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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Having a brain that operates differently isn’t a problem to be solved, it’s an operating system to be learned. Let’s learn together. Recently, more of us have begun to discover that our “talented and gifted” nature as a child was actually highly masked neurodivergence. As we discover who we are, we often discover we aren’t who others think we are. This can be complicated - especially if we struggle with a fear of rejection.

— Kimberly Louvin, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in ,

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 specialty is working with neurodivergent clients with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and/or clients that may process information or their emotions differently. I have 20 plus years of experience in this area.

— Joy Serednesky, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor in Poland, OH

I specialize in autism-focused, neurodiversity affirming therapy for autistic adults and teens. As a therapist, who is also autistic, I understand our unique challenges. You may experience anxiety and depression, masking & autistic burnout, meltdowns & shutdowns, low self-esteem, family conflict, and difficulties with work or school performance, among many other concerns. I also welcome your authentic self and provide LGBTQIA+, transgender, nonbinary, and BIPOC affirming therapy.

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

I help neurodivergent preteens, young adults, and adults understand the way their brain works: how to work with it and not against it. I specialize in executive functioning, sensory-based coping strategies, and routine and habit modification to help my clients participate in their current roles (school, work) and engage in meaningful activities.

— Alexandra Feldman, Occupational Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

One-on-one ABA services for individuals diagnosed with Autism, developmental disorders, and ADHD. From the development of the Behavior Intervention Plan BIP to treatment implementation and successful discharge. Expertise in evidence-based caregiver education and skills training to increase understanding of parenting, child development and disabilities, linkages to services and resources to help improve overall family functioning and building caregivers leadership and advocacy skills

— Maria Puentes, Psychotherapist in Altamonte Spring, FL
 

My approach? It's assertive, dynamic, and, above all, tailored to you. For individuals with ASD, I create a sanctuary of understanding and acceptance. We work on social communication and behavior in a way that respects your unique way of interacting with the world. With ADHD clients, I focus on harnessing your boundless energy and creativity. For those dealing with complex trauma, I offer a path to healing one step at a time.

— Barbara (Blaze) Lazarony, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Pacific Grove, CA

I am autistic and I have experience working with high-functioning autistic clients, but I have an interest in the entire autistic community, as well as parents and family members of autistic individuals. Autism brings a unique set of blessings and challenges, especially in the allistic world we live in. Whether it is battling sensory issues, wanting to understand more about relationships, or just the stress of being different in a world that doesn't understand, I have the tools to help.

— Jo McBride, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Cary, NC
 

Late diagnosis can bring about many difficult feelings including grief. Through work on unmasking and identity, my hope is to support you in beginning to live life authentically and in a way that creates safety in previously difficult situations.

— Sharon Aguilar, Art Therapist in Dallas, TX

I have found a passion for working with Neurodiverse individuals, especially those who have just realized this recently or even later in life. I work with a neurodiverse affirming lens, so let's work together to find what works best for YOU. Whether it's sensory overload, learning to unmask, or just learn on how to navigate the neurotypical society we live in, we'll work together to create accommodations for the unique person you are.

— Olivia Szabo, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate
 

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 & to find your niche vocationally as well as building confidence in relationships.

— Kathleen Thompson, Licensed Professional Counselor in Portland, OR

I am an Autistic therapist who practices neurodivergence affirming care. I can assist with unmasking, navigating accommodations, self acceptance and more.

— Kaitlin Doran, Clinical Psychologist
 

I've worked with people who are affected by autism on the complete spectrum. I previously worked in an inpatient setting with those with severe symptoms and in the outpatient setting with mild concerns.

— Christina Farnworth, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner in Nashua, NH

I work with neurodivergent individuals to help them accept and celebrate their differences while learning how to navigate a world that largely caters to neurotypical people.

— Mariah Masell, Social Worker in Grand Rapids, MI
 

Whether you have an official diagnosis of Autism or are curious about some Autistic traits and tendencies, we will work together to highlight the strengths and challenges of this nervous system disability. My Autistic clients often benefit from me as an affirming provider as I don’t try to change them to fit their surroundings; rather, we find ways to better support their needs so they can live the life they want.

— Mallorie Rodgers, Licensed Professional Counselor

I am on the Autism Spectrum myself, and understand how this disorder impacts people, and changes some presentation of other struggles such as Anxiety or Depression. I have worked with countless clients who fall on this spectrum, and helped them improve their functioning, understanding how their neuro-spicyness impacts them, and improve their communication skills and social functioning.

— Sean Hutchens, Licensed Professional Counselor in Lowell, AR
 

My experience with autism started in 2012 when I was working as an ABA behavioral interventionist. I felt the need to learn more about family systems and how to help individuals beyond behavioral changes. In my current practice as a therapist, I help individuals and families work on building closeness and understanding. I am a supporter of neurodiversity and believe in helping individuals thrive within their own experience.

— Panicha McGuire, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in San Diego, CA

Autistic folx often have difficulties getting out of their own heads and worry about how others are perceiving them. For a kid trying to find their place in the world, this can be extremely challenging to battle. I work through the social anxiety with my clients and determine what friendships matter. Being easily overwhelmed and shutting down is also common. I work with my autistic clients to identify their sensory triggers (if any) and how they can accommodate themselves at home or in public.

— Aaron Percoco, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern in Jacksonville, FL
 

I take a strengths based approach with clients on the spectrum, grounded in the belief that autism is not a disease. People on the spectrum merely experience and do life differently. Emotions and physical sensations can be far more intense for people on the spectrum. While this can mean that anxiety and sensory overload can be more disruptive, it also means the capacity for joy in a hobby or the ability to deeply focus on a task can also be more fervent. I help clients harness autism's power.

— Ben Snyder, Clinical Social Worker in Minneapolis, MN