Autism Therapists in Nashville, TN

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Catherine Cavin
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LMSW
Verified
Verified
Most of my clients are folks living with OCD and/or autism .
I am passionate about meeting you where you are, celebrating your strengths and challenging the things that interfere with what matters to you. No matter what brings you to my door, you are worthy of experiencing all that life has to offer. It is important to me that my clients see therapy as a collaborative process, as I believe all of my clients are the ultimate expert on their own experiences. I utilize a variety of modalities depending on your needs & will work with you to develop a plan of care that makes sense to you.
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Nashville, TN 37203
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Skye Clark
Pre-Licensed Professional, MS
Verified
Verified
I work with autism in adults, individuals with trauma history, individuals in the music industry, and the LBGTQI+ community.
Not accepting clients. You can have a life full of abundance, peace, and joy, in fact, you deserve it! During times of stress, transitions, and uncertainties, life may be more overwhelming than you could ever imagine. I get it! We will work together to identify sources of stress, difficult emotions, & limiting thoughts and behavior patterns in order to develop resources for more satisfaction, fulfillment, and joy in your life. My goal is to be deeply present with your experiences in order to help you become more expansive, self- aware, confident, and validated so that you can find your path that leads to your most authentic self.
(615) 590-3291
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Nashville, TN 37212
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Rosie Stinson
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified
Verified
In addition, I have served clients with autism in behavioral therapy and counseling settings.
Everyone deserves to be listened to without judgment. I strive to create a safe space for individuals by building a therapeutic relationship based on genuineness, trust, and empathy. Once a client feels safe in this relationship, we can work together to accomplish their goals. As a counselor, my job is not to lead the client, but to walk alongside them in their journey. I consider it a blessing and a privilege to witness any part of someone's personal story; allowing the client to take an active role in the therapeutic process gives them the power to change their own narrative.
(615) 314-8345
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Nashville, TN 37217
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Miranda Pool
Counselor, MEd, LPC, MHSP, RYT-200
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
I provide therapy to children and adolescents ages 7-17. I specialize in: neurodivergent thinkers including autism , ADHD, and learning differences; complex trauma; eating disorders; anxiety & OCD, and gender exploration and identity. I also work well with neurodivergent adults. I view my role as a therapist to the child and a supportive consultant to the parent/guardian. I believe in the transformative power of relationship, in the power of play and connection, in the intersection of neuroscience with shared humanity, and in a strengths-based mindset for all individuals with whom I work.
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Nashville, TN 37212
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Rachel Hammons
Counselor, MA, LPCMHSP, NCC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I specialize in OCD, anxiety, depression, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, and gender dysphoria/identity exploration.
It’s taken me a long time to write this because I desperately wanted my bio to communicate my heart for counseling, people, and the work that I do, but I also feel that words fall short when you’re trying to communicate something so intimate. First of all, you are brave for taking a step toward deeper healing, and I am honored that you might consider me as a support alongside you in your journey. Whether this is your first time seeking counseling or your 10th time, I hope to encourage and help empower you in your fight to become who you want to be. Whatever next step you decide to take, I hope the best for you.
(615) 471-7560
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Nashville, TN 37212
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Zephyr Care Mental Health
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
Zephry Care offers telehealth testing for children, teens, and adults for a variety of concerns including ADHD, autism , learning disabilities, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, PTSD, OCD, personality disorders, psychosis, etc. We also offer pre-surgical evaluations (bariatric surgery, spinal cord stimulator), pre-employment and fitness for duty evaluations for police, military, etc, adoption evaluations, and drug/alcohol evaluations. We have immediate openings for appointments and can see people in Tennessee, Florida, and most other states.
(615) 909-2289
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Nashville, TN 37221
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Dr. Tina M. Boni
Licensed Professional Counselor, PsyD, LPC
Verified
Verified
I am both a parent of a child on the autism spectrum and have worked with hundreds of children, parents and families that need help with getting behaviors on track.
