Autism Therapists in Holbrook, NY

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Michelle Pesca
Psychologist, PhD, BCBA-D, LBA
Verified
4 Endorsed
Verified
4 Endorsed
As both a licensed psychologist and BCBA, I specialize in the treatment of challenging behavior, anxiety and stress management, and skills training. I work with children and adolescents who are experiencing behavioral difficulties such as noncompliance, aggression, and off-task behavior at school and/or home, and have specific expertise working with individuals on the autism spectrum. I provide parent training for families looking to create a consistent and positive environment in the home. I use a two-prong approach to behavior management: decrease interfering behavior while teaching adaptive functional behavior such as coping skills, social skills, and organization skills.
(631) 489-8686
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Holbrook, NY 11741
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Danielle Bissett
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I specialize in providing therapy for all ages of varied needs, including anxiety, depression, social skills deficiencies, and autism spectrum disorders.
Do you feel that your not living life to its full potential? Is stress, anxiety, or depression dictating you or your child's daily living? Are you a parent who's feeling overwhelmed and looking for support or guidance? If you answered yes to any of those questions, you are at the right place! I can help you; I assure you that no matter how difficult you feel your situation is, I am here to help you make positive changes.
(631) 925-2387
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Holbrook, NY 11741
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Donna Thiele
Psychologist, PsyD, BCBA-D, LBA
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
You have a unique purpose and carry unique values. But lately, you have found it difficult to find your path and reach your goals. You feel "stuck". I can help you identify the values that are important to you and give you the skills you need to reach those goals. I work with clients who have anxiety, social adjustment issues, difficulty being "flexible", and caregivers who are struggling to support those with disabilities and behavioral challenges. I make therapy an active, rewarding choice for every person so that he or she feels safe, supported, and confident in his or her decisions.
(631) 830-6597
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Holbrook, NY 11741
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Kim Bjorklund
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Sometimes we need a helping hand. Life is challenging at times, and it becomes difficult to navigate! We all have negative thoughts and feelings we need to work through. Relationship problems, anger, family issues, and past trauma can add stress to our lives. Strategies are available to successfully cope and gain insight into how we think, address problem thoughts, and remain mindful of our strengths and our capacity for change. Helping clients address these issues ( and others) and improve well-being with a variety of evidence- based strategies, is what I do.
(631) 250-8191
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Holbrook, NY 11741
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Eleanor Palma
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
I have been a licensed psychologist for more than 25 years, and am certified in hypnosis by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis. I have expertise in anxiety disorders, depression, trauma related disorders, and treatment of chronic pain. I utilize an active, solution oriented approach to therapy, which can include behavioral management, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, EMDR, mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and hypnosis.
(631) 830-4779
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Holbrook, NY 11741
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Laura Van Schaick-Harman
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
I work with children, adolescents, and adults. I love helping people set and reach short and long term goals, experience happiness, and effectively manage and accept negative emotions. I really enjoy helping people to identify, accept, and overcome anxiety. While we all experience anxiety during our lives, it is important to learn the difference between real and imagined dangers, to be able to approach new experiences even if we are scared, and to live a life free from the damaging and smothering aspects of anxiety related disorders.
(631) 593-0420
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Holbrook, NY 11741
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Molly Ryan
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified
Verified
I utilize a trauma informed lens to work collaboratively with those seeking help to live fuller, more satisfying lives. I provide compassionate support by encouraging those I works with to recognize the impact of stress and trauma on the whole person including the mind, body, and spirit. I offer resources and evidence based approaches including yoga, mindfulness, art and creativity to help build a sense of safety within oneself, regulate emotions, and build resilience.
(631) 868-5367
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Holbrook, NY 11741
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Anthony Calabrese
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I have extensive experience working with children and adolescents with  Autism and related neurodevelopmental disorders.
Empathy, compassion, and resilience are the core values that guide my practice. I specialize in working with children and adolescents who are experiencing emotional and behavioral related difficulties. I have worked with this population for over 10 years and have had the opportunity to help youngsters in an array of settings. My experience as a clinical social worker ranges from working as a therapist on an inpatient psychiatric unit, providing in-home behavioral services, implementing counseling at a public high school and providing therapy and behavioral management at an intensive day treatment program.
