Autism Therapists in Virginia Beach, VA

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Sunshine Behavioral Consulting INC
MSEd, BCBA, LBA
Verified
Verified
We offer Applied Behavior Analysis, or ABA, services to children on the Autism Spectrum. Our services also include parent training, consultation, IEP assistance, and individualized behavioral plans. Our goal is to help your family and provide parents the tools needed to maximize daily functioning for your child.
(757) 255-7934
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Virginia Beach, VA 23464
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Spectrum Psychological and Neurotherapy, PC
Psychologist, EdD
Verified
Verified
Using the most evidence-based methods, we address symptoms of the following: ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Asperger's Syndrome, Anxiety, Depression, Underachievement, Behavior/School Problems, Separation/Divorce Issues, Couples/Family Issues, Alcohol/Substance Abuse, ACOA, Abuse/Trauma, Military Issues, Executive Assessment, Stress and Anger Management.
We are an outpatient mental health clinic that serves children, adolescents and adults experiencing a variety of problems. We provide individualized, evidence-based interventions to address an array of life's diverse challenges, so that each individual can reach his or her full potential. All of us encounter problems in living at some point in our lives. Sometimes, those problems interfere with our ability to function at home, work, or school or in other important areas of life.
(757) 239-2850
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Virginia Beach, VA 23452
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William H Bates
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC-S
Verified
Verified
Burnout: It has been said “it’s lonely at the top”. You have reached the top in your career, but your personal life is in shambles or you’re experiencing “burnout”. The Therapist problem solves and suggests interventions for their clients but, who can the Therapist talk to? You’re a Veteran struggling to come back to the “Real World”, and every day and night are a battle with PTSD symptoms. You may be a parent that is at the “end of your rope” with a child with Autism , ADHD, or significant depression and is exhibiting negative behaviors in the home and at school. You may need help in processing loss, divorce, and retirement.
(757) 693-6900
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Virginia Beach, VA 23452
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Molly Mittel
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
Molly Mittel is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with experience specializing in depression, anxiety, ADHD and Autism . Molly treats school aged children and adolescents as well as young adults utilizing specific treatment modalities that fit best with her clients. Molly has extensive experience counseling children and adolescents both individually and in groups. In her clinical work, Molly is well versed in both traditional therapeutic techniques as well as creative modalities such as play therapy and art.
(757) 780-8709
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
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Suzanne Robinson Pickell
Limited Licensed Psychologist, EdS, NCSP, ABSNP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
My priority as a school psychologist is the educational, social, and emotional well-being of my clients. I specialize in the assessment and support of concerns regarding an individual's ability to be successful in their learning environment and overall educational experience. In the private practice setting, I typically assess children and young adults ages 6 and up and specialize in the assessment of learning disabilities, cognitive functioning, ADHD, autism , anxiety, depression, and trauma.
(757) 799-1749
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Virginia Beach, VA 23454
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Not accepting new clients
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Nikki Schwartz
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified
5 Endorsed
Verified
5 Endorsed
“A different kind of therapy experience.” You are the expert on you. Maybe you're looking for something that's not "just talking". If you're struggling with anxiety, ADHD, depression, autism , OCD, etc., this very personalized approach, can make all the difference. If that’s you, or your child, maybe this is what you've been searching for. Maybe you’ve noticed you can focus better if you’re fidgeting or playing a game, taking a walk, doodling, or petting a dog. My clients seem to think more clearly, make better decisions, feel calmer and happier, because we use these strategies in session, combined with traditional talk therapy.
(757) 517-3868
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Virginia Beach, VA 23453
Not accepting new clients
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Sandcastle Kids Counseling
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, TF-CBT, NCC, CCMHC, PhD
Verified
5 Endorsed
Verified
5 Endorsed
I have experience working with individuals with the following: anxiety disorders, anger management, mood related disorders, grief, psychosis, autism , Asperger's syndrome, and family conflict.
