Mental Health Professionals

A number of mental-health issues frequently accompany autism spectrum disorder:

  • Anxiety disorders are very common among people on the autism spectrum. Roughly 40% have symptoms of at least one anxiety disorder at any time, compared with up to 15% in the general population. Anxiety disorders include social phobia (fear of social situations), separation anxiety, excessive worry and other phobias. In addition, many people with autism have difficulty controlling their anxiety once something triggers it.
  • Mood disorders – including depression.  A 2018 study found that Nearly half of adults with autism will experience clinical depression in their lifetime, according to research published in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology.
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD). OCD is an anxiety disorder. If someone has OCD, it means that they experience repetitive thoughts and behaviours that are upsetting to them. OCD occurs in about 2-3% of people who are not autistic and is more common in people who are autistic. It is thought that our genes (DNA) and our psychological predisposition can make us vulnerable to developing OCD, which can run in families.
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Mental Health Professionals who have Experience with Autism

Aspergers Other Half
Online support group & resource center for people married to Aspies. As of this time, the online discussion forum is geared toward women: They are in the process of upgrading to include discussion forums for men as well, & welcome your feedback.

Karen Cladis, LMFT
(949) 697-537 or (714) 490-3780 / email:
Specializes in couples counseling involving ASD issues or if one spouse has ASD.

Susan Gonzales, MSW LCSW
(310) -770-5009
Experienced working with children, families and couples regarding issues surrounding ASD.

Mental Health Professionals Who Have Experience with Autism

Depending on your need , there are a variety of mental health professionals to choose from. The ones we typically see in the Inland Empire that work with families and adults on the spectrum are:

  • Psychiatrist – a physician with a doctor of medicine (M.D.) degree or osteopathic (D.O.) degree, with at least four more years of specialized study and training in psychiatry. Psychiatrists are licensed as physicians to practice medicine by individual states. “Board certified” psychiatrists have passed the national examination administered by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Psychiatrists provide medical and psychiatric evaluations, treat psychiatric disorders, provide psychotherapy, and prescribe and monitor medications.
  • Psychologist -Some psychologists have a master’s degree (M.A. or M.S.) in psychology while others have a doctoral degree (Ph.D., Psy.D., or Ed.D.) in clinical, educational, counseling, or research psychology. Most states license psychologists to practice psychology. They can provide psychological testing, evaluations, treat emotional and behavioral problems and mental disorders, and provide psychotherapy.
  • Marriage, Family and Child Counseling (MFCC), or Licensed Marriage Family Counselor (LMFC), Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), or Marriage Family Child Counseling (MFCC). These are all licenses that indicate that someone is licensed to practice as a Marriage, Family and Child Counselor. They work with individuals; couples, families, and groups to cure or relieve mental, emotional, and relational concerns of all kinds. They have masters degrees, 3,000 hours of supervised experience, and have passed two rigorous exams.

Brightlife Kids
With BrightLife Kids, a CalHope program by Brightline, families get access to virtual behavioral health coaching, secure messaging, care guidance on local and crisis resources, and an on-demand library of helpful articles and videos. BrightLife Kids is available to every family in California with kids ages 0–12. These services are free to all California children, youth and their families, regardless of income, insurance, or immigration status. The platforms are available as downloadable smartphone applications (Soluna and BrightLife Kids on iOS, Soluna on Android) and at []

Carolyn E Wylie Center For Children, Youth & Families
4164 Brockton Ave., Riverside
(951) 683-5193
Therapists have Master’s Degrees in Marriage & Family Therapy, Social Work, Public Health or a related field and are overseen by a licensed clinician. Does not accept insurance, but does accept Medi-Cal referrals from the Riverside Department of Mental Health. There is a sliding fee scale. Fees based on gross monthly income and how many people are supported by that income. There is a short interview to determine needs and requirements over the phone. Eligible clients will be referred to the Department of Mental Health, otherwise they will explain fee structure, and schedule accordingly.

Christian Counseling Service
101 East Redland Blvd Suite 215 Redlands 92373
(909) 793-1078
In addition to the office in Redlands, CCS has 6 satellite locations throughout the Inland Empire including sites in Loma Linda, San Bernardino, Colton, Yucaipa, and Indio. Therapists are professionally trained, compassionate men and women with years of experience in providing mental health services.

