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 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
 

Adults and teens on the autism spectrum have many strengths and assets - but often feel alienated because they struggle to make sense of social interactions. I am very familiar with the high functioning autism spectrum and can work with you to maximize your potential and help you navigate the social landscape so you can connect with others and help them connect with you.

— Rayna Jenks, in Portland, OR

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, Counselor in Salem, OR
 

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

Many individuals, both young and adult have undiagnosed Aspergian qualities (and giftedness) that compromise and complex their social and emotional functioning- hence, their relationships. Often told they are rude or mean- a moral condemnation, they are often gratified as I explain to them their logical, if problematic functioning. In other words, I can help them understand and accept their processing styles... AND how to adapt or develop more successful behaviors and communication.

— Ronald Mah, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Leandro, 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

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 have worked with individuals on the spectrum for many years and specialized in working with mental health concerns for people with developmental disabilities while in social work school. Since then I have spent many years providing therapy for kids, teens, and adults with various developmental disabilities, including Asperger's/ASD and have received extensive training on your unique needs!

— Deirdre O'Reilly, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Woodcliff Lake, NJ
 

Those on the spectrum have been a part of my professional life since the beginning. In my practice I evaluate and diagnose Autism Spectrum Disorder, work with those who have Autism in counseling, and also provide neurofeedback for those on the Autism Spectrum.

— Steffanie Stecker, Counselor in Englewood, CO
 

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
 

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

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 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

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
 

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

My experience with working with individuals diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum has been a part of my training and continued with my private practice. I work with individuals across the lifespan. When transitions occur in life it is often a challenging time in which new skills or changes need to be addressed. I am also trained to handle dual diagnosis which often impact individuals on the spectrum such as ADHD, anxiety and depression.

— Letitia Barnes, Counselor in Alpharetta, GA
 

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 Gottman strategies in my practice.

— Wendela Marsh, Counselor in Salem, OR

Many individuals, both young and adult have undiagnosed Aspergian qualities (and giftedness) that compromise and complex their social and emotional functioning- hence, their relationships. Often told they are rude or mean- a moral condemnation, they are often gratified as I explain to them their logical, if problematic functioning. In other words, I can help them understand and accept their processing styles... AND how to adapt or develop more successful behaviors and communication.

— Ronald Mah, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Leandro, CA