Autism Therapists in Scottsdale, AZ

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Davis Psychology, Education, & Behavior Solutions
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
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Dr. Debra Davis utilizes evidence-based diagnostic and treatment practices and specializes in psycho-educational evaluations; learning disabilities; functional behavior assessments; applied behavior analysis; cognitive behavior and behavior therapy; parent consultation and training; teacher consultation; ADHD; autism ; developmental disabilities; and parenting of children experiencing chronic illness or divorce.
(480) 467-5498
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Scottsdale, AZ 85260
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Carol McLean
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
McLean and her team specialize in the early identification of Autism Spectrum Disorder beginning at 18 months of age.
Dr. Carol McLean, Ph.D., has been in private practice since 2003. She specialize in development throughout the lifespan . Developmental & Educational Psychological Services provides high quality comprehensive assessments to identify numerous psychological and developmental conditions. Psychological assessment is a valuable tool for exploring issues to determine treatment and access intervention and support. Without accurate identification of a developmental or psychological condition it is difficult to effectively treat symptoms. Get a clear understanding of your child’s psychological or developmental issues in order t
(480) 405-1003
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Scottsdale, AZ 85260
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Anna Bernasconi
Counselor, LAC
Verified
Verified
I have over 5 years experience working with teenagers and adults. My specialties include helping with the following difficulties: LGBTQ+ issues, gender identity, sex and pornography addiction, Men's issues, Autism Spectrum Disorder, family relationship problems, couples counseling, communication, work or school problems. My therapeutic approaches I use include supportive counseling, person-centered, strengths-based and trauma informed. I am a gender affirming therapist.
(623) 292-2684
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Scottsdale, AZ 85251
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Danielle Russo
Counselor, MS, LAC, CAS
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I enjoy working with individuals on the autism spectrum and became a certified autism specialist.
Are you looking to make a change to improve your life? Let’s start that process together and kudos to you for taking the first step in your path. Being in the counseling field for four years, I have gained a vast amount of knowledge of how to best serve my client’s presenting needs. I have a passion for guiding people to find their voice and turning any challenge into a strength. Building a comfortable environment and good rapport is incredibly important to me as it helps us speak more openly and tackled concerns together.
(480) 906-4872
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Scottsdale, AZ 85254
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Brett Andersen
Psychologist, PsyD, SSP, ABSNP, NCSP
Verified
Verified
, learning disability, dyslexia, autism , gifted, ADHD, behavior problems, etc.
As a child psychologist and a parent (myself), I love working with families. I can appreciate the difficulties of parenting, but as I child psychologist I understand child-related difficulties as they apply to academics inside and out. I currently work part-time for a local school district so I am up-to-date with any school-related practices (e.g., distance learning, IEPs, 504s, etc.). I love being able to resolve child-related concerns via psychoeducational evaluations and providing parents with a "road map" so their child gets what they need to be most successful.
(928) 236-9232
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Scottsdale, AZ 85258
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Gentry Pediatric Behavioral Services, PLLC
Psychologist, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA
Verified
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Our Licensed Behavior Analysts cen help with the assessment, planning and training of staff to work with young kids diagnosed with Autism .
Dr. Joseph Gentry obtained his doctoral degree from Illinois State University, with a specialization in consultation, assessment, and developmental disabilities. Dr. Gentry and his wife, Sarah, opened Gentry PBS in 2008 to provide a wide range of services to children in the Phoenix Metro area. Gentry Pediatric Behavioral Services is a multi-disciplinary private practice that brings psychologists, behavior analysts, and speech and language pathologists together. We are devoted to conducting *gold standard* diagnostic evaluations and providing comprehensive treatment options for children and families dealing with childhood struggles.
(602) 714-2424
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Scottsdale, AZ 85254
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Arizona Psychology Clinic; Dr Shalini Wahi
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
The Arizona Psychology Clinic offers Neuropsychological and Psychological Testing Services for ADHD, Learning Disabilities, Autism , Gifted IQ, Twice Exceptional and Personality Issues. Additionally, testing for accommodations on Standardized Tests such as the SAT, ACT and GRE is also offered. Testing protocols for receiving accommodations within school and college settings are a focus of the practice as well.
