Abbe Colodny, MS, LPC, has over 12 years of experience working with individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their families. In her private practice, she specializes in working with children with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome, depression, anxiety, PDD-NOS, attention issues, childhood behavioral problems and relationship and attachment issues. In Abbe’s clinical work, she utilizes a person-centered approach, relying on cognitive-behavioral, expressive art techniques, basic dialectic behavioral approaches and psychoanalytical theories. She collaborates with her client’s schools, occupational therapists, speech therapists and other providers to ensure continuity of care.
While working on her master’s in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, she taught in Weston Elementary School, in an autism classroom. She worked at the University of North Carolina’s Division TEACCH program in Fayetteville, North Carolina, where she assisted in assessments, consulted with local schools and worked directly with families and individuals with ASD. From there, Ms. Colodny worked with North Carolina’s Infant and Toddler Program’s early intervention, teaching developmental skills to children with developmental delays, counseled families through initial diagnosis of autism and other genetic diagnosis. Ms. Colodny launched an intensive in-home team specializing in developmental delays, autism, and severe mental health issues. Ms. Colodny worked closely with the Wake County public schools and the pre-school services to coordinate services for young children with complex presentations. She has taught workshops on autism, structured teaching, and best practices for clinicians working with individuals with ASD and mental health issues.