Finding a treatment provider that understands your needs, or your child's needs, while appreciating the struggle to find answers and solutions should not be an additional hurdle. I have over 30 years of experience treating children, families and adults who are struggling with behavioral concerns, trauma, depression, anxiety and chronic health disorders and can offer diagnostic evaluations, testing and treatment individually tailored to meet your unique needs. Additionally, I have extensive training and experience in diagnosing and treating Autism Spectrum Disorders and can offer consultative services, coaching and advocacy.
(615) 471-6154
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Nashville, TN 37206
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Nashville Psychological Assessment and Learning
Psychologist, PhD, NCSP, HSP
Verified
Verified
We specialize in comprehensive psychoeducational assessments of children, adolescents, and adults. We have expertise in the diagnosis of autism , dyslexia, learning disabilities, developmental delays, intellectual giftedness, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), behavioral disorders, and emotional disturbances that are likely to impact educational and daily functioning. We also offer social skills groups for children and adolescents, as well as educational consultation to assist parents with navigating special education and accommodations offered within the public and private school settings.
(615) 908-2370
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Nashville, TN 37204
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Zephyr Care
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
Zephry Care offers telehealth testing for children, teens, and adults for a variety of concerns including ADHD, autism , depression, learning disabilities, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, PTSD, OCD, personality disorders, psychosis, etc. We also offer pre-surgical evaluations (bariatric surgery, spinal cord stimulator), fitness for duty, adoption evaluations, and pre-employment evaluations for military, police, gov't etc. We have immediate openings for appointments. Servicing the following states: AL, AZ, AR, CT, CO, DE, DC, FL, GA, IL, KS, KY, ME, MD, MN, MO, NE, NV, NH, NJ, NC, OH, OK, PA, RI, TN, TX, UT, VA, WV, WI.
(727) 349-1743
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Nashville, TN 37221
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ABA Bridges, LLC
MA, BCBA
ABA Bridges provides behavior therapy for individuals suffering from symptoms of Autism , ADHD and related disorders. We provide Board Certified therapist with a proven track record in assisting families and schools in Behavior Techniques and interventions. ABA is the number one recommended treatment for Autism and ADHD. Services include consultation, assessment, treatment and parent/staff training.
(888) 796-8809
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Nashville, TN 37201
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Michelle McAtee
Psychologist, PhD, HSP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I provide therapy and testing to children, teens, and adults on the autism spectrum, including Asperger Syndrome. While individuals on the spectrum have myriad strengths, many also experience anxiety or depression, or need someone to talk to better understand their experiences. My wellness approach includes cognitive behavior therapy, mindfulness techniques, and relaxation and stress reduction strategies.
(615) 933-2695
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Nashville, TN 37204
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Jessica Ried
Counselor, MA
Verified
Verified
My youngest brother has autism and has struggled with his mental health.
One of my greatest passions is helping people who are struggling in life especially people who don't find help or an advocate as easily. I specialize in child and adolescent disorders concentrating on Autism and ADHD with a focus on depression and anxiety. I want to provide a safe environment for anyone that I am working with where they can feel connected and cared for. Connection will lead to a more authentic opportunity of growth and working together towards people's goals.
(615) 257-3264
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Nashville, TN 37248
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Ansley Taylor Loveless
Psychologist
Verified
Verified
I also provide strengths-based assessments for adults of all ages who present with a variety of concerns, including ADHD, Autism , and intellectual giftedness.
Have you started to notice problems with your memory or attention as you've grown older? Do you increasingly find yourself unable to remember people’s names, misplacing items, forgetting important appointments/work tasks, or becoming lost while driving? If so, you may have started to worry that you have dementia and wonder if there is anything you can do about it. I can help answer these kinds of critical questions about your brain health. I specialize in helping middle-aged and older adult patients understand the cognitive changes their brains are going through, as well as how to promote healthy aging and long-term brain integrity.
