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 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

As an Autistic person I continue to learn more about the experience of Autistic people through reading lived experience accounts every day. I believe it is essential to understand Autism from those of us who live as Autistic humans. My experience is my own and while I cannot relate to every single Autistic experience, I have found connecting with Autistic clients is different from what I've been told their experience was with previous non-Autistic therapists.

— Cherish Graff, Licensed Professional Counselor

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

I support those who are on the autism spectrum or identify as neurodivergent.

— Michaela Mujica-Steiner, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Santa Barbara, CA

In addition to my clinical psychotherapy experience I am also a Licensed Special Education Teacher who has worked for the NYC public school system and worked with many children who were diagnosed as being on the autism spectrum. I currently see clients who are on the autism spectrum.

— Nicole Jenkins, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Brooklyn, NY

I use a neuro-affirming, person-centered, mindful approach to support autistics to live the best version of them. We'll work together to build their strengths and explore supports to help them become their own biggest advocates. I encourage folks to express themselves in any way that works for them. We also address issues related to autistic burnout, internalized ableism, and trauma related to being neurodivergent in a neurotypical-run world.

— Laurie Sparks-Dennison, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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.

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

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

I provide neuro-affirming care for anyone who identifies as neurodivergent (for example, autistic, ADHD, dyslexic, or OCD neurotypes). This work may focus on personal identity, healing from harmful interventions experienced in childhood, burnout, masking, or relationships, but most importantly we will focus on whatever feels most helpful to you.

— Jonathan Benko, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Santa Cruz, CA

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 ,

There are many adults who have been newly diagnosed or suspect they may be on the Autism Spectrum (typically high functioning). I can help you identify the signs/symptoms of ASD and how they are impacting your day-to-day. This does not mean that there is something "wrong" with you, just that you are unique! I can help you to be yourself, find ways to accommodate any difficulties you wish (e.g., sensory issues, attention issues) and thrive to the best of your abilities.

— Lori Bolnick, Clinical Psychologist in Schaumburg, IL

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

I believe that my lived experience as autistic and neurodivergent supports my therapeutic approach when working with clients.

— Auden O'Connell, Art Therapist in Minneapolis, MN

Crossvine is a specialized practice with a focus on autism, where we engage clients with a variety of support needs and goals. I am neurodiversity-affirming and know that living in a world designed for neurotypical people can be stressful and overwhelming. Our goal is to help individuals and their families navigate these difficulties through coping, self-acceptance, and self-advocacy.

— Audrey Doidge, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Raleigh, NC

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. Nearly all the clients who work with me identify on the ND spectrum, including ASD and ADHD. I am invigorated by my work with my fantastic ND clients, and I learn more from them everyday.

— Caitlin Miller, Counselor in Northbrook, IL

I possess a keen expertise in diagnosing autism, especially in individuals who have spent their lives adeptly masking their true selves. Additionally, I have the skill to discern it from other diagnostic considerations, ensuring a thorough and accurate assessment.

— Lisa Blum, Psychologist in Jacksonville, FL

Anxiety and depression commonly co-occur with a diagnosis of autism. Yet, finding a therapist that adapts to your needs can be challenging. If you would like specific accommodations, we can work together to find a specific therapeutic approach that works for you. Here are examples of what we can do: - use written or visual tools - build-in breaks - involve someone else with whom you feel safe - incorporate activities or topics of your choice

— Margaret Rau, Psychotherapist in New York City, NY