Autism

Autism is a developmental disorder, typically emerging in childhood, which affects a patient’s ability to effectively socialize and communicate. Therapists qualified in the treatment of Autism 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.

Meet the specialists

I have been working with autistic individuals for over a decade. Through my experiences working as therapist, parent coach, and educator in the field of autism, I have recognized a huge need to work with autistic teens and adults who often “fall through the cracks” when it comes to services and support. I am a neurodiversity affirming therapist, meaning that I view autism as a neurological difference that is naturally occurring variant in human neurology.

— Nicole Myers, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Seattle, WA
 

I diagnose and treat individuals on the autism spectrum from young children through adults. I help individuals on the spectrum learn how to navigate a neurotypical environment.

— Dr. Nancie Spector, Clinical Psychologist in NEW CANAAN, CT

Individuals on the Autism Spectrum may experience difficulty with emotional regulation and identifying/understanding/communicating their emotions. While working as manager of a grouphome, specific skills were acquired while I supported this population. With experience in Applied Behavorial Analysis (ABA) therapy, my therapeutic approach adds a unique flair to doing therapy with this versatile population.

— Kedisha Dixon, Psychotherapist in Colorado Springs, CO
 

For the past 28 years, I have been immersed in the field of autism and Asperger's. I work with verbal and non-verbal children & teenagers on the autism spectrum. My extensive training is in behavior modification, social development, theory of mind, integrated playgroups, and case management for children on the autism spectrum. I also conduct assessments that specialize in autism and/or Asperger's. I also train other professionals on autism and neurodiversity.

— Miranda Gabriel, Psy.D., Clinical Psychologist in Campbell, CA

I have worked as an ABA technician providing ABA therapy before becoming a licensed counselor. I have experience in assisting with social skills, life skills and other needs.

— Madeline Klause, Clinical Social Worker in St. Clair Shores, MI
 

I offer assessment to help identify Autism

— Deshane Gutierrez, Clinical Psychologist in Belize,

10 years of experience working with autistic and aspie children, teens, and adults. I currently work with verbal adult clients to help them address chronic anxiety that impacts their quality of life. I provide significant neuroscience psychoeducation to the families I work with and also collaborate with other practitioners on the team. I am highly experienced and specialized in my approach which was developed over many years in both therapeutic and educational settings.

— Kathryn Sills-Payne, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Intern in Oakland, CA
 

I take a neurodiversity affirming approach to serving autistic youth and young adults, meaning that I do not believe in a "cure" for autism but instead see it as a valuable part of the person I'm working with. We look for ways to work with their neurodivergent brain to make life more comfortable. I am in the process of becoming PEERS Certified through UCLA.

— Kade Sharp, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Richland, WA

My work with children, adolescents, and adults in the Autistic Spectrum spans 25+ years and remains a core part of my patient caseload today. I enjoy teaching essential skills and working with parents to improve the family system.

— Brian Monteleone, Psychologist in Charlotte, NC
 

In graduate school, I completed two 1000-hour practica in a school specifically designed for children on the autism spectrum. I also completed several ASD assessments at two separate internship placements, a neuropsychological hospital placement and a developmental disabilities center placement. In addition, I have continued to see clients and to supervise students seeing clients with ASD since 2005 when I obtained my doctorate.

— Amy Murrell, Clinical Psychologist in Cordova, TN

During my undergraduate studies, I volunteered and interned with Central Florida Autism Institute Inc. I obtained a basic knowledge of what Autism is and a few of the very basic building blocks of ABA. Currently, I work With several client's on the spectrum. I am taking continuing education courses on Autism and working toward my Autism Certificate.

— Katie Belcher, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Lakeland, FL
 

I have expertise in working with neurodiverse folks and those who love them. I have developed a wide-range of expressive arts programs for neurodiverse clientele, and am quite versed in neurodiverse culture and challenges that can face neurodiverse clients.I believe in a non-pathologizing model that orients towards identifying therapy goals and helping clients understand themselves and be the best version of themselves that they can be - just like all other clients.

— Lacy Alana, Counselor in , TX

I am an AutPlay Level One provider, which means I have some different tools to use with children on the autism spectrum. Each child who has been diagnosed with autism is unique and it's always an adventure for myself and my clientele to learn together.

— Taylor Garff, Counselor in Idaho Falls, ID

I have worked in school, home, and community-based settings for the last 10 years, working with kids on the Austin spectrum. I have training in Applied Behavior Analysis as well as psychotherapy and other social-emotional learning practices geared towards students with Autism, developmental differences, and special needs.

