Sandra Aronoff, MSW, RSW
Phone: (289) 597-1127
Location: Toronto, Ontario
New Clients: Accepting new clients for phone or video sessions only
Fees: $170 per hour, covered by some private insurance plans
Sandra is a Clinical Affiliate of The Redpath Centre and provides Individual and Couple Therapy. She has over 35 years of experience in providing counseling, consultation, and support to individuals living with ASD. Her current area of specialization is working with individuals to build self-awareness and practical strategies to develop a greater understanding of the social world. She helps couples where one partner is affected, sometimes undiagnosed, to develop strategies to cope with everyday living, stress, anxiety, and depression. She has seen success in helping partners and family members understand how ASD and mental health concerns influence family members so that quality of life is improved and relationships can flourish. In addition, Sandra assists in finding services and funding for individuals on the spectrum.
Specialization: Adults and couples affected by Autism Spectrum Disorders
Karen Baker, Ph.D. C. Psych
Phone: (519) 889-3445
Address: 945 3rd Avenue East, Suite 2, Owen Sound, Ontario N4K 2K8
New Clients: Dr. Baker is currently accepting new clients in the Owen Sound area
Dr. Karen Baker is a Registered Clinical Psychologist. For the past 16 years, she has worked with individuals with Intellectual Disabilities, mental health challenges, and learning disabilities. Her work involves the assessment and diagnosis of cognitive ability and mental health, as well as consultation to families, schools, and support organizations. Dr. Baker is the consulting psychologist for Hamilton Brant Behaviour Service, Twin Lakes Clinical Services, and Nawash Board of Education at Cape Croker. She also consults with Bruce Grey Child and Family Services, and Community Living Agencies. She founded and was co-lead of the FASD Leadership Team in Grey/Bruce.
Specializations: Assessment services for children over the age of six, adolescents, and adults. Services include assessments for developmental delays/ disabilities, learning disabilities, behavior, giftedness, mental health issues, Autism Spectrum Disorders, and Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Dr. Baker works out of Owen Sound.
Individual Couple and Family Therapist
Address: 372 Hollandview Trail, Suite 200, Aurora, Ontario L4G 0A5
New Clients: Kim is not accepting new clients until November
Fees: $200 per hour, covered by some insurance plans (sliding scale available)
Kim is an Individual, Couple, and Family Therapist with over 35 years of experience counseling children, adolescents, adults, and couples, Kim specializes in ASD, ADHD, other neurodevelopmental conditions, and mental health concerns. She has previously worked as a Therapist at Children’s Treatment Network of Simcoe-York. She integrates a variety of approaches within a family system and solution-focused framework including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, and Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT). Valuing the unique interests, abilities, perspectives, and humor, that comes with neurodiversity, her work focuses on maximizing strengths, catalyzing change, and building a repertoire of skills and strategies for living productive and engaged lives.
Specializations: New diagnosis–post-diagnostic education and counseling for the whole family, sibling support, developing a treatment plan. Mental Health–psychoeducation, learning and practicing new skills to manage anxiety, anger, and depression, enhancing self-esteem, Parent coaching–developing routines and fostering healthy living habits, managing meltdowns, and enhancing coping strategies to foster resilience. Skill development–improving social thinking, social skills, self-regulation, developing, and maintaining friendships. Behavioral consultation–implementing positive behavior supports
Individual, Couple, and Family Therapist
Phone: (519) 850-9544
Address: 512 Oxford Street East, London, Ontario N5Y 3H7
New Clients: Accepting new clients for phone or secure video only
Fees: $140 per hour
Daniel Dufraimont is a Clinical Affiliate of The Redpath Centre and provides individual, couple, and family therapy in London Ontario. After obtaining an Honours Bachelor’s in Psychology two decades ago, Daniel worked as a member of health treatment teams for people with autism (ASD), learning disabilities (LD), developmental and mental health concerns. A Master’s in an OAMFT accredited program specializing in couple and family therapy focused Daniel’s career on relational resilience and living courageously amidst challenges. He has worked in various settings with children, youth, adults, and families, to help clients move towards successful life outcomes. Daniel practices with recognition of strengths, acceptance of struggles, and empowerment of choices. Therapy conversations explore the effects of having autism spectrum conditions or ADHD and highlight healthy patterns and directions for growth. A systemic lens invites space for authenticity, neurodiversity, and personal excellence.
