Autism Therapists in Cary, NC

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Neurodiversity Empowerment Services
Lic Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate, MSW, LCSWA
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
Mary Lynn Marus (Molly), works primarily with neurodivergent adults, with confirmed or suspected diagnoses of Autism , ADHD, and/or other mental health conditions. Do you find that behaviors are hard to manage, social communication is challenging, or that mood or worries are constantly weighing on you? Do you have a hard time finding someone who understands your concerns related to your lived experience of Autism , ADHD, or another Intellectual or Developmental diagnosis? Are you a parent or caregiver of an Autisitc, ADHD, or IDD Child, who needs your own therapist who understands what you are going through? I am here to help!
(984) 213-4316
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Cary, NC 27513
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Josh Deena
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW , LCSWA
Verified
Verified
I am most experienced with Autism , Anxiety, and Depression. With Autism , I work to help individuals better function in a world of many challenges. With anxiety and depression, I work to reframe thinking, utilize mindfulness, and find the best ways to stop the destructive cycles that come with both. I strive to meet you where you are with the tools you need.
(919) 298-8444 x3336
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Cary, NC 27511
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Scarlett Foxx
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSWA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I also utilize elements of Applied Behavior Analysis from my time working with children with Autism as a Registered Behavior Technician.
As a therapist, I utilize person centered therapy to ensure my clients are getting what they want out of therapy and do not have to go on their journey alone. I seek to provide a warm, nurturing, and safe environment for clients to explore their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. I especially welcome members of the LGBTQIA+ community. I work well with clients of all ages. I have experience working with many different disorders through my time in Intensive In-Home therapy and working at a psychiatric hospital. I graduated from UNC Chapel Hill with my BA in Psychology, and NCSU with my Master of Social Work.
(919) 752-3037 x3699
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Cary, NC 27511
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Marcy Jaslow
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
My testing focus lies in determining the presence of learning disabilities, autism , ADHD, developmental delays, intellectual deficits, and emotional and behavioral difficulties.
Are you or your child struggling for answers and you have run out of ideas to help? A Psychological evaluation can help provide the answers to help you, your doctor or your school develop a plan to help you thrive. I am a licensed psychologist with over 7 years of experience in providing targeted psychological and educational testing for children, adolescents, and adults. Even when testing does not result in a formal diagnosis, an evaluation can help guide interventions for providing strengths and weaknesses in school, work, or other social settings.
(984) 299-9872
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Cary, NC 27518
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Abe Hickey
NCC, LCMHCS
Verified
Verified
I have experience in a broad range of childhood problems including: Autism , Asperger's, Behavioral Issues, Trauma/PTSD, Out of Home Placement, Depression, ADHD, School Issues, Anxiety, Sexual Orientation Issues, Problematic Sexual Behaviors, as well as many others.
I believe in helping a person overcome the problems and situations that are faced in life, not just treating a diagnosis. My philosophy is to provide a private, comfortable, and non-judgmental environment where everyone can feel safe no matter age, beliefs, lifestyle, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, cultural background, or life circumstances. I provide a laid-back conversational approach and with children I will often use toys or games to help everyone feel comfortable. I also provide flexible appointment times, including evenings (Appointment times are subject to availability).
(919) 888-4594
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Cary, NC 27518
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Leon Monroe
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, ASDCS, CCATP
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
I have over 20 years experience with these populations: Autism , Aspergers, ADHD and the Twice Exceptional.
"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you might miss it" --Ferris Bueller. If you are looking for strategies to both slow down and move forward, you will find benefit in our sessions. I am a former software programmer and have helped many from the tech industry navigate mental health issues related to their work. Many of the people I work with are seeking relief from social anxiety, management of depressive symptoms and a better work/life balance. Each phase of life presents heightened developmental tasks, need sensitivities, crises, and opportunities for new learning. The Path Begins Here.
(919) 636-3704
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Anna Machin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-A
Verified
Verified
I provide clinical therapy to children, adolescents adults and couples. I have experience working with families and children who are in crisis or going through major life transitions. I seek to support the individual in their development of identity. My therapeutic work has included: victims of trauma, anxiety disorders, depression, borderline personality disorder, eating disorders, bipolar disorder, behavioral issues and those on the autism spectrum. I am passionate about helping my clients derive meaning, a deeper understanding of themselves, and healthy ways of coping through evidence based techniques and theories.
