Scott Allen, PsyD

Scott Allen, PSYD

Director of Neurodiversity Services | Counselor: Children, Teens, Adults

Dr. Scott Allen is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist who has 20 years of experience supporting and teaching individuals with autism, ADHD, and a wide range of learning profiles. Scott’s background is in the implementation of positive behavioral supports to teach skills and help humans across the span of neurodiversity achieve success in the ways that matter to them. Scott has assisted schools, organizations, and families with tailoring supports and accommodations according to the individuals’ unique neurocognitive profiles, skill sets, and needs. Scott supports social-skill development through interest-based teaching with the overarching philosophy that humans learn best when pursuing areas of interest and strength. Scott has an established background in diagnostics, assessment, teacher/parent training, and program development. Scott has also implemented and developed group curricula focused on social-skill development.

Fees

$180 per session for individuals
$195 per session for couples & families

Areas of Specialty

Educational Background

BA Psychology- University of Michigan- Ann Arbor, Psy.D. in Clinical Child Psychology at Georgia School of Professional Psychology

Professional Motivation

Helping people with diverse learning profiles reach their full potential and helping the world (including organizations, family members, and educators) better understand neurodiversity.

Why Therapy?

My passion for helping people with autism and ADHD* stems from my childhood experiences and my early experiences in working with these populations. As an intern, I assisted in an inclusive preschool setting and learned that teaching social and life skills can seamlessly be integrated into fun activities. I look back on my first patient and remember feeling compassion in regards to his social challenges but also fascination in his unique way of looking at the world. In my time with this kiddo, he showed substantial growth in his conversational skills and his ability to express himself in a way that others could understand him. Likewise, I learned more about flexibility and creativity. At that time, I used Uno and Jenga as visual supports to teach conversational skills. Over the years, I have implemented programs and developed curricula geared toward making social development fun. 

Due to my background in assessment and consultation, I used a structured approach in my work with clients. I often ask for details in terms of client backgrounds, day-to-day lives, worldviews, and social systems. Together, we determine tangible ways to measure progress, and I emphasize the need to generalize our work to “the real world.” I tend to work in a goal-directed way, and I ask my clients to take the lead in the goal-determination process. I operate under the mindset that we all have different profiles and learning styles. No one is perfect at absolutely everything. When I start working with new clients, I first determine where their skills are well-developed, where they could use a little practice/teaching, and where they need to advocate for help/support. I strongly believe in the power and importance of self-advocacy. To that end