Autism Therapists in Victoria, BC

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Becca Keller
Counsellor, MEd, RCC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
I am dedicated to working with children, youth, and families of all walks of life. I believe in working collaboratively with families to identify their personal and family goals. I have experience working with both neurotypical and neurodivergent individuals and enjoy learning from the perspectives of those with whom I work. ​ I practice positive behavioural support as well as acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT). I believe in using evidence based practices while maintaining a strong therapeutic relationship. I am a Category A Behaviour Consultant on the Registry of Autism Service Providers.
(778) 400-3830
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Victoria, BC V8S
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$140 per session
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Julia Olsen
Counsellor, MA, RCC, ECPC
Verified
Verified
I specialize in counselling for adults living with ADHD/ADD, high-functioning autism , Asperger's syndrome and highly sensitive people (HSP). With over 12 years clinical counselling experience, I have a deep understanding of the specific struggles related to ADHD and high-functioning autism , so we can get straight to the core issues. Sessions are free of judgement and confidential. I work with adults interested in uncovering blind spots, exploring details, seeing challenges and issues from new perspectives, and building awareness in order to make the most their daily lives. Please visit my website for more info about how I work.
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Victoria, BC V8W
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$140 per session
Not accepting new clients
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Chloe McKinley
Counsellor, RCC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
Specialized training include: • Autism Spectrum Disorder • Clinical hypnotherapy • Couples counselling • Eating disorders clinical practices • EMDR • Indian residential school generational impact • Indigenous cultural competency • Family systems therapy • Mindfulness based • Social thinking curriculums • Clinical Supervision Trauma and Ego States.
Chloe McKinley, a registered clinical counsellor (RCC) and behavioural consultant, offers a unique therapeutic approach for individuals and families seeking counselling support. Chloe specializes in addressing the psychological needs of children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families, embracing cultural and gender diverse LGBTQ2 communities. She is one of the few counsellors on Vancouver Island to offer both clinical counselling and behavioural consultation. Chloe also serves the neuro-diverse community as part of the multidisciplinary team known as Cowichan Autism Team Services (CATS). CATS is accepting new referrals.
(778) 488-5349
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Victoria, BC V8N
$130 (individual)$130 (couples)
Not accepting new clients
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Christine Golder
Counsellor, RCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Hello! I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor (RCC) at The Neurodiversity Family Centre in Victoria BC. I work with youth (13+), their caregivers and adult clients. I specialize in working with clients who have Neurodiversity such as Autism , ADHD and anxiety.
(867) 888-3016
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Victoria, BC V8R
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$145 per session
Louise C Fennell
Psychologist, PhD, RPsych, ABPP-CN
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I offer psycho-educational and neuropsychological assessments primarily for children to young adults. I specialize in learning disorders, ADHD, executive function challenges, as well as the impact of complex developmental and neurological issues on learning and behavior. I do not provide diagnostic assessments for Autism Spectrum Disorders, however I believe that a comprehensive assessment to outline how an individual on the spectrum learns best can be extremely helpful.
(778) 766-4507
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Victoria, BC V8W
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Jessica R Pfeffer
Counsellor, MEM, MACP, RCC
Verified
Verified
I enjoy celebrating and working with individuals with gender, ability, and cultural diversity, along with children with twice exceptional designations (2E), anxiety, specific phobias, giftedness, autism spectrum and ADHD designations.
I have a Master’s of Counselling Psychology and a Master of Environmental Management. I am a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BC Association of Clinical Counsellors. I am passionate about working with children, youth and families, supporting them through their life pathways. My work builds on a lifetime committed to service, and working with non-profits, regional and provincial government in emergency management, conservation and environmental policy. I currently work as a clinician with individuals with eating disorders. My goal is to create a positive therapeutic environment where you feel safe, supported, and heard.
(343) 313-0893
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Victoria, BC V8P
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$150 (individual)$185 (couples)
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Jilleun Tenning
Counsellor, MA, RCC
Verified
Verified
I am a counsellor who support people using research-based approaches. I specialize in working with adolescents, adult and their families and I have specialized training in ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and training in therapy such as cognitive-behavioural therapy. I have worked with thousands of people, including people with, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), ADHD, anxiety, PTSD and trauma. I also have significant experience working with teachers, military, and veterans, first responders, and physicians.
(431) 441-5541
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Victoria, BC V9A
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$150 per session
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NeurAlive Counselling & Neurofeedback
Counsellor
Verified
Verified
We help people meet their mental health & wellness goals by offering an array of counselling & neurofeedback services from our beautiful office spaces in Fernwood & Langford, as well as online. With several decades of combined experience, our growing team of Reg. Clinical Counsellors, Psychologists & Interns specialize in supporting children, youth, adults & couples through trauma, grief/loss, major life transitions, relational challenges, anxiety, depression, & addictions. They are adaptive with their approaches & utilize modalities including EMDR, CBT, Mindfulness/Somatic therapies, IFS, Art/Play/Nature-based therapies, & more.
(506) 526-0343
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Victoria, BC V8T
$88 per session
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Simone Duff
Counsellor, MA, RCC
Verified
Verified
I understand clients have challenges that they would like support with navigating through. They need a counsellor who is non-judgmental, compassionate, and safe. Typically, client's goals revolve around achieving more self-awareness, skills, and abilities to help themselves live a meaningful life. I want to facilitate their passion about growth and creating lifestyles that support their values and goals.
(778) 743-7127 x2
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Victoria, BC V9B
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Laura Guenzel
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
