Autism Therapists in Olympia, WA

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Discover Psychology Services
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
Woods has specialized in autism and ADHD for the past 7 years at UW Child Development Clinic (where she completed her postdoc), the UW Autism Center, and in private practice.
Dr. Woods provides neurodiversity-affirming assessments of Autism , ADHD, learning, trauma presentations. Whether you are an adult wanting to learn about yourself or a parent of a child seeking a diagnosis to guide intervention, being confident in your results is key. Dr. Woods conducts thorough, evidence-based assessments across the lifespan. Using her training from UW and insights from a wide range of clients and professionals, Dr. Woods helps people to discover their strengths and provides personalized recommendations to help them move forward. People do not just leave with answers; they leave with a plan.
(360) 207-3317
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Patty Dean
Counselor, MA, LMHCA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I also work with children, teens, and adults on the autism spectrum.
I'm here to offer a safe, comfortable, accepting environment to process your goals, needs, and challenges. I affirm and celebrate everyone's identity and values. Your goals are the ones that matter in therapy. I want you to be comfortable while connecting with someone who authentically cares about you. I believe we are all doing the best we can. Whether age 2, age 102, or anywhere in between, I am here to support you. I love working with children, teens, and adults on the autism spectrum. I have also worked as a grief counselor with Hospice, and walked beside many people as they travel through the grief process.
(360) 469-0563
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Olympia, WA 98501
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April Christine Slocum
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFTA, MAOL, CMHS, MHP
Verified
3 Endorsed
Verified
3 Endorsed
Additional issues that I offer help with are: Child Conduct Disorder / Emotional Abandonment / Oppositional Defiant Disorder / Cutting / Suicidal Ideation / Social Anxiety / Borderline Personality Disorder / Bipolar Disorders / Autism Spectrum Disorder.
Online & Phone Special Now $58 - Book an Appointment Today. To help in this global time of crisis, I am available extended hours. $10 Discount for Religious Leaders, Military / Veterans & First Responders. Are you suffering from a loss, depression, stress, anxiety, or relationship issues? Together we can work to overcome these issues comfortably and effectively. I am very worldly and have much experience with religions and cultures. Faith based treatment plans are available upon request. Additionally, I am a certified Child and Adolescent Specialist, Couples LMFTA
(360) 526-8409
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Olympia, WA 98501
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Lori Anne Sirs
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, DSW, LICSW
Verified
Verified
I believe my approach and expertise are unique in that they comprehensively meet the needs of individuals with ADHD, autism spectrum, and social communication disorders in very practical ways.
* NOTE: I AM NOT ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS CURRENTLY * Looking for a counselor is a big step - I look forward to partnering with you to achieve the desired changes in your life. I do this using a combined approach of cognitive behavioral therapy, skill-building, mindfulness, and movement. A social worker, I operate from a strengths-based approach that takes my clients' unique strengths & systems into account. Family, community, culture, school, and work are all parts of the big picture. My specialities are ADHD, autism spectrum disorders, effects of LD. I received my Doctor of Social Work (DSW) degree from the University of Tennessee.
(208) 274-7220
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Anisa L Miller
Counselor, MA, LMHC, SUDP
Verified
Verified
Counseling can help you face challenges in order to improve and enrich your life. Whatever your goals or situation, there is help and relief. You can get the help you need in order to live a more balanced and fulfilling life. I find that seeing the client from the holistic approach (body, soul, spirit) best enables success for those in counseling.
(360) 685-1806
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Olympia, WA 98502
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Rudy D Hernandez
Counselor, MA MFT, LMHC
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
Through a person-centered humanistic approach, Rudy hopes to meet people where they are at. He is honored to support those doing the hard work of facing their challenges and be a part of the healing process. He also draws from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), and Emotion-Focused Therapy (EFT) and strength-based therapy to help guide those seeking to connect thoughts and behaviors and encourage self-efficacy. Play therapy also informs his work with children, teens, and families.
(360) 469-6673
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Ed Brendler
Counselor, PsyD, LMHC
Verified
Verified
The practice of therapy is often the practice of relationship in a safe, structured, and contained environment. My clients deal with issues related to trauma, depression, anxiety, ADD, ADHD, relationship, sexual orientation and gender identity. Each client comes in with a different story, background, and constellation of experiences and capabilities. When we engage and work together, it is that connection that leads to therapeutic change.
(360) 499-0459
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Olympia, WA 98502
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Kez Mayers
Counselor, MA, LMHCA, NCC, CCTP
Verified
Verified
Do you struggle to feel arousal or pleasure during sex? Have you lost the sexual spark and excitement in your relationship? Do you struggle with desires, thoughts, and behaviors that you feel as though you can’t share with others for fear of shame, stigma, ignorance, or violence? Have you struggled to understand yourself as a sexual being due to stigmatizing beliefs and messages? Navigating the nuances of relationships, sex, sexual health, sexual identity, and gender identity can be difficult and exhausting on its own. Through open-minded, compassionate, and culturally competent care, I am committed to help you meet your goals.
(509) 260-7218
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Olympia, WA 98503
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Destiny Rendon
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified
Verified
Accepting Telehealth clients only- We are living through difficult times and many of us are becoming aware of the things in our lives that aren’t working for us any longer. Some of us may be impacted by old wounds that never had the chance to fully heal; some of us are realizing we aren’t living our lives in a way that aligns with how we want to live. We believe that every person has the capacity to heal and live a life of meaning and positive well-being but that often, many of us do not have the support or skills that we need to make changes in our lives.
