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 work with many neurodivergent clients to help empower them to live a life that accommodates them and helps them thrive. I have lived experience as a neurodivergent person, so I am able to easily connect and relate. Nearly all the clients I work with identify on the ND spectrum, including ASD, AuDHD, and ADHD. I am invigorated by my work with my fantastic ND clients. They appreciate the attention I pay to their language and the ways in which they conceptualize themselves.

— Caitlin Miller, Counselor in Chicago, IL

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

— Jacqueline Hynes, Licensed Professional Counselor in Princeton, TX
 

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

With the increasing awareness of autism, it is very important to me that clients feel like they can have someone to discuss those symptoms with who won't approach it from a neurotypical lens and help those clients actually understand their experience from an autistic lens. Similarly to ADHD, it is something that needs to be adapted to not eliminated.

— Gulsanam Azieva, Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY
 

I work with all forms of neurodivergence and support couples and relationships to connect across the neurotypical/neurodivergent communication gap. I am well-versed in ADHD/ADD, dyslexia, dyscalculia, sensory processing issues, anxiety, PTSD, depression, and attachment struggles etc.

— Farrah Bonnot, Licensed Professional Counselor in Denton, TX

As both a therapist and parent of an autistic child, I understand the unique challenges and strengths of neurodivergence. My lived experience allows me to connect with your perspective, and my professional training allows me to focus on what works. We'll work together to celebrate your neurodivergence and develop tools for navigating a world that doesn't feel built for you.

— Mark Luzader, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Evansville, IN
 

As a neurodiversity affirming therapist I highlight my clients strengths & respect the diverse ways in which their brains functions. I work hard to actively reduce the stigma neurodivergent individuals face and advocate promoting inclusivity for all. I teach food mood psychology and share that a gluten free diet may improve mood greatly.

— Shima Ahmedaly, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Boca Raton, FL

I have many years of experience working with individuals who fall within the neurodivergent population. Regardless if individuals are self-diagnosed or are diagnosed with ASD I value being able to meet each client where they are at. Being able to empower individuals within the neurodivergent community is a passion of mine because labels only say so much as to the capabilities individuals have. I will work with you to better understand yourself as an individual and to build upon your confidence.

— Kayla Kalousdian, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY
 

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

I enjoy working with autistic folks and neurodivergent folks. I use a neurodiverse affirming model to help you identify your needs, and lean into the traits that make you who you are.

— Rachelle Friedman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker
 

Autistic folx often have difficulties getting out of their own heads and worry about how others are perceiving them. For a kid trying to find their place in the world, this can be extremely challenging to battle. I work through the social anxiety with my clients and determine what friendships matter. Being easily overwhelmed and shutting down is also common. I work with my autistic clients to identify their sensory triggers (if any) and how they can accommodate themselves at home or in public.

— Aaron Percoco, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern in Jacksonville, FL

Currently in a certification program to be an AutPlay Therapist who uses play interventions to work with Autistic and Nerodivergent clients.

— Laura Brownstein, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Van Nuys, CA
 

As a longtime participant in the neurodiversity movement, I offer a deeply informed and accepting approach to the neurodivergent people I work with.

— Andrew Reichart,

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 ,
 

My specialty is working with neurodivergent clients with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and/or clients that may process information or their emotions differently. I have 20 plus years of experience in this area.

— Joy Serednesky, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor in Poland, OH

Quintessential Health provides comprehensive assessment and testing service for Autism Spectrum Disorder.

— Quintessential Health, Clinical Psychologist in , PA
 

I specialize in remote comprehensive adult autism evaluations.

— Duncan Dickson, Psychologist in Grand Rapids, MI