Autism Therapists in Ann Arbor, MI

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Katie Czarnik
Masters Social Worker, LLMSW
Verified
Verified
Hello! I'm Katie, I'm so excited you are here, I discovered my passion for working with children, teens, and families at a young age. I always knew I would work with kids. I became extremely interested in the neurodivergent population after learning more about the way my own brain works and finding the importance of this community for myself. I specialize in Autism , ADHD, other neurodivergence, and the LGBTQIA2S+ community. I am passionate about helping children and families to develop tools, manage emotions, and identify burnout and coping skills.
(734) 415-9570
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Ann Arbor, MI 48105
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Ethan Milner
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW-C
Verified
Verified
For anyone searching for an ally in approaching the challenges of life, choosing therapy can be a great option. In particular, I help folks who are coping with trauma, depression, anxiety, and ADHD. I specialize in working with individual adults, adolescents, and with families (parent-child focus). Another area of experience is helping individuals and families from adolescence to adulthood in understanding and navigating neurodivergence, especially as related to Autism . I welcome folks from any walk of life, though my practice is explicitly anti-racist, LGBTQQ+ positive, disability-conscious, and cognizant of systemic harm.
(734) 999-4173
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Ann Arbor, MI 48103
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Michael Linkevich
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified
Verified
Is something out of balance in your life? With yourself? Your child? Your effectiveness as a parent? Your relationships? Life circumstances/transitions? If it is, please know that my way of practicing is to non-judgmentally understand what is going on--what area of your life is being negatively impacted. Then we can collaboratively work on establishing goals and a treatment plan. Whether it is Anxiety, OCD, Autism (including very young kids with autism ), Depression/Bipolar, Behavior Problems, ADHD, Trauma or Insomnia, there is a way for you or your child to feel more in control, grounded and balanced.
(734) 800-8440
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Ann Arbor, MI 48103
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Suzi Naguib
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
Naguib worked as a staff psychologist at the University of Michigan Autism and Communication Disorders Center (UMACC).
Suzi Naguib, Psy.D. is a passionate and dedicated psychologist and a strong advocate for those affected by behavioral, emotional, and developmental disabilities. Dr. Naguib founded Sunfield Center in August of 2011. Sunfield Center is an outpatient mental health center dedicated to transforming the lives of children, adolescents, and adults struggling with developmental, behavioral and emotional difficulties. Sunfield Center provide exceptional care and high quality trainings to professionals in our community and around the world.
(734) 619-8231
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
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Katie Sawchuk
Psychologist, PsyD, LP
Verified
Verified
Located in Ann Arbor, I provide individual and family therapy, psychological testing and consultation services to children, adolescents, young adults and families to help them find direction, support and feel empowered in their every day lives. I specialize in working with children, adolescents, young adults and families. My expertise includes providing evidenced-based care for individuals with neurodiversity ( Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD), depression, anxiety, identity development, as well as supportive parent management training. I provide both psychotherapy and ASD testing services.
(734) 807-3254
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Ruth Spalding
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I will be accepting folks for Autism Assessments starting in January 2023. I use a neurodiversity affirming, strengths-based perspective, and an anti-oppressive lens on the reality that we're in a neurotypical world. I would encourage people who are interested in an Autism Assessment to check out my website which has more information. Unfortunately for Assesssments, I cannot take insurance. I'm not accepting individual therapy clients at this time.
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Complete Neuropsychology Services
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
As a mom of a tween with Autism and ADHD, I know how hard it is to find help and how stressful that can be.
We specialize in neuropsychological assessments and evidence-based treatment for children, teens, and adults, while also providing treatment for anxiety and mood conditions. Do you or a loved one have difficulty at school, work, or with relationships? Are you concerned about your child's social development? Are you wondering if your child has ADHD or a learning disability? Are you concerned about changes with your parent's memory or behavior? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then we can help. - Erin Mark, PhD, Clinic Director
(734) 629-4283
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Ann Arbor, MI 48105
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Jen McCulloch
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I provide caring support to clients with emotional, behavioral, academic and professional needs. Some of the areas I support include: Depression, Anxiety, Autism , Learning Disabilities, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Healthy Aging, and Self-Esteem Difficulties. I provide Psychotherapy along with Executive Function interventions. My approach includes a strength-based model to support clients in creating and meeting the goals they establish for their own growth. I am enthusiastic about helping individuals to find their strengths and to be their personal best.
