Autism Therapists in Denver, CO

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Insights, Colorado Assessment & Therapy
Psychologist
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80206
Insights specializes in diagnostic and therapy services for children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Learning Disabilities, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, and comorbid anxiety and depression.
We have immediate therapy openings for clients who have Health First Medicaid, Colorado Access, or CCHA, thanks to the addition of two new therapists to our team: Makyyah Dawkins MSW, and Samantha Gutherless, MA, LPCC. Makyyah Dawkins is passionate about working with youth, the LGBTQ+ community, neurodivergent clients, and expanding mental health services to diverse populations. Sam Gutherless is a has worked with young and middle aged adults and is passionate about social justice advocacy and identity work.
Insights specializes in diagnostic and therapy services for children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Learning Disabilities, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, and comorbid anxiety and depression.
We have immediate therapy openings for clients who have Health First Medicaid, Colorado Access, or CCHA, thanks to the addition of two new therapists to our team: Makyyah Dawkins MSW, and Samantha Gutherless, MA, LPCC. Makyyah Dawkins is passionate about working with youth, the LGBTQ+ community, neurodivergent clients, and expanding mental health services to diverse populations. Sam Gutherless is a has worked with young and middle aged adults and is passionate about social justice advocacy and identity work.
(720) 706-4114 View (720) 706-4114
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Mandy Dorsett
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80223  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
Are you neurodivergent? Are you tired of therapists who give you useless advice like "have you tried writing it down in a planner?" Me too! My goal is to give folks with ADHD and autism skills and methods that work for your unique brain, not the same tired advice you've heard before. I combine evidence-based approaches like Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy with problem solving skills tailored to your specific needs, so we can identify and deal with the things that are getting in the way of living your best life. Please visit my website for more information about my approach!
Are you neurodivergent? Are you tired of therapists who give you useless advice like "have you tried writing it down in a planner?" Me too! My goal is to give folks with ADHD and autism skills and methods that work for your unique brain, not the same tired advice you've heard before. I combine evidence-based approaches like Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Dialectical Behavior Therapy with problem solving skills tailored to your specific needs, so we can identify and deal with the things that are getting in the way of living your best life. Please visit my website for more information about my approach!
(720) 790-6545 View (720) 790-6545
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Alexandra Ament
Psychologist, PhD, BCBA
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80222
Supporting youth with developmental disabilities and their families is my area of passion and expertise. I strive to help families understand why their child might be struggling and how to best support them. My extensive training in psychology and behavior analysis allows me to view behavioral, emotional, and social challenges from unique perspectives. I specialize in youth with autism and co-occurring disorders and take a strengths-based approach to help them strive and reduce challenges around behavior and mental health concerns.
Supporting youth with developmental disabilities and their families is my area of passion and expertise. I strive to help families understand why their child might be struggling and how to best support them. My extensive training in psychology and behavior analysis allows me to view behavioral, emotional, and social challenges from unique perspectives. I specialize in youth with autism and co-occurring disorders and take a strengths-based approach to help them strive and reduce challenges around behavior and mental health concerns.
(720) 442-8146 View (720) 442-8146
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Lori Schumacher
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, NCC
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80206
I have experience working with a diversity of needs, though I specialize working with families, children, teens on the autism spectrum.
Many of us carry the idea that happiness is about being content, cheerful, carrying a smile on one's face all the time. Rather, I like to think of well-being as a balance in one's "emotional ecosystem," or variety of different emotions we allow ourselves to experience.I believe that our emotional flexibility to experience a full range of emotions (positive, negative, & a mix of both) is strongly linked to our feelings of happiness & well-being. No, I don't believe there's anything wrong with you. Perhaps all you need rightnow are tools to help you embrace the full range of your human experience while "surfing" those emotional waves.
I have experience working with a diversity of needs, though I specialize working with families, children, teens on the autism spectrum.
Many of us carry the idea that happiness is about being content, cheerful, carrying a smile on one's face all the time. Rather, I like to think of well-being as a balance in one's "emotional ecosystem," or variety of different emotions we allow ourselves to experience.I believe that our emotional flexibility to experience a full range of emotions (positive, negative, & a mix of both) is strongly linked to our feelings of happiness & well-being. No, I don't believe there's anything wrong with you. Perhaps all you need rightnow are tools to help you embrace the full range of your human experience while "surfing" those emotional waves.
