Autism Therapists in Palo Alto, CA

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Alexandra Smith
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT
Verified
Verified
As an autism therapist, my therapy modality is eclectic, and I mostly use therapy modalities like IFS (Internal Family Systems), narrative therapy, and strengths-based approaches.
I am a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in the state of Illinois who works with neurodiverse teens, college students, young adults, adults, & couples. I specialize in working with clients who identify both as autistic & as a highly sensitive person (HSP). I have experience helping clients with premarital & marital problems (e.g., communication & trust issues, helping partners connect deeper with one another), blended family issues, anxiety, panic attacks, depression, grief & loss, various life transitions, & trauma.
(949) 674-4122
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Palo Alto, CA 94306
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Tasha Oswald
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
Do you or someone you love have difficulty reading social cues, feel anxious about social interactions, and struggle with making friends and setting goals? Do you feel alone and misunderstood? Do you have autism traits that are not always apparent? We offer group therapy and social skills groups, along with individual counseling, for you and your family. By joining one of our groups, you’ll feel understood, accepted and encouraged by the other group members who have shared experiences and challenges. The expert-led group will help you gain the strategies, knowledge, and confidence to more effectively handle these problems.
(650) 460-5059
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Palo Alto, CA 94306
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Mariela M Costello
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
I am a licensed clinical psychologist, bilingual in Spanish, with over 12 years of experience counseling children, adolescents, and adults. I work with a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, grief and loss, life transitions, parenting issues, work stress and cultural diversity. I have a specialty interest in children on the autism spectrum and children with special needs. I also work with adults individually to address challenges in everyday life and to help clients develop better coping skills.
(408) 775-7973
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Palo Alto, CA 94301
Mina Park
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
I have over 15 years of specialty training and experience in providing evidence-based care to children, teens, and adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other neurodivergent profiles. I also work with family members (parents, siblings, and spouses) to provide education, training, and support. I primarily use a cognitive behavioral therapy framework and draw upon other strategies as needed. Our sessions will be practical, skills-based, and goals-oriented. We will focus on learning more helpful ways of thinking about and responding to different situations.
(650) 668-0311
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Palo Alto, CA 94301
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Laurie J. Leventhal-Belfer
Psychologist, PhD, MA
Verified
Verified
I also have run for the past 20 years a therapeutic program for high functioning preschool, school age and middle school students on the Autism Spectrum and their parents.
My ideal client is a child or adolescent who is aware of the issues that are bothering them and want help. These are clients whose parents are comfortable with them seeing a therapist and are able to speak openly with them about their diagnoses. When I am asked how long I see a client, I do not give a definite time since I have learned that issues are challenged as they make the transition to new schools or jobs. I let parents know that I take a developmental approach to psychopathology. We may stop when symptoms decrease and their coping capacity increases. If they return it is not a sign of failure but different stresses.
(650) 476-2809
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Palo Alto, CA 94306
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Merit Psychology Group, A Professional Psychology
Psychologist, PhD, LCSW, OTR/L
Verified
Verified
The mission at Merit Psychology Group is to assess and treat. The goal is to help you be the best version of yourself. Our environment and our genetics shape our brains. Neural connections and pathways exist, grow, and develop based on what is around us and what is going on inside of us. Trauma, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger’s Disorder, Epilepsy, Depression, Anxiety, Tourette’s, Gender Dysphoria, and OCD (and many more concerns) are all diagnoses that are the result of a diverse set of experiences that cause symptoms that can then potentially cause distress or feeling like you do not fit in. We are here to help.
(650) 665-5682
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Palo Alto, CA 94306
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Diana Marchetti Barrett
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
I am a licensed psychologist trained in the assessment, diagnosis, & treatment of learning, autism spectrum, mood, and ADHD, across the lifespan (3-72 years old)! Myself & my team are excited to offer remote services for assessment, therapy, & interventions. People often seek my services secondary to unanswered questions regarding their struggles at school, home, work, or socially. Some clients have had previous evaluations which have failed to address pressing concerns. I pride myself in getting to the root of the struggles (beyond diagnosis) so that the appropriate recommendations can be made.
(650) 227-3219
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Palo Alto, CA 94306
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Lisa Rosequist
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
Rosequist has extensive training in assessment of children with attention problems (ADD/ADHD), depression, anxiety, traumatic brain injuries, autism spectrum disorders, epilepsy, and physical and learning disabilities.
Lisa Rosequist, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist with a specialty in pediatric neuropsychology and an expert in Psychological Testing. She then completed a post-doctoral fellowship at UC Davis Medical Center, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, where she focused on treatment and recovery of brain injury and cognitive dysfunction secondary to medical diagnoses.
(650) 488-3858 x7
Palo Alto, CA 94301
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Itzuri Angela Hurtado
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
I am a Bilingual Mental health therapist with more than 10 years of experience providing services in English and Spanish. Currently providing affordable, engaging, multi-cultural services in California. Services are tailored to a busy lifestyle through the flexibility of both online and in-person sessions available at your discretion. Specializing in children, teens, families, couples, and adults who are struggling with depression, substance use, anxiety, ADHD, suicidal thoughts, self-harm behaviors, trauma, abuse and neglect, relational problems, anger, autism , and severe mental health.
(650) 459-4517
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Palo Alto, CA 94301
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Cognitive Renewal Inc.
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
As an experienced Licensed Clinical Social Worker, behavioral specialist and experienced therapist I work with a wide range of issues facing children, adolescents and adults. I specialize in working with parents and children struggling with challenges related to ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and Nonverbal Learning Disorders.
(650) 825-6584
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Palo Alto, CA 94301
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David Arbulú
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
I have experience in helping those struggling with anxiety, depression, attention challenges, trauma, and persons living with autism .
Do you or someone you know worry way too much, feel tired all the time, or feel overwhelmed? Are you having difficulties with social situations or communication in your relationships? Not getting enough sleep, losing focus, or tend to procrastinate? If so, I can help! For over 15 years I have worked with individuals and families to connect, heal, and thrive. Hi, I'm David Arbulú, your friendly neighborhood therapist.
(650) 419-8173
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Palo Alto, CA 94301
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Ryann DeSouza
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
Are you struggling with any of the following: trauma, stress, anxiety, depression, LGBTQ+ issues, Autism , hoarding, organizational issues, and parenting issues? I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs. It takes courage to seek a more fulfilling and happier life when taking the first steps towards change. If you are ready to take that step, I am here to support and empower you on this new journey. I am looking for highly motivated individuals that are ready for the challenge, whom are dedicated and motivated to make a positive change in their life. I believe everyone deserves quality care.
(650) 235-4676
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Palo Alto, CA 94304
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Cindy Lin
Psychological Associate, PsyD
Verified
Verified
I am experienced in treating a range of issues: stress, depression, anxiety, OCD, ADHD, autism , trauma, grief, relationships, new mom, parenting and child/teen issues.
My role is to guide and help you in developing insight, greater satisfaction, and symptom relief. I provide support by discussing your concerns and feelings, and by helping you resolve and move towards your goals, such as fulfillment, belonging, to cope with hardship or to feel 'unstuck'. I guide you in examining your situation, struggles and relationships, facilitating deeper understanding and strengths to make positive shifts. My style is warm, collaborative and engaging. I compassionately promote therapeutic healing, growth & change. For youth, I practice a combo of play, talk and behavioral therapy, parent coaching/support.
(650) 753-5068
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Palo Alto, CA 94305
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Michelle May
Licensed Educational Psychologist, LEP, MS, MA, PPS
Verified
Verified
California Licensed Educational Psychologist (LEP) with 20+ years experience working with families to advocate for the best interests of school-age children & youth. Extensive experience determining whether children/youth meet special education eligibility criteria for specific learning disability (SLD), other health impairment (OHI), Autism , emotional disturbance (ED), intellectual disability (ID) &/or traumatic brain injury (TBI). Skilled in crafting legally defensible psychoeducational evaluations, functional behavioral assessments (FBAs), individualized education plans (IEPs), IEP goals, testing accommodations, etc.
(858) 358-5014
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Palo Alto, CA 94306
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Melissa Elizabeth Tamas
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
I am a developmental and clinical psychologist at the Pacific Anxiety Group's Assessment Clinic. We provides neuropsychological assessments and developmental screenings to children and teens for a wide variety of conditions including autism , ADHD, anxiety/depression, learning challenges and developmental delays. My goal is to help families to better understand the difficulties their children face so they can mobilize the resources their child needs to be successful. My assessments are comprehensive, collaborative and strengths based. I want to understand the whole child, their strengths and challenges, to help them thrive.
(650) 610-1528
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Palo Alto, CA 94309
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Open Doors Therapy
Counselor, LPCC, CADC-II
Verified
Verified
I am a dual credentialed Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor with a Master's degree in Mental Health Counseling from Walden University. I am also a Certified Skills System Coach with specialized knowledge in applying therapeutic techniques to meet the needs of the neurodiverse population. I specialize in co-occurring conditions and I am skilled in treating mood disruptions, anxiety, trauma and grief. I also have experience in supporting clients through life transitions, relational conflict, and identity development, among other issues and/or stressors.
(650) 753-7585
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Palo Alto, CA 94303
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Open Doors Therapy
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, LPCC
Verified
Verified
Do you want to explore your neurodivergent identity or suspect you are autistic? Did you experience times in your life where you felt invalidated for who you are or misunderstood? Do you sometimes feel unable to connect with others? Do you experience difficulties navigating life? I specialize in working with clients who have experienced painful messages about themselves and trauma, and are working towards finding balance in their lives. I enjoy working with the LGBTQI+ community and neurodivergent community to help boost self-esteem, build relationships and increase self-advocacy. I offer individual and group therapy online.
(650) 582-1577
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Palo Alto, CA 94306
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Gerard Anthony Chambers
Psychologist, PsyD, PhD
Verified
Verified
**Dr. Chambers is not a therapist and he does not do therapy or any form of treatment. My Philosophy is that you need to diagnose the problem accurately before you can fix the problem! Neuropsychological Evaluations, ADHD Testing, Learning Disability Evaluations, Mental Health Diagnostic Testing, Expert Testimony, Civil Litigation, Court Related Testing, 504 Plans, IEP's, IDEA Accommodations, MCAT Accommodations, Workplace Accommodations, Capacity Evaluations, Wills & Trusts, and much more! Dr. Chambers is a neuropsychologist that offers a wide range of testing and evaluative services for forensic [legal matters] and non-forensic matters. We do not accept insurance.
(321) 241-2834
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Palo Alto, CA 94301
Jennifer Berry Wang
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, MA
Verified
Verified
I am passionate about helping families find balance and maintain connection despite the constant demands and pressures of modern life in the Bay Area. I have been providing therapeutic services to children, teens, adults, and families since 2009. I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT 98916) and specialize in providing therapeutic services to children and families affected by neurodevelopmental disorders. I also provide individual and family counseling to those experiencing a range of clinical and non-clinical issues.
(661) 418-5958
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Palo Alto, CA 94301
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Grace Ramzi Kiriakos
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
You may be feeling stuck in one or more areas of your life, navigating identity issues, wanting to experience more connection in relationships, or seeking a time and space that is totally separate from the other parts of your life - - where you can pause, think, and feel in the privacy of a therapy relationship. I will attempt to engage you in a co-created process of inquiry about your subjective experience (what you are feeling and thinking). I approach psychotherapy collaboratively, meaning, we will do this together.
(510) 619-0342
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Palo Alto, CA 94305
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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.