Autism Therapists in Asheville, NC

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Lauri Burmeister
Psychological Associate, MA, LPA
Verified
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My specialization in autism helps those with and without ASD develop skills and make changes, step by step.
My goal as a practitioner, and the cornerstone of good therapy, is to foster a trusting, respectful, and collaborative relationship where clients can feel safe to sort through sensitive issues and make changes. For those reading, I honor your sense of purpose and your courage to take the first step. Together, we can team up to build skills, resolve concerns, and achieve mutually developed goals. You can achieve a high level of well-being and enjoyment in life, no matter where you start from and no matter your challenges. Your goals are within reach; success is possible!
(828) 738-1509
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Asheville, NC 28803
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Aundrea Collebrusco
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, ASDCS
Verified
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Welcome to Psychology Today! You've taken a huge step being here today, and I'm sure you're wondering how this works and whether it's the right fit for you. I know I felt the same way when I began my own journey. My name is Aundrea and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with over five years of experience providing therapy services. I've worked in many different settings with individuals and families who have a variety of particular issues such as depression/anxiety, stress, family problems, trauma/abuse, relationship support and specializing in Autism /IDD services.
(828) 330-9633
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Asheville, NC 28801
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Kyrie E Schmit
Counselor, LCMHC, MA, ASDCS
Verified
1 Endorsed
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Kyrie is particularly passionate about working with neurodiversity and is a Certified Autism Spectrum Disorder Clinical Specialist (ASDCS). She works with children, adolescents, young adults, and adults, who have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Anxiety Disorders. Kyrie honors the client and his/her/ their experience, while using their strengths to help the client live a more holistic life that is congruent to the values they hold.
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Asheville, NC 28801
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Aaron McGinley
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, LCMHC
Verified
Verified
What would it be like if you regained a sense of calmness or efficacy in your life, or if those you cared about did the same? Whether you are a parent, a couple, a young adult, or a teen, life can be overwhelming at times, especially if you have difficulty with ADHD, Autism , Social Anxiety, or Giftedness. Sometimes, people turn to video game addiction, conflict avoidance, procrastination, school avoidance or other habits as a means of coping. Clients often find that the best way to get help is to start with a simple phone call, and I am happy to explore the fit with you, coming from a place of complete non judgement.
(828) 382-8429
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Rebecca Norton
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
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I work with adults who struggle with Anxiety, Panic Disorder, Stress Management, Depression, ADHD/ADD, Autism Spectrum, Grief, Substance Use, Relationships, Lifestage, and Spirituality.
I was trained in Los Angeles and worked in diverse settings there such as a family practice in the Advent Hospital, an inpatient mental health hospital, a collegiate learning disabilities/counseling center, and with the Los Angeles Unified School District. I have been in private practice in Asheville, North Carolina since 2011.
(828) 354-4309
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Asheville, NC 28803
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Thomas Brant Hall
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
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I enjoy working with people who are experiencing life transitions, stress, anxiety, mild to moderate depression, relational difficulties, and adolescents that may be having issues in school who are on the middle to upper spectrum of autism , or struggle with anxiety, adjustment difficulties or learning disabilities. I have experience and enjoy working with veterans who struggle with anxiety, depression and isolation. People who want to succeed and move forward in their life in whatever area of struggle they may have. I offer a free 10 minute consultation so we can both determine if moving forward would be beneficial.
(828) 900-1896
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Asheville, NC 28806
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Jake Philip Wilensky
Licensed Professional Counselor, LCMHC-S
Verified
Verified
I am effective working with adults who experience many different kinds of emotional health conditions. I work with people who are having relationship difficulties, issues with codependency, trouble navigating traumatic events, and looking for overall personal growth. I also have experience and enjoy working with people who are on the autism spectrum.
