Autism Evaluation / Diagnosis – Many teens and adults wonder if they are on the autism spectrum but went undiagnosed as children. Using the CASD and a diagnostic checklist created directly from the DSM-5 criteria, I provide a comprehensive evaluation and diagnosis through an interview-style assessment. Areas of consideration include the presence, duration and severity of difficulties with social interaction, communication, sensory issues and restricted, repetitive behaviors. Please allow for an 80 minute session.
Autism Spectrum Challenges- Differences in social interaction, communication, sensory issues and rigid routines can results in depression, anxiety, frustration and isolation. Through active listening and individualized strategies, I aim to ease clients’ personal challenges while celebrating and building on their strengths and uniqueness. Support and insight is also provided for spouses and partners. When needed, I collaborate with doctors and specialists to ensure wrap-around care. Advocacy is also provided and sensory needs are accommodated in session.
Depression – Depression strips our lives of meaning and leaves us seeing the world through a distorted lens. Working together we will touch on possible root causes, explore what depression looks like in the brain, identify concrete steps to be taken and in the process, learn to relate to depression in a new way.
Anxiety – Anxiety can cause us to feel nervous and jittery, or can put us into full-blown panic mode. While the mind is on guard against possible threat, we lose touch with any sense of peace or ease in our lives. We will explore what anxiety looks like in the brain and then, using the latest research on best practices for decreasing anxiety, implement both cognitive and physical approaches to help you regain a sense of peace in your life.