Autism Therapists in Clarkston, MI

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Lynnette Otto
Limited Licensed Psychologist, MS, LLP
Verified
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I provide active treatment that yields quick results, in a supportive and comfortable environment. I have extensive skills in working with children and families experiencing crises and/or behavioral difficulties. My experience includes a significant background of working with childhood diagnoses of: autism spectrum disorder, developmental disabilities/cognitive impairment, ADD/ADHD, oppositional defiance disorder, and suicidal behavior.
(947) 888-3051
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Clarkston, MI 48346
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Bright Pine Behavioral Health
Psychologist, PsyD, LP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Two locations: Clarkston and West Bloomfield. Bright Pine Behavioral Health is a private clinic that specializes in assisting individuals of all ages struggling with ADHD, autism , learning disabilities, anxiety, and depression. We offer both therapy and testing services. Dr. Lewitzke is the clinic director, and has been awarded as a Metro-Detroit Mom Approved Doc. She hosts her own podcast: Psych Confidential (on Apple and Spotify); and been guest on various podcasts (Adventures in Autism ; The Well Child; The Autism Mom MD).
(248) 653-1501
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Mackenzie Mercer
Limited Licensed Psychologist, MA, LLP
Verified
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I am Mackenzie Mercer and I have been practicing therapy since 2017 with children and adolescents. My professional commitment is to provide insight, compassionate support, and the tools to help you navigate through difficult times. I do this to help children, adolescents and adults create the lives they want. Every child, adolescent, and adult deserves an incredible life, but there are times that test our ability to live the life we want. Together, we can get you back on the path to success.
(248) 368-0690
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Clarkston, MI 48346
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Giesken Counseling Services
Licensed Professional Counselor, LLC
Verified
Verified
Do you or your child struggle with everyday tasks, finding motivation, anxiety, or depression? Are you stressed with work, school, or relationships? In a safe and relaxed environment, I aim to create a genuine therapeutic space to build a treatment plan that grows with and for you.
(248) 560-6495
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Clarkston, MI 48346
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Kimberly L Jones-Carr
MA, LLMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
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1 Endorsed
** Hi, and welcome to therapy. Choosing to come to therapy I understand can be a serious decision in one's life. Therapy is a way to positively solve issues, like looking at a puzzle and slowly putting the pieces together, so that you as the individual are able to achieve the tools to later take out into the community and apply to your life outside of therapy. The goal of therapy is to not only figure out the puzzles in your life, but to learn emotional tools to use in your life with communicating and interacting with others. listening to client's and humbly understanding what they are going through is so important.
(248) 218-9513
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Giesken Counseling Services
Counselor, LLC
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Verified
My goal as a counselor is to create an environment where you feel welcomed and valued. Life can be difficult, and challenges can seem overwhelming. Together, I believe that we can identify the issues which have contributed to the stress, pain, and general life dissatisfaction that you may have been experiencing. You do not have to face these difficulties alone! I would welcome the opportunity to help you identify and resolve some of your greatest challenges.
(248) 963-6969
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Kaitlyn Smith
Limited Licensed Psychologist, MA, TLLP
Verified
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I first want to take a second and applaud you, because reaching out to a therapist can be one of the most difficult but rewarding processes. Taking the next step on this journey can be difficult, but having the support and perspective of an empathetic therapist can make all the difference. Creating an environment that allows clients to feel safe and comfortable, while also feeling heard and respected is crucial to the relationship we build. Whether you are struggling with anxiety, depression, ADHD, self-esteem, life changes, or self-image, I want to assist and join you on your new path.
(248) 301-0326
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Clarkston, MI 48346
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Kristin Noelle May
Limited Licensed Psychologist, MA, LLP
Verified
Verified
I love to work with individuals of all ages and backgrounds. Some of the issues I have enjoyed being able to offer help with include stress management, mental illness, anger, trauma, self-esteem, substance abuse, grief, relationship struggles, adjustment difficulties, and working with parents/caregivers as a team to determine behavior support plans for children and children with special needs.
(947) 888-5949
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Giesken Counseling Services
Clinical Social Work/Therapist
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I believe everyone can benefit from therapy, regardless of where you are in life. I know it takes a lot of courage to take that first step in finding the right person to trust with your inner thoughts, secrets, and beliefs. If you are beginning therapy for yourself, your child or with your partner, I am here to help! If you choose to work with me and I hope you do, I will create a trusting space that allows you to explore, accept, and change unhealthy patterns in your life. I strive to create genuine connections with my clients so that they feel comfortable, happy and whole.
(248) 775-5549
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Chander Crump
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LLMSW, SSW
Verified
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I am a Limited Licensed Master Social Worker. Who works with kids and adolescents aged 5 and older and is accepting telehealth clients. Working with children and adolescents has always been my strong passion. I view therapy as a mutual process between the client and the therapist.
