Autism Therapists in Los Angeles, CA

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Alexander Gantman
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90035
Dr. Alexander Gantman, received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from UCLA; and he obtained Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology from Palo Alto University - Stanford University Medical School Psy.D Consortium in 2008. Until recently, when he decided to move into private practice, he was a Clinical Psychologist at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, as well as an Assistant Director of the UCLA PEERS Program. Dr. Gantman was also an Autism Clinical Instructor at the UCLA Tarjan Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.
Dr. Alexander Gantman, received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from UCLA; and he obtained Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology from Palo Alto University - Stanford University Medical School Psy.D Consortium in 2008. Until recently, when he decided to move into private practice, he was a Clinical Psychologist at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, as well as an Assistant Director of the UCLA PEERS Program. Dr. Gantman was also an Autism Clinical Instructor at the UCLA Tarjan Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.
(310) 683-2623 View (310) 683-2623
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Jasmine Love Leigh
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT, APCC
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90025
I am Jasmine Leigh, an AMFT and APCC. I graduated from Pepperdine University with my Master's Degree and Cal Poly Pomona with my Bachelor's Degree in psychology. I have had over four years of experience working with individuals with autism. I also have experience working with teens and young adults. Ultimately, I would love to help you and/or family members get the therapy you deserve. I am very passionate about therapy and try to use therapy techniques that are catered to your experiences and individuality. Please give me a text, email, or call to start our first session today.
I am Jasmine Leigh, an AMFT and APCC. I graduated from Pepperdine University with my Master's Degree and Cal Poly Pomona with my Bachelor's Degree in psychology. I have had over four years of experience working with individuals with autism. I also have experience working with teens and young adults. Ultimately, I would love to help you and/or family members get the therapy you deserve. I am very passionate about therapy and try to use therapy techniques that are catered to your experiences and individuality. Please give me a text, email, or call to start our first session today.
(424) 587-0673 View (424) 587-0673
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Dr. Hilary Adams
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
4 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Waitlist for new clients
I have specialized training to provide assessment and treatment services for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Are you or your children or teens ready to make a change? Through short-term, problem-focused therapy, I can help your family with challenging behaviors (e.g., temper tantrums) or social and emotional issues (e.g, anxiety) within only a few months. With a warm and collaborative approach, I will address your problems and teach you and your child skills to practice in your daily life. I offer weekly individual sessions, parent training, social skills groups, and more. Feel empowered knowing you learned the skills to help your family!
I have specialized training to provide assessment and treatment services for people with Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Are you or your children or teens ready to make a change? Through short-term, problem-focused therapy, I can help your family with challenging behaviors (e.g., temper tantrums) or social and emotional issues (e.g, anxiety) within only a few months. With a warm and collaborative approach, I will address your problems and teach you and your child skills to practice in your daily life. I offer weekly individual sessions, parent training, social skills groups, and more. Feel empowered knowing you learned the skills to help your family!
(323) 302-4832 View (323) 302-4832
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Spectrum Psych | Los Angeles
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90025
Clinicians in our practice have trained at top programs specializing in the assessment and intervention of neurodivergent individuals, with primary focus on autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, learning disorders, behavioral challenges, anxiety, and mood concerns.
We offer coordinated mental health care, including diagnostic assessments, psychotherapy, psychiatry, occupational therapy, group therapy, and support groups. We help children, adolescents, and adults improve their ability to regulate their emotions, target anxiety and depression, increase flexibility, bolster executive functioning, improve friendships and social relationships, and build independent living skills. We also offer parent support services to build connection and decrease challenging behaviors at home, usually empirically-based strategies. Treatment is always individualized to target specific goals based on unique needs.
Clinicians in our practice have trained at top programs specializing in the assessment and intervention of neurodivergent individuals, with primary focus on autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, learning disorders, behavioral challenges, anxiety, and mood concerns.
We offer coordinated mental health care, including diagnostic assessments, psychotherapy, psychiatry, occupational therapy, group therapy, and support groups. We help children, adolescents, and adults improve their ability to regulate their emotions, target anxiety and depression, increase flexibility, bolster executive functioning, improve friendships and social relationships, and build independent living skills. We also offer parent support services to build connection and decrease challenging behaviors at home, usually empirically-based strategies. Treatment is always individualized to target specific goals based on unique needs.
(424) 374-3991 View (424) 374-3991
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The Luna Centre
Psychologist
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90025
She is Trained in Mindfulness Facilitation (TMF) from the Mindfulness Awareness Research Center (MARC) and completed a three-year postdoctoral training in neurodevelopment, psychodiagnostic and Autism evaluations at UCLA.
