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

— Quintessential Health, Clinical Psychologist in ,

I firmly believe in the neurodivergent paradigm which views Autism as natural and a normal variation of human diversity. In therapy, we will address the difficulties of being Autistic in a society that is created for Allistics. I do not “cure” or “fix” symptoms, but I will work with you to identify, understand, and address ways that your neurodiversity may negatively impact your life and work collaboratively to find ways to improve your functioning

— Shirley Roseman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Autism is not a disorder to be treated. It's a neurotype and way of being in the world. Because our world is centered on the neurotypical experience, autistic clients often come to me for support around how to navigate a neurotypical world. We'll dive into your personal autistic experience by exploring your strengths and interests, talking about the ways in which your daily living is impacted and discussing what supports you'd like to have in place. Ask us about PDA!

— Laura Morlok, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in ,

Autism is a different way of viewing the world. Having a therapist who understands the unique difficulties related to this disorder is paramount in navigating daily life for those with ASD. High functioning autism can also often be misunderstood and requires an individualized, patience oriented approach to growth.

— Rachel Humphries, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Bastrop, TX

I worked for years with the UFHealth Center for Autism. My knowledge of the testing, diagnosis, and treatment phases of this disorder has expanded significantly. I like to focus on the social side of the disorder. I am willing to screen any client with ASD but I will be honest if I feel they need a different kind of treatment. ASD is a complex disorder that is difficult to predict or compare. If you have met one person with Autism, you have met one person with Autism.

— Megan Johnston, Licensed Clinical Social Worker - Candidate in Gainesville, FL

Treating anxiety has been a core part of my training since I began doing therapy in 2014, working under supervisors who specialized in anxiety treatment. I am trained in evidence-based treatments for anxiety, generalized anxiety, social anxiety, phobias, and panic, including CBT, ERP, and MBCT, as well as alternative forms of psychotherapy for those who don’t respond well to cognitive behavioral models.

— Amanda Walker, Marriage & Family Therapist in Denver, CO

I am a mother of two children, and a former special education teacher who learned early to adapt to meet the individual needs of each of my students. Now as a therapist, I incorporate those same fundamentals. My goal is to help children and their families gain coping skills, confidence, self-awareness, and hope through compassionate, strength based practice.

— Kiersten Johnson, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist

Needs are hard to understand when society has decided what's appropriate and what's not ahead of time. Autistics can feel misunderstood and too much which can shut them down. I can help you learn to recognize your needs and how to advocate for them.

— Ikenna Lughna, Mental Health Counselor

Many adults wonder if they have Autism or are neurodiverse because work isn't going well, relationships are a struggle, stress is difficult to manage or feel constantly burnt out and fatigued. 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 a mother of an autistic child who is 23. I understand the complexities of this disorder. I help you and /or your child navigate how to manage the difficulties that you may have with this.

— Rose Walker, Licensed Professional Counselor in Columbia, MO

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 ,

As a former special education, I've had extensive experience working with children with ASD. My training includes several graduate level classes focusing on communication, learning styles, sensory needs, and overall understanding of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. I have experience in both my private practice, as well as previously in schools, which gives me a better understanding of the challenges families across different settings.

— Anne Drake, Clinical Social Worker in Lawrence, KS

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

I enjoy working with autistic folks and neurodivergent folks. I use a neurodiverse affirming model to help you identify your needs, and lean into the traits that make you who you are.

— Rachelle Friedman, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Welcome. I am a Licensed Behavioral Specialist (L.B.S.), a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (L.C.S.W.), and a Credentialed Autism Spectrum Disorder-Clinical Specialist. I have a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) focused on elementary and special education and a Master in Social Work (MSW) specializing in Developmental Disabilities. I have personal experience growing up with a sibling with Autism, and as a professional specializing in working with clients who have Autism.

— Kurt Wilhelm Oster, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Orange Park, FL

I work hard in my counseling practice to ensure that all autistic children, teens, and adults – from all areas of the autism spectrum – are welcomed and understood. I want you to have a therapy team that can assist you in reaching your goals, overcoming obstacles, and setting new ones for the future. I assist families dealing with ADHD, ASD, sensory processing disorders, and other forms of neurodivergence to have happier home, school, and work lives.

— Lindsey McGehee, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in San Antonio, TX

We will create a resource navigation plan tailored to your child’s specific needs. Each child is different; therefore, individualized planning is key to the treatment process.

— Debra Grindstaff, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Altamonte Springs, FL

I do not “cure” autism. I help autistic clients who have struggled to find a therapist in dealing with stress, worry, sadness, exhaustion, relationships, change, etc. As a neurodivergent person myself, I know how hard it is to find a therapist who is autism-aware and neurodiversity-affirming. Being neurodivergent in a world created by neurotypicals for neurotypicals creates added stress, and adds to anxiety and/or depression. Come, be your authentic self.

— Amanda Walker, Marriage & Family Therapist in Denver, CO

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