As a queer and neurodivergent counsellor, I understand how difficult it can be to live in a world that was not built for you. The expectations of the society we live in may have left you doubting your own pain and wondering why you are struggling so much. You may question who you truly are under the mask you are presenting to the world. Perhaps you just want to talk to a counsellor who understands, without needing to educate them about your identity or worry about being invalidated. In our sessions together, we'll create a safe and non-judgmental space where you can be seen as you are and share your story at your own pace.
(778) 770-4608
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Victoria, BC V8P
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$125 per session
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Ellen Ivity
Psychologist, PhD, RPsych
Verified
Verified
Hello, I offer an individualized approach to therapy to support you in achieving your goals. I integrate several psychotherapeutic modalities including Family Systems therapy, CBT, DBT, and Mindfulness practices.
(778) 745-6069
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Victoria, BC V8R
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$250 per session
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Tara Watters
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW
Verified
Verified
Are you wondering if you or a loved one might be autistic, have ADHD, or be neuro-divergent in some way? Do you need support finding an affirming way forward for yourself or your relationships? Our work together can focus on any area of importance for you, including: trauma, relationships, chronic pain, parenting, gender, experiences of oppression, grief, and life transitions. I appreciate diversity in all forms, and welcome individuals and couples exploring neuro-diversity, gender-creativity, sexual orientation, and pathological demand avoidance. I can help you find the internal spaciousness to work through life's challenges.
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Victoria, BC V8N
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$140 per session
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Lea McKenzie Counselling and Wellness
Counsellor, BSc, BSW, RPC
Verified
Verified
I offer an inclusive, non-judgemental, safe space that allows you to explore the reason(s) that have brought you to counselling.
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Victoria, BC V9B
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$110 per session
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Joel Kroeker Jungian Psychoanalyst
Counsellor, MA, MMT, RCC
Verified
Verified
Are you feeling overwhelmed, lost or stuck in a holding pattern? I offer a safe supportive approach to help you explore the underlying meaning of your concerns regarding anxiety, depression, life transitions, trauma, loss of meaning, issues around spirituality and addictions. After twenty years of working with people through creativity-based processes as a workshop facilitator and now more recently as a therapist I've seen that the creative process is a living thing in the human psyche and that each of us has deep resources to help us heal. Together we'll rediscover these vital restorative resources within you.
(855) 982-0960
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Victoria, BC V9C
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$140 (individual)$160 (couples)
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Sydney Bokenfohr
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA
Verified
Verified
In an unpredictable world of constant change and the accumulation of stress, it is no wonder life can be confusing, challenging, exhausting, sad or scary at times, yet joyful, exciting or hopeful the next. Maybe you're feeling thrown off balance, or maybe you've regained it and want to maintain it. Whatever the case, your strengths and resiliency has brought you here and therapy can help individuals find stability and clarity. All people are deserving of the opportunity to achieve their personal goals through a safe and supportive environment that values compassion, respect, confidentiality, and collaboration.
Victoria, BC V9B
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$100 per session
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Nina Kimmons
Counsellor, MA
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
My areas of passion are working with 2SLGBTQIA clients, alternative sexual/romantic relationship identities & dynamics (ex. ethically non-monogamy, polyamory, kink, swinging, BDSM, open relationships, sex work, etc.), sex & intimacy, consent & boundaries, religious trauma, chronic pain/illness, neurodiversity, and life transitions. I draw from both education and lived experience to provide deeper insight into supporting you from an open-minded, trauma-informed, sex-positive, and affirming framework. The journey of healing and growth can be messy, challenging, and heart-breaking while also beautifully majestic and worth every effort.
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Victoria, BC V9A
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$200 (individual)$200 (couples)
Waitlist for new clients
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Cynthia Pearce-Youth and Family Counselor
BACYC
Located in Oak Bay my practice continues to be working with children and adolescents who are experiencing anxiety, ADHD, trauma and the behavioural outcomes that accompany these experiences. This includes working with families and the family system to create treatment and interventions that can aid the client and their family to develop a greater understanding of the causes and effects of their dynamics. I often build my counselling relationships with all family members, either individually or in small group sessions, to create a rich picture of the family dynamic we will be working with. I also work with adults processing trauma.
(833) 482-5833
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Victoria, BC V8S
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$120 (individual)$140 (couples)
Waitlist for new clients
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Samantha Lee
Counsellor, MEd , RCC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
Accepting new clients. I embrace a trauma-informed, integrative, collaborative approach that values relationship building and client-centered work to cultivate a safe space for people to explore the self, communicate authentically, and develop and apply effective and lasting supports. My holistic approach to mental health is influenced by previous training as a yoga instructor, conducting psychoeducational evaluations, supporting youth and adults experiencing varying challenges, chronic illness, and developing high performance athletes.
(236) 804-0487
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Victoria, BC V8R
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$150 per session
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Daisy Song
Counsellor, MA, RCC, RCH
Verified
Verified
I work with people on a variety of issues including phobias, anxieties, sleep issues, eating disorders and grief and loss etc through hypnotherapy and counseling work. I also do past life regressions and use family constellation philosophy for people who are ready and open to that. I am formally trained by Dr Brain.Weiss in PLRT and also have on going training in Family constellation with Hellinger school based in Germany. I translated Bert. Hellinger's books from English into Chinese (the developer of family constellation) "looking into the souls of children" and the book "an education for our time".
(877) 958-8771
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Victoria, BC V8V
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$150 per session
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Tawny Beaulieu
Counsellor, RTCc
Verified
Verified
I am currently accepting new clients at A Beautiful Place Therapy Services, where I offer trauma-informed and neurodiversity-affirming online counselling. Whatever is influencing you to seek counselling may be overwhelming, complicated, and confusing. You may feel out of control. You may feel like no one understands you, and you may not understand yourself.
(236) 300-3674
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Victoria, BC V8V
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$80 per session