Dr. Christopher Cooper, Ph.D., Clinical Psychologist
6809 Indiana Ave Suite 130-A60 Riverside, CA 92506
The Psychological Group is a comprehensive assessment and evaluation center that offers psychological, personality, neuropsychological, developmental and educational assessments and evaluations. We provide neurodevelopmental evaluations for Intellectual Disabilities and Autism Spectrum Disorders.

County of San Bernardino Department of Behavioral Health
268 West Hospitality Lane, Suite 400, San Bernardino, CA
Network of Care is a comprehensive resource for people with mental illness, caregivers and service providers. Offers information about diagnoses, insurance and advocacy, and daily news from around the world concerning mental health.

Inland Psychiatric Medical Group Inc
101 E. Redlands Blvd., Suite 234, Redlands 909-335-3026
770 Magnolia Ave Ste 1F, Corona 951- 737-1917
41670 Ivy Street, Suite C & D Murrieta 951-696-5220
25114 Jefferson Ave., Suite A Murrieta 951-600-1812
23110 Atlantic Circle, Suite B Moreno Valley 951-243-6455
1001 E. Latham Avenue, Suite A&D Hemet 951-652-8107
Provides Adolescent and young adult psychiatry, Adult psychiatry, Behavioral Health Services, Psychiatric Consultation Services, Evaluation and Treatment, and Child, Adolescent and Adult Therapy. Speak: Farsi, Hindi, Persian, Spanish and Telugu. Takes a number of insurances, check the website for up to date info.

Lori Harral PsyD
Haven Psychology
28991 Old Town Front Street Suite 102 Temecula, CA 92590
Works with a wide range of challenges including mood disorders, personality disorders, attention deficit disorder, and spectrum disorders particularly adults with Aspergers Disorder.
Cash Pay
Currently only providing tele-therapy.

National Alliance of Mental Illness (NAMI)
NAMI – Western Riverside Co (951) 369-1913
NAMI San Bernardino Area (909) 381-2888
Grass roots organization of families and individuals whose lives have been affected by serious mental illness. Provides leadership in advocacy, legislation, policy development, education and support throughout California. Offers free course to family members of persons who are afflicted with serious mental illness, support and referral services. Website offers information in English, Spanish, Chinese, Korean and Tagalog.

Novell and Novell
29748 Rancho California Road, Temecula
(951) 252-9911
Sees adults, teens and children

Open Doors Mental Health Parent Support and Training
4th Thursday of each month from 6-8pm via Zoom Spanish/English for parents/caregiver of children/ youth with mental health, emotional and behavioral challenges.

Terri Phillips, MFT
32605 Temecula Parkway, Suite 208, Temecula
(909) 730-0410
Marriage Family Therapist who offers Neurofeedback, individual, couples or family therapy consultation today. Experienced with treating issues such as anxiety, depression, OCD, ADD, autistic spectrum disorders and to enable people to perform at their peak level.

Quality Life Group
6529 Riverside Ave Ste 133, Riverside
(951) 684 2627
Dr. Kotomori is board certified in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and General Psychiatry (Specializes in Adults and Children). As such he is an expert in the diagnosis and treatment of Psychiatric Disorders including but not limited to the following. Childhood Conditions – Reactive Attachment Disorder, Behavioral Problems, ADHD, Autism, Mental Retardation, Learning Disorders. Mood disorders – Depression and Bipolar Disorders Anxiety disorders – Generalized Anxiety, Social Phobia, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Separation Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and others. Psychotic Disorders. Beverly Haines, M.F.T. specializes in individual, couples and Family Therapy. Experienced with Asperger’s Disorder.

Riverside County Department of Mental Health
CARES Line Call (800) 499-3008
24/7 Mental Health Urgent Care Riverside: (951) 509-2499 Perris: (951) 349-4195
Continuing Community Care assists persons experiencing severe emotional problems. Services include: case management; advocacy; individual, family, group and vocational training; medication; functional living centers; day treatment; occupational/recreational therapy.