(615) 285-6120
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Nashville, TN 37211
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Brett S Shapiro
Psychologist, PhD, NCC, BCC
Verified
Verified
I am a child psychologist, located in Nashville, TN, who works with children ages two through adolescence. I also work with adults who need psychological and educational testing for accommodations. I treat children with behavioral concerns including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), anxiety, depression, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and Autism Spectrum Disorders. I utilize Cognitive-behavioral techniques and Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), using coaching and modeling to help parents or caregivers who have children with disruptive, non-compliant, aggressive, and/or oppositional behaviors.
(615) 645-2497
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Nashville, TN 37221
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Caroline Clipper
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, NCC
Verified
Verified
I am most passionate about working with those who consider themselves Neurodivergent (ND) (quirky, creative, weird, unique, etc.). This includes those with ADHD, Autism , sensory processing differences, social anxiety, OCD, who burnout easily, think and feel more deeply than others, and/or experiencing mental health symptoms that result from efforts in masking (the act of hiding or denying parts of yourself in order to conform to societal expectations).
(615) 437-8209
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Nashville, TN 37216
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Danielle Laray Ryder
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
If you have experienced complex trauma, generational trauma, secondary trauma, medical trauma, religious trauma, or narcissistic abuse, you may have struggled to gain the support that you deserve due to the fact that there are still many types of trauma that are under-recognized. I have a passion for using creativity, authentic connection, and even evidence based research on the ways that trauma and chronic stress impact the brain, to individualize therapy for your unique strengths and goals. My commitment to individualizing care also includes neurodiversity training and experience working with those on the autism spectrum.
(615) 249-4191
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Nashville, TN 37212
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Claire Fajardo Belcher
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified
Verified
I work with adults and teenagers experiencing mental health challenges such as anxiety, depression, grief, PTSD, complex PTSD, Schizophrenia, Bi-polar, Emotional Disturbance, Reactive Attachment Disorder and addiction. Additionally, I have an extensive background history working with teenagers and adults diagnosed with Asperger's and Autism Spectrum Disorder.
(615) 802-4973
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Nashville, TN 37211
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Nashville BrainCore Therapy
DC
Nashville BrainCore provides a unique, drugless, painless, noninvasive approach to treating brainwave dysregulation associated with symptoms of many neurological-based conditions like Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia, Memory Loss, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Panic Attacks, Autism , Post-Stroke, Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Traumatic Brain Injury (e.g. Concussions), and many more. The relaxing and therapeutic treatment involves our Neurofeedback Practitioner, first, identifying the brainwave dysregulation with a noninvasive and painless brainwave analysis, and then determining a proper treatment plan that is tailored to your needs.
(615) 374-7125
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Nashville, TN 37214
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Maria Miller
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
I specialize in working with children including those experiencing PANS/PANDAS, ADHD, Autism , OCD, adoption challenges, neurodivergence, trauma, and divorce adjustment.
There are seasons when life is too difficult to go through on your own and you can really get stuck. Sometimes life stressors can exceed your ability to cope and you feel overwhelmed. This is an ideal time to reach out for help. I would be honored to assist you in finding what works for you. I integrate evidenced-based models to collaborate and create a plan for each of my clients, couples, and families to meet their therapeutic goals. Together we can figure out what has brought you to this point and what is no longer serving you.
(615) 471-6379
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Nashville, TN 37203
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Deborah E Doineau
Psychologist, EdD
Verified
Verified
My clientele consists of children, adolescents, and adults. I use a variety of approaches in working with my clients in an attempt to find the most efficacious approach to meet the particular client's needs. As a psychologist, I also perform psychological evaluations for diagnostic purposes. For example, I evaluate cognitive ability, learning disorders, ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, and many other issues. Finding oneself can be a daunting task in our complex society. I aspire to help my clients achieve self understanding, a sense of efficacy, and develop tools to assist them in navigating life's challenges on their own.
(615) 745-1058
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Nashville, TN 37212
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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.