(734) 823-7955
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Mark Bowers
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
Dr. Mark Bowers is a Pediatric Psychologist in Brighton, MI. He is clinical director of the Brighton Center. He has worked with children, adolescents, young adults, and families for over 15 years. He specializes in neurodevelopmental diagnoses (i.e., Autism Spectrum, Asperger's, ADHD, Traumatic Brain Injury, and Learning Difficulties) and teaching 'quirky' kids social skills. Dr. Bowers was named a "Mom Approved" Top Doctor. He developed an app (www.mysosh.com) to help children improve their social skills that has been downloaded in over 60 countries and is being used in elementary/high schools and colleges across the US.
(810) 479-5285
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Suppression 2 Expression Counseling
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NCC, ASDCS
Verified
4 Endorsed
Verified
4 Endorsed
We believe that you are the master of your own life and that therapy is a joint process that we can navigate together. We are here to help you develop the tools and understanding needed to create the life you want and meet your long and short term goals. Our mission is to provide more accessible services to underserved clients. Our counselors can help with a variety of different concerns, such as struggles related to anxiety, ADHD, autism , depression, trauma, self esteem, LGBTQ+ related concerns, self-harm, OCD, substance use, relationship issues, chronic illness, family conflict, and more. We are best reached by email.
(616) 344-5295
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Steven Gilpin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
I have experience and knowledge in working with individuals that are TBLGQ or live with grief, trauma, autism , PTSD, C-PTSD, Anxiety, Depression, and many other mental health concerns.
I believe therapy is a space where you can unload things that you are struggling to carry alone, develop clear insight, build greater self-compassion, and address barriers that keep you from achieving your goals. The first step in doing any one of these things is building a strong relationship with your therapist. I strive to make this possible by providing an open, judgement-free, and warm space where you can share who you are and what you are struggling to manage. I regularly work with folx age 14 and up on finding ways to manage their anxious or depressive thinking, and alleviate their stress.
(734) 869-8070
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Ann Arbor, MI 48103
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Dr. Fiona K. Miller
Psychologist, PhD, ABPP
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She specializes in Autism and Developmental evaluations, Parent Psychotherapy, and treatment for disruptive behavior, anxiety, and depression throughout childhood and adolescence.
Dr. Miller is a Board Certified Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychologist with extensive experience helping children, adolescents and their families cope with life's challenges. She prioritizes relational health and values excellence in individualized and family-centered care.
(734) 359-6087
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Ann Arbor, MI 48104
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Wendy L Thompson
Psychologist, PhD, LP, Fully, License
Verified
Verified
I provide autism evaluations utilizing the ADOS and ADIR, neuropsychological, and educational evaluations.
Are you feeling sad, depressed, worried, fighting, arguing, anxious, feeling stuck, unhappy, having communication issues, inattention, concentration problems, social skills problems, low self confidence, relationship problems, or need crisis intervention? Have you experienced trauma? Do you want to enhance peek performance in sports or everyday life with the development of mental skills (concentration, imagery, self talk, etc.)? I worked with a diversity of problems including parenting skills, child behavior disorders, autism , marital discord, job finding skills, fears and nervous habits, stress, depression, assertiveness training, panic disorder, phobias, social skills deficit, emotional and behavioral problems. I specialize in cognitive behavior therapy.
(734) 720-8574
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Ann Arbor, MI 48104
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Charles Francis Spinazola
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
I have over fifty years of providing a complete range of psychological services including neuropsychological evaluations, forensic evaluations, and treatment with psychotherapy and biofeedback. I employ a comprehensive program to assist children, adolescents, and adults with autism , depression, anxiety, AD(H)D, and concussions or traumatic brain injury. I am the only Fully Licensed PhD psychologist in Michigan who combines psychotherapy, neurofeedback, and QEEG-guided neurofeedback protocol development by a Board Certified Neurologist (Dr. Walker at www. neurotherapydallas.com) from the data bases at www.appliedneuroscience.com.
