Dr. Andalibian (“Dr. A”) is a licensed clinical psychologist in both New York and California. She earned her doctorate from the California School of Professional Psychology in 1999. For the past 15 years, she has worked with multidisciplinary teams conducting psychological evaluations and has provided therapy services for individuals, families, couples, and groups (e.g., adult groups, support groups, multifamily groups, narrative healing groups, trauma and loss groups, and DBT/Mindfulness groups). Dr. A owned and operated a cognitive learning center in southern California for over 5 years, specializing in the remediation of executive functioning skills, learning disabilities, dyslexia, and cognitive deficits. Her memoir, The Rose Hotel, was published in 2012, and is the story of her family's post-trauma resilience and healing.
It is with this systemic perspective that Dr. A works with her clients. She holds advanced certifications in Family intervention and specializes in trauma work. Dr. A understands the family dynamics that are unique to individuals struggling with Asperger Syndrome or Autism. She works with the entire family perspective in mind, even when working with individuals, and incorporates EMDR (a research-based, powerful, short-term therapy treating a wide range of traumatic incidents, which is highly effective for the treatment of chronic pain, phobias, depression, panic attacks, eating disorders and poor self-image, stress, anxiety, stage fright and performance anxiety, and recovery from sexual abuse), body focused Sensorimotor psychotherapy, trauma-focused CBT, body-mind-spirit mindfulness, and narrative work. Her experience in systemic intervention enables her to seek solutions to problem areas based on strengths, creating lasting changes that support the individual and the family as a whole.
Lisa Arrigo, LCSW is a NY state licensed clinical social worker who received her master's degree in social work from Fordham University in 1993. Lisa specializes in the treatment of depression, anxiety, trauma, addiction, and has a particular passion for working with adolescents and adults struggling with issues related to gender identity and sexual orientation. She has been active in the LGBTQ community for over two decades and has facilitated “coming out” workshops and therapy groups for individuals of all ages striving to live more authentically in an ever-changing world that can be alternately accepting and rejecting. With over 20 years of private practice experience, Lisa creatively incorporates cognitive behavioral, psychodynamic, psychoanalytic, and sensorimotor approaches to the treatment of anxiety disorders, depression, addiction, and trauma (PTSD and complex trauma). Lisa is EMDR certified and has pursued advanced training at the Alanson White Institute, The Westchester Institute for Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy, and the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute. She maintains a private practice in Westchester County and New York City.
Maya Benattar is a music therapist and psychotherapist in private practice. Her practice focuses on helping kids, teenagers & adult women with developmental, behavioral and mental health needs express themselves fully and develop insight and self-confidence. Her creative approach to therapy allows for a unique, individualized blend of arts, creativity, mindfulness, and play. She is a nationally board-certified music therapist and NY state licensed creative arts therapist, with a master's degree from New York University.
Dr. Jaime Black is a NYS licensed clinical psychologist who has offices in NYC and Westchester. She specializes in working with children and adults with autism spectrum disorders and related conditions. She works with people individually, in dyads, and in groups, and also offers “out in the real world” sessions run by graduate students under her supervision. Dr. Black’s main area of specialty lies in helping people with social awareness and cognition, and the building of social skills. Most of her groups consist of teens and young adults, but groups for children and older adults are formed when the need arises. She uses a cognitive-behavioral approach and includes various techniques, including improv exercises, in her sessions and her groups. For more information or to schedule an appointment:
Dr. Cody is a licensed clinical psychologist in New York State and Connecticut. She earned her doctorate from the American School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University in Washington, DC. She is currently in full-time private practice and maintains offices at Spectrum Services in NYC and in southern Connecticut. Dr. Cody offers psychological and neuropsychological evaluations including Adult Asperger’s Assessments. She also provides individual and family psychotherapy services, specializing in an individualized and integrated approach to treatment to meet each person’s unique needs. She offers psychotherapy services using Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) approaches integrated with social skills training, and family psychotherapy as needed. Dr. Cody offers particular expertise in therapy for individuals with ASD and co-occurring mental health conditions (i.e. anxiety, depression, etc.). She has a breadth of experience working with children, adolescents and adults with ASDs. Dr. Cody also provides training and supervision to externs and interns in educational and clinical psychology.