(919) 624-6590
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Kristen Wynns
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
5 Endorsed
Verified
5 Endorsed
I have a team of doctoral level psychologists who see children ages 2+ with ADHD, Autism , Depression, Anxiety, behavior problems, and school issues.
I have a passion for working with children and adolescents and their families. My commitment is to work with families and provide a road map that will help you make life changes through difficult times. I believe that every child and family wants to succeed. I believe in the inherent strength and resiliency within every child and adolescent. Parents and children respond well to my positive and solution- focused approach. My approach to therapy is professional and confidential, but highly individualized and collaborative. I form a team with parents and children by being an active participant in achieving your goals.
(919) 429-7509
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Cary, NC 27513
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Stefan Lewis
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Over the years, I have been able to help children, teens and adults work through their anxiety, depression, divorce or blending of families, Autism life skills and addictions.
Having a positive quality of life is challenging when life suddenly changes. When these changes happen it can be difficult to understand why they are happening or what the future holds. Together we will develop strategies and coping skills to work through your current challenges and help with any future concerns. Together we will identify your positive characteristics and traits to help work through these times to enhance your quality of life. I look forward to identifying a better you together. Please call me so we can discuss your specific needs and begin your healing.
(919) 587-8586
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Cary, NC 27511
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Emily Thompson
Counselor, MS, LCMHCA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I work primarily with young children to college-aged individuals and my areas of expertise include: anxiety, depression, ADHD, self-esteem, social skills, behavior issues, trauma, self-harm and suicidality, autism , intellectual disabilities, and siblings of ASD/IDD.
I am a neurodiversity affirmative therapist and create a safe, accepting, non-judgmental environment where you can freely unmask and be your authentic self. I collaborate with you to identify and utilize your strengths and empower you to use those strengths to overcome difficult situations, successfully navigate relationships, and enhance positive coping skills to promote resiliency.
(919) 343-9301
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Cary, NC 27513
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Caroline Unruh
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I specialize in treating children, teens and adults with Anxiety, ADHD, Trauma, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Depression, low self-esteem, family and relational concerns.
Welcome, I'm so glad you're here. I'm Caroline Unruh. You are so courageous and brave to have begun this journey. You've just taken the first step to feeling better- to creating a happier, more peaceful future. Us humans are not designed to manage the struggles of life alone. Often what we need is a listening ear and an outside perspective to provide gentle feedback and guidance. That's where I come in. You will be met with empathy, kindness and curiosity in a judgement-free environment. Regardless of what you're struggling with, I'd be honored to provide support during this phase of your life.
(919) 642-1736
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Cary, NC 27511
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Alyssa Decker
Counselor, MS, LCMHCA, NCC, CRC
Verified
Verified
I recently graduated with my master’s degree in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I have experience working with people across the lifespan with many different mental health needs in both inpatient and outpatient settings. I primarily work with individuals 16 years old and older who may struggle with anxiety, panic attacks, obsessions and compulsions, depression, attention deficit/hyperactivity (ADHD), autism spectrum disorder, gender identity, sexuality, life transitions, and stress.
(919) 879-2319
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Cary, NC 27511
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Kristen Michaela Lewis
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Areas of expertise and interests: Anxiety, depression, relationship difficulties, emotional dysregulation, anger management, stress management, social skills/social cognition difficulties, coping skills, mindfulness, group therapy, psychological evaluations including Autism , ADHD, LD, knowledge of public school interventions and special education process.
Specializing in providing both therapy and assessment services to children and adolescents to address mood disorders, low self-esteem, poor social skills, anger management, relationship challenges, and learning challenges. I empower children and families with the skills to meet their goals, strengths, and unique potentials. A trusting relationship with families is important to treatment success. I help to challenge maladaptive thoughts, develop resiliency and coping skills, and help clients learn to incorporate and generalize skills into everyday life.