A full service psychology practice addressing wide-range of mental health difficulties through evaluations, individual or couples therapy. To treat difficulties, we use evidence-based evaluations and therapeutic interventions. When emotional difficulties impact certain areas of your life, you may need an evaluation to address impaired areas of your life, such as: Disability Evaluations (Employment), Emotional Support Animal Evaluations (Residence), Psychological Assessments (Academic, Accommodations, Diagnostic Clarification), Immigration Evaluations (Extreme hardship waivers, cancellation, asylum, VAWA, U visa, and T visa).
She is Trained in Mindfulness Facilitation (TMF) from the Mindfulness Awareness Research Center (MARC) and completed a three-year postdoctoral training in neurodevelopment, psychodiagnostic and Autism evaluations at UCLA.
A full service psychology practice addressing wide-range of mental health difficulties through evaluations, individual or couples therapy. To treat difficulties, we use evidence-based evaluations and therapeutic interventions. When emotional difficulties impact certain areas of your life, you may need an evaluation to address impaired areas of your life, such as: Disability Evaluations (Employment), Emotional Support Animal Evaluations (Residence), Psychological Assessments (Academic, Accommodations, Diagnostic Clarification), Immigration Evaluations (Extreme hardship waivers, cancellation, asylum, VAWA, U visa, and T visa).
(310) 706-2337 View (310) 706-2337
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Cyber Addiction Recovery Center
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90034
I am also a certified Relationship Development Intervention consultant and run groups for children, teens, and young adults with autism and related disorders.
I have 20 years of experience treating children, teens and young adults with anxiety, mood, and impulse control disorders. I specialize in internet and video game addiction, Including teen and adult online pornography addiction. I conduct groups for internet and video game addiction. I provide individual, couples, and family counseling focusing on addiction and the underlying problems that create addiction.
I am also a certified Relationship Development Intervention consultant and run groups for children, teens, and young adults with autism and related disorders.
I have 20 years of experience treating children, teens and young adults with anxiety, mood, and impulse control disorders. I specialize in internet and video game addiction, Including teen and adult online pornography addiction. I conduct groups for internet and video game addiction. I provide individual, couples, and family counseling focusing on addiction and the underlying problems that create addiction.
(562) 250-5109 View (562) 250-5109
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Dariah Brown
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90071  (Online Only)
My caseload comprised of individuals on the autism spectrum, as well as individuals that are seeking support in grief/loss.
Welcome! I'm so glad that you're here. If you've ever felt "stuck," or that you don't have a next step or a sense of direction, I hear you. Life can be extremely unpredictable, and it causes us to feel like we're not prepared or equipped to handle the ebbs and flows of life. Not only do we have present life events, but we also have our past experiences and extraneous factors that are on this walk with us. Let's work together to create a space free of judgment. You deserve a healing space and the chance to create one within yourself. We'll work on permitting ourselves to experience our feelings fully and completely.
My caseload comprised of individuals on the autism spectrum, as well as individuals that are seeking support in grief/loss.
Welcome! I'm so glad that you're here. If you've ever felt "stuck," or that you don't have a next step or a sense of direction, I hear you. Life can be extremely unpredictable, and it causes us to feel like we're not prepared or equipped to handle the ebbs and flows of life. Not only do we have present life events, but we also have our past experiences and extraneous factors that are on this walk with us. Let's work together to create a space free of judgment. You deserve a healing space and the chance to create one within yourself. We'll work on permitting ourselves to experience our feelings fully and completely.
(562) 362-5752 View (562) 362-5752
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Ciaran Kane Phelps
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90034
Waitlist for new clients
My work often centers around folks who are experiencing grief or loss, healing from trauma, navigating difficult life transitions, or experiencing relational challenges. My areas of specialty are neurodivergence (autism, ADHD, etc.), gender exploration, and BPD. I also support folks who are dealing with overwhelming anxiety, depression, dissociation, or cPTSD. I am queer-affirming, trans-affirming, and neurodivergent-affirming. I also have familiarity with spiritual and religious trauma. I bring an anti-oppressive, postmodern, and trauma-informed framework into my work. I support individual adults, kids, families, and couples.