Currently, Dr. Cody serves as the Director of Clinical Training and the Liason of Clinical Services at Spectrum Services. She also maintains a practice in New Canaan, CT. Previously, she was the Director of Clinical Services at The SEED Center in Stamford, CT. Prior to that she was the Senior Staff Psychologist with the Fay J. Lindner Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities in Brookville, NY. She completed her Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Seaver Autism Center through a community partnership with FEGS Health and Human Services Day Habilitation in their Bronx and Manhattan locations. Dr. Cody’s experiences working with ASDs began in 2006 when she received training in diagnostic and neuropsychological evaluation of individuals with ASDs at Children’s National Medical Center’s Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Alyson Cohen is an LCSW in the State of New York. Alyson earned a Master's degree in Social Work at New York University's Silver School of Social Work. Alyson has spent most of her career working with adolescents and families, both in inpatient and outpatient settings. Alyson is now offering Life Coaching for young adults. Alyson has had training in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Psychodynamic Parent-Child Relational Therapy, and Group Therapy. Alyson works from both an attachment and relational approach and incorporates mindfulness and behavioral tools to manage overwhelming emotions. Alyson's style is flexible and relaxed with a touch of humor, when appropriate.
Dr. DellaBella is board certified in both Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Adult Psychiatry, with office hours at Spectrum Services and in Montclair, New Jersey. He joins Spectrum Services after 17 years at the YAI National Institute for Disabilities as a practicing psychiatrist, Chief of Psychiatry, and Medical Director. An Assistant Clinical Professor at the NYU School of Medicine, he works with people of all ages and a range of psychiatric, personal, and family issues, including those on the spectrum. He believes that there are many different approaches that can be integrated to help people reach the goals they set: insight-oriented strategies, behavioral and cognitive-behavioral techniques, medication, family treatment, and parent guidance. He emphasizes the importance of education, family and larger community as routes to a good life. His services include patient and family consultation, assessment, and treatment. He also provides program consultation, professional supervision, and speaks publicly on a wide variety of mental health issues.
Carol Feldman-Bass is the founder of Social Dynamix, an interactive learning program that combines social pragmatics and theater to help individuals overcome social anxiety and acquire the spontaneity that is critical to establishing warm social relationships. She’s worked collaboratively with AANE to develop and run groups for people with Asperger’s or their families. She’s available for workshops, groups and individual consults.
Dr. Gaus is a licensed clinical psychologist with 20 years of experience providing mental health services to people with disabilities. With a cognitive-behavioral approach, she offers psychotherapy to adults and teens with dual diagnosis (intellectual disability and mental illness), Asperger Syndrome, higher functioning autism, depression, anxiety, trauma and stress-related problems. She has a private practice with offices in Huntington and at Spectrum Services in Manhattan. She is on the advisory board for the Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Association, and the grant review committee for the Organization for Autism Research. She has lectured nationally and abroad on topics related to dual diagnosis and Asperger syndrome. She has also authored numerous articles, chapters and two books on these subjects, including a recent self-help book for adults called Living Well on the Spectrum: How to Use Your Strengths to Meet the Challenges of Asperger Syndrome/High-Functioning Autism (2011), published by Guilford Press.
Dr. Geller served on the faculties of Georgetown University, Stony Brook University and NYU Medical Schools for 25 years, where she created and developed clinical centers providing an extensive array of services for children and adults with autism spectrum conditions. She has also designed and taught numerous courses on autism spectrum conditions at Stony Brook University, Pace University, Hunter College, and Bank Street College. Dr. Geller developed training courses in coaching students with Asperger Syndrome in college and supporting students on the autism spectrum transitioning to adulthood, which she delivers around the country. Dr. Geller has consulted with a wide range of schools and families struggling with the complexities of including students on the spectrum in mainstream classrooms, from nursery school through graduate education. She is also experienced in evaluation and testimony for legal purposes for individuals.
Dr. Geller founded Spectrum Services, an interdisciplinary cooperative of independent practices and organizations specializing in Asperger Syndrome and other related conditions. This group provides clinical and support services for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders across the lifespan from various disciplinary perspectives.