Does your child's behaviors feel overwhelming and seemingly senseless at times? Are you having a difficult time connecting with your child? Has your child been exposed to a traumatic event? If so, I am here to help. I have an unwavering passion for working with children and adolescents who are having a challenging time managing their psychological and emotional well being. I have received specialized training in assisting children in coping with the effects of traumatic experiences in his/her life; this includes extensive education in the method of Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT).
(757) 810-7555
Virginia Beach, VA 23452
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Taylor Coghill
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
Verified
Taylor Coghill is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) who has over 7 years of professional experience working with children, teens, and adults who are suffering from anxiety, autism spectrum disorder, career-related issues, family conflict, depression, life transitional issues, relationship-related issues, and more. Taylor earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and her Master's degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Old Dominion University.  Her counseling approach involves a combination of cognitive behavioral techniques (CBT) and person-centered techniques.
(757) 267-6917
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Virginia Beach, VA 23452
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Erica Foreman
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC
Verified
Verified
Hello. Searching for someone to provide encouragement and support in tough seasons is not always easy. I’m grateful you stopped by my page, and I hope that I can assist you. I’ve been in the mental health field for seven years. I’m a licensed professional counselor and certified substance abuse counselor. I strive to help others better understand mental health and identify ways to enjoy life. I see individuals who present issues with trauma, depression, anxiety, substance use, grief, and anger. I also work closely with adolescents who present with ADHD, autism , conduct disorder, behavioral problems, and mental health issues.
(757) 780-1650
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Virginia Beach, VA 23452
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Christina Calkins
Pre-Licensed Professional, MS
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
*Immediate availability* I help children, teens, adults, and families by providing the opportunity to be heard and accepted. I specialize in individuals with behavioral issues, parenting concerns, anxiety, depression, communication problems, and Autism Spectrum Disorder. I desire to join others on their journey to discover the skills, confidence, and personal strengths needed for desired change and the establishment of healthy and effective relationships. I aim to establish personal well-being through improving one's ability to cope.
(757) 231-3203
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Virginia Beach, VA 23451
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Waitlist for new clients
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Kimberly Vaughan Willett
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, MSW, BA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I have assisted clients facing a variety of issues including mood, anxiety, personality disorders, PTSD, autism spectrum challenges, substance abuse, and serious mental illnesses.
My therapy approach is built on two beliefs- people are amazingly resilient and there is always hope. I draw from EMDR and CBT training to work with clients facing a variety of challenges and help them move to the present and build on their strengths. Together we focus on developing new thinking patterns that will lead to the desired behavioral changes. My professional background includes working with children, adolescents, adults, and families in both the inpatient and community settings. My Christian faith centers me and can be used in the therapeutic relationship with clients who share my faith or want to learn more.
(757) 320-5819
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Virginia Beach, VA 23462
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Waitlist for new clients
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Harry Hamilton
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
Having raised a child on the Autism Spectrum to become a fully functioning adult, I can assist both families and young adults in navigating the path into adulthood.
My job is to create a safe, trusting, and inviting environment for your therapy to happen. Whether you are seeking help with past trauma, having problems with mood, or just feeling stuck in your life, therapy should offer ideas, insights, and experiences that can help to change the narrative of your life. I believe that every client has their own unique wisdom and perspective. Changes in one's life occur when these skills are explored and assisted to become the drivers for new thoughts and behaviors. After more than 20 years of helping clients in this process, I feel qualified to assist in a wide range of challenges.
(571) 496-9794
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Virginia Beach, VA 23462
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Aisha Cowley
Pre-Licensed Professional
Verified
Verified
My experience includes working with trauma, anxiety, depression, Autism , ADHD, and disruptive/impulse-control disorders.
I deeply believe that everyone deserves a space to feel safe and safely express themselves regardless of their age, ethnicity, background, or beliefs. I also believe that each person’s struggle is real, and I am devoted to making sure that each client I work with is heard and feels heard. I am passionate about helping others understand, strengthen and use their natural ability to be resilient during and after times of crisis.