(631) 250-5713
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Patchogue, NY 11772
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Jennifer Bohr-Cuevas LCSW, PC
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MSW, LCSW, PC
I'm a licensed clinical social worker with 25 years experience working with children, adolescents and families. My areas of specialty are children and adolescents with developmental disabilities, autism , chronic illness, mental illness, anxiety, depression and trauma. I am a Disaster Mental Health Worker for the Red Cross. I do regular television&radio appearances on various news outlets, such as Cablevision News 12, NEWSMAX, CBS & WFAN, to provide psychological commentary on multiple topics. http://longisland.news12.com/story/36068113/study-shows-suicide-numbers-for-teen-girls-at-40-year-high#.W-gsjm6KHUM.email.
(516) 266-2106
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Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776
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Akili Carter
Counselor, MS, LMHC
Verified
Verified
I have been in the field since 2002 working with many people. I have experience with depression, self-esteem challenges, behavioral issues, issues within the relationship and family bond, and bipolar disorder. These are a only handful of the client's I have worked with and most recently I've worked with the forensic population and college level students. I have experience with Autism Spectrum Disorder and Asperger's primarily; however, I've worked with all types of Intellectually Capable individuals. I've also done a lot of work with parents both in the home and on the residential level. And I love working with couples.
(631) 202-0976
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Smithtown, NY 11787
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Jessica A Scher Lisa
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
SERVICES OFFERED: DIAGNOSTIC EVALUATIONS FOR AUTISM SPECTRUM DISORDER; AUTISM SPECIALTY REPORTS FOR OPWDD; PSYCHOEDUCATIONAL EVALUATIONS INCLUDING IQ TESTING; INDIVIDUAL AND FAMILY PSYCHOTHERAPY; SCHOOL CONSULTATIONS; FUNCTIONAL BEHAVIOR ASSESSMENTS AND BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION PLANS .
Perhaps you're concerned about your child or adolescent due to emotional or behavioral issues. Or you may be in need of an evaluation for diagnostic purposes or service acquisition. Whatever your needs may be, I am here to offer the assistance you need to help you and your family.
(516) 469-3822
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Setauket, NY 11733
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Not accepting new clients
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Stephanie Grindell
Counselor, LMHC
Verified
Verified
Feeling stressed, anxious, and overwhelmed is a common part of life, however sometimes, we’re unsure of how to handle these heavy emotions. In order to find balance during these moments, finding a counselor is a healthy option. In taking the initial step to seek out counseling, you are making a helpful decision to manage your mind in order to enhance your overall well-being and quality of life. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor who specializes in anxiety, depression, substance abuse/addiction, and autism spectrum disorder. My wide range of experience allows me to effectively tailor my approach to best suit your needs.
(631) 546-7794
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East Islip, NY 11730
Not accepting new clients
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Long Island Behavioral Health
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
I specialize in working with individuals on the autism spectrum, clients struggling with depression, anxiety, and PTSD.
Seeking help for mental health challenges can be uncomfortable for many. Individuals need a therapist that can create a non-judgmental, empathic space where clients can feel safe. In my work with clients, I prioritize establishing that safety by approaching people with compassion and curiosity. I strive to provide clients with the highest quality of care and further my education in ways that increases the efficacy of my work. I recently completed basic EMDR training and am currently working toward certification in this practice.
(631) 938-2589
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Stony Brook, NY 11790
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Kristen Memoli
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
**Now enrolling for Virtual Parent Coaching: See "Groups" below** I am a clinical psychologist specializing in cognitive-behavior therapy and applied behavior analysis. Since 1996 I've worked with individuals of all ages affected by Autism . I have worked in several school systems and I am currently the clinical adviser for a young adult transition program for individuals with Autism . In addition to my focus on Autism , I also work with individuals struggling with Technology Dependence or Addiction. I see local clients in my office or via secure video conferencing.