(360) 535-7866
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Olympia, WA 98501
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Marin Fahey
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
As a therapist, my goal is to walk alongside clients as we explore their unique experiences and struggles. I believe that people have innate creative abilities when it comes to healing and self-understanding. Sometimes stress and trauma can block or limit our ability to connect to that innate skill. I utilize relational and strengths-based approaches and support people’s understanding of their own self and path. My therapy background revolves around trauma, attachment, and growth in parenting/caregiving. I enjoy working with parents/caregivers of children with complex social, behavioral, relational, and developmental needs.
(360) 469-1537
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Olympia, WA 98501
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Stacey Hallmark-Morales
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
Welcome and thanks for visiting! I offer adult, telehealth, therapeutic services with a specialty in sexuality focused issues/intimacy, communication, general sexual functioning, sexual dysregulation, orgasmic challenges, low/absent sexual desire, erectile dysfunction, physiological pain, polyamory/consensual non-monogamy, BDSM/kink/fetish lifestyles, Sex+, LGBTQQIA+, Kink+. Some of the work I do in my general practice focuses on managing and problem-solving stress management, anxiety/depression, life transitions, and relationship challenges.
(360) 561-4796
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Olympia, WA 98508
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Dupre' Rouse
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, MHP, LMFTA
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
My approach to therapy is very client focused. I am a systemic therapist and will try and look at the whole picture of your life to help figure out how to help. Working with couples to save, restore, or provide maintenance is my passion. There’s nothing in the world quite like trauma and the way it impacts us as individuals on many different levels. I can help you deal with and navigate these painful memories and intrusive thoughts to live a healthier life. If you are a parent struggling with a child or family problems, I believe I can connect with and help teach both parent and child to help you be a more successful family unit.
(833) 204-8107
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Olympia, WA 98502
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Jennifer Shafer
Counselor, MA, LMHC
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
As a therapist I offer witness, support and guidance for your unique life experience. Together, we will cultivate compassion for your challenges and help you to resource the skills and strengths you already may have. By identifying the symptoms that are present and the growth cycle(s) you are in, we can find meaning in your challenges and empower your ability to make healthy and authentic choices. Together, we can shed light on what may be eluding your current seeing, allowing you to recover your inner resources for healing and to gain new tools and insights for personal growth.
(360) 328-7460
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Olympia, WA 98506
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Cindy Franklin
Counselor, MA, MHP, LMHC, CMHS, DDMHS
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
I support families, adults and elders in navigating difficult times more gracefully. As we rush through our busy lives, we can feel lost and disconnected from our best selves. We can even become so immersed in our negative culture that we feel a deep sense of hopelessness. We can forget that we are smart, strong, tenacious and resilient. I can help you bring a greater sense of purpose and hope into your life.
(360) 464-2223
Olympia, WA 98502
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Jean Madrone Lynch-Thomason
SEP, RH
1 Endorsed
1 Endorsed
Do you want to feel more grounded and engaged with the world around you? Are you looking for resolution and integration of past and current experience rather than continuing to cope? Do you need support managing stress in your life? I offer somatic experiencing trauma resolution therapy and holistic herbal medicine to support resilience and nervous system regulation, with a focus on attachment, healing from stress and trauma, chronic illness, autoimmune conditions, developmental and complex trauma, and support for grounding, connection, and embodiment.
(360) 226-7248
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Olympia, WA 98501
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Better Together Counseling & Educational Services
Psychologist, PhD, ABPP
Verified
Verified
UPDATE: We are currently full and not taking new patients. We will update this page when that changes.
(360) 763-0496
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Olympia, WA 98506
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Patrick Maley
Counselor, LMHCA
Verified
Verified
In my work as a therapist, I rely on: compassion, creativity, curiosity, honesty, patience, kindness, and humor. I am fond of working with Internal Family Systems, Narrative Therapy, and with whatever it was Carl Whitaker was up to. I consider my practice to be an invitation to work with people of all: ages, backgrounds, identities and expressions, which in part means I work with kids and teens. My pronouns are typically he/him.
(360) 763-0749
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Olympia, WA 98501
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Ed Glidden
Counselor, MA, LMHCA, MHP
Verified
1 Endorsed
Verified
1 Endorsed
I am an existentialist therapist specializing in supporting clients through interpersonal crisis, anger management, life changes, and role clarification. It is my goal to help each person live a satisfying life. I work from a person-centered approach and strive to help clients clarify and find meaning in their lives. I believe in the sanctity of the therapeutic relationship and strive to meet the needs of my clients. I also focus on addressing trauma through the practice of Somatic Experiencing.
(360) 329-9660
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Olympia, WA 98506
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Sierra Osmers
Pre-Licensed Professional, MA
Verified
Verified
My purpose is to help individuals, couples, and families overcome adversity in their lives and relationships. I use a solution-focused approach to understand each person’s unique set of values, and direction. Together, we will strengthen and heal your relationships with yourself, and the people important to you. We will find meaning out of your past experiences, and use this to create a change for your future. To identify what is truly important to you.
(206) 208-6429
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Olympia, WA 98501
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Rachele Brady
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, LMFTA
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
NOW accepting new clients - I believe our lives are constructed within the many relationship connections we experience throughout the lifespan; and this is what fuels my passion to work with individuals, couples, and families at all ages and stages of life. Whether you are experiencing symptoms of anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, communication breakdowns, school/work difficulties, or family problems, I strive to support you in exploring what brings you to therapy in an empathetic way that focuses on your goals though connection and deeper understanding.
(253) 264-0874
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Olympia, WA 98502
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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.