My work often centers around folks who are experiencing grief or loss, healing from trauma, navigating difficult life transitions, or experiencing relational challenges. My areas of specialty are neurodivergence (autism, ADHD, etc.), gender exploration, and BPD. I also support folks who are dealing with overwhelming anxiety, depression, dissociation, or cPTSD. I am queer-affirming, trans-affirming, and neurodivergent-affirming. I also have familiarity with spiritual and religious trauma. I bring an anti-oppressive, postmodern, and trauma-informed framework into my work. I support individual adults, kids, families, and couples.
(424) 363-4350 View (424) 363-4350
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Melody Hannani
Psychological Associate, PsyD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90025  (Online Only)
My approach includes ACT/CBT/relational techniques and trauma-informed therapy, and I specialize in neuroaffirmative psychological testing for Autism/ADHD/Learning disabilities.
Between the impact of culture, sexual/gender identity, and neurodiversity, the world can be a confusing place as you try to navigate life. As a bicultural psychologist, I understand the importance of culturally informed care, and how difficult and isolating it can feel when your family or community's beliefs don’t align with yours. It is my priority to provide a safe space to examine your unique identity, helping you understand and overcome self limiting beliefs and feelings of shame that may be blocking your path, and to be fully present with you as you deepen your self-awareness and embrace your true self.
My approach includes ACT/CBT/relational techniques and trauma-informed therapy, and I specialize in neuroaffirmative psychological testing for Autism/ADHD/Learning disabilities.
Between the impact of culture, sexual/gender identity, and neurodiversity, the world can be a confusing place as you try to navigate life. As a bicultural psychologist, I understand the importance of culturally informed care, and how difficult and isolating it can feel when your family or community's beliefs don’t align with yours. It is my priority to provide a safe space to examine your unique identity, helping you understand and overcome self limiting beliefs and feelings of shame that may be blocking your path, and to be fully present with you as you deepen your self-awareness and embrace your true self.
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Loren M. Hill
Psychologist, PhD, CAS
Verified
2 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90008
Are you wondering… Why your child doesn’t talk much or seems to be quiet all the time? Why your child likes to be alone or has a hard time with friendships? Why your child does the same thing over and over again? Why your child insists on sticking to routines? If you have considered these questions, I have answers. As a Certified Autism Specialist (CAS), I have specific expertise in evaluation of neurodevelopmental disorders including Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Disabilities (ID).
Are you wondering… Why your child doesn’t talk much or seems to be quiet all the time? Why your child likes to be alone or has a hard time with friendships? Why your child does the same thing over and over again? Why your child insists on sticking to routines? If you have considered these questions, I have answers. As a Certified Autism Specialist (CAS), I have specific expertise in evaluation of neurodevelopmental disorders including Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and Disabilities (ID).
(323) 825-6273 View (323) 825-6273
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Heather J Hall
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90039
My goal as a therapist is to strengthen healthy bonds, relationships and communication within families for children and their parents. I am a licensed clinical psychologist who currently works at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles with a specialization in school age children and developmental disabilities. I have worked extensively with children who struggle with symptoms of ADHD, depression, anxiety and autism who need support in managing the everyday social complexities that they face within their school, family and community environments.
My goal as a therapist is to strengthen healthy bonds, relationships and communication within families for children and their parents. I am a licensed clinical psychologist who currently works at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles with a specialization in school age children and developmental disabilities. I have worked extensively with children who struggle with symptoms of ADHD, depression, anxiety and autism who need support in managing the everyday social complexities that they face within their school, family and community environments.
(323) 905-3853 View (323) 905-3853
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Evelyn Gould
Psychologist, PhD, BCBA-D, CPsych
Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90016  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
New England Center for OCD and Anxiety (Boston, New York and Los Angeles) offers specialized, affirmative, compassionate, and culturally responsive care to individuals and families struggling with anxiety, OCD and related disorders. I have two decades of experience and have particular interest and expertise in OCD, anxiety, Autism, LGBTQIA+ mental health, and complex co-morbid presentations. I also specialize in supporting caregivers and families of loved-ones struggling with chronic mental health and SUD issues. I am based in Los Angeles.
New England Center for OCD and Anxiety (Boston, New York and Los Angeles) offers specialized, affirmative, compassionate, and culturally responsive care to individuals and families struggling with anxiety, OCD and related disorders. I have two decades of experience and have particular interest and expertise in OCD, anxiety, Autism, LGBTQIA+ mental health, and complex co-morbid presentations. I also specialize in supporting caregivers and families of loved-ones struggling with chronic mental health and SUD issues. I am based in Los Angeles.
(857) 203-8392 View (857) 203-8392
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Eddie A Quintana
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MS
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90071  (Online Only)
I have been humbled to work in a variety of different roles, settings, and with people of different diagnosis from addiction, suicide, depression, autism, anxiety, personality disorders, compulsion and psychotic disorders.
