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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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
 

#actuallyautistic and #autisticwhileblack, It is absolutely ridiculous how ableist the current diagnostic system is toward autistic individuals. Most of the treatment and therapy options have surrounded forcing the individual to conform to society instead of asking society to make changes. Also, allistic therapists have caught on to the hashtag so, that means there will be some preliminary questions. 1. Have you seen avatar? 2. Mass Effect? 3. Skyrim? 4. Star Trek? 5. Samefoods?

— Derrick Hoard, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in , WA

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
 

You feel like you’re slightly out of sync with most people. You take things too literally. You always make movie references, but no one ever knows what you’re talking about. You shut down when you’re overwhelmed and you’ve been told that means you have depression—but you aren’t sure that’s right. One minute you’re in control of your emotions, and the next you’re lashing out at others. You don’t understand why you’re so overwhelmed. Sound as familiar as your lucky D20? You may be autistic.

— Karl Reichert, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Vancouver, WA

Quintessential Health provides comprehensive assessment and testing service for Autism Spectrum Disorder.

— Quintessential Health, Clinical Psychologist in ,
 

I've worked with individuals and their families on the Autism Spectrum and look forward to supporting you to greater fulfillment and empowerment.

— Morgan Clark, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Springfield, OR

ADOS testing is included in all ASD evaluations along with lots of interviewing. In almost all cases I also observe in a natural social setting and talk to non-family members who know the person very well (usually teachers). Most families can be scheduled for an appointment the same month they contact me. For therapy related to autism, the work often focuses on knowing and name and managing your own emotions as well as understanding others. Ways to live in a neurotypical dominated world is too.

— Todd Koser, Psychologist in CHERRY HILL, NJ

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
 

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

I've worked with autistic individuals for over a decade, and consider myself affirming of neurodiversity. What does that mean? That means that I don't see autism as a set of deficits - instead I see it as a different (very needed) perspective on life. Even so, autism presents a unique set of challenges to live in a world that doesn't celebrate this diversity, and often results in anxiety, confusion and withdrawal. We can work together to let your own unique way of being shine through.

— Melinda Hammond, Psychologist in Plainfield, IL
 

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

I have experience with children, adolescents, and adults within the autism spectrum. I use modalities including CBT and behavioral modification to improve level of functioning and quality of life.

— Leah Horn, Licensed Professional Counselor in Phoenixville, PA
 

I began working with clients with Autism Spectrum Disorder in the course of providing DBT and then RO-DBT treatment. RO-DBT is specifically indicated for treatment of AUS. I find it enjoyable and rewarding to work with this population.

— Nicholas Crimp, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Twisp, WA

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 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

Parents of children who are disabled need much more support than they receive. Often when these parents are navigating these systems in order to access resources for their children, they have experiences that are confusing and/or harmful. They need a place to sort through these experience and feelings so that as they move forward in parenting they feel confident about their parenting choices and are able to find moments of joy in their day-to-day.

— Luisa Bakhoum, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate
 

You feel like you’re slightly out of sync with most people. You take things too literally. You always make movie references, but no one ever knows what you’re talking about. You shut down when you’re overwhelmed and you’ve been told that means you have depression—but you aren’t sure that’s right. One minute you’re in control of your emotions, and the next you’re lashing out at others. You don’t understand why you’re so overwhelmed. Sound as familiar as your lucky D20? You may be autistic.

— Karl Reichert, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Vancouver, WA

I have spent a large portion of my career working with individuals who are on the Autism Spectrum and their families. Even if individual therapy is not the right level of care I have a variety of resources and am happy to work with the family in supporting their needs.

— Ashley Forster, Licensed Professional Counselor in Katy, TX