(720) 571-9359 View (720) 571-9359
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Cat de Vilder
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80210
Waitlist for new clients
I have experience working with clients with LGBTQIA+ identities and neurodivergence, including clients with Autism and other developmental disabilities.
Welcome! My name is Cat and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor. I currently provide individual and couples therapy. I work with a range of clinical presentations including anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorders, PTSD, and obsessive compulsive disorders, as well as those who have complex trauma histories. I believe in providing a holistic approach that honors the many different intersections each person has, so I'm excited to learn more about you and your needs to be able to tailor your sessions specifically to you.
I have experience working with clients with LGBTQIA+ identities and neurodivergence, including clients with Autism and other developmental disabilities.
Welcome! My name is Cat and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor. I currently provide individual and couples therapy. I work with a range of clinical presentations including anxiety, depression, substance use, bipolar disorders, PTSD, and obsessive compulsive disorders, as well as those who have complex trauma histories. I believe in providing a holistic approach that honors the many different intersections each person has, so I'm excited to learn more about you and your needs to be able to tailor your sessions specifically to you.
(303) 647-6415 View (303) 647-6415
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Michael Wright
Psychologist, PhD, BCBA
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80238
Every child with Autism Spectrum Disorder deserves access to life-changing therapy as quickly as possible. And every family deserves to be a partner in delivering that therapy. My Diagnostic Evaluations - and Ascend's in-home Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy - are premised on swift access to therapy and on our partnership with you. Our priority is to see your child succeed.
Every child with Autism Spectrum Disorder deserves access to life-changing therapy as quickly as possible. And every family deserves to be a partner in delivering that therapy. My Diagnostic Evaluations - and Ascend's in-home Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) therapy - are premised on swift access to therapy and on our partnership with you. Our priority is to see your child succeed.
(520) 217-8559 View (520) 217-8559
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Christina Aegerter
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80211
Waitlist for new clients
I specialize in young adults struggling with transitions, anxiety, and depression, as well as individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).
*Currently accepting new telehealth clients in the state of Colorado, you are not alone!* Does it feel like everyone else knows what they are doing, but you are completely lost? Are you struggling with figuring out how to adult? Are you ready to take your life back? The good news is, you are not alone. I can help you recognize that you are not broken or ineffective, but rather the strategies you are using to make yourself feel better are not working. We will explore where these unhelpful strategies came from and work to develop healthier strategies so that you can get your life back again.
I specialize in young adults struggling with transitions, anxiety, and depression, as well as individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).
*Currently accepting new telehealth clients in the state of Colorado, you are not alone!* Does it feel like everyone else knows what they are doing, but you are completely lost? Are you struggling with figuring out how to adult? Are you ready to take your life back? The good news is, you are not alone. I can help you recognize that you are not broken or ineffective, but rather the strategies you are using to make yourself feel better are not working. We will explore where these unhelpful strategies came from and work to develop healthier strategies so that you can get your life back again.
(720) 709-1604 View (720) 709-1604
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Danielle Mohr
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80211
Dr. Danielle Mohr is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist at Wolff Child Psychology. She earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Colorado State University. Her graduate training focused on assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with ADHD, learning disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and mood and behavioral concerns. Dr. Mohr completed her pre-doctoral internship at Community Reach Center, in Adams County, Colorado, and a post-doctoral fellowship in clinical child psychology at the University of California at Davis Medical Center.
Dr. Danielle Mohr is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist at Wolff Child Psychology. She earned her M.S. and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Colorado State University. Her graduate training focused on assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with ADHD, learning disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and mood and behavioral concerns. Dr. Mohr completed her pre-doctoral internship at Community Reach Center, in Adams County, Colorado, and a post-doctoral fellowship in clinical child psychology at the University of California at Davis Medical Center.
(720) 730-5784 View (720) 730-5784
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Lila Kimel
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80231
I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and I have over 10 years of experience evaluating and treating individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. I also have specialized training in evaluating and treating children and adolescents with learning disabilities, intellectual and executive functioning difficulties, developmental challenges, ADHD, behavioral difficulties, as well as neurological and genetic disorders, and anxiety, and mood disorders. I provide guidance for parents, and consultations with educators and schools regarding how to best facilitate the development of children. I also provide psycho-legal consultation in cases related to individuals with developmental disabilities that are involved in the legal system.
