Autism Therapists in Oak Park, IL

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Ken Chen
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
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LifeSpan Counseling & Psychological Services offers services to children, adolescents, adults, couples and families. I am a bilingual (Mandarin) Clinical Psychologist. My style is warm, practical and straightforward. I specialize in the treatment of depression, anxiety, autism , substance-related disorder, ADHD and trauma. I have worked extensively with culturally diverse school-aged children (5-18), and I also enjoy working with and providing support and coaching for the parents/caregivers. I use a collaborative approach with clients of all ages to help develop treatment goals that are observable and developmentally appropriate.
(708) 401-6925
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Oak Park, IL 60302
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Inclusive Insight Psychotherapy & Consulting
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LSCSW, LCSW
Verified
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I specialize in working with adults, specifically in the areas of life transitions and aging, chronic illnesses, couples and individuals struggling with infertility issues, and parents of children on the autism spectrum.
(708) 613-8708
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Dr. Ashley L Houchin
Psychologist, PsyD
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I have obtained extensive experience evaluating and treating individuals with ADHD, Autism , Anxiety and Depression.
I'm a licensed clinical psychologist with specialized training and experience in development across the lifespan. I enjoy working with individuals on a wide range of issues. We will work together to support your growth and healing.
(630) 354-0225
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Holly DeRosa Walejeski
Counselor, LCPC, ATR
Verified
2 Endorsed
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2 Endorsed
(I am currently providing online tele-health sessions as of 3/17/20 ). My approach as a therapist is warm, kind, and relatable. Recognizing that therapy can be a difficult step to make I strive to help you navigate through the problems that are causing stress or pain. Whether you are looking for help for yourself or your child I am dedicated to helping explore what is preventing you in moving forward in life. I work with individuals with a variety of issues ranging from anxiety and depression to parenting issues and childhood behavioral problems.
(773) 786-9156
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Oak Park, IL 60302
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Alexander Serrano
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MS Ed, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
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1 Endorsed
I strive to be authentic, genuine and transparent with all of my families. If you feel lost or have become frustrated with your child, I'm here to listen and help. Together, lets figure out a solution that works for both you and your family. Speaking of transparency, I'm a kid at heart. I play Mario Kart, 90% of the pictures on my phone are of my dog and still get a little bummed out when I lose at UNO. I tell you this upfront because I expect us to be open and honest with each other throughout this process. In addition to working with young children and adolescents, I also work with adults who are diagnosed on the spectrum.
(312) 586-9395
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Oak Park, IL 60302
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Autism & Anxiety Therapists, INC.
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
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1 Endorsed
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1 Endorsed
Individualized goals are developed for each client and family. Therapy sessions are tailored to match these goals, as well as the unique interpersonal and organizational needs of each client. A variety of treatment strategies are used to target these goals, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) strategies, the use of structure to promote organization and the development of new skills, social problem- solving strategies, and perspective taking strategies.
(708) 406-6590
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Oak Park, IL 60301
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Sarah H Krcmarik
Psychologist, PsyD
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We all have words in our heart that are difficult to speak. Therapy is a great opportunity to bring voice to those words and make sense of their meaning so we can have a greater understanding of who we are and our place in this world. I view therapy as a unique opportunity to know and understand yourself in more profound and meaningful ways so as to allow true clarity, purpose, and healing in everyday life. We will move at a pace that feels comfortable to you, and, ultimately, we will work together to bridge your inner emotional life to past and current experiences to then provide a renewed and hopeful understanding of yourself.
(708) 627-2274
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Oak Park, IL 60301
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Ilana Morgan-Lopez
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MSW, Type 73
Verified
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With approximately 10 years of experience working in the social work field with adolescents and adults, I bring an array of therapeutic skills to sessions. In working with individual clients, I focus on creating an environment in which they feel at ease and respected. I have a strength for working with adolescents and their families on improving communication and supporting youth with their need to develop distress tolerance and consequential decision-making skills. In addition, I enjoy assisting adults with managing distress, establishing boundaries, and exploring future planning and goal setting.
(708) 725-0420
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Oak Park, IL 60301
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Shelly Gasper
Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor, MS, LCPC
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Challenges in life are unavoidable, but I believe that with the right therapist in the right environment, people can move in a positive direction. My philosophy is to empower my clients and help them discover the tools they need to move them forward in a productive, beneficial way.
(773) 661-4680
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Oak Park, IL 60301
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Leo Lease
Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, LCPC, MA
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I provide counseling for kids, adolescents, and adults. My clients often come in to reflect on trauma, relational stressors, depression, anxiety, attachment, and self esteem. Special areas of interest include working within the queer community and helping others gain access to gender affirming care. I also often work with clients who are exploring and managing personality traits, and/or children or partners of others with personality disorders. My approach is relational, trauma informed, and driven through non judgement. I recognize the multiple systems that effect your experiences and relationships.