Rod Rhodes, PhD, Clinical Psychologist, LCSW
4137 East 7th Street, Long Beach, CA 90804-5311
(562) 433-7652 Sees children, adolescents, adults and families and is one of the few therapists who can use facilitated communication. Dr. Rhodes specializes in the evaluation and treatment of children, adolescents, and adults with Autistic Spectrum Disorders, including Asperger’s and Autistic Disorders, and other developmental disabilities. Following diagnosis, Dr. Rhodes utilizes a combination of non-directive play therapy and behavioral strategies with younger children and cognitive-behavioral, social skills, and humanistic strategies with adolescents and adults. He has extensive experience interfacing with, and assisting, people to access various generic resources such as Regional Centers, Social Security, In-Home Supportive Services, and other treatment providers (such as social skills groups, residential, and vocational services). Dr. Rhodes also enjoys supporting parents who have a child with Asperger’s Disorder or Autism. He frequently provides consultation to other therapists regarding the diagnosis, treatment, and possible referral for such disorders, and has presented to various groups (Autism Society of America) and mental health and other treatment agencies.

Mitch Rosen, MFT
4160 Temescal Canyon Rd Suite 309 Corona or
43537 Ridge Park Dr, Ste 202, Temecula
(951) 736-6611
Prefers to work with Aspergers only; sees patients in Corona Temecula.

Schaepper Psychiatry
312 Brookside Ave, Redlands
(951) 271-0397
Provides comprehensive, collaborative and inspiring mental health services for clients and loved ones across the lifespan. Has extensive experience with Autism and developmental disabilities.

San Diego BrainWorks
28936 Old Town Front St., Suite 104, Temecula
Specializing in Comprehensive Psychoeducational/IEE, Learning Disorder, ADHD & Autism Evaluations, Neuropsychological Assessments, EHRMS Assessments, Psychological Testing, & Therapy.

Soaring Families Counseling
18 E. State Street #206 Redlands, CA
(909) 904-9398
Services: Family Counseling, Parent Support, Couples Counseling, Child/Adolescent Counseling


Confidential support for 13- to 25-year-olds in California. No cost. No pressure. Chat 1:1 with a professional coach, use interactive tools to destress, or explore quizzes, videos, forums, and more. You choose! These services are free to all California youth, young adults, and their families, regardless of income, insurance, or immigration status. The platforms are available as downloadable smartphone applications (Soluna and BrightLife Kids on iOS, Soluna on Android) and at []

14772 Pipeline Avenue, Suite D Chino Hills, CA 91709
(909) 929-2300
We are a group of like-minded, multi-disciplinary clinicians with a common focus to integrate neuroscience with relational attachment. We know that thoughtful, guided treatment can help brains change and deepen relationships with ourselves and others. Superbill only, no insurances accepted.

Terri Phillips, MFT
32605 Temecula Parkway #208 Temecula, CA 92592
Works with a wide range of emotional and behavioral issues providing services that span from neurofeedback, dispute resolutions services, therapy for depression and grief counseling to parenting support, couples counseling and beyond.

WellPsyche Medical Group
3400 Inland Empire Blvd., Suite 101, Ontario, CA 91764
9431 Haven Avenue, Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
(424) 349-5370
WellPsyche is a physician-run leader in Telepsychiatry, providing quality therapy and psychiatric services for children, adolescents, and adults striving to achieve mental health and wellness and reach their full potential.

Autism Society Options Policy

This Resource Guide was developed to provide families and professionals with an opportunity to find resources related to autism in the Inland Empire in one place.

All information provided or published by the Autism Society Inland Empire is for information purposes only. Specific treatment, therapy or services should be provided to an individual only at the direction of the individual’s doctor, caregiver, or other qualified professional. References to any treatment or therapy option, program, service, or treatment provider are not an endorsement by the Autism Society. References of treatments, therapies, programs, services, and/or providers are not intended to be comprehensive statements. You should investigate alternatives that may be more appropriate for a specific individual. The Autism Society assumes no responsibility for the use made of any information published or provided. The Autism Society Inland Empire provides information, but it does not constitute medical or legal information. Referrals provided are suggestions to organizations that might help, but do not constitute a recommendation. The Autism Society Inland Empire cannot be held responsible for consequences that arise from individual dealings with a professional or organization. The inclusion of any organization does not imply endorsement, and omission does not imply disapproval. The Autism Society Inland Empire may add or remove organizations from this list at its discretion.