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Autism Counsellors

What is the most effective treatment for autism?

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) has come to be considered the standard treatment for children with autism spectrum disorder, and research has confirmed its effectiveness for many children. Therapists trained in ABA techniques work with children (and their parents) on developing social skills, communication and learning abilities, and everyday habits of hygiene and grooming. The clinician will tailor their program to the child’s particular need but the overarching goal will be to help them advance as far as possible toward independence based on their level of symptoms and decrease the need for additional special services. Families should seek a mental health professional specifically trained in ABA, and holding special certification in the technique, who has extensive experience not only with the approach but in using it with children with the same level of symptoms as the child who needs care.

How does ABA work?

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) sessions, which typically focus on positive reinforcement, can be intensive, lasting two or more hours several times a week, and continuing for two years or more. Therapists can also be expected to ask parents to take an active role in reinforcing lessons. Research has found that the technique can lead to major improvements that decrease the need for additional special services.

How does treatment for autism work?

Therapy sessions based on Applied Behavior Analysis will likely be frequent, intensive, and highly structured. After a thorough assessment, a therapist will help a child understand and develop skills in a range of areas, including communication, motor skills, social skills, self-care, play, and academic skills, as well as routines of daily living like hygiene. Typically, the therapist will help a child break down the components of a behavior—often referred to as the antecedent (what prompts an action), the behavior, and the consequence(what immediately follows)—and then reward the child at every step, while also asking parents to reinforce the lessons, and the rewards, throughout the day. This core therapy may be supplemented by occupational or speech therapy, and antidepressants, antipsychotics, and anticonvulsants may be prescribed to address specific severe symptoms.

How long does therapy for autism take?

Some people with autism spectrum disorder may be engaged in some level of therapy for many years, but research shows that treatment will be most effective if it is begun early and delivered intensively. When therapy begins by age 3, children tend to be better able to grasp and adopt the skills needed to manage everyday life, including attending school and establishing social relationships. This type of early-intervention treatment regimen is highly structured, typically involving 20 to 40 hours of one-on-one therapy per week, along with additional hours of engagement managed by parents, for a period of two years of more, although the duration of treatment is dependent on the child’s level of symptoms and pace of progress.