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Autism Spectrum Disorders

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Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) encompasses an extensive range of behaviors and learning differences, with a wide variety in the type and severity of symptoms that people experience. People on the autism spectrum are born with brains that are neurodivergent, meaning they work differently. Children and adults with ASD may excel in some areas but have challenges with communication, social interaction, repetitive behaviors or interests, or different ways of moving or processing information.

About 1 in every 36 children will be diagnosed with ASD, according to the CDC, although those who require less intervention may not be accurately diagnosed until adulthood. There is no single underlying cause for ASD, nor is there a universal treatment or “cure”, although medications can address some symptoms, such as sleep disturbances, self-harming behaviors, aggression, and hyperactivity. Therapy with a counselor who is trained in working with people on the autism spectrum may help with anxiety, depression, life transitions, and other mental health issues.

ASD counselors focus on developing socially appropriate skills, managing sensory integration, and building emotional bonds. Applied behavioral analysis (ABA), relationship development intervention, and play therapy can encourage appropriate behaviors, while cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can help people with ASD manage connections between their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors to help them deal with stressors and identify future goals.

Signs and Symptoms

  • highly sensitive
  • difficulty communicating
  • social challenges
  • restricted interests
  • repetitive behaviors
  • routine-dependent
  • irritability

How does Lifeologie help?

Discuss your concerns with our intake specialists.

When you reach out to a Lifeologie, you’ll be connected with one of our Intake Specialists. In a “call center?” No way. Our specialists are each located in their local Lifeologie office and know the counselors well. Their entire job is to learn about you and what you’re looking for and to match you with the counselor who will be the very best fit for your needs and preferences.

Find a counselor that is passionate about helping you reach your mental health goals.

Our counselors are literally the cream of the crop. We get hundreds of applications every year to intern and work at our offices. Lifeologists are counselors, life coaches and overall wellness advocates who are experts and specialists in their craft. At the intern level, they have set themselves apart as incredible learners and collaborators, chasing after the highest-level trainings in the field. From EMDR to nutrition coaching to brain spotting and addiction specialists, we have you covered. Once you enter a Lifeologie office, you’ll find that we’ve carefully curated the environment to feel modern, comfortable and inviting. Counseling at Lifeologie is not your typical counseling experience – in any way.

Receive continuous support and guidance as you go on your mental health journey.

Your counselor at Lifeologie will meet you wherever you are, whether you’re just starting in counseling for the first time ever… or returning to a life-long counseling journey after a brief break. Your Lifeologist will partner with you to meet your goals. As you learn and grow, we can help you focus on overall wellness through mindfulness practices such as Psychotherapeutic Yoga or mindful eating. Wherever you are, we can come alongside and help you move forward!

Meet our specialists


about lifeologie

Lifeologie Institute was founded in 2000 with one goal in mind — to bring a fresh, innovative approach to the everyday problems of life. Creative solutions to stuck problems. With our unique multi-specialty, collaborative approach, Lifeologie helps individuals and families heal their wounds and break out of old, unhealthy patterns.