AUSM - Autism Society of Minnesota

Therapy and Support

ACCScover2016The AuSM Counseling and Consulting Services team works in partnership with you to develop a plan based on your needs. For many, working with mental heath service providers is a new experience; we want you to feel comfortable and knowledgeable as we undertake this journey together, striving for positive, individual-focused goals.

AuSM therapists have more than 80 years of combined experience serving individuals with autism. They strive to help individuals with autism understand their diagnosis and address both the challenges and gifts that it can bring. Our depth of experience and dedicated support allows you to be confident that we will meet you wherever you are and start from there – no judgments, no preconceptions. From young children to adults, those on every part of the spectrum can grow at their own pace in a safe, compassionate environment, while pursuing their personal goals.

Consulting Services
AuSM’s Counseling and Consulting Services team is available to consult with therapists, group home staff, community organizations, employers, day training and habilitation groups, and other professionals who work with individuals with autism to help with general training or to offer strategies related to a specific issue or topic.

Click here to download the AuSM Counseling and Consulting Services brochure (pdf).

Services

  • Diagnostic assessments for adults
  • Functional or behavioral assessments for all ages
  • Individual therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Behavior consultation
  • Marriage and couples therapy
  • Training for organizations and service providers

Schedule an Appointment

How do I schedule an appointment?


To inquire about our services, make an appointment or verify insurance, please contact us at 651.647.1083 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Online Security
We put certain security measures in place for our website to protect any loss, misuse, or change of the information that is under our control. Such security measures include firewalls, access restrictions and password protection. We treat all information we receive from you through the forms on our website and e-mail as confidential. However, e-mail links on our website do not provide a means for completely secure and private communications between us. Your e-mails may be accessed and viewed without your knowledge or permission while in transit to us. If you wish to keep private the information you send to us, please do not use e-mail links. Instead, please contact us by phone at 651.647.1083.

Account or billing questions?
If you have questions about your account or billing statement, please contact Monica Toledo at 651.647.1083 ext. 21 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Meet Our Therapists

Amy Carrison, PsyD, LADC
Dr. Barbara Luskin, PhD, LP
Sara Pahl, MS, BCBA, NCC
Beth Pitchford, MA
Jennifer S. Reinke, PhD, LAMFT, CFLE

Read more: Meet Our Therapists

Support Groups

AuSM provides a variety of support groups to meet the needs of parents, children, family members, individuals, couples and more. Support groups offer those affected by autism the opportunity to share problems, solutions, joy, and sorrows with one another. Most groups meet monthly, and advance registration is required.

Read more: Support Groups

Ask the Therapist

AuSM's highly trained, certified therapists have committed their careers to helping individuals with autism understand their diagnosis and address both the challenges and gifts that it can bring. The AuSM Mental Health Services team sends out a monthly e-mail to answer questions submitted by the autism community. If you would like to sign up to receive these e-mails, click here.

If you would like to submit a question for AuSM's Mental Health Services team, please e-mail Dr. Barb Luskin at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or contact us at 651.647.1083.

July 2016 Ask the Therapist (Lost in Labels)

June 2016 Ask the Therapist (Difficulty with Diagnosis)

May 2016 Ask the Therapist (Adult Meltdowns)

February 2016 Ask the Therapist (Caregiver Stress Management)

January 2016 Ask the Therapist

December 2015 Ask the Therapist

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July 2013 Ask the Therapist

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March 2013 Ask the Therapist

February 2013 Ask the Therapist

Networking for ASD Professionals

Professionals who work with individuals with ASD

Join the AuSM Mental Health Services team for networking and pizza at the AuSM office in St. Paul. Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  for more information. If you are able to join us, please RSVP to 651.647.1083 or e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2016 at 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, April 1, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday July 11, 2017 at 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday Oct. 10, at 6:30 p.m.