(734) 436-3610
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Ann Arbor, MI 48104
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Bronwyn Murray
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
I strive to provide quality and affordable services to college students on the autism spectrum.
I will help you find a way to connect to others that doesn't feel forced or overwhelming. Feeling sad or angry for no reason; worried that you'll always be alone, that you don't have anything interesting to say or that no-one will accept you for what you are; feeling overlooked or misunderstood; fearful that you'll never have the confidence or discipline to turn things around - these issues can be successfully addressed.
(734) 606-0384
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Ann Arbor, MI 48104
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Julian Ho
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LLMSW
Verified
Verified
I work with clients seeking support for ADHD, Anxiety, Autism , Chronic Illness/Pain, Depression, Disability, Grief/Loss, LGBTQ+, PTSD, Relationship Issues, Self Esteem, and Trauma. I am passionate about working with immigrants, BIPOC individuals, LGBTQIA2S+ community and people of all bodies and abilities. I work from a strength-based, culturally-sensitive and holistic perspective that values your unique experiences and supports you towards achieving your therapy and life goals.
(734) 821-3413
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Ann Arbor, MI 48105
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Michelle Avery Ferguson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified
Verified
I specialize in working with neurodivergent children and adults (individuals with brain-based differences such as Autism , ADHD, and learning disabilities), and with parents/caregivers of children with disabilities.
I am accepting new clients for adult psychotherapy via telehealth at this time. I'm committed to helping kids, adults and families experience greater enjoyment in their relationships and increased well-being and resilience at home, school, work and play. I provide treatment services to children, adults, and families. With the nervous system in mind, I help clients to increase their ability to cope with stressors. I address concerns about a child's attention, learning, behavior and social and emotional development, and help families who are feeling stuck find new ways of relating.
(734) 838-4768
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Ann Arbor, MI 48108
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Chelsea Derks
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LMSW
Verified
Verified
My clients describe my approach as gentle and direct with a dab of humor. I do my best work treating individuals who have experienced interpersonal trauma, people who are navigating their role in complicated families, and those who have been emotionally abused. I tend to find success with people who struggle with depression or low self-esteem, people who work in high-stress or helping professions, and people who do not know where to start. I have experience working with people with Bipolar Disorder, PMDD, learning disabilities, ADHD, anxiety, insomnia, auto-immune conditions, depression, anxiety, panic disorders, autism , & PTSD.
(312) 766-7203
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Ann Arbor, MI 48103
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Karin Lutter Arizala
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
My specialty areas are diverse: ADHD, Autism , LGBTQIA+ (transgender health post-doctoral specialty at Stanford), and chronic health issues.
Not accepting clients at this time - Psychotherapy comes from the Latin for "soul healing," and I aim to support you as you heal your whole self: mind, body, and soul. We will build on your strengths and work as a team to help you gain the clarity you need to achieve your goals. Working from a multicultural framework, I am committed to empowerment, self-advocacy, and "meeting you where you're at" on your path to wellness. Humor is also important to me, and I hope we can find ways to laugh together as we navigate our messy, complex world.
(313) 251-5142
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Ann Arbor, MI 48104
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Ann Arbor Music Therapy, LLC
MMT, MT-BC
1 Endorsed
1 Endorsed
Ann Arbor Music Therapy assists clients of all ages and abilities, including children and adults with mental health needs, autism , developmental disabilities and adults with dementia in reaching their fullest potential through music. Miriam's person centered, strength-based approach addresses the needs of the whole person. If you are seeking emotional or behavioral support for anyone in your family and looking for a creative, engaging environment to meet their needs, music therapy is an evidenced-based therapy you should try.
(734) 436-3623
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Ann Arbor, MI 48103
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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.