I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and I have over 10 years of experience evaluating and treating individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders. I also have specialized training in evaluating and treating children and adolescents with learning disabilities, intellectual and executive functioning difficulties, developmental challenges, ADHD, behavioral difficulties, as well as neurological and genetic disorders, and anxiety, and mood disorders. I provide guidance for parents, and consultations with educators and schools regarding how to best facilitate the development of children. I also provide psycho-legal consultation in cases related to individuals with developmental disabilities that are involved in the legal system.
(303) 835-9481 View (303) 835-9481
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Tiffany W. Wind, PhD
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80206
I specialize in helping people understand themselves by finding an accurate diagnosis through psychological evaluations. This leads to an explanation of their experiences. Evaluations help unlock awareness of your true self and your deepest gifts. I enjoy working with people who feel like outsiders and who may identify as neurodivergent. This can be people who are quirky and may wonder about giftedness, autism, ADHD, sensory sensitivities, being highly sensitive, having tics, or who have gender or cultural issues that make them feel like they never quite fit in. I also evaluate for anxiety, mood and other issues.
I specialize in helping people understand themselves by finding an accurate diagnosis through psychological evaluations. This leads to an explanation of their experiences. Evaluations help unlock awareness of your true self and your deepest gifts. I enjoy working with people who feel like outsiders and who may identify as neurodivergent. This can be people who are quirky and may wonder about giftedness, autism, ADHD, sensory sensitivities, being highly sensitive, having tics, or who have gender or cultural issues that make them feel like they never quite fit in. I also evaluate for anxiety, mood and other issues.
(303) 351-5875 View (303) 351-5875
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Liz Cason
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, CAS
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80222
I am passionate about working with individuals with Autism and Developmental disorders and am here to provide evidence based interventions and counseling so that every client can reach their fullest and healthiest potential.
If you or your child/teen struggles with challenges related to Autism, ADHD, or intellectual or learning disabilities I would love to support you. Neurodiverse children often have challenges with socialization, communication, and specific interests. Through child-led play and cognitive behavioral support I work with children to strengthen skills and regulate emotions. If your child is older or in adolescence there may be additional challenges with Neurodiversity such as anxiety or depression. I utilize CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) and mindfulness based therapy to support clients and help them reach their goals.
I am passionate about working with individuals with Autism and Developmental disorders and am here to provide evidence based interventions and counseling so that every client can reach their fullest and healthiest potential.
If you or your child/teen struggles with challenges related to Autism, ADHD, or intellectual or learning disabilities I would love to support you. Neurodiverse children often have challenges with socialization, communication, and specific interests. Through child-led play and cognitive behavioral support I work with children to strengthen skills and regulate emotions. If your child is older or in adolescence there may be additional challenges with Neurodiversity such as anxiety or depression. I utilize CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy) and mindfulness based therapy to support clients and help them reach their goals.
(720) 637-1098 View (720) 637-1098
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Dr. Chelse Song
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80211  (Online Only)
Welcome! I'm Dr. Chelse Song (they/she), and I specialize in: LGBTQIA mental health (including transgender healthcare through all stages of transition), Intimate Partner Violence/relationship abuse; Trauma and PTSD; coping with chronic illness, disability, and chronic pain; Religious trauma & spiritual abuse; and concerns around neurodiversity (Autism, ADHD, LD, dyslexia). My "ideal" client wants to be heard, to have a therapist who "gets it" and doesn't pathologize them or force them into a box. Now offering online scheduling on my website: anewsong.clientsecure.me
Welcome! I'm Dr. Chelse Song (they/she), and I specialize in: LGBTQIA mental health (including transgender healthcare through all stages of transition), Intimate Partner Violence/relationship abuse; Trauma and PTSD; coping with chronic illness, disability, and chronic pain; Religious trauma & spiritual abuse; and concerns around neurodiversity (Autism, ADHD, LD, dyslexia). My "ideal" client wants to be heard, to have a therapist who "gets it" and doesn't pathologize them or force them into a box. Now offering online scheduling on my website: anewsong.clientsecure.me
(720) 743-3646 View (720) 743-3646
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Alexandra Manion
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80211
Her assessment and intervention experience includes infants, children, and adolescents with learning disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, trauma, emotional and behavioral concerns, as well as complex medical presentations.