Specializations: Therapy and coaching with children, youth, adults, and families about ASD, ADHD, depression, anxiety; community workshops and presentations; supportive advocacy; transition planning. Developing coping skills; regulating emotions; fostering self-awareness; improving social communication; adapting to new situations; optimizing performance; and celebrating relational webs that stabilize us.
Individual and Family Therapist
Phone: (604) 729-1684
Location: Vancouver, British Columbia
New Clients: Rae is currently accepting new clients
Fees: $150 per hour, covered by some private insurance plans as well as BC Autism Funding (ages 6 to 18)
Rae is an Individual and Family Therapist in private practice in Vancouver BC. She specializes in autism and giftedness and co-occurring mental health challenges including anxiety, social anxiety, depression, and insecurities. She works with clients across the lifespan including children, adolescents, and adults and their families. Her approach incorporates structural, solution-focused, narrative, and cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). Rae has several years of experience in mental health and behavioral support with individuals and families living with autism and/or giftedness and mental health concerns. She has worked in hospitals, school settings, community organizations, and child welfare settings. Rae has also been involved in research related to mental health and autism and is currently working on her doctoral thesis in this area.
Specializations: Individual and family therapy in the Vancouver, BC area; community outreach; counseling for parents and siblings of individuals diagnosed with autism/giftedness; community education and workshop facilitation. Autism across the lifespan (many of Rae’s clients are females, adults, and individuals with suspected but undiagnosed autism) giftedness, mental health, family therapy.
Individual, Couple, and Family Therapist
Phone: (519) 614-4490
Location: London, Ontario
New Clients: Dale is not accepting new clients
Fees: $160.00 per hour, covered by some private insurance plans
Dale is a Therapist and Clinical Consultant in private practice three days per week in London, Ontario. Prior to this, he was a Clinical Supervisor with Regional Support Associates. He has worked in the areas of autism and Asperger syndrome, developmental disabilities, and mental health for over 40 years. He is a fellow of the American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. His practice provides clinical services to children, teens, and adults with ASD, ADHD, and other neurodevelopmental conditions, and their families. He is a well-known speaker who has presented across North America. He has won awards for his work and published in international books and journals.
Specializations: Individual, couple, and family therapy for those affected by autism and Asperger Syndrome, and the co-existing social and mental health problems that affect them. Intervention is based on cognitive-behavioral (CBT) and acceptance and commitment therapy; specialized presentations. Issues addressed include preparing students for the transition into high school or university and college; treating anxiety, depression, and obsessive-compulsive challenges; teaching stress management skills; strengthening complex family relationships; training individuals in effective advocacy strategies.
Director, Integrated Autism Consulting
Phone: (705) 252-3114
Address: 45 Maple Avenue, Barrie, Ontario L4M1R9
New Clients: Patricia’s business is currently accepting new clients
Fees: $150 per hour
Patricia O’Connor is an educator with 37 years of experience. She founded Integrated Autism Consulting to address the burgeoning needs of individuals with ASD. During the past 25 years, she has conducted ASD specific workshops for families and professionals, consulted an international agency to develop a curriculum specifically for young adults with ASD, assisted businesses in integrating employees, acted as an expert witness in a successful constitutional law challenge, as well as coaching clients and their families. Since 2010 she has created innovative programs for young adults and their parents including Transition to Life and Imagine a Life. She is currently working on a new workshop for young adults with ASD – Transition to Work. Her passion for the ASD population and belief in her role as a change agent for individuals and their families motivates her to assist, support, and guide them to success and fulfillment in their lives.
Specializations: Consultation, psychological and functional assessments, coaching, training, mentoring, program development, and advocacy for youth, young adults, and adults with Asperger Syndrome/HFA transitioning to the world of work, post-secondary education, and independent living.
Individual, Couple, and Family Therapist
Phone: (647) 992-3566
Address: 6633 Highway 7 East, Suite 208, Markham Ontario L3P 7P2
New Clients: Sylvia is accepting new clients
Fees: $180 per hour. May be covered by private insurance plans including social work and psychology.
