Counseling and Consulting Services
The 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.
Counseling services include:
- 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
Please Note: In order to be an inclusive environment, we ask that you refrain from use of heavy scents when coming to the Autism Society of Minnesota.
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.
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ACCS Winter Weather Protocol
The Autism Society of Minnesota main office follows the weather closings of the St. Paul Public School District. However, ACCS will stay open and see clients even if AuSM's main office has a weather closure. In the event of weather-related appointment cancellations, someone from ACCS will contact you via your preferred reminder method to inform you of the closure.
If you are uncomfortable or concerned about travelling during the winter due to snow or extreme cold, please contact ACCS. Your insurance may allow you to participate in a telehealth session with your therapist. Please note that Tricare and Medicare DO NOT cover telehealth sessions.
If you want a telehealth session, please reply to your reminder call or e-mail to let us know that you want to participate in telehealth and we will e-mail you a link.
Telehealth requires that you have a computer with an internet connection, a webcam, and microphone. These items may be built into your computer.
AuSM's Counseling and Consulting Services team is proud to announce the publication of Could it be ASD?, a book designed to help therapists and other professionals recognize and understand the unique characteristics of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Now available at through the AuSM Bookstore, Could It Be ASD? contains case studies of individuals with autism who may not present in the typical way. With a national ASD prevalence rate of 1 in 59 and an increased spotlight in the media, it’s more important than ever for therapists and providers to have an accurate understanding of the diagnosis.
Barbara Luskin, PhD, and AuSM Counseling and Consulting Services psychologist notes that it’s common for herself and her colleagues to diagnose individuals who were misdiagnosed or left undiagnosed due to misunderstandings about what autism is. Dr. Luskin, Amy Carrison, LADC, PsyD; and Beth Pitchford, MA, LPCC; AuSM Counseling and Consulting Services therapists who wrote and compiled the book, are part of AuSM’s clinic that strives to help individuals with autism understand their diagnosis and address both the challenges and gifts that it can bring.
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