Dr. Manion is a Licensed Psychologist at Wolff Child Psychology. She received her Ph.D. in Child, Family, and School Psychology from the University of Denver, and her M.A in Educational Psychology from the University of Colorado. Her experience and expertise represent a blend of both clinical and school-based delivery, with a focus on neuropsychological assessment and evidence-based intervention. Dr. Manion completed pre-doctoral training in pediatric neuropsychology at Children’s Hospital Colorado, in addition to completing an APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship in neuropsychology at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, MI.
Her assessment and intervention experience includes infants, children, and adolescents with learning disorders, Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD, trauma, emotional and behavioral concerns, as well as complex medical presentations.
Dr. Manion is a Licensed Psychologist at Wolff Child Psychology. She received her Ph.D. in Child, Family, and School Psychology from the University of Denver, and her M.A in Educational Psychology from the University of Colorado. Her experience and expertise represent a blend of both clinical and school-based delivery, with a focus on neuropsychological assessment and evidence-based intervention. Dr. Manion completed pre-doctoral training in pediatric neuropsychology at Children’s Hospital Colorado, in addition to completing an APA-accredited pre-doctoral internship in neuropsychology at Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, MI.
(720) 523-1470 View (720) 523-1470
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Colleen Corcoran
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80203
I provide evaluation, recommendations, and diagnostic clarification for autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, learning disorders, cognitive impairments, behavioral needs, giftedness, and social/emotional issues.
Viewing my role in clients’ lives as a privilege, I approach my work with warmth, candor, and a genuine belief in one's potential for growth. I provide therapy for individuals across the lifespan. Difficulties in adulthood often stem from longstanding patterns of relating to ourselves and others that are no longer serving us. Through greater awareness of these patterns and our internal emotional world, we are better able to cope and connect.
I provide evaluation, recommendations, and diagnostic clarification for autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, learning disorders, cognitive impairments, behavioral needs, giftedness, and social/emotional issues.
Viewing my role in clients’ lives as a privilege, I approach my work with warmth, candor, and a genuine belief in one's potential for growth. I provide therapy for individuals across the lifespan. Difficulties in adulthood often stem from longstanding patterns of relating to ourselves and others that are no longer serving us. Through greater awareness of these patterns and our internal emotional world, we are better able to cope and connect.
(720) 836-1827 View (720) 836-1827
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Nissa Jackman
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, ATR-BC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80247  (Online Only)
Are you looking for a therapist who will work with your unique, gifted, often quirky, needs and nurture you through your strengths? Are you or a child in your life struggling to cope with big feelings and changes? Have you or your child been diagnosed with, or show signs of, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Social Anxiety, feeling "different", or problems with self-confidence? Are you frustrated by how difficult it is to communicate your thoughts and feelings effectively with others? Or do you avoid your feelings for fear of being overwhelmed by them?
Are you looking for a therapist who will work with your unique, gifted, often quirky, needs and nurture you through your strengths? Are you or a child in your life struggling to cope with big feelings and changes? Have you or your child been diagnosed with, or show signs of, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Social Anxiety, feeling "different", or problems with self-confidence? Are you frustrated by how difficult it is to communicate your thoughts and feelings effectively with others? Or do you avoid your feelings for fear of being overwhelmed by them?
(720) 903-4854 View (720) 903-4854
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Kevin Fay
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80204  (Online Only)
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and have worked in the mental health field since 2011. In this time, I have gained extensive experience with a variety of individuals and families, from children to adults, addressing a wide range of concerns. My main experience includes working with neurodiverse individuals on the autism spectrum. I also have experience with issues including ADHD, anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders. I value a variety of cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds and strive to have a diverse clientele.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and have worked in the mental health field since 2011. In this time, I have gained extensive experience with a variety of individuals and families, from children to adults, addressing a wide range of concerns. My main experience includes working with neurodiverse individuals on the autism spectrum. I also have experience with issues including ADHD, anxiety, depression, and other mood disorders. I value a variety of cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds and strive to have a diverse clientele.
(720) 961-2177 View (720) 961-2177
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Cara Anne Vaccarello
Psychologist, PhD, NCSP
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80222
I have expertise and passion in comprehensive assessment and support services for children and adolescents with diverse neurodevelopmental strengths and areas of challenge. I strive to create a positive, comfortable evaluation process for your family so that your precious one has access to the supports to help him/her thrive. Collaborating with your child's school, family, and other professionals is very important to me. I am a licensed Clinical Psychologist and Nationally-Certified School Psychologist specializing in assessment of autism spectrum disorder, learning disorders, attention-deficit disorder, intellectual disorder, etc.