(757) 908-6758
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Virginia Beach, VA 23455
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Shamika Godbold
Behavior Analyst, MS, BCBA, LBA
Verified
Verified
I use the science of applied behavior analysis to teach behavior management techniques, evidence-based parenting strategies, aide in family reunification via coaching and parent training, set early intervention goals/objectives, and assist parents and schools in the development and follow through of Individualized Education Plans (IEPs).
(757) 767-5216
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Virginia Beach, VA 23462
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andersonpsych.com
Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC
Verified
Verified
I employ a conversational style to help clients discover the answers to their depression, anxiety, grief and other emotional distress in their lives. I believe that each individual has tools within themselves to resolve whatever challenge they are facing and my role is to guide them to look internally to find those tools. I am passionate about helping active duty military and Veterans, the African-American community, the LGBTQIA community, Neurodivergent individuals, immigrants, and other minority groups.
(757) 210-5680
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Virginia Beach, VA 23456
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Helianthus Positive Behavior Supports LLC
BCBA, LBA-VA, IBA
Our practice offers effective outpatient, individualized, Applied Behavior Analysis services within the home, school and community setting. We treat a number of behavioral concerns and provide a safe, welcoming and fun environment for individuals and their families. Our practice is founded on Positive Behavior Supports (PBS) and Applied Behavior Analysis strategies. We employ qualified healthcare professionals to include: BCBA's, BCaBA's, and RBT's. We work with contracted agencies and individuals to include Licensed Psychologists to ensure we are providing the best quality care possible for you.
(252) 618-0803
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Virginia Beach, VA 23456
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Tyrone Obaseki
Licensed Professional Counselor, MDiv, MA, LPC-S, LCDC
Verified
Verified
Welcome to Transformative Counseling & Wellness Solutions! We believe in renewing the mind and dealing with the total person! Healing starts with being transparent, and opening up about your life’s journey to your therapist, who responds with compassion, empathy, and wisdom. Our therapeutic relationship can be the building block and the catalyst towards your new life! We provide affordable counseling, traditional & wellness services. If you want to journey beyond life's obstacles, don't hesitate to call. Together we will navigate your path towards freedom, success, and happiness.
(512) 648-8019
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Virginia Beach, VA 23464
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Not accepting new clients
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Donald Walker
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
Tidewater Child and Family Behavioral Health is a growing behavioral health practice for children, adolescents, and families. We have been operating in Virginia Beach since 2013. We provide evidence based therapy and assessment for children, teens, and families. As of February 7, 2019 we are not currently accepting new patients. Our availability is currently full. If you contact us for services we will be happy to place you on our wait list and call you when there is an opening for services.
(757) 506-0271
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Virginia Beach, VA 23452
Not accepting new clients
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Ta Mara's Promise, LLC
Licensed Professional Counselor, LPC, CSAC, MAC, LSATP, SAP
Verified
Verified
Allow Me to Introduce Myself, My name Ta Mara P. Williams, Licensed Professional Counselor, Certified Substance Abuse Counselor, Entrepreneur, CEO/ Boss Lady, and Owner of Ta Mara’s Promise. I didn’t start my life with all of these titles. I had to work hard for each one of them. Through every challenge, every stumbling block, and every failure I learned to survive in"the struggle." Having a firsthand understanding that life is not always “rainbows and sunshine", but there are storms that can knock you to your knees. I believe It is my job as a therapist to help you see the light in the midst of your darkness.
(757) 331-6274
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Virginia Beach, VA 23462
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Family Guidance Centers - Telehealth
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Since 1980, Family Guidance Centers have provided counseling for adults, adolescents, children, and marriages. Our licensed therapists provide a wide array of therapy services. We are a steady, experienced group ready to join with you to build personal health.
(804) 709-3746
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Virginia Beach, VA 23462
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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.