(828) 471-4396
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Asheville, NC 28804
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Jessie Phillips
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA
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1 Endorsed
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1 Endorsed
I offer psychological testing for a variety of areas including ADHD, autism , learning difficulties, and mood disorders. I have worked with toddlers, children, teens, and adults to help them to gain the knowledge and develop the skills to cope with their diagnoses, and set goals for treatment planning.
(828) 929-0811
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Asheville, NC 28803
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Deavours Hall
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LCSW
Verified
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Hello! As a therapist with a background in clinical social work and education, I focus on children, teens, and young adults whose social and emotional struggles affect their school performance and college/career planning. Over 25 years' experience as a therapist, school counselor, and teacher has led me to the work I love, which is helping your child find a path and a passion. I work with students with dyslexia, autism , ADHD, depression, and anxiety, and I include families in treatment.
(828) 677-2223
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Asheville, NC 28801
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Channing Kent
Counselor, MS, LCMHC, NCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
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1 Endorsed
My expertise aligns best with adults with ADHD and/or Autism , religious trauma, sexual trauma, perfectionism, codependency, depression, anxiety, existential dread, women ready to reclaim their power, and those ready to improve their boundaries and communication.
Imagine a recent mental health challenge. Maybe the trauma you’ve carried suddenly brought you to your knees, or your neurodivergence made you fear you’ll always be behind. Now imagine how that challenge may change if you have a relationship with a therapist who you genuinely like and trust - who never loses sight of your strengths even if you do, helps you understand your unique brain with developmental neuroscience, gives you tools and perspective shifts to make your struggle easier, holds a safe space to process all of your traumas, and believes in you so fiercely that you start to believe in yourself. Sound helpful? Let’s talk.
(828) 656-0183
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Asheville, NC 28803
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Focus Centers, PLLC
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
Dr Flagler has worked effectively to bring relief to patients suffering from Stress, Depression, Anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, OCD, Autism Spectrum and more.
Dr Chuck Flagler is a full-time senior clinician and licensed psychologist employed by Focus Centers of Asheville. He has over 30 years experience as a provider of mental health services with a variety of organizations that include inpatient, outpatient and school-based populations. Dr Flagler has two Masters Degrees in Psychology and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from an A.P.A. Accredited University. Dr Flagler has worked as a psychotherapist, chemical dependency therapist, neurofeedback clinician Behavior Analyst and Clinical Director for a variety of mental health organizations.
(828) 600-4759
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Asheville, NC 28801
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Lauren Britton Counseling
Counselor, MA, LCMHC, LMHC
Verified
3 Endorsed
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3 Endorsed
I also enjoy helping individuals with mood disorders, anxiety, addictions, relationship challenges and Autism Spectrum Disorders.
The decision to attend counseling can be a difficult step, and finding the right therapist can feel daunting! I hope the information here will answer some of your questions. My goal as your therapist will be to walk next to you as you identify and move closer to your personal goals. I am passionate about empowering individuals with the skills to manage challenges and move towards an enhanced sense of fulfillment in life. I approach therapy from the belief that you are the ONLY expert on yourself. Together we can help you tap into and trust your internal wisdom.
(828) 293-4302
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Asheville, NC 28801
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True Nature Coaching- Amber Lavin
BAed, CLC, CRC
I believe loving compassion underpins all the best parts of life. That includes the work we do, building our coaching relationships and working through your personal challenges. Through compassion, we grow. I specialize in working with individuals around mindful & intentional dating/relationships. As well as neurodivergent adults who face challenges associated with ADHD, the autism spectrum, executive functioning, sensory disorders, and others. A life coach is more than just a shoulder to lean on. Together, we'll practice proven goal- and habit-setting techniques that will help you achieve more than you set out to.
(828) 827-5056
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Asheville, NC 28801
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Matt Snyder
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, MA, LCMHCS, PsyD
Verified
3 Endorsed
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3 Endorsed
I have extensive experience working with dual diagnosis, addictions, autism spectrum, and personality disorders, as well as psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia, schizo-affective disorder, and substance-induced psychosis.
