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 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
 

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

Treating anxiety has been a core part of my training since I began doing therapy in 2014, working under supervisors who specialized in anxiety treatment. I am trained in evidence-based treatments for anxiety, generalized anxiety, social anxiety, phobias, and panic, including CBT, ERP, and MBCT, as well as alternative forms of psychotherapy for those who don’t respond well to cognitive behavioral models.

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

#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

I've worked with kids and adults all over the Autism Spectrum from toddlers through adulthood. ASD is something that is a unique experience to each individual, so in treatment, we focus on the goals that are important to you.

— Lianna Purjes, Clinical Social Worker in Denver, CO
 

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.,

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
 

Autism is a different way of viewing the world. Having a therapist who understands the unique difficulties related to this disorder is paramount in navigating daily life for those with ASD. High functioning autism can also often be misunderstood and requires an individualized, patience oriented approach to growth.

— Rachel Humphries, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Bastrop, TX

I work with adults diagnosed with Autism that want continued support in areas of everyday life. I also have a virtual support group for adults 30 and older that are diagnosed with Autism.

— Nichole Geibel, Social Worker in Westlake, OH
 

I am part of the Neurodiverse Couples Counseling group. I help neurodiverse couples create a common shared understanding. If you have a common language you can define shared values and shared expectations. I'm aware of the fact that neurology matters and I recognize that in the case of a ND couple, it is important to view a partnership through this lens as opposed to focusing only on external conflicts.

— Adela Stone, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in San Jose, CA

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
 

I am a mother of two children, and a former special education teacher who learned early to adapt to meet the individual needs of each of my students. Now as a therapist, I incorporate those same fundamentals. My goal is to help children and their families gain coping skills, confidence, self-awareness, and hope through compassionate, strength based practice.

— Kiersten Johnson, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist

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
 

My practice focuses on neurodiversity (adhd, autism).

— Ruth Millican, Psychologist in San diego, CA

While autistic adults and teens may be categorized as having Autism Spectrum Disorder according to the DSM 5-TR, I don't think in terms of disorder. I prefer to think of the work that I do as providing neurodiversity affirming therapy in support of individuals exploring their autistic traits. I do not operate from a deficit model. Instead, I emphasize your strengths, take into account your needs, and focus on your challenges.

— Riley Morgan, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in San Francisco, CA
 

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