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Counseling & Family Support

Building and maintaining relationships with those that matter most is critical

* This listing should not be considered an endorsement or recommendation either by the Autism Society of Greater Phoenix or its Board of Directors. It is merely a collection of individuals/entities/resources that have been deemed helpful or recommended by consumers. Please notify us if any information needs to be updated.

Counselors

A Family Works Counseling
Scott A. Larson, MC/LAMFT

1760 E Boston Street, Suite 102
Gilbert, AZ 85295
Phone: (480) 649-6499
www.afamilyworks.com

Healing Spectrum LLC
14539 W Indian School Rd. # 800
Goodyear, AZ 85395
Phone: (623) 640-3119 
www.healing-spectrum.com

Healing Within Counseling
Amy Bednarski, LPC
Certified EMDR Therapist
Trauma, PTSD and Anxiety Therapy

17100 N. 67th Ave. Suite 400
Glendale, AZ 85308
Phone: (602) 362-8383
Online therapy available
www.healingwithinaz.com

Just Be Counseling Services
Our goal is to help our client’s achieve their goals by empowering them to find the answers that lie within them. It is magical to witness individuals discover that it is enough to simply JUST BE… you!

​2350 W. Ray Rd. Suite 2
Chandler, Arizona 85224
Phone: (970)-510-6911
www.justbecounselingservices.com

Life Quest Counseling
Our Phoenix-based counseling service is focused on support for families who are raising children with special needs as well as individuals experiencing trauma, grief and loss and depression and anxiety. 

4435 E. Chandler Blvd. Suite 200
Phoenix, AZ 85048
Phone: (480) 628-5695
www.lifequestaz.com

Ronald Gluff LPC
Certified EMDR Therapist. 
Counseling for children, adults, couples, and families.

3115 South Price Road
Chandler, AZ 85248
Phone: (602) 317-9391
https://ronglufflpc.com

Sahara Behavioral Health
Sahara Behavioral Health couples quality care with compassion and understanding of our patients and their families. We involve our patients from the very beginning of treatment and work together to find a treatment regimen that is right for you. Our providers stay up-to-date with the latest advances in the field of psychiatry and utilize only evidence based treatment modalities. Providers available for children and adults. 

Locations in Anthem, Chandler, Glendale, Surprise, Tucson
Phone: (623) 878-2100  
https://saharabehavioralhealth.com

Soul Mission
Kandace Ledergerber, LMHC/LPC, EMDR Therapy Trained & Registered Yoga Teacher

4625 S Lakeshore Dr.
Tempe, AZ, 85292
https://soulmission-emdrtherapy.com



Alternative Choices
Drs. Cindy Ariel and Robert Naseef
Alternative Choices is an independent psychology practice with a team of experienced, licensed psychologists and psychotherapists. We offer counseling and psychotherapy to children, adolescents and adults. Treatment strategies are tailored to address each person’s unique needs. 

We also offer resources for parents, siblings, and caregivers of children and adults with special needs including Autism Diagnostic Evaluations.

319 Vine Street, Suite 110
Philadelphia, PA.
Offers Teletherapy
Phone: (215) 592-1333
http://alternativechoices.com

Sibshops

Sibshops provide young brothers and sisters with peer support and information in a lively, recreational setting. For the adults who run them and for the agencies that sponsor them, Sibshops are evidence of their loving concern for the family member who will have the longest-lasting relationship with a person who has a disability. However, for the kids who attend them, Sibshops are pedal-to-the-metal events where they will meet other sibs (usually for the first time), have fun, laugh, talk about the good and not-so-good parts of having a sib with special needs, play some great games, learn something about the services their brothers and sister receive, and have some more fun.

SibNet

SibNet is the Internet’s first and largest online community for adult brothers and sisters of people with disabilities. SibNet has connected tens of thousands of sisters and brothers from around the globe with their peers, providing members with validation, information, and advice.

