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 do not “cure” autism. I help autistic clients who have struggled to find a therapist in dealing with stress, worry, sadness, exhaustion, relationships, change, etc. As a neurodivergent person myself, I know how hard it is to find a therapist who is autism-aware and neurodiversity-affirming. Being neurodivergent in a world created by neurotypicals for neurotypicals creates added stress, and adds to anxiety and/or depression. Come, be your authentic self.

— Amanda Walker, Marriage & Family Therapist in Denver, CO

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

— Jacqueline Hynes, Counselor in Princeton, TX

Parents of children who are disabled need much more support than they receive. Often when these parents are navigating these systems in order to access resources for their children, they have experiences that are confusing and/or harmful. They need a place to sort through these experience and feelings so that as they move forward in parenting they feel confident about their parenting choices and are able to find moments of joy in their day-to-day.

— Luisa Bakhoum, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate

Welcome. I am a Licensed Behavioral Support Consultant (L.B.S.C.) and a Credentialed Autism Spectrum Disorder-Clinical Specialist. I have a Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) focused in elementary and special education and a Masters in Social Work (MSW) specialized in Developmental Disabilities. I have personal experience growing up with a sibling with Autism, and as a professional specializing in working with clients who have Autism.

— Kurt Wilhelm Oster, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in JACKSONVILLE, FL

I've worked with individuals and their families on the Autism Spectrum and look forward to supporting you to greater fulfillment and empowerment.

— Morgan Clark, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Springfield, OR

ADOS testing is included in all ASD evaluations along with lots of interviewing. In almost all cases I also observe in a natural social setting and talk to non-family members who know the person very well (usually teachers). Most families can be scheduled for an appointment the same month they contact me. For therapy related to autism, the work often focuses on knowing and name and managing your own emotions as well as understanding others. Ways to live in a neurotypical dominated world is too.

— Todd Koser, Psychologist in CHERRY HILL, NJ

As a neurodivergent person myself, I really enjoy working with Autistic folks. How do we navigate a world set up for neurotypical folks with the right mix of advocacy to make the world better and good coping? There's no right answer to this and so we have to go back to the values of the individual client to figure out the right mix.

— Katie Playfair, Licensed Professional Counselor in Vancouver, WA

I worked for years with the UFHealth Center for Autism. My knowledge of the testing, diagnosis, and treatment phases of this disorder has expanded significantly. I like to focus on the social side of the disorder. I am willing to screen any client with ASD but I will be honest if I feel they need a different kind of treatment. ASD is a complex disorder that is difficult to predict or compare. If you have met one person with Autism, you have met one person with Autism.

— Megan Johnston, Licensed Clinical Social Worker - Candidate in Gainesville, FL

Psychological approaches can help people with ASD cope with anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues. Cognitive-Behavior Therapy (CBT) is one psychological approach that focuses on learning the connections between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. During CBT, a therapist and the individual work together to identify goals and then change how the person thinks about a situation to change how they react to the situation.

— Marion Greenwood, Clinical Social Worker in Highland Park, IL

I am an autistic therapist offering diagnostic interviews and therapy. Some people meet me for 1-2 visits for diagnosis and some continue for therapy sessions. My approach is focused on autistic needs and strengths. I am against ABA and any coercive therapies that attempt to make autistic people appear neurotypical. I work with adults of all ages in states where I am licensed: OR, WA, NY, FL, ME. I have many years of experience with neurodivergent people including ADHD, OCD, Bipolar, TBI.

— Kate McNulty, Clinical Social Worker in ,

I work with autistic, attention challenged, and highly sensitive individuals from a neurodiversity framework. Rather than teaching people ways to blend in, I help neurodivergent individuals let go of what isn’t serving them and tap into their innate strengths, passions, and potential. I offer support in learning ways to advocate for yourself to create comfortable boundaries so that your environment may feel more suitable to your sensory, social, learning, or attentional differences.

— Caroline Long, Clinical Psychologist in Elon, NC

You feel like you’re slightly out of sync with most people. You take things too literally. You always make movie references, but no one ever knows what you’re talking about. You shut down when you’re overwhelmed and you’ve been told that means you have depression—but you aren’t sure that’s right. One minute you’re in control of your emotions, and the next you’re lashing out at others. You don’t understand why you’re so overwhelmed. Sound as familiar as your lucky D20? You may be autistic.

— Karl Reichert, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Vancouver, WA

#actuallyautistic and #autisticwhileblack, It is absolutely ridiculous how ableist the current diagnostic system is toward autistic individuals. Most of the treatment and therapy options have surrounded forcing the individual to conform to society instead of asking society to make changes. Also, allistic therapists have caught on to the hashtag so, that means there will be some preliminary questions. 1. Have you seen avatar? 2. Mass Effect? 3. Skyrim? 4. Star Trek? 5. Samefoods?

— Derrick Hoard, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in , WA

When working with children on the Autism Spectrum, I tailor the science of Applied Behavior Analysis to each client with goals of independence, enhanced social skills, and overall life satisfaction. I am passionate about preparing my clients for situations both inside of the home and in their daily lives. I start by assessing each child's unique needs, evaluating the child's skills and then customizing my interventions. I work closely with parents or guardian to detail the goals of treatment.

— Lindsay Lorson, Clinical Social Worker in La Vernia, 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

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, Professional Counselor Associate in Portland, OR

I have worked with adults on the autism spectrum for over 12 years professionally, and throughout my life personally. I have the knowledge and experience to help you sort through whether or not you might be on the spectrum and/or have other difficulties or diagnoses causing your concerns. No matter what the results are, I will help you navigate resources and get the help you need.

— Emily Crawford-Thompson, Psychologist in COLUMBIA, MO