(810) 242-0491
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Giesken Counseling Services
Licensed Professional Counselor, LLC
Verified
Verified
Life can be full of challenging emotions and difficult situations. As a strength-based counselor, my goal is to tailor therapeutic interventions to meet your specific needs. I offer a safe space, free of judgement, where you can process your hurts, difficult relationships, insecurities, anger and worries. I am proactive in my approach and want to work with you to help you achieve your daily, short and long term goals.
(810) 255-5330
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Kim M Bindus
Limited Licensed Psychologist, MS LLP
I have over 20 years of experience in the field of mental health and I have learned over the years, that my clients are often my greatest teachers. I believe in meeting people where they are and working with my clients to create a treatment plan that is suited to their unique needs. In addition to individual therapy, I also provide psychological testing/evaluation services. I hold a Master's degree in Clinical Psychology. My ultimate goal is to offer compassionate, experienced treatment that provides my clients with practical strategies and tools they can easily use to promote healing in their own life.
(947) 888-9523
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Erin Kalka
Marriage & Family Therapist, LLMFT
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I believe big change happens as a result of taking small steps, and by making small needed changes. This allows a person to become "unstuck" from old beliefs, patterns, behaviors, and ways if thinking which are harmful to self and others. I use a primarily solution-focused approach and a systemic lens while working with my clients. I believe life is constantly moving and changing and that it is important, on a journey towards growth and healing, that a person feel supported and equipped to handle life's challenges. Whatever the problem, desire, or goal, I will work to help move you forward in a positive and meaningful direction.
(248) 290-9924
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Clarkston, MI 48346
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Lauren Brill
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified
Verified
I believe one of the bravest things you can do is to begin understanding your own story. Together, we will explore acceptance and accelerate growth to become your ideal self. My goal is to empower you to be your most centered and aware self to conquer your challenges and achieve your goals. As a team, we will build on your strengths to enhance your self-regard, sustain relational skills, and reinstate your purpose. Through cognitive behavioral and mindfulness practices, you will be empowered to regain control of your life and break through your barriers. (BEST way to contact is through email!)
(248) 558-2105
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Changes Counseling
Counselor
Verified
5 Endorsed
Verified
5 Endorsed
Today you are one step closer to a new you where you feel empowered and on a positive path to growth and well-being. Our goal is to help you uncover your true potential and lead a life that is worth celebrating. While we can't change difficult situations of the past, we can work together to better understand and resolve challenges in your life.
(215) 581-8880
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Sharon O'Connor
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, BCIM, CWC, RYT, LCMHC
Verified
Verified
My ideal client is motivated to change. They are wanting to be heard, actively engaged and willing to try something new. For many people choosing to seek counseling can be a difficult decision. I believe it takes courage to reach out for guidance and support, which is why I strive to respect clients autonomy, beliefs and values. Counseling is the process of discovering your true self and gaining the courage to seek your own path in life. My role is to facilitate this process using a variety of techniques based on a strong therapeutic relationship.
(704) 804-4606
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The Center For Psychological Services
Psychologist, PhD, LP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I have over 30 years experience working with children, adults, couples and families on a wide variety of life problems.It is important to find a therapist that is a good fit, someone with whom you feel comfortable and who takes your concerns seriously. My approach is supportive, confidential and empathetic in helping individuals and families recognize their own needs and strengths. It's not uncommon to get stuck in unsatisfying and frustrating situations. Through our relationship you can start to become aware of the things that interfere with feeling better and use your strengths to make changes and move forward.
(248) 567-2265
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Karen Smigelski
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, CAADC
Verified
6 Endorsed
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6 Endorsed
Choosing to enter into counseling is not an easy decision. My main goals as a therapist are: 1. To provide the client with a safe environment in order to help them feel comfortable expressing themselves. 2. To gather as much information as possible in order to address their unique needs and provide the best counseling. 3. To utilize a variety of approaches and tailor the counseling to each individual to help the client reach their full potential. Being flexible, knowledgeable and open as a therapist is important. I participate in continuing education on a regular basis in order to provide relevant counseling for my clients.
(248) 707-1894
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Jill Galsterer
Counselor, MA, LLPC, ATR-P
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
No one is you, and that is your superpower!... I believe every client is different, therefore every therapeutic experience is different. I am motivated to meet my clients where they are at and create a therapeutic experience tailored just for them. My approach to therapy is person-centered which puts an emphasis on the client as the expert. I believe in the importance of the therapeutic relationship and working together as a team to help my clients achieve their goals.
(810) 209-3766
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Vivianna J Rubles
Counselor, LLPC
Verified
Verified
My understanding of counseling comes from many different theoretical orientations. I believe that clients have the solutions to their dilemmas within themselves and just need assistance in discovering them. We have the freedom to choose what directions our lives take and the responsibility to take control of that freedom. Therefore, as a counselor, I don’t have the answers to problems but will facilitate the process of helping clients take control and action to come to their own resolutions. This is a holistic process and I fully believe that with the right guidance clients can fulfill their truest desires in life.
(248) 599-0098
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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.