Family support

Arizona Autism Coalition
The Arizona Autism Coalition improves the lives of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families in Arizona by sharing resources and affecting autism systems reform through state-wide collaboration and advocacy. Hosts an annual Autism Expo and Resource Fair.
www.azautism.org

Arizona Caregiver Coalition
Our sole purpose is to support caregivers and their families. We offer support and help finding access to information, assistance, answers, new ideas and helpful options for you and your loved one.  Offering caregiver respite and trainings!
https://azcaregiver.org

Asperger Experts
You’ve found a place for help, advice, guidance & hope straight from the horse’s mouth. Asperger Experts is created & run by people on the autistic spectrum, so you can learn best practices & mistakes to avoid directly from those who’ve been there and lived it. Our online community is the #1 place to learn useful & immediately implementable strategies direct from those who are living it.
www.aspergerexperts.com

The Arc of Arizona
The Arc of Arizona advocates for the rights and full community participation of all people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Together with our network of members and affiliated chapters, we improve systems of supports and services, connect families, inspire communication and influence public policy.
https://arcarizona.org

Autism Grandparents Club
The Autism Grandparents Club provides members with an evolving resource of relevant information and the opportunity for peer to peer conversation concerning family members who are on the autism spectrum.
www.autismgrandparentsclub.com

Autism & Grief
Autism and grief are both highly individualized, making each person’s life experience and grief journey unique. This website was designed to help visitors navigate and support the often rocky journey of grief and loss. Our intent is to provide reliable information and helpful suggestions that respect and acknowledge the grief experiences of adults with autism and fully involve them in the grief process. Accordingly, information is presented visually and through text to enhance accessibility for all users.
www.autismandgrief.org

Family Involvement Center
Parents Helping Parents: It’s who we are and what we do. Your journey is our mission, and together, we create positive change, one family at a time.
www.familyinvolvementcenter.org

My Ausome Foundation
Services: An app based company providing a platform for parents, teachers, and therapists to showcase the amazing accomplishments and achievements through childhood Autism.
Phone: (623) 687-4273
www.myausomeapp.com

National Council on Severe Autism
Pursuing recognition, policy and solutions for the surging population of individuals, families and caregivers affected by severe forms of autism and related disorders. 
www.ncsautism.org

 

Raising Special Kids
Raising Special Kids exists to improve the lives of children with the full range of disabilities, from birth to age 26, by providing support, training, information and individual assistance so families can become effective advocates for their children.
Address: 5025 E. Washington Street, Suite 204
Phoenix, AZ 85034
https://raisingspecialkids.org

Phoenix Office: (602) 242-4366
Tucson Office: (520) 441-4007
Yuma Office: (928) 444-8803

Military family support

Luke Air Force Base
Exceptional Family Member Program
 
Phone: (623) 856-6550 
Address: 7282 North 137th Avenue, 
Bldg. 1113 
Luke AFB, Arizona 85309-1520
Fax: (623) 856-2067 
DSN: (312) 896-6550,  (312) 896-2067 

Luke Air Force Base
School Liaison Office
 
Phone: (623) 856-6550,  (623) 856-6273 
Address: 7282 North 137th Avenue, Bldg. 1113 Luke AFB, Arizona 85309
Fax: (623) 856-2067 
DSN: (312) 896-6550,  (312) 896-2067 

Helpful Links

  • Operation Autism: A resource guide for military families
  • Military OneSource: assisting with special education, financial planning, child care and much more to help your family thrive.
  • Autism Care Today : a national non-profit organization whose mission is to raise awareness and provide treatment services to families that cannot afford the treatments and services their children require.
  • Military Child Education Coalition: Supports all military-connected children by educating, advocating, and collaborating to resolve education challenges associated with the military lifestyle.
  • Military Kids Connect:  a Department of Defense website to help military youth ages 6-17 build resilience & cope with the challenges of military life.
  • Tricare Extended Care Health Option (ECHO): provides financial assistance to beneficiaries with special needs for an integrated set of services and supplies.
  • Autism Care Demonstration (ACD): covers applied behavior analysis (ABA) services. Under the ACD, ABA services are authorized to target the core symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

Life coaching

Bigger Vision Coach – Janice Shafer
Services: Coaching for individuals and siblings. Bigger Vision services empowers parents and individuals with disabilities to boost potential, see possibilities, and gain a sense of freedom.  
Phone: (585) 250-1686
www.biggervisioncoach.com