Dr. Geller currently has a consulting practice on legal and educational issues that affect children and adults with Asperger Syndrome. She is available for such consultation around the country.
Dr. MacDermott offers mindfulness-based, energetic, compassionate therapy that emphasizes embracing greater kindness, creativity, patience, and genuineness. Using techniques that help you to understand and change problematic life patterns, Dr. MacDermott focuses on finding your strengths, your unique abilities, and allowing those to be the foundation of your growth. Specializing in trauma recovery and relationship-focused therapy, Dr. MacDermott uses mindfulness tools that encourage healing and foster insights that are otherwise out of reach. You can jump-start therapy by giving voice to these undiscovered parts of yourself. For the young professional who needs greater work/life balance and has important goals to meet, Dr. MacDermott offers life coaching, a results-driven approach.
Grace Myhill is the Director of Couples and Partners Services at the Asperger/Autism Network (AANE). She leads groups for neurodiverse couples and for spouses/partners of individuals with Asperger traits. She has a private practice in which she specializes in coaching neurodiverse couples together or separately. She is available by phone or video conference or in person in the Baltimore area. She runs groups at Spectrum Services as well.
Juliet Melamid, LMFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 20 years of experience working with individuals, couples, and families. Drawing on her skills as a former speech and language therapist, Juliet specializes in developing and facilitating social skills groups for adults with social anxiety, learning disabilities, ADD and ASD. Prior to returning to New York, Juliet directed a large and successful social skills program in the San Francisco Bay area. Juliet has provided parent training and continuing education through the University of California, Berkeley, to teachers, educational therapists, speech therapists, and psychotherapists focusing on the needs of families and individuals with developmental challenges. Juliet is currently providing individual, couple and family therapy, as well as facilitating social skills groups for adults at Spectrum Services in NYC. More information about Juliet Melamid, LMFT is available on her website
Benjamin Meyer, LCSW is a bilingual state-licensed clinical social worker who graduated from New York University in 2011. He specializes in working with young adults with Nonverbal Learning Disorder and with High Functioning Autism Disorder. He combines practical support for managing professional, academic, and social challenges with psychotherapeutic interventions that help young people to draw on their strengths for managing everyday stress. Benjamin also works with young adults to create a professional and personal identify following college or graduate school, and also assists couples and families in deepening their intimacy and communication levels. He is a graduate of both the Ackerman Institute’s training program in couples and family therapy and the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy’s training program in psychodynamic psychotherapy. He has spent the last three and a half years working with children and families at the Child Center of NY. He has written articles for Good Therapy as well as his own blog posts. For more information, please visit his website.
Steve Migden, Ph.D., C.E.P is a special needs educational and therapeutic placement consultant and Certified Educational Planner. Along with his capable team of associates, Dr. Migden assists families who are trying to find boarding schools or specialized residential programs for children, adolescents and young adults. He travels extensively throughout the Northeast and the rest of the country, personally site visiting a wide range of schools and programs. Steve and his associates can help you with many types of educational and therapeutic placements, including: schools for students with learning disabilities or autistic spectrum disorders; schools for students with psychiatric or behavioral problems; residential treatment programs; therapeutic wilderness programs; substance abuse treatment programs. Steve has offices on Long Island and with Full Spectrum Services in Manhattan. He can be reached at 516 625 0824 or email@example.com.
Gina Moravcik, M.A, the owner of Sunrise Speech and Language Services and is a NY state licensed and ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist who has worked with individuals on the Autism Spectrum ranging in age from 2 – 65 years, in a multidisciplinary setting for 14 years, with an expertise in social communication assessments and therapeutic interventions. She is known in the autism community for her social communication language evaluations, which target higher order language content and social use/problem solving via standardized and informal assessment measures.
Ms. Moravcik has created and led social skills groups for children and teens on the spectrum, with an emphasis on conversation and perspective-taking abilities. Her adult work has focused on preparing young adults for college, related self-advocacy skills needed to navigate academic/social demands, job readiness, interviewing and maintaining employment communication skills.