My Philosophy is simple, start where you are at in the process. My approach is to work with you and together we would develop goals and expectations on what you want to work on. It is a collaborative effort in order to help you make progress and sustain change once progress is made. Even though I'm seen as the professional, to me your're the professional of you're life and its my job to help guide you into a place where you feel comfortable. For further info please check out my website at quintanacounseling.com.
I have been humbled to work in a variety of different roles, settings, and with people of different diagnosis from addiction, suicide, depression, autism, anxiety, personality disorders, compulsion and psychotic disorders.
My Philosophy is simple, start where you are at in the process. My approach is to work with you and together we would develop goals and expectations on what you want to work on. It is a collaborative effort in order to help you make progress and sustain change once progress is made. Even though I'm seen as the professional, to me your're the professional of you're life and its my job to help guide you into a place where you feel comfortable. For further info please check out my website at quintanacounseling.com.
(858) 956-7836 View (858) 956-7836
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Anaïs Wong
Psychological Associate, PsyD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90025  (Online Only)
I offer fully remote, high-quality, comprehensive psychological evaluations to adults, with a specialty in autism, giftedness, ADHD, dyslexia/dyscalculia, dysgraphia, sensory sensitivities, and complex trauma.
I started specializing in neurodivergence as soon as I realized that there were many others who have also struggled to understand who they are and be accepted in a neurotypical society. If like me, you have always felt different, and are now wondering about what makes you different, it may be time for a formal assessment. This is especially important if you are looking for neurodivergent-specific supports (e.g., therapy, couple's counseling, books), personalized recommendations (i.e., "what next?", at-home strategies), and accommodations at work/school.
I offer fully remote, high-quality, comprehensive psychological evaluations to adults, with a specialty in autism, giftedness, ADHD, dyslexia/dyscalculia, dysgraphia, sensory sensitivities, and complex trauma.
I started specializing in neurodivergence as soon as I realized that there were many others who have also struggled to understand who they are and be accepted in a neurotypical society. If like me, you have always felt different, and are now wondering about what makes you different, it may be time for a formal assessment. This is especially important if you are looking for neurodivergent-specific supports (e.g., therapy, couple's counseling, books), personalized recommendations (i.e., "what next?", at-home strategies), and accommodations at work/school.
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Rebeks L. Clark Mane
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified
Los Angeles, CA 90066  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Not Currently Accepting New Clients. Please check out my partner Aba Horthy. Www.HorthyManeTherapy.com i! I'm Rebeks (they/them) - a transmasculine nonbinary therapist who specializes in trauma, LGBTQIA+ , life with chronic illness, disability, college/academia, and affirmative approaches to neurodiversity such as Autism, ADHD, and OCD. I love working with folx in the "gray spaces" of identity who aren't quite sure they are (fill in the blank) enough. My approach to therapy is to provide a sense of containment to enable the deeper healing-work — especially for those with complex trauma, dissociation and early attachment ruptures.
Not Currently Accepting New Clients. Please check out my partner Aba Horthy. Www.HorthyManeTherapy.com i! I'm Rebeks (they/them) - a transmasculine nonbinary therapist who specializes in trauma, LGBTQIA+ , life with chronic illness, disability, college/academia, and affirmative approaches to neurodiversity such as Autism, ADHD, and OCD. I love working with folx in the "gray spaces" of identity who aren't quite sure they are (fill in the blank) enough. My approach to therapy is to provide a sense of containment to enable the deeper healing-work — especially for those with complex trauma, dissociation and early attachment ruptures.
(310) 807-6585 View (310) 807-6585
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Dr. Sammie Williams, PsyD
Psychologist, PsyD, CAS
Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90059
As a Certified Autism Specialist (CAS), I currently provide comprehensive psychological evaluations of children and adolescents (including infants, toddlers, and adults). I specialize in the assessment of various developmental challenges commonly seen in young children and adolescents, specifically developmental delays, behavioral difficulties, and other “mannerisms” likely associated with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). I also provide evaluations of intellectual and learning disabilities, Independent Educational Evaluations (IEE), second opinions, and assessments that provide recommendations and guide treatment planning.
As a Certified Autism Specialist (CAS), I currently provide comprehensive psychological evaluations of children and adolescents (including infants, toddlers, and adults). I specialize in the assessment of various developmental challenges commonly seen in young children and adolescents, specifically developmental delays, behavioral difficulties, and other “mannerisms” likely associated with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). I also provide evaluations of intellectual and learning disabilities, Independent Educational Evaluations (IEE), second opinions, and assessments that provide recommendations and guide treatment planning.
