Robert Gauthier has a M.Sc. in developmental psychology from Memorial University and a M.Ed. in school psychology from Dalhousie University. He has worked in the field of Autism Spectrum Disorders for over 20 of the 33 years he has worked in school psychology. Mr. Gauthier has extensive experience in diagnosing ASD in children and young adults and in the treatment of the disorder for those from the mild to the severe end of the spectrum. Before specializing in the area of ASD, Mr. Gauthier had experience in the diagnosis and treatment of learning disabilities and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).
Adolescents and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder frequently have co-morbid issues with mental health. Primarily, they encounter high anxiety and periods of depression. Historically, the primary treatment for those on the autism spectrum has been behavioural. However, recent research supports the use of cognitive behavioural therapy with the population of those on the autism spectrum who have average levels of intelligence and language skills.
For over twenty years of the 30+ years in this profession, Robert Gauthier has been practicing psychology with those on the autism spectrum from early childhood through adolescence and early adulthood. He has knowledge and skills working with those who are most severely affected socially and intellectually where the focus of programming is primarily behavioural as well as with those described above where the focus is primarily cognitive-behavioural. In his private practice at CBT Associates, he focuses on the latter population. Mr. Gauthier sees clients from their teens into their adult years. The approach is sometimes referenced as ‘modified’ cognitive behaviour therapy in that there is much emphasis on visually presenting information and less emphasis on what is sometimes called ‘talk therapy’.
At CBT Associates, Mr. Gauthier conducts assessments and provides diagnoses for children and young adults where there is a question that the individual may have ASD. He also provides treatment for adolescents and adults with ASD who may also have a co-existing mental health concern such as anxiety or depression.
Please note that our associates work with many presenting issues, some of which are not listed in this biography. Please speak to our intake team at 416-363-4228 for more information.
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