Asperger's

Asperger syndrome is a developmental disorder, typically emerging in childhood, which affects a patient’s ability to effectively socialize and communicate. It is considered one of the milder autism spectrum disorders, with patient’s displaying relatively normal language skills and intelligence. Therapists qualified in the treatment of Asperger syndrome can help to diagnose the disorder, 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 Asperger syndrome (or you suspect one may be forthcoming), contact one of our Asperger specialists today for support.

Meet the specialists

 

I have quite a bit of experience both living and working with people on the spectrum. One thing that drives my interest is the amount of misunderstanding about Asperger's - particularly among therapists! This lack of information, and misinformation, is something I'm passionate about changing.

— Molly Nicholson, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Minneapolis, MN

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) includes what we used to call Asperger's. I've been working with individuals with ASD for about 20 years... my passion for this area is what compelled me to go to graduate school. I've conducted research in ASD, directed an autism clinic at a prestigious university, and have worked clinically with people with ASD for many years. I learn something new from each client with ASD given how unique each person is.

— Lindsey Sterling, Clinical Psychologist in Long Beach, CA
 

People don't necessarily require therapy simply because they are autistic. Some people have an autistic diagnosis among other mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression or OCD symptoms. Relationships can be complicated, whether one or both partners are autistic. Being an autistic person definitely includes many positive traits, and in therapy we look at abilities and aptitudes as well as challenges. I maintain a strengths-based orientation, and my goal is to help autistic people live the lives they want to live. I see some young adults who were identified as autistic early on and who are wondering what they can do to make the most of their transition to adulthood. Older adults may meet with me because they, or someone else close to them, realized they are probably autistic, and they are making sense of that. I work with adults on the autistic/Asperger's spectrum, both in individual therapy and in couples therapy formats.

— Kate McNulty, Clinical Social Worker in Portland, OR