Autism Evaluation / Diagnosis – Many teens and adults wonder if they are on the autism spectrum but went undiagnosed as children. I conduct evaluations that answer this question and provide diagnoses that can be used to obtain accommodations at school/work or simply provide peace of mind. Using the Checklist for Autism Spectrum Disorders (created by Susan D. Mayes Ph.D) and a diagnostic checklist created directly from the DSM-5 criteria, I provide a comprehensive evaluation and diagnosis through a 30 question interview-style assessment. Areas of assessment include the presence, duration and severity of difficulties with social interaction, communication, sensory issues and restricted, repetitive behaviors. Female vs. male presentations of autism have been extensively researched and are taken into consideration. Please consider bringing in a close friend or family member who can provide an outside perspective. Allow for a 2 hour session.
Autism Counseling/Advocacy- Differences in social interaction, communication, sensory issues and rigid routines can result in difficulties in personal life, school and work. This in turn can lead to depression and anxiety. Through active listening, individualized strategies and advocacy, I aim to ease clients’ personal challenges while celebrating and building on their strengths and uniqueness. Support and insight is also provided for family members. When needed, I collaborate with doctors and specialists to ensure wrap-around care. Sensory needs are taken into account and 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.