Ms. Moravcik has a special interest in females on the spectrum and has co-authored Girls Growing Up on the Autism Spectrum: What Parents and Professionals Should Know During the Pre-Teen and Teenage Years, published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. She is also an adjunct professor at LIU/CW Post, as part of the Concentration in Autism and Special Education program. She has presented at the local, state, national and international levels for various professional organizations and has earned three ACE awards from ASHA for her participation in continued education and training.
Dr. Paredes received her doctoral degree in 1999 from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology with a specialization in trauma and sexual abuse. After graduation, Dr. Paredes worked as a bilingual therapist with children, adolescents and their families at a community mental health agency, Pillars, in Chicago. There she co-led parent and children’s groups and provided community workshops on multiple topics including family violence, gangs, drugs and alcohol. Subsequently, with a grant funded by the Department of Human Services, Dr. Paredes and her colleagues developed and implemented an early childhood mental health consultation and training program for day care centers and in home providers, “Caregiver Connections”. Her expertise in early childhood and trauma allowed her to secure a grant direct the Safe from the Start program at Pillars. This program provided child-parent psychotherapy to children who have been victimized and exposed to violence, ages 0 to 8. In addition to implementing family focused programs, Dr. Paredes is a national and international trainer for APA’s ACT Raising Safe Kids, an evidence informed parenting curriculum for young children.
Dr. Margarita Paredes is a NY licensed clinical psychologist who is coded by the Worker’s Comp Board, and accepts several insurance plans. Her areas of expertise are: early childhood social-emotional development; child-parent psychotherapy; prevention and treatment of exposure to violence and victimization in childhood; adult trauma as it relates to an accident at work or a no fault motor vehicle accidents. In addition, Dr. Paredes has training in EMDR, a type of treatment often used for adults and children who have experienced certain types of traumas. She has experience creating and supervising student extern and intern programs. Dr. Paredes has been an adjunct faculty at Montclair State Univeristy and the Universidad del Valle in Guatemala.
Dr. Sachs has expertise in treating individuals with Autism, Anxiety, and OCD and related disorders. She brings warmth, sensitivity, and a strong sense of humor to her practice as a clinical psychologist. By empowering you with the skills to manage your current challenges, you will be better equipped to handle the ongoing transitions in life when new problems arise. Using Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), including Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), and Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy, Dr. Sachs employs research-supported techniques to help you develop an action plan. By recognizing your own patterns, you will be able to move forward successfully, reducing feelings of isolation and having a meaningful successful life. Dr. Sachs treats patients of all ages, however she has a unique ability to connect with teenagers and young adults. Often sought out to treat extreme symptoms and complicated cases, she tailors her approach to each patient’s circumstances. Dr. Sachs was recognized as a rising star by the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA), receiving their Career Development Leadership Award in 2015. Dr. Sachs is part of Spectrum Services in Manhattan and maintains a private practice there and acts as Professional Development Liaison. She also sees patients in Park Slope, Brooklyn and makes home and school visits when clinically necessary.
Dr. Scalley is a NYS licensed psychologist who earned her doctorate from Long Island University in 1995 and has over 20 years experience providing services to people with and without disabilities. She currently works as Director of Psychology for YAI, The National Institute for People with Disabilities in New York City. Her areas of expertise include completion of functional assessments of challenging behavior, development of multimodal programming to address behavioral challenges, and performing cognitive and adaptive behavior assessments for level of care requirements to meet eligibility for OPWDD services. Dr. Scalley also provides assessments of individuals’ capacity to give informed consent to medical treatment when capacity is in question as well as assessments for the purpose of obtaining legal guardianship. Additionally, she consults to agencies regarding behavioral issues and completes assessment and development of behavior support plans according to OPWDD regulations.
Dr. Scalley maintains a private practice in Rockville Centre, Long Island and at Spectrum Services in NYC. She has extensive experience addressing the behavioral and emotional needs of individuals with ASD and their families via individual, family and group psychotherapy.
Pat Schissel, LMSW is a licensed social worker, an adjunct associate professor at Adelphi’s Ammon School of Education where she teaches undergraduates and graduate students about Asperger Syndrome and related conditions, and a teaching member of the faculty of the Long Island Campus of C.W. Post. She is the Executive Director of AHA/Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Association and, in that role, facilitates support groups, organizes their bi-annual conferences and works with families, individuals and partners involved in relationships with individuals on the spectrum. She is a founding member of Westbrook Preparatory School in Westbury, NY, a secondary residential school serving the unique needs of students with Asperger Syndrome and related conditions. She is on the editorial board of the Autism Spectrum News.