(480) 930-1062
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Scottsdale, AZ 85250
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Lauren Megrew
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I specialize in helping people with neurodiversity (AHDH, high functioning Autism , Asperger's, Anxiety, etc.) and Anxiety Disorders in children, teens, and adults. I provide individual, couples and family therapy as well as parent coaching, behavior planning, and conflict resolution consulting. I use a combination of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) and mindfulness, play therapy (when appropriate) and solution-focused therapy to help my clients live their best lives. I look forward to working with you!
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Scottsdale, AZ 85255
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Urim Recovery - EMDR, Trauma & Autism
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, JD, MSW, LCSW, ASDCS
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
My extensive training in EMDR, autism and somatic interventions targets the impaired connection experienced by those with ASD, trauma or attachment wounds.
Fear of abandonment, codependency, loneliness, fatigue and grief are core experiences I treat as an attachment-focused therapist. In our time together, we will work on restoring the trust, confidence and sense of self often depleted as a result of relational trauma, ASD and life experiences. I specialize in treating complex and attachment related trauma, as well as autism , from a relational and developmentally based perspective using polyvagal informed modalities such as EMDR and the Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP). I support your feeling connected, empowered and confident so you can rely upon yourself to meet life's challenges.
(602) 691-4090
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Scottsdale, AZ 85258
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Tamara Woodard
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW, ASDCS
Verified
Verified
As a parent of a child on the autism spectrum, you may be asking yourself tough questions: Can my child overcome what seems like impossible obstacles? Why does my child struggle with leaving the home and transiting to new situations? How can we stop the meltdowns? Will my child be able to live a happy and fulfilling life? How can I help my child be their best self? At Healing Harbor Children's Counseling Services, children and teens on the autism spectrum are learning strategies to manage stress and sensory overload so they can focus on becoming their best self. Your child does not need an autism diagnosis to participate.
(928) 599-7931
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Scottsdale, AZ 85262
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Tamara Woodard
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW, ASDCS
Verified
Verified
I provide individual, family, and group counseling for children and teens ages 18 months to 21 years who are affected by autism spectrum disorder, Asperger's, neurodiversity, ADHD, difficulty focusing, sensory issues, anxiety, depression, mood disorders, meltdowns, aggression, shutting down, low self-esteem, attachment struggles, difficulty making friends, family stress, trauma, and PTSD. I can help your child with managing difficult emotions, tolerating stressful situations, decreasing sensory overload, and improving social skills. My goal is to empower children and teens to overcome obstacles to live the life they want & deserve.
(480) 608-9130
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Scottsdale, AZ 85256
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Shelby Rouse
Counselor, LAC, EMDR
Verified
Verified
Hi! My name is Shelby Rouse, LAC, Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist. I am currently accepting new clients. I have experience with children and play therapy. I am also EMDR trained and trauma informed. I have worked in the behavioral health field for the past 4 years and specialized in Applied Behavior Analytics with children, adolescents, and young adults on the Autism Spectrum. A solid therapeutic alliance is one of the most important factors in counseling and with the art of listening and collaboratively designing your treatment plan, I look forward to to building one with you.
(480) 245-5573
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Scottsdale, AZ 85260
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Darcy Easley
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, ASDCS, CSOTP
Verified
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In addition, I am also an Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinical Specialist and have a passion for helping families who have been impacted by Autism .
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and specialize in working with preteens/adolescents, young adults, and families. I am passionate about helping others navigate difficult life circumstances to get to a place of healing and peace. My goal is to create an environment where clients can feel safe, heard, and validated. I have found a love for helping this population to navigate life’s challenges that range from social anxiety, trauma, and inappropriate boundaries. I also specialize in treating children and young adults on the Autism Spectrum.
(623) 304-9619
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Scottsdale, AZ 85260
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Ctr For Attention Deficit and Learning Disorders
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
Led by Dr. Sanford J. Silverman, The Center for Attention Deficit and Learning Disorders combines science, technology and clinical psychological expertise for state-of-the-art assessment and treatment of ADD/ADHD, learning disorders, autism , anxiety, depression, plus other emotional and behavioral disorders. Our neurofeedback programs and other treatment techniques also work as alternatives or supplements to medication for ADD and other disorders, resulting in more thorough and long-term results.