People often think psychotherapy is only for crises. However research shows that therapy is one of the best investments you can make for life satisfaction and growth. In addition to therapy are other modalities that support healing and growth. Some of these holistic wellness tools include exercise, mindfulness, tai chi and yoga. I have a rich background in the application of mindfulness to promote healing and growth, and have experience integrating tools such as Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, DBT, CBT, Hypnosis and EMDR. I also find authenticity and humor essential for healing and use both liberally.
(828) 332-5927
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DC Wellness
Licensed Professional Counselor, LCMHC, MS/P, NCC
Verified
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Damaris works as an outpatient/school-based counselor providing services to both children and adults in English, Spanish, and American Sign Language (ASL). Damaris loves to listen to people and guide them to identify and build their strengths on what they truly love. Some of the issues she currently addresses include understanding and managing anxiety, defiant behaviors, bipolar disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), as well as navigating new mental health and physical health diagnosis, grief or divorce.
(828) 385-5535
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Hilary Flint
Counselor, MS, LCMHCA, NCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I have experience working with the following concerns: trauma (both direct and vicarious), anger management, grief, anxiety, depression, neurodivergence (adult ADHD/ autism ), substance misuse, addiction, recovery, relationships, and disordered eating.
I am a neurodiversity affirming, trauma informed, EMDR trained therapist. I work with clients to heal from past experiences, live authentically, and feel more connected to themselves. I meet each client exactly where they are, using resilience-based and social justice informed approaches. I offer personalized therapy to meet your individual needs and work toward your goals. I prioritize providing you with a safe and affirming space for healing and exploration. I offer online therapy to individuals residing anywhere in North Carolina.
(984) 214-4648
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Elizabeth Pietzsch
Counselor, MA, LCMHCA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Do you feel like you are alone? Do you carry the weight of the world on your shoulders? Do you worry that no one will be able to understand you or someone that you love? That you or your loved one will always be misunderstood? That you are left alone to figure it all out and do not know where to start? I acknowledge your strength to be here and while I know it may not be easy, I encourage you to take the first step and reach out. Let us work through this together. Let us work toward a better tomorrow. You are worthy of it.
(828) 330-8727
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Asheville, NC 28803
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Sarah McGahran Holshouser
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSWA, MSW
Verified
Verified
I practice from a strengths-based, whole-person wellness perspective. I aspire to help my clients define, understand, and enhance their innate abilities to meet and work through the challenges that inevitably arise in each of our lives. I draw from my experience working in wilderness therapy, outpatient clinic, and in-home intensive therapy to bring a well-rounded approach, full of creativity to every session. I specialize my work towards clients who are looking to unlock their full potential while seeking connection and an improved understanding of self.
(828) 554-7857
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Asheville, NC 28801
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Haley Britton
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
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I believe in using therapy as a means to help people find the tools within themselves to move toward positive mental health and overall wellness. I believe in support over solution; in walking with someone to face their unique issues however they need rather than “fixing” them. As a social worker, I consider the “whole person” and the systems impacting them to offer a positive therapeutic experience to every client and help them to feel seen, heard, and supported. I specialize in using EMDR with neurodivergent folx who may feel less-than, not good enough, inherently wrong, etc.
(980) 368-5819
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Asheville, NC 28801
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Chelsea Cummings
Lic Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate, MS, LCMHCA, NCC
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Are you struggling to manage everything going on in your life? Do you feel like you're just not able to say no to people? Are you stuck in relationships and cycles that don't serve you anymore? Have you had painful experiences in your past that seem to keep popping up and affecting you currently? I was a young adult struggling with the same issues until I found a trusted therapist who saved my life. You shouldn't have to feel like the weight of the world is on your shoulders and you're struggling to stand. They say "You can't pour from an empty cup" - let's figure out how to replenish yours first.
(828) 373-8783
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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.