Sylvia Sikakane is a child, youth, and adult mental health clinician who is skilled at providing specialized counseling and parent coaching. She believes in meeting families where they are and understands the importance of observing and working with individuals with ASD in their home environments to generate an accurate picture of each person and their needs. Whether in the privacy of your home or in an office setting, Sylvia provides a diverse range of individual and family-focused expertise in autism-specific interventions. Through a strengths-based and client-centered approach, she views the family as a system and supports all members as they go through challenging periods of adjustment, reorganization, and problem-solving, assisting the family to thrive, and function in a healthy manner. Ms. Sikakane is the Director of Sylvia Sikakane and Associates, a practice dedicated to evidence-based mental health supports to improve family quality of life.
Specializations: Individual, couple, and family therapy. The clinical practice incorporates therapeutic approaches such as Solution-Focused Therapy, Emotion Focused couple therapy, The Gottman Method of couple therapy, Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, and Mindfulness. Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), anxiety, depression, and marital enrichment. Individualized school-related consultation and service navigation.
Therapist and Employment Coach
Phone: (416) 312-8334
Location: Mississauga, Ontario
New Clients: Sarah is not currently accepting new clients
Fees: $150 per hour, sliding scale available, covered by some private insurance plans.
Sarah Southey is a Therapist and Employment Coach in Mississauga focusing on neurodiversity and employment issues. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Social Work at Wilfrid Laurier University, examining the employment experiences of autistic professionals. Working one-on-one with clients through a solution-focused approach, she offers support in exploring career and education interests and helps clients organize their job search efforts. Sarah offers direction to individuals in entry-level and mid-career positions who are facing obstacles to finding and maintaining rewarding employment. For those who are employed, she supports individuals with disclosure, accommodations, navigating social demands at work, and assisting individuals with employment-related anxiety through a cognitive-behavioral lens. She has worked in the field of neurodiversity for over a decade, including her time at The Redpath Centre, Holland Bloorview, and Autism Ontario.
Specializations: Employment counseling, social skills, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT-independent and group-based), youth in transition. Assessment–Skills, interests and work readiness; Goal Setting–developing organizational skills and attaining necessary knowledge to help individuals make confident decisions about their future; Job Search–sharing labor market information, application support, resume and cover letter development, how to research, cold-contacting, self-promotion skills, job search burnout, interview skills; Job Development–Communicating and liaising with employers for a client; Disclosure–Strategizing disclosure of needs and arranging accommodations; Job Maintenance–Accommodations and expectations at work, addressing ongoing work-related obstacles, stress management, anxieties, sensory issues, and organizational skills; Consultation to Employers–Supportive strategies and coaching for employers seeking to better support their staff.
Rebecca Ward, Ph.D., BCBA-D, C. Psych
Phone: (905) 931-1136
Address: 437 Welland Ave, Suite 300, St. Catharines, Ontario L2M 5V2
New Clients: Dr. Ward is accepting new clients
Dr. Rebecca Ward is a Registered Psychologist and Board Certified Behaviour Analyst in private practice in St. Catharines, Ontario. She specializes in behavioral assessment, teaching, and intervention, with 35 years’ experience serving children, youth, and young adults with ASD and related challenges. For nine years, Dr. Ward was faculty in Brock University’s Centre for Applied Disability Studies, teaching applied behavior analysis (ABA) and conducting research on the transition to adulthood for youth with high functioning ASD and early detection of ASD. She helped design the Parent Observation of Early Markers Scale (POEMS) that has been shown in several peer-reviewed publications to predict ASD diagnosis in at-risk infants. In September 2015, Dr. Ward and Flavia Orbitz, MSW. MEd opened Phoenix Centre for Learning, an ABA intervention center for children and youth with ASD, where Dr. Ward serves as Clinical Director.
Specializations: Behavioural assessment and intervention for children and youth with ASD and/or intellectual disability (ID) and associated conditions; Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) for children (8 years+), youth and young adults with high functioning ASD experiencing anxiety, emotional and behavioral challenges; Facing Your Fears, an evidence-based 14-week group for children with ASD and anxiety; Individual counseling for youth and young adults; My Life as an Epic Win course, which teaches life planning and problem-solving skills to transition-age youth and their parents.