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

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 ,
 

I help neurodiverse couples stop blaming each other and discover new ways to heal and find connection. This requires a deep understanding and appreciation of Asperger's and a specialized approach when engaging with the couple. Working with neurodiverse couples is a meaningful part of my practice that I truly enjoy because the change can be so powerful.

— HARRY MOTRO, Marriage & Family Therapist in San Jose, CA

Many adults wonder if they have Aspergers or Autism because work isn't going well, relationships are a struggle & stress is difficult to manage. Understanding how your brain & body works is the most important way to move forward. We can work together to determine if you are neurodiverse (which is the term preferred by most including myself) and to find your niche vocationally as well as building confidence in relationships.

— Kathleen Thompson, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR
 

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

Do you ever feel like everyone else got some kind of instruction manual on social things that you never received? Coming to age with an Autism Spectrum Disorder can feel overwhelming. I have experience in helping people on the Autism spectrum/with asperger's come to a stronger sense of self-acceptance and build adaptive social skills. I am an advocate for neurodiversity and have a great deal of respect for my clients living on the spectrum.

— Jennifer Gerlach, Therapist in Swansea, IL
 

I work with adults who identify as Asperger's, whether or not they have a formal diagnosis, promoting independence and problem-solving. I work with couples when one or both identify as Asperger's. I have completed Gottman Method Couples Therapy Clinical Training, Level 1, and use their strategies in my practice.

— Wendela Marsh, Board Certified Behavior Analyst in , OR

High functioning Aspergers is a gift that you develop at the cost of giving up learning in other areas of your life. Help me counsel an coach you through the other aspects so you can use your strengths and shore your vulnerabilities

— Della Fernandes, Counselor in Burlingame, CA
 

I received individualized training from an autism expert in Brighton for 6 months. I have also attended trainings with Tony Attwood and Isabelle Helnault.

— Jessica Humiston-Aman, Counselor in Clarkston, MI

I understand what it's like to feel misunderstood and alienated from others for being neurodiverse and enjoy working with people who know or suspect they are "on the spectrum" whether they choose to identify as Autistic or not. If you believe this includes you, we can work together to better understand how your cognitive and emotional syles can be challenging in a world meant to benefit neurotypicals. I take a strengths-based perspective to validate your experience, abilities, and interests.

— James Reling, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in Portland, OR
 

Many adults wonder if they have Aspergers or Autism because work isn't going well, relationships are a struggle & stress is difficult to manage. Understanding how your brain & body works is the most important way to move forward. We can work together to determine if you are neurodiverse (which is the term preferred by most including myself) and to find your niche vocationally as well as building confidence in relationships.

— Kathleen Thompson, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

I specialize in neurodiverse couples work. Neurodiverse coupleships are comprised of one neurotypical partner and one partner with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

— Noelle Benach, Counselor in Baltimore, MD
 

I have expertise in autism, social cognition, ABA, and executive functioning skills as well as interventions to help support these areas of need.

— Sharon Qi, Associate Professional Clinical Counselor in SAN JOSE, CA

High functioning Aspergers is a gift that you develop at the cost of giving up learning in other areas of your life. Help me counsel an coach you through the other aspects so you can use your strengths and shore your vulnerabilities

— Della Fernandes, Counselor in Burlingame, CA