Open Doors Therapy is an autism therapy clinic located in Palo, Alto, CA. Our therapists are experts in neurodiversity and serve teens and adults on the autism spectrum. We help high functioning individuals who identify as having Aspergers, high functioning autism, undiagnosed autism traits, etc. and their families.
Please note: currently, we are providing all our autism counseling services online.
Individual Autism Therapy:
As autism therapists, we help neurodiverse clients overcome a variety of mental health concerns in individual autism therapy. Our therapists see neurodiverse individuals in middle school through adulthood.
We frequently help high-functioning neurodiverse individuals cope with concerns such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, trauma.
Counseling for Autism and Trauma
We understand that many people living with neurodiversity have experienced trauma. We have certified trauma-informed therapists on our staff who can help you cope with the fall out of these negative events and any symptoms of PTSD you may be experiencing in individual counseling.
Counseling for Autism and Anxiety
Many, if not most high-functioning individuals with autism have a hard time managing stress and anxiety. Especially, when you’re overstimulated and dealing with sensory sensitivities. This can make life challenging. The counseling team at Open Doors Therapy is skilled in helping you learn and practice coping techniques and strategies to manage anxiety and overwhelm in individual autism therapy.
Living with neurodiversity can feel isolating and difficult. This may cause feelings of intense sadness and depression. Our autism therapists work with neurodiverse clients every day and understand the feelings you’re experiencing. We can support you with individual counseling and teach you techniques to increase your social network, tricks to cope with overwhelm, and provide you with tools to self-advocate for your needs.
Autism parents face unique challenges when parenting their neurodiverse child, teen, or young adult. In autism parent counseling, our therapists help parents who are struggling with helping their child be independent and advocate for themselves, dealing with meltdowns or sensory overload, navigating discipline, and helping their child cope with transitions.
Autism families frequently experience conflict due to misunderstandings between the neurodiverse and neurological family members. In autism family therapy our therapy team helps families learn how to communicate more effectively so they can deepen their connection. This helps reduce conflict and improve relationships between family members.
Individual Online Autism Therapy:
Individual online autism therapy makes getting autism counseling services easier and convenient. Our therapists are skilled in offering therapy over a secure virtual platform. We can see clients who are physically located in the state of California. Online autism therapy allows us to help individuals living with neurodiversity work on the issues that matter most to them from the comfort of their homes.
Online Autism Group Therapy:
Our social skills groups focus on three core areas: increasing social skills, improving self-advocacy and self-help skills, and distress tolerance. We are currently running the following groups online:
- Autistic Teens and Caregivers Group
- College Transition Social Skills Group
- Neurodiverse College Students Group
- Autistic Working Professionals Group
- Neurodiverse Women Group
- Young Adults with ASD
We know how valuable support and understanding is to an autism parent. So, we offer support groups for parents with high-functioning neurodiverse teens. In our autism parent support groups, we will discuss common challenges you may have and how to cope with them. We will also teach you strategies to support positive communication and connection between you and your neurodiverse child.
Not sure if individual therapy or group therapy is right for you?
You’re here because you’re looking into autism services. You’re prepared to make a change and learn skills to help you, your child, or your family be successful. But, you may not be sure exactly what would help you reach your goals. Social Skills Group? Support Group? Individual Counseling? Parent Counseling. It’s hard to know what will be the best fit.
We can help. From your initial consultation, we will take the time to listen to your unique situations and needs. We are experts on neurodiversity so we will use our knowledge of neurodiversity and experience to guide you towards the right service. In your counseling assessment session, we will discuss the benefits and what to expect from Group Therapy vs. Individual Counseling.
We refer to our autism group therapy as “supercharged” social skills groups.
We offer more than just social skills groups or support groups, they are comprehensive programs that help you with the many aspects of adult life, led by experts based upon UC Davis MIND Institute research.
We understand that some people are eager to join a supportive group, while others might feel intimidated or anxious at the thought of entering a new group. That’s why we provide pre-group counseling before you join a social skills group. This provides you with a chance to meet one-on-one with the therapist facilitating your group, so you get to know them and they can get to know you. This helps build trust. Your group leader will also prepare you for group by talking about the structure of the group and answering any questions you may have.
What’s Group Therapy Like?
We take pride in the quality of our social skills groups. One thing that makes our groups very unique is how we match group participants based on their similar lifestyles and interests. And, they will share some of the same challenges. This will help your group members understand and empathize with you. Most importantly, they will be supportive and encouraging. Your expert social skills group leader will help you learn strategies to manage stress and anxiety, improve your communication skills, build relationships, help you identify and achieve goals, and more.
What’s Individual Counseling Like?
Individual autism therapy is a good fit if you’re initially hesitant to meet with a group. Or, if you have issues such as trauma, depression, or anxiety, that you need to work through in individual counseling.
During individual therapy, you will meet with a therapist for weekly sessions. Our therapists specialize in working with high-functioning teens, adults, autism parents, and autism families and truly understand the complexities of living with neurodiversity. So, we will offer you a non-judgmental and supportive environment to work through your struggles. Also, we will teach and practice a variety of tools to help you manage the challenges you’re experiencing.
Begin Autism Therapy in California:
If you’re ready to begin autism therapy and live in the state of California, we would be honored to work with you. Our therapists understand the complexities of your life and we can support you as you work on the issues that matter most to you. To begin autism therapy in California, follow these steps: