela Pham, Occupational Therapist in Los Angeles, CA
 

Needs are hard to understand when society has decided what's appropriate and what's not ahead of time. Autistics can feel misunderstood and too much which can shut them down. I can help you learn to recognize your needs and how to advocate for them.

— Ikenna Lughna, Mental Health Counselor

Autism is not a disorder to be treated. It's a neurotype and way of being in the world. Because our world is centered on the neurotypical experience, autistic clients often come to me for support around how to navigate a neurotypical world. We'll dive into your personal autistic experience by exploring your strengths and interests, talking about the ways in which your daily living is impacted and discussing what supports you'd like to have in place. Ask us about PDA!

— Laura Morlok, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Frederick, MD
 

My practice specializes in neurodivergence, and I have worked with ADHDer's, autistic people, and Audhd identified clients. I am passionate about helping neurodivergent clients with their executive functioning and manifesting their identities in ways that feel authentic to them. I have lived experience of my own neurodivergence and learning how to show up to relationships in my life authentically. I work with autistic clients particularly on themes of unmasking in their life.

— Samire Qosaj, Therapist in Northbrook, IL

I help clients who identify (either via past diagnosis or self-diagnosed) as neurodiverse, including individuals on the autism spectrum, highly sensitive individuals, and those form whom their senses and processing are heightened. If an individual is desiring additional assessment, I can help provide referrals. I can also help your partner or loved one understand more about how to support you.

— Cat Salemi, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in ,
 

I take a strengths based approach with clients on the spectrum, grounded in the belief that autism is not a disease. People on the spectrum merely experience and do life differently. Emotions and physical sensations can be far more intense for people on the spectrum. While this can mean that anxiety and sensory overload can be more disruptive, it also means the capacity for joy in a hobby or the ability to deeply focus on a task can also be more fervent. I help clients harness autism's power.

— Ben Snyder, Clinical Social Worker in Minneapolis, MN

Many adults wonder if they have Aspergers or Autism because work isn't going well, relationships are a struggle & stress is difficult to manage. Understanding how your brain & body works is the most important way to move forward. We can work together to determine if you are neurodiverse & to find your niche vocationally as well as building confidence in relationships.

— Kathleen Thompson, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR
 

I have over a decade of experience working with individuals and their families who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and related developmental disorders. I have a board certified behavior analyst (BCBA), and this training is allowed me to provide effective, individualized care managing challenging behaviors, developing executive functioning skills, and necessary social skills to make friends an advocate for their own wants and needs.

— TJ VanMarter, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Torrance, CA

I enjoy working with autistic and neurodiverse folks. My approach is a strength based approach and together we can explore and validate your inner experiences. The goal for me is not to help you conform to “neurotypical expectations”. It is to help explore your authentic self. I also conduct a group with adults who identify as queer and neurodivergent.

— Cynthia Brown, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor