Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is characterized by persistent deficits in areas of communication skills and social interaction which may include a lack of social-emotional reciprocity, non-verbal communication deficits (e.g., maintaining eye contact, awkward gestures or body language), difficulty in maintaining interpersonal relationships and understanding social cues. Individuals with ASD also engage in repetitive and stereotyped patterns of behavior and activities which may include preoccupation with parts of objects, repetitive motor behaviors (e.g., flapping, twisting), and inflexible adherence to nonfunctional routines and rituals. Inflexibility and rigid thinking patterns are also common. Some individuals with ASD have sensory integration issues where they may be very sensitive to certain sounds, textures, etc. ASD can range in severity, and severity indicators are classified by level of intellectual functioning and language impairment. Mild ASD (e.g., absent or mild intellectual and language impairment) was previously diagnosed as Asperger’s Disorder.
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New @ AEITime-Limited Social Anxiety Group Thursdays, April 5th – June 7th ● 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Fee: $700 (10 sessions)
Leader: Michael Hickey, Ph.D.
Co-Leaders: Thomas Whitfield, M.A. and Stephanie Grossman, M.A.
Social anxiety is a common form of anxiety and can significantly interfere with the quality of life of many individuals. This 10 week social anxiety group will be based on the principles of Rational-Emotive & Cognitive Behavior Therapy (RE&CBT). Group members will learn to identify, debate, and replace their unhelpful thinking and beliefs that lead to social anxiety and to systematically confront their anxiety triggers. In a supportive atmosphere, group members will be able to discuss their unique difficulties with social anxiety and set personal goals. In group exercises and role plays will be utilized to prepare members to confront their fears outside of the office. Behavioral homework assignments will be collaboratively generated and reviewed on a weekly basis.
If you are interested in joining this group, please call 212-535-0822 and set up a group screening with one of our co-leaders.
Group PsychotherapyAnger Management Group
Wednesdays ● 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Leaders: Ray DiGiuseppe, Ph.D., Kimberly Alexander, M.S. and Thomas Kelly, M.S.
For more information, or to schedule a screening, please call (212) 535-0822.