(919) 583-6658
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Cary, NC 27513
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Julia Pope
Counselor, M, LCMHCA, LCASA, LCAS-A
Verified
Verified
I have experience with adolescents, and adults who have anxiety, depression, stress, substance use, grief, self-esteem issues, relationships issues, ADHD and Autism Spectrum Disorders.
I believe that reaching out for help is a sign of strength, not weakness. As a therapist, I strive to provide a safe, nonjudgmental place for my clients to share and start their healing process. I feel that the therapeutic relationship comes first, and is the most important piece to foster change. I am here for you, and I will meet you where you are on your journey to healing with empathy, understanding and support. Your therapeutic experience will be tailored to fit your needs, values and beliefs.
(919) 343-5866 x290
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Cary, NC 27513
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Sara Passey
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, LCMHC, NCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I have been an active member of the autism community for nearly 15 years.
You are someone who has an inkling that life can be better than it is right now. You need it to be better - how you have been living is no longer doing it for you! Whether you are a frustrated teenager, a stressed-to-the-gills parent, a disconnected couple, or an individual trying to find their footing, you are ready to try something different and move towards change rather than repeat the same patterns over and over.
(919) 439-8203
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Cary, NC 27511
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Abbe Colodny
Counselor, LPC
Verified
Verified
I have experience working with children, adolescents and adults dealing with developmental delays including autism /Asperger's and mental health disorders.
(919) 283-5738
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Cary, NC 27511
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Dale S Sheffield
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervis, PhD, MEd, LCMHCS, LCMHC, NCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
My focus is Trauma, Addiction, ADHD, Anger, Anxiety, Autism Spectrum, Bipolar Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Depression, Eating Disorders, Grief & Mourning, Life Decisions, Post Traumatic Stress, Relationship Issues, Self-Esteem, Self Injurious Behaviors, Suicidal Thoughts, & Trichotillomania (hair pulling).
I am pleased to announce the release of my new book, "Affirmative Parenting." It is available as an ebook and paperback version on Amazon. My goal is to provide a safe, nonjudgmental, positive environment where thoughts, feelings, and behaviors can be explored and understood. I want to help people achieve problem resolution through personal and emotional growth. I have used this approach in a variety of mental health settings and, presently, in my private practice. Please visit my website for more details at www.drdalesheffield.com. Thank you for taking the time to read my profile.
(919) 913-8311
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Cary, NC 27513
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Megan Denis
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, LCMHC, NCC
Verified
Verified
Concerns and challenges that commonly motivate others to seek support from me include family struggles, parenting issues, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, self injury, anxiety, mood disorders, eating disorders, complex trauma and abuse, low self worth, and managing life transitions and stressors.
Therapy works, simply put. I am encouraged to watch individuals overcome many of life's difficulties. As a therapist, I am often described as authentic, warm, and direct. My intention is to offer a safe space for you to discuss any concerns that you might have. I use a comprehensive person-centered approach. I integrate a variety of theories and develop an individualized treatment plan that will help you best meet your needs emotionally, physically, spiritually, and relationally. With a comfortable therapeutic relationship that is build on trust, I hope to help you realize your personal goals.
(919) 276-8574
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Cary, NC 27518
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Kathy W Honeyman
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, NBC-HWC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Adults with Aspergers (a/k/a Autism Spectrum Disorder) have extraordinary challenges coping with everyday life. This is a result of neurological differences in emotional wiring, communications, social interaction, sensory and executive functioning. Living life with these differences can result in depression and anxiety. It can also cause havoc within a marriage, educational pursuits, and careers. I offer a validating environment to better understand the "typical world," and develop coping skills to manage everyday life--as well as a creative space for couples to learn about their differences and work towards acceptance.
(919) 283-5734
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Cary, NC 27511
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Jessica Lands
Psychological Associate, MA, LPA, HSP-PA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Is your child experiencing difficulties with managing their emotions, engaging in maladaptive behaviors or struggling with activities of daily living? Psychological testing can assist with the identification of developmental and mental health disorders including intellectual disability, learning disability, autism spectrum disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder, conduct disorders and more! Once the problem is identified, recommendations and tools to improve functioning can be provided. Individual therapy may be ideal for teaching your child skills to improve their functioning.
(984) 231-8394
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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.