— Danielle Saporta, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA
 

I have over a decade of experience supporting individuals on the autism spectrum in both recreational and therapeutic settings. I combine social thinking techniques with behavior modification and stress-management tools to help my clients reach their goals and help their families advocate for their needs in educational and vocational settings.

— Julie Feldman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Chicago, IL

We have several therapists who are trained in Aut-Play, a play therapy specific approach to autism.

— Eastside Play Therapy, Counselor in Bellevue, WA
 

I understand the impact that this diagnosis can have on the child and the family. I will provide psycho education on Autism and work with the family to develop behavior modification plans. Social skills training, emotional regular skills, and cognitive flexibility will addresses in session.

— Kristin Luce, Clinical Social Worker in Rochester, NY

I served my internship at Lakemary working with those who have an AHD diagnosis. I have experience working with families of those with AHD to navigate a lifestyle that is different from the mainstream.

— Amanda Altenhofen, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist
 

I have in home and hospital experience working with Autistic children. I have experience with PECS. I also have some applied behavioral analysis experience.

— Julie Salitros, Counselor in Savannah, GA

We provide full comprehensive evaluations of Autism Spectrum Disorder for children and adolescents. Our evaluations include an individual support plan and school companion document. We offer a multidisciplinary team based approach to evaluations for children age 2 to 5 years to address potential concurrent speech and / or unidentified behavioral challenges.

— Summit Psychological Assessment & Consultation, Educational Psychologist in COLORADO SPRINGS, CO
 

I received specialized training and experience in Autism Spectrum Disorder at Kennedy Krieger Institute and while on faculty at the UNC Center for Development and Learning (now CIDD), working on interdisciplinary evaluation teams. I receive many referrals from pediatricians for initial diagnoses of ASD, particularly as access to intervention services depends on a formal diagnosis. I see many clients with high-functioning autism and giftedness.

— Jennifer Larson, Clinical Psychologist in Raleigh, NC

I have specialized training in the assessment and evaluation of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). I have been working with and evaluating children for Autism for over 15 years in various settings.

— Dr. Ryan Lloyd, Psychologist in Vancouver, WA
 

I have been an autism parent for over 20 years, and founded this practice in order to help autism families. Whether it’s adjusting to a new diagnosis, managing the stress of raising a child on the spectrum, sibling issues or couples counseling, we can help. We pride ourselves on presuming competence in people with autism and related issues. I am also the host and founder of The Autism Blueprint Podcast, which helps you create a peace plan for your home.

— Janeen Herskovitz, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

I have expertise in working with neurodiverse folks and those who love them. I have developed a wide-range of expressive arts programs for neurodiverse clientele, and am quite versed in neurodiverse culture and challenges that can face neurodiverse clients.I believe in a non-pathologizing model that orients towards identifying therapy goals and helping clients understand themselves and be the best version of themselves that they can be - just like all other clients.

— Lacy Alana, Counselor in , TX
 

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

We all communicate in our own ways, and we all have the right to find our own happiness. I have years of experience working with children and adolescents along the autism spectrum. I also work to incorporate the family to increase communication, understanding, and help to strengthen interpersonal bonds.

— Cullan "Eik" Eikenberry, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Indian Trail, NC
 

Children on the Autism Spectrum have a unique challenges. As they grows they can begin to notice they march to a different beat, feel outside of the group, and wonder "Is there something wrong with me?" This feeling of isolation and "other-ness" can lead to depression, lack of confidence, negative thoughts about the self, and fears of rejection from peers. Because of this I believe that people who have unique ways of experiencing the world need support in connecting to themselves with love.

— Sherri Hubbard, Counselor in San Diego, CA

Before my career as a therapist, I worked for many years with people with developmental disabilities and have a great deal of knowledge and experience in working with people (children and adults) with disabilities. There's a terrible stereotype that people with developmental disabilities don't have real feelings - that their anger, sadness, or anxiety are simply a part of their diagnosis. Not true. People with developmental disabilities have real needs, feelings, and emotional depth.

— Josanna MacCracken, Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA
 

My created therapy approach is trauma informed utilizing psychotherapeutic methods and the latest in neurological research in autism for creating meaningful experiences in your life. I am a somatic therapist which means I address the body and its response to life events. I do so through techniques designed to regulate both the mind and body. Some techniques we may use in our work include, sensory enrichment, art, movement, music, video, play, touch and talk.

— Lori Crowley, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Orinda, CA