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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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

Many adults wonder if they have Autism or are neurodiverse because work isn't going well, relationships are a struggle, stress is difficult to manage or feel constantly burnt out and fatigued. 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

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

Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinical Specialist (ASDCS)

— Benjamin Lyons, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Chicagio, IL

Neurodivergence, executive functioning, and autism are central to my approach as a therapist. I work both to keep this topic in-mind when considering identity, capacity, and other such topics, but also when working through prior trauma.

— Jack Harmelin, Licensed Master of Social Work in Philadelphia, PA

I specialize in remote comprehensive adult autism evaluations.

— Duncan Dickson, Psychologist in Grand Rapids, MI

I have spent a large portion of my career working with individuals who are on the Autism Spectrum and their families. Even if individual therapy is not the right level of care I have a variety of resources and am happy to work with the family in supporting their needs.

— Ashley Forster, Licensed Professional Counselor in Katy, TX

For neurodivergent/autistic/ADHD patients, I use a neurodivergence-affirming identity development model rather than a disease/'behavior correction' model. I support people in discovering themselves as authentic neurodivergent people, deprogramming shame and internalized ableism, and developing ways of living that respect their needs, strengths, and cognitive processing style.

— James Rodis, Licensed Professional Counselor in Phoenix, AZ

Navigating a world that often feels out of sync with your needs is exhausting. Your therapy should feel like a sanctuary, not another source of stress. We will prioritize your comfort, well-being, and autonomy every step of the way as you undertake your journey towards authenticity and fulfilling relationships. (Eye contact is not required and stimming/movement is always welcome!)

— Hannah Smith, Counselor in , NC

I approach autism from a neurodivergence-affirming perspective. The way our society has traditionally presented autism is only one of many ways autistic people can present. I have completed a variety of trainings on autism, including trainings on neurodivergence-affirming diagnosis and on autistic women. I am also an active participant in autistic community, listening to the lived experience of autistic adults.

— Krista Cain, Licensed Mental Health Counselor

I sought out specific training from my time as an educator on working with autistic people. My interest started when my younger brother and partner were diagnosed and I wanted to better support the people I care deeply for. I focus on self-acceptance of our stims and ways of thinking instead of trying to mask them. I also approach ASD from the viewpoint of finding ways to more comfortable interact and engage with a world that is not designed for an autistic mind.

— Giage Sironi, Addictions Counselor in Burlington, VT

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

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

I view Autism as a neuro-type, not as a disorder and have created a neuro-affirming autism assessment tool for clinicians, which is available on my website here:

— Aly Dearborn, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

Neurodivergence, executive functioning, and autism are central to my approach as a therapist. I work both to keep this topic in-mind when considering identity, capacity, and other such topics, but also when working through prior trauma. Neurodivergence often means alienation, neglect, and guilt, and I work to process these feelings with clients.

— Jack Harmelin, Licensed Master of Social Work in Philadelphia, PA

Autism is often followed with a stigma of having a disability, but there are so many strengths that come with being Autistic. Let me help you learn how to showcase your strength and better communicate with others by using restorative communication techniques and other types of communication. I also do not require you to get an official diagnosis in order to recognize your Autistic traits. We can go over the pros and cons of getting a diagnosis and we will discuss what a diagnosis means for you

— Diana Kafoure, LMHCA, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Indianapolis, IN

I work with neurodivergent individuals to help them accept and celebrate their differences while learning how to navigate a world that largely caters to neurotypical people.

— Mariah Masell, Social Worker in Grand Rapids, MI

I firmly believe in the neurodivergent paradigm which views Autism as natural and a normal variation of human diversity. In therapy, we will address the difficulties of being Autistic in a society that is created for Allistics. I do not “cure” or “fix” symptoms, but I will work with you to identify, understand, and address ways that your neurodiversity may negatively impact your life and work collaboratively to find ways to improve your functioning

— Shirley Roseman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker