Autism Therapists in Salinas, CA

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Connections Family and Behavioral Services
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified
Verified
At Connections Family and Behavioral Services work with individuals with ADHD, Autism Spectrum, behavioral, learning, and developmental diagnoses.
Does the world seem chaotic and to not make sense? Does it seem like you should be able to do more, but just can’t? Does it seem like there are social rules everyone else knows? Does it seem like when things go wrong, it’s your fault, but you don’t know why? Are you exhausted from ‘playing the role' of yourself in your life, trying to ‘do it right'? All families want peace, all individuals want greater ease and understanding in their lives. With over 25 years of providing services to exceptional individuals, I know the importance of having the right support for the need at hand.
(831) 453-0442
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Salinas, CA 93901
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$130 per session
Not accepting new clients
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Vanessa Barbosa
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
Assessments include immigration psychological evaluations, competency restoration evaluations and autism spectrum evaluations.
Dr. Vanessa Barbosa (PSY30086) is a Bilingual Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the State of California. Dr. Barbosa has over 8 years of clinical practice and 5 years of forensic experience assessing and treating a variety of Mental Health symptoms and disorders in both English and Spanish of culturally diverse individuals and families. The types of services range from individual therapy, group therapy, family therapy, and psychological assessments. Before starting her private practice, Dr. Barbosa worked in a variety of settings, including community mental health and substance abuse clinics, client homes, At-Risk Youth and schools.
(831) 484-7422
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Salinas, CA 93906
$150 per session
Not accepting new clients
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Discovery Counseling Center
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified
Verified
Life is wonderfully perfect, until we feel it has come to an end. When that dark path presents itself, it is time to take a challenge that perhaps we have avoided for a very long time. A challenge could be perceived as a change which could bring new beginnings or a change, we may fear the most. The question we should be asking ourselves is, “Am I ready to take that challenge?” Mental Health is a part of the human anatomy that is needed for an individual to have the best quality of life. Individuals feelings and emotions are crucial to be validated for individuals to have that best quality of life.
(831) 221-9103
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Salinas, CA 93906
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$40 per session
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Yesenia Y. Flores
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MA, BA
Verified
Verified
It is very normal to feel fear and anxiety when seeking help, but if you take the next step we can work collaboratively to help promote growth and healing moving forward. I utilize a strength based approach and a solution focused model to help strengthen the skills you already have while developing more effective tools to manage current stressors. Throughout my career, I have learned the importance of self-determination, meeting clients where they are and providing a safe space to process emotions and unresolved issues.
(831) 231-0652
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Salinas, CA 93906
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$100 per session
Not accepting new clients
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Kristin Falzett
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
All of us have those moments in life where we finally "get" something, those times when everything finally makes sense. As a therapist it is a pivotal moment in the therapeutic process, as a parent it can be very rewarding to see this occur for your child, and as an individual, it can be the difference between getting stuck in a bad place and moving forward in your life. I work with individuals, children and couples who are facing life's stressors and are looking for the tools to improve the quality of their lives.
(831) 789-2657
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Salinas, CA 93901
$100 per session
Not accepting new clients
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Michael Ryan Guichet
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
4 Endorsed
Verified
4 Endorsed
Marriage and relationships are challenging and it is even harder to ask for what you want. Often people believe they are broken or their desires are shameful and I work to create change and facilitate communication. As a licensed psychotherapist, specializing in sex therapy, I work to help individuals, partners, and couples to connect. It is my passion to heal shame, have the hard talks, and facilitate communication. Personally, I know the challenges of maintaining the passion in a long term relationship and I don't believe it is normal to give up on intimacy.
(831) 346-1251
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Salinas, CA 93901
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$135 (individual)$150 (couples)
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Angela Rose Scornaienchi
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, MFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I bring to my practice as a psychotherapist a compassionate and very focused attention on you and your process, helping to bring clarity to the confusion that can arise when we find ourselves in the suffering of our past and/or fear of the future. With a variety of skilled interventions, I can hold the space necessary for you to discover your path to healing and wholeness, bringing fullness to your life and relationships in the present, and learning to manage life's difficulties as they arrive.
(831) 607-8689
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Salinas, CA 93901
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$160 per session
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Dr. Rebecca A Scott
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
Accepting New Patients. When we feel stuck in our situation, it can create feelings of hopelessness. In addition to the many problems that complicate our daily lives such as anxiety, panic attacks, depression, patients come to me with complex relationship issues including marital distress, divorce recovery, verbal & emotional abuse, loss of child, parent, or spouse. I approach therapy from a holistic perspective, to address the root problem, not just the symptoms. Like physical therapy, the goal is to get well and end treatment. I offer perspective on your experience, and provide clear, concise directions on meeting your goals.
(831) 208-3701
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Salinas, CA 93908
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David N Rubin
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, PPSC, LMFT
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
Congratulations on taking the first step toward healing. One of the most difficult things is to find a therapist who you feel "gets" you, that you feel you can build rapport with. I am a licensed Marriage & Family Therapist and have experience working with children, adolescents and adults, those suffering from trauma, rape, sexual assault, grief and loss, children and adolescents, and those struggling with school issues (academic under achievement, bullying, emotional disturbance). I am providing services via Google Meet and phone. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic I am offering healthcare workers discounted therapy services.
(818) 495-4073
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Marina, CA 93933
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$130 (individual)$150 (couples)
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Meleny Honts
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
Counseling should fit your lifestyle and needs. Your sessions will focus on your goals and you are encouraged to be your authentic self . Life can be stressful and we all could use someone to vent to and collaborate with on solutions and strategies to overcome obstacles. If you prefer a collaborative, personalized, and creative approach to problems, please contact me!
(408) 459-6339
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Marina, CA 93933
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$150 (individual)$180 (couples)
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Cynthia Young
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
I like to take a comprehensive, collaborative approach to treatment and focus on building a professional and positive relationship versus treating a diagnosis. To me, it is important to build a genuine relationship based on trust, openness and honesty, that emphasizes meeting the client where they’re at. I believe the client is an expert in their own lives and my role is to help them become a healthier, happier version of themselves.
(831) 267-6747
Marina, CA 93933
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Jennifer Shepard
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, LPCC, MA
Verified
5 Endorsed
Verified
5 Endorsed
Anxiety, depression and relationship issues are common problems many are experiencing today. My primary motive as a psychotherapist is to help individuals live more meaningful and productive lives in harmony with their families and community. Through effective talk therapy individuals become more courageous, truthful and engaged in the pursuit of individual, family and social harmony.
(805) 800-8978
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Arroyo Grande, CA 93420
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$130 (individual)$190 (couples)

Online Therapists

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Allyson Gayle Moore
Marriage & Family Therapist, BCBA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
I am a Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA) and Licensed Marriage Family Therapist (LMFT) with comprehensive knowledge and extensive experience serving individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other developmental, intellectual, and mental health disabilities, as well as supporting, collaborating, and coordinating care with their families and other service providers.
(415) 301-2529
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Mill Valley, CA 94941
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Ari Daphne Vinion
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MFTA, PCCA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I want to support my clients in feeling whole. This can mean learning how to safely unmask your Autism or ADHD, healing traumas old & new, setting healthy boundaries, strengthening communication with partners, learning new ways to approach challenges without shame, or bringing compassion to chronically ill bodyminds. I specialize in working with neurodivergant people and couples. My young clients enjoy my playful interventions that help them feel confident and proud of being uniquely themselves. My adult clients are relived to tackle challenges without shame and ableism.
(510) 916-2134
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Oakland, CA 94608
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Dr. Amber M Sepsey
Psychologist, PhD, LP, 200 RYT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
Dr. Sepsey is a licensed clinical psychologist and founder of Meraki Psychological Services. She serves children, teens, parents, and emerging adults in Michigan and California. Dr. Sepsey offers therapeutic intervention, neurodevelopmental evaluation, and school advocacy services. She has acquired advanced training at leading institutions including Stanford University and Children’s Hospital of Michigan, where she has gained clinical specialization in working with pediatric chronic pain and illness, as well as supporting individuals across the lifespan to navigate depression, anxiety, trauma, ADHD, and autism .
(248) 385-3330
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San Jose, CA 95125
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$225 per session
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Natalie Foy-Claycomb
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I have experience working with clients with a range of emotional and behavioral challenges, particularly anxiety, depression, ADHD, and Autism .
Youth, adolescence, and early adulthood often involve significant transitions and times of uncertainty, and therapy can provide a supportive environment when there are challenges with navigating and managing these changes. I enjoy providing therapy to children, teenagers, and young adults, as well as working with parents to determine how they can best support and foster the well-being of their children. I conduct therapy in a positive, open, non-judgmental, and culturally-sensitive manner, and I am flexible in working with each client in a way that best suits his or her specific needs.
(650) 334-0737
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Redwood City, CA 94063
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Lori Mothersell
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
I have extensive experience of Autism .
I work with individuals, couples, and families to guide them to achieve more satisfying, meaningful relationships and social adjustment. I believe therapy is a collaborative, creative process to unveil hidden strengths and courage to motivate change and create new experiences in your life. Creating a therapeutic relationship that feels safe and trusting enough to take personal and emotional risks is important. Through an eclectic approach best suited for my client, I have had success treating a wide range of issues including: anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, past trauma, and grief/loss.
(415) 689-9058
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Oakland, CA 94610
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$150 per session
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Megan Hernandez
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified
Verified
Megan leads with hope and curiosity to empower her clients to grow into their best selves. She works collaboratively with clients in order to understand them as a whole person, not just their problems. Megan believes patience, authenticity, and transparency are essential to build trust and safety in the therapeutic relationship. Megan specializes in working with adults and youth who identify as neurodivergent and/or on the autism spectrum, as well as LGBTQ+ individuals. Megan works with clients who are coping with depression, anxiety, PTSD, and relationship struggles.
(831) 249-0198
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Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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$180 (individual)$200 (couples)
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Megan Bradley
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
I specialize in working with children, youth, adults, couples with and without learning and/or developmental disabilities (ADD/ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, etc.
During stressful times, constant worrying, anxiety, anger, and sadness surface and cause disruption with relationships, sleep, eating habits, and health. I strongly believe in the mind and body connection and, with help, stress can be an opportunity for emotional growth. I utilize my clinical experience and evidence-based therapeutic interventions to motivate clients and families towards their own emotional growth. I tailor various therapeutic approaches according to what works for my client and what my client needs to meet their goals.
(925) 318-9684
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Brentwood, CA 94513
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$130 (individual)$150 (couples)
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Dudley Luke
Psychologist, EdM, PhD
Verified
Verified
With training from top national universities and experience at well known agencies, I have effectively treated individuals with anxiety, mood disorder, and ADHD. As well, having worked at the Regional Center for the past 8 years, I have gained extensive knowledge and experience in my work with individuals on the Autism Spectrum, including Aspergers Syndrome. I work therapeutically with children (10 year old and older), adolescents, and young adults. I conduct psycho-educational and psycho-diagnostic assessments as well as comprehensive Autism Spectrum assessments with children ( 6 years old and older), adolescents, and adults.
(650) 656-2769
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Los Altos, CA 94024
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$220 per session
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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.