Autism Spectrum Disorders
I have spent the past 15 years developing specific expertise in working with individuals on the autism spectrum. I have extensive post graduate training in applied behavior analysis (ABA), am ADOS certified in the assessment and diagnosis of ASD, and am certified as a social skills instructor through UCLA's Program for the Education and Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS). I work with children, adolescents, and adults on the spectrum and provide a full range of services, including early intervention, behavioral intervention, parent training, and psychotherapy. I also work with couples where one or both partners is on the spectrum. My extensive experience with this population means that I'm uniquely able to develop comprehensive and meaningful treatment plans by taking a whole person approach.
Psychotherapy for Individuals and Couples
Individuals with an autism diagnosis can benefit hugely from psychotherapy, but it is important to work with a therapist who is well versed and sensitive to the specific strengths and challenges that come with being on the spectrum. I work with my clients as they struggle with the complexities of friendships and relationships, feeling comfortable and accepted in work and school environments and channeling special interests into productive pursuits. I frequently work with adults in their 20’s and 30’s as they develop their independence, social confidence, and self-direction.
I also work with couples where one (or both) partners is on the spectrum, providing a safe and supportive space to work through communicative differences and learn a synergistic language that allows the needs of both partners to be met.
Family, School, and IEP Support
After eight years of supervising school based services within Los Angeles Unified School District I have a keen understanding of FAPE laws, the IEP system, and what a “best-fit” truly looks like. I work with families, perform school observations, and collaborate with multi-modal treatment teams to determine the necessary supports for academic success.
I also work with families to process what this diagnosis might mean for their child and for the family. I work with siblings and the family unit to make sure that all parts of the family system are able to get their needs met in a way the works for the family as a whole.