(708) 722-8843
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Amanda R Hensley
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
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Hello! I’m Amanda and I’m a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I’m also a Marvel fan, a mom, a vegetarian and a cat lover. In my life I’ve been driven by strong curiosity of people and what makes us develop into who we are and how we become more. I sought a Master’s degree in Social Work and upon graduating in 2012 it has been my honor to work with people of all ages and stages of life to help them find their voice, their sense of balance, and most importantly, their compassion for themselves.
(708) 740-5371
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Oak Park, IL 60302
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Colin A. Brietzke
Psychologist, PsyD
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2 Endorsed
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2 Endorsed
Dr. Brietzke specializes in the neuropsychological evaluation of a wide range of disorders of the brain including head injuries, ADHD, learning difficulties, emotional problems and memory disorders. The neuropsychological testing offered by Dr. Brietzke provides a more specific understanding of brain functioning than psychological, psychiatric or school-based testing does, resulting in more accurate diagnosis and more effective treatment. He also integrates the cutting-edge neuroimaging and brainmapping tools with traditional neuropsychological tests. This allows for unprecedented levels of understanding of an individual's underlying brain processes and opens up many new treatment options.
(708) 320-1141
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Oak Park, IL 60301
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Innovative Counseling Partners, LLC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LPCP
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Our providers have Master’s degree in counseling and social work. Our experience has been in the area of mental health both inpatient and outpatient spanning over the past 30 years providing individual psychotherapy for adults, adolescents, couples and families as well as EAP counseling support. Many of our providers have also enjoyed doing group therapy for Stress management, adult partial hospitalization program, co-facilitating parents group, case management, crisis stabilization, and in-home counseling.
(773) 312-3612
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Oak Park, IL 60301
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Brittany Adams Yee
Psychologist, MA, PsyD
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LifeSpan Counseling & Psychological Services offers services to children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. In therapy, I tend to take a collaborative, egalitarian approach to treatment. I am open and nonjudgmental, and I take special time to tailor treatment approaches to fit each individual therapeutic relationship. I practice from a predominately existential-phenomenological framework where individual needs, meaning-making, and pursuit of happiness are emphasized. I also incorporate elements of cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and attachment theory as needed.
(708) 725-0434
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Oak Park, IL 60302
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Matthew Schneider
Pre-Licensed Professional, PsyD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Dr. Schneider's approach to therapy emphasizes feelings of trust, safety, warmth, and authenticity to encourage his clients as they grow by developing self-knowledge and self-compassion throughout the therapeutic process. He draws from multiple perspectives to help understand and walk with his clients as they integrate their courage, creativity, curiosity, and strengths into their lives. Dr. Schneider’s clients use their strengths to address past memories, process difficult emotions and life experiences, and develop a vision for a hopeful and fulfilling future.
(708) 265-3883
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Oak Park, IL 60301
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Elisha-Rio Pineda Apilado
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, ATR-P
Verified
1 Endorsed
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1 Endorsed
“Although my official title reads “Counselor and Art Therapist”, my clients know me as an identity-crisis guide, self-love igniter, and artistic ally. I help people who carry a heavy weight on their shoulders: the responsibility to be who others expect them to be, the dance of trying to relate to their family and their friends without feeling like a chameleon, and the pressure to fit in while staying true to themselves. My clients come to me because they are tired of holding back in their relationships and they’re finally ready to create an identity where they can confidently be their authentic selves with everyone in their lives.
(708) 742-8842
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Oak Park, IL 60301
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Amanda Zoloto
Pre-Licensed Professional, BA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Are you or your child going through significant life changes? Do you just need support for hands-full, every day challenges? I work with pre-teens, teens and adults in all stages of life. I use a trauma-informed approach and draw from a wealth of personal experience including trauma, grief and loss, major life transitions, and parenting children of varying ages and diverse needs. You are the expert on your lived experience, so I will not strive to fix or solve. My approach is open, gentle, and caring.
(708) 261-0491
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Oak Park, IL 60302
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Christine T Look
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
My work with clients focuses on their individual needs and goals, to understand and support their
(708) 905-2595
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Oak Park, IL 60301
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Hope Psychological Services
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
Emotional well-being is central to our overall quality of life, and we believe everyone deserves the chance to live in healthy and healed ways. We are a diverse group of practitioners committed to providing effective and helpful treatment to improve emotional and psychological well-being. We will work together with you or your loved one to relieve emotional and psychological distress, increase self-awareness and healthy coping skills, foster insight, and to improve overall well-being within daily life and in relationships with others.
(708) 290-7345
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Oak Park, IL 60301
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Micaela Noelle Bates
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
Congratulations on taking the difficult, but brave, step to research options for support! I am here to act as a GPS on your journey to self actualization - whether you currently find yourself in the packing stage, are determining your destination, or you're looking to discover "how did I end up here?' My passion and my training work to aid you in defining your truths and walking boldly in them. Wellness is achieved when you can look at your worn-out shoes and esteem them for getting you this far instead of forever cursing the road that damaged them. Be well.
(708) 377-9663
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Oak Park, IL 60301
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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.