(480) 725-3414
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Scottsdale, AZ 85258
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Emily Kade
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
Looking for diagnostic answers? For parents, families, and adults seeking testing and evaluation services, I provide comprehensive pediatric and adult neuropsychological evaluations for ages 4 and up for individuals with autism , ADHD, learning disabilities, giftedness, TBI, Alzheimer’s/dementia, anxiety/depression, and mood/behavioral disorders.
Do you feel overwhelmed by worry, restlessness, intrusive thoughts, or constant self-criticism? Are you experiencing problems with sleep, fatigue, concentration, or memory? Do you feel hopeless and burnt out? Do you feel like you've lost a sense of who you are, struggle socially, and feel uncertain about the world or your future? This is far more common than you might think. Depression, anxiety, trauma, and stress can present vastly different depending on the individual. Whatever your current challenges may be, I'm here to help you navigate your journey.
(928) 267-6103
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Scottsdale, AZ 85254
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Elva Blanks
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
I have been a therapist in the Valley for over 20 years and have worked in agency, university, and private practice settings. My therapy orientations include both cognitive behavioral and interpersonal therapies. I am a generalist and see clients with a variety of issues. I have specialties in the areas of eating disorders, anxiety and stress management, trauma resolution, mood disorders, women's issues, giftedness, and autism spectrum concerns. I consider it a privilege to work with clients in addressing their concerns and promoting more genuine, healthier, and happier intrapersonal and interpersonal relationships and experiences.
(480) 409-2489
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
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Tara S Verhagen
Marriage & Family Therapist, MAS, LMFT
Verified
Verified
I provide a safe, non-judgmental space for individuals, families, and couples to strengthen their relationships with others and themselves. I take a collaborative approach with you to understand your experience and guide you toward personal growth, emotional awareness, and healthy relationships. I have 10 years experience working with individuals who struggle with mental health and families who have children that require special care including autism , mental, and physical disabilities.
(480) 771-8868
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Scottsdale, AZ 85258
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Dr. Gary Probst
Licensed Professional Counselor, PsyD, LPC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
Anxiety issues? Are you an overthinker? Do you have High-Functioning Autism , otherwise known as Asperger's, or being Neurodivergent? Perhaps you are just very bright and tend to suffer anxiety from your racing thoughts. I can help you, online, with effective, and powerful methods, including Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and simple life and executive coaching. I am an author, educator, and podcaster. See my website link. I work mostly online from Wisconsin but am migrating to AZ soon. I have been able to help AZ clients online, effectively. Let's talk.
(623) 264-5730
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Scottsdale, AZ 85250
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Cassandra Sankey
Occupational Therapist, OTD, OTR/L
Verified
Verified
She sees clients with anxiety, depression, bipolar, hoarding, autism , substance use, trauma, and PTSD.
**NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS** Start putting your mental health first so you can reach your goals. Are you struggling with organizing your home, your time, and your life? Do you feel overwhelmed with everything you need to do and too burnt-out to know where to start? Dr. Sankey is a compassionate Mental Health Occupational Therapist and a life skills expert who is here to help you feel more like you again. Looking for a different therapeutic experience? With Dr. Sankey, she doesn't tell you what to do - she shows you how to do it and walks with you through the process to help you be successful, transforming talking into action.
(623) 254-5464
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Scottsdale, AZ 85260
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Zebunnessa “Zebby” M Ahmed
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
The greatest power we have is our ability to choose one thought over another. It’s not the situation that affects us, it’s our interpretation. Sometimes it’s hard to take control and begin the process of change, but together we can work to bring mental clarity and mindfulness to begin experiencing life in a whole new light. There is resilience in us all and in our darkest moments we lose sight of our capabilities. No matter where you are in your journey, know there is always another way.
(480) 685-8844
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Scottsdale, AZ 85254
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Autism Therapists

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.