(516) 513-8327
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Smithtown, NY 11787
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Kristen L Hoey
Counselor, MS, LMHC
Verified
Verified
Whether it be anxiety reduction, stress management, depression, life transitions, loss, chronic illness, or issues related to Autism , I am here to assist you through the process of exploring what's happening inside your heart and mind, healing emotional wounds, and identifying and creating the meaningful, healthy, happy life you've always wanted!.
Sometimes life can get difficult or overwhelming, and it is during those times that reaching out to someone who is understanding and supportive can help get us back on track. I've had the privilege of being that someone to many people throughout the past 20 years. I have extensive experience and education in the field of therapeutic counseling, helping others to overcome the mental and emotional difficulties that hold them back from reaching their goals. I love working together with my clients, building a relationship in which they feel safe to talk about their deepest cares and concerns.
(631) 212-0290
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Coram, NY 11727
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Kim Lynn Lehnert
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
For 26 years, I have specialized in providing Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) with particular interests in treating trauma, substance abuse, autism spectrum disorder, and chronic suicidality which has enhanced my ability to work with people presenting with more common issues of depression, anxiety and interpersonal difficulties.
In my work as a clinical psychologist, I believe the connection between therapist and client to be the most important agent of change. Healing happens best in the context of a warm, collaborative and supportive relationship. When an individual is going through a difficult time or life experience, he or she often feels small, disconnected and incapable of making positive changes on his or her own. In safe connection, it becomes possible for the individual to feel empowered, connected and more flexible and capable of making the decisions and behavioral changes necessary to heal and/or move forward.
(631) 240-0508
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Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776
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Hope Begins Here Psychotherapy - Irene Dashiell
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
It's Monday morning and you pushed the snooze button five times. You just want to stay in bed and pull the covers over your head because life is so overwhelming and exhausting. Maybe you're a parent and have a child or teen who has ADD/ADHD, Anxiety, Autism or a Physical Disability. Perhaps you’re an adult who has ADD/ADHD, Anxiety, Autism or a Physical Disability. You feel so alone and everything you have tried to help your child or yourself has not worked. You just want a magic wand to wave so all your difficulties disappear. Well, you’re not alone! I am so glad you found me and have the courage to be here. Let’s work together!
(631) 438-8203
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Patchogue, NY 11772
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Kierstan Hall
PsyD
Verified
Verified
Dr. Kierstan Hall is a postdoctoral fellow who received her Doctorate in School-Community Psychology from Hofstra University. Dr. Hall has utilized evidence-based treatments to guide her approach. She has worked with individuals and groups in both clinic and college counseling settings. Dr. Hall specializes in working with children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders, utilizing social skills curriculums such as Superflex and the Zones of Regulation. She has experience working with emerging adults and adults with a variety of struggles, such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, and relationship issues.
(631) 257-7994
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Smithtown, NY 11787
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Elizabeth Fyfe
Counselor, LMHC
Verified
Verified
The best and fastest way to get a hold of me is to send an email! I will provide a friendly and supportive environment where you will feel safe and free from judgment. My Specialty areas include but are not limited to anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress, grief counseling, ADHD, and individuals with mild autism spectrum disorder and gender dysphoria.
(516) 916-7839
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Stony Brook, NY 11790
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Butterfly LCSW PC
PhD, LCSW-R
Verified
Verified
At Butterfly we strive to create an environment of hope and healing. We offer mental health services in a supportive and nurturing environment. Whatever the reason that you are seeking support or at any point in your life, Butterfly is here to help you. We welcome the opportunity to be a part of your journey. Anxiety, Self Esteem, Trauma, Grief & Loss, ADHD/ ADD, Couple/Family Conflict, Cultural Identity, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Social Skills, Relationships, Relapse Prevention, Women’s Perspectives & Concerns, Gender Identity, Depression, Transitions & Stress, School Issues & Learning Difficulties, Teen Issues, Behavioral Concerns, Men’s Issues, Treatment of Active Military, Veterans, & Their Families. “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” - Maya Angelou
(631) 856-1600
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Port Jefferson, NY 11777
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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.