Therapy and Support

MHS15CoverAuSM's Mental Health 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.

Working daily with individuals with ASD through AuSM's office, our therapists are in the best possible position to stay up-to-date on the medical and developmental research communities. Creative and appropriate intervention often reduces the need for managing difficult behavior. It can increase social skills, communication and choice-making abilities, promoting more independence. Training by hands-on professionals eliminates unnecessary guesswork and makes use of the most up-to-date strategies. With training, family members, staff and those with ASD can feel successful in their everyday lives.

Click here to download AuSM's Mental Health Services brochure (pdf).



  • 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. .

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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

Dr. Barbara Luskin, PhD, LP
Tamara Phillips, MA, LMFT
Sara Pahl, MS, BCaBA, NCC
Beth Pitchford, MA


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.


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.

September 2015 Ask the Therapist

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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. This professional networking group will meet on the following dates:

2015: Jan. 13, April 7, July 14, Oct. 6

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. . Barb, Tamara, Sara and Beth look forward to seeing you!