Leslie Sickels, LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker who specializes in individual, couple and group therapy with adolescents and adults on the autism spectrum. Much of her work focuses on relationship building, gender and sexuality as they relate to the unique concerns of individuals with ASD. Leslie also holds certifications in trauma-focused practices and integrates these models into her therapeutic work. Along with counseling, Leslie currently facilitates a social skills training group for young adults that focuses on building social skills through educational and recreational components.
Debra Solomon, BS, founder and professional coach at Spectrum Strategies, wants to help create a level playing field for people on the Autism Spectrum, providing the support and tools necessary to build a solid foundation for their future. She focuses on expanding the world of her clients by incorporating body, mind and spirit in her coaching. Debra helps clients improve time management and organizational skills, and provides guidance on how to move forward toward personal and professional goals by breaking larger goals into smaller, more manageable tasks. Her coaching is for both the individual and family, facilitating the transition from high school, to the vocational world, college or the work force. Debra is an NYU certified life and career coach who is also an advocate for people on the Autism Spectrum, helping to raise awareness and educating employers and others on the abilities as well as the challenges of these individuals. She has presented to psychiatrists, psychologists and social workers, as well as to high schools, colleges and employers, and serves on the advisory board of the TRI Business & Career Training Center. Debra has a practice on Long Island and at Spectrum Services in Manhattan. She graduated from Syracuse University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business and Sales Administration.
Dr. Solomon is a post-doctoral trained clinical and pediatric neuropsychologist and organizational consultant. She has 25 years of experience working in and consulting medical and educational institutions and independent professional practitioners. She is the former Chief Psychologist at the Child Development Center at Nassau University Hospital, and has taught at Long Island University and Bank Street College of Education. She is currently on the faculty of the Derner Institute of Advanced Psychological Studies of Adelphi University. In addition to her practice in Manhattan, Dr. Solomon maintains a private practice in Long Island, New York. As a neuropsychologist, Dr. Solomon specializes in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of neurodevelopmental disorders including specific learning disorders, attention disorders, and social learning disorders. She routinely evaluates children through the entire age range from early childhood through young adult. As an organizational consultant and neuropsychologist, Dr. Solomon has assisted numerous school districts to understand that academic success is not defined only by intellectual abilities and has helped develop appropriate educational programs for students with both executive functioning and academic challenges. As a clinical psychologist, Dr. Solomon specializes in the treatment of children, families and parents with a range of difficulties including autism spectrum disorders, other social learning challenges, and attention and learning disorders. She provides individual and family therapy as well as parent training in addition to neuropsychological assessment.
Dr. Yurman is a Licensed Psychologist, and a certified school psychologist in the State of Connecticut, who specializes in cognitive-behavioral therapies (CBT) and related interventions to treat anxiety and mood disorders in adolescents and adults. Dr. Yurman has an extensive background and developed expertise within the field of autism spectrum disorders. She adapts CBT techniques to address co-morbid anxiety and mood disorders affecting individuals with a diagnosis of Asperger syndrome or other related conditions. She has worked within public and private school systems, hospital and mental health settings, and consulted with departments of education at the state level to improve care for individuals with an autism spectrum disorder. Currently, Dr. Yurman maintains a private practice in Manhattan and Brooklyn, NY.
Integrate Autism Employment Advisors works with organizations to identify, recruit and retain professionals on the autism spectrum. Our goal is to increase inclusive competitive employment for college graduates with autism.
Asperger Syndrome & High Functioning Autism Association (AHA) serves individuals on the autism spectrum, their families, and the professionals who work alongside them, providing crucial resources and support as they face challenges, build on their strengths and fulfill their potential. AHA helps families and individuals become more informed self-advocates. Our programs encourage awareness and acceptance. Along with Spectrum Services professionals AHA staff facilitate groups for family members, adult siblings, adults on the autism spectrum and a group for women on the spectrum also partnered with Grasp.