(562) 275-8442 View (562) 275-8442
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Jesse Bernal
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90039  (Online Only)
ASD and Neurodivergence: I have been working with young adults on the autism spectrum and neurodivergent individuals for 20 yrs of my time in the helping profession.
Trauma Work: It can be incredibly frustrating and shame inducing when you find yourself repeating the same negative relationship patterns, behavioral and emotional responses, and maladaptive thought processes. My approach to trauma work is both holistic and central nervous system oriented; focusing on the brain, body, and behavior to see how your body’s trauma stress response is keeping you stuck in old narratives and patterns. I am trained in EMDR which is perfect for clients who do not want to rehash the details of trauma or who feel that they have not had success with traditional talk therapy.
ASD and Neurodivergence: I have been working with young adults on the autism spectrum and neurodivergent individuals for 20 yrs of my time in the helping profession.
Trauma Work: It can be incredibly frustrating and shame inducing when you find yourself repeating the same negative relationship patterns, behavioral and emotional responses, and maladaptive thought processes. My approach to trauma work is both holistic and central nervous system oriented; focusing on the brain, body, and behavior to see how your body’s trauma stress response is keeping you stuck in old narratives and patterns. I am trained in EMDR which is perfect for clients who do not want to rehash the details of trauma or who feel that they have not had success with traditional talk therapy.
(626) 507-2926 View (626) 507-2926
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Lisa Paer
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT, LPCC
Verified
8 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90077  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Are you a neurodivergent adult struggling with trauma? Do you feel misunderstood or unsupported by traditional therapy methods? I'm a neurodivergent trauma therapist with a focus on ADHD, autism, and highly sensitive adults. We have unique ways of experiencing the world and healing from traumatic experiences. That's why I offer therapy that's tailored to you, incorporating your special interests, preferences, and values into the process. Together, we'll develop a treatment plan that addresses your specific struggles and aspirations and aligns with your strengths and learning style.
Are you a neurodivergent adult struggling with trauma? Do you feel misunderstood or unsupported by traditional therapy methods? I'm a neurodivergent trauma therapist with a focus on ADHD, autism, and highly sensitive adults. We have unique ways of experiencing the world and healing from traumatic experiences. That's why I offer therapy that's tailored to you, incorporating your special interests, preferences, and values into the process. Together, we'll develop a treatment plan that addresses your specific struggles and aspirations and aligns with your strengths and learning style.
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Theresa Howell
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, BCBA
Los Angeles, CA 90001  (Online Only)
Working with children, teenagers and adults with specials needs for over 12 years has taught me that meeting my clients where they are at is most important. In addition to being a LMFT I am also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst that specializes in helping children, teens and adults with Autism and other developmental disabilities. My goal is to help you or your loved one cope with and overcome your anxiety, depression, behavioral issues or just simply the struggles of everyday life. We all deserve to live a happy, meaningful life and I am here to help you achieve that!
Working with children, teenagers and adults with specials needs for over 12 years has taught me that meeting my clients where they are at is most important. In addition to being a LMFT I am also a Board Certified Behavior Analyst that specializes in helping children, teens and adults with Autism and other developmental disabilities. My goal is to help you or your loved one cope with and overcome your anxiety, depression, behavioral issues or just simply the struggles of everyday life. We all deserve to live a happy, meaningful life and I am here to help you achieve that!
(661) 463-8391 View (661) 463-8391
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Negar Afshar
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
2 Endorsed
Los Angeles, CA 90049
I've always been passionate about working with children and appreciate the opportunity to make a difference in an individual's life from an early age. I hope to provide the space, comfort, and time for children to foster their resilience and thrive to their full potential. I pride myself on being relatable, while also offering the guidance and expertise that parents hope for. I provide child-centered play therapy, art therapy, and conduct assessments focusing on Autism Spectrum Disorders and ADHD.
I've always been passionate about working with children and appreciate the opportunity to make a difference in an individual's life from an early age. I hope to provide the space, comfort, and time for children to foster their resilience and thrive to their full potential. I pride myself on being relatable, while also offering the guidance and expertise that parents hope for. I provide child-centered play therapy, art therapy, and conduct assessments focusing on Autism Spectrum Disorders and ADHD.
(310) 861-4636 View (310) 861-4636

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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 or more, although the duration of treatment is dependent on the child’s level of symptoms and pace of progress.