I have expertise and passion in comprehensive assessment and support services for children and adolescents with diverse neurodevelopmental strengths and areas of challenge. I strive to create a positive, comfortable evaluation process for your family so that your precious one has access to the supports to help him/her thrive. Collaborating with your child's school, family, and other professionals is very important to me. I am a licensed Clinical Psychologist and Nationally-Certified School Psychologist specializing in assessment of autism spectrum disorder, learning disorders, attention-deficit disorder, intellectual disorder, etc.
(833) 953-2943 View (833) 953-2943
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Adrienne Marcellus
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, LCAS
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80206  (Online Only)
I provide official Autism, ADHD, and OCD assessments, diagnoses, and full clinical report. I specialize in assessing and identifying adults who are seeking clarity around their neurodivergence and those who MAY have "gone under the radar". I use the gold standard MIGDAS-2 for Autism and CAARS for ADHD, along with a battery of other tests and scales. I am currently full for my therapy caseload and am only doing assessments and evaluations at this time.
I provide official Autism, ADHD, and OCD assessments, diagnoses, and full clinical report. I specialize in assessing and identifying adults who are seeking clarity around their neurodivergence and those who MAY have "gone under the radar". I use the gold standard MIGDAS-2 for Autism and CAARS for ADHD, along with a battery of other tests and scales. I am currently full for my therapy caseload and am only doing assessments and evaluations at this time.
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Rocky Mountain Behavioral Medicine
Psychologist, PhD, PsyD, MA, LPC
Verified Verified
Denver, CO 80224
We provide neurodevelopmental evaluations that test for learning disorders and ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder evaluations, neuropsychological evaluations that look at brain functioning for those who have suffered a stroke, brain injury, or Alzheimer's, and psychological evaluations which can provide insight into the individual's behaviors and personality.
Our approach utilizes the biopsychosocial approach to evaluation and treatment; this means we strive to understand the biological, psychological, and social factors that influence the health and wellness of our clients. Our services are often referred to as "behavioral medicine" or "medical psychology;" this is due to taking a holistic approach in our treatment considering the whole person - physical, mental, emotional, and social. We often work collaboratively with other professions such as primary care physicians, occupational therapists, social workers, chaplains, and others who are important to one's individual network of care.
We provide neurodevelopmental evaluations that test for learning disorders and ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder evaluations, neuropsychological evaluations that look at brain functioning for those who have suffered a stroke, brain injury, or Alzheimer's, and psychological evaluations which can provide insight into the individual's behaviors and personality.
Our approach utilizes the biopsychosocial approach to evaluation and treatment; this means we strive to understand the biological, psychological, and social factors that influence the health and wellness of our clients. Our services are often referred to as "behavioral medicine" or "medical psychology;" this is due to taking a holistic approach in our treatment considering the whole person - physical, mental, emotional, and social. We often work collaboratively with other professions such as primary care physicians, occupational therapists, social workers, chaplains, and others who are important to one's individual network of care.
(720) 633-9693 View (720) 633-9693
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Brian Wolff
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Denver, CO 80211
I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with specialized training in the evaluation of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Dyslexia and other learning disabilities, intellectual and executive functioning, developmental challenges, ADHD, anxiety, depression, and behavioral difficulties. My clinical work is grounded in evidence-based research and employs a primarily cognitive-behavioral approach to assessment and therapy. I also collaborate with families in developing and sustaining educational and treatment plans focused on supporting the academic, cognitive, social-emotional, and behavioral needs of children and teenagers. Plans can include individual and/or family therapy, as well as consultation with school teams and health professionals.
I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist with specialized training in the evaluation of Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), Dyslexia and other learning disabilities, intellectual and executive functioning, developmental challenges, ADHD, anxiety, depression, and behavioral difficulties. My clinical work is grounded in evidence-based research and employs a primarily cognitive-behavioral approach to assessment and therapy. I also collaborate with families in developing and sustaining educational and treatment plans focused on supporting the academic, cognitive, social-emotional, and behavioral needs of children and teenagers. Plans can include individual and/or family therapy, as well as consultation with school teams and health professionals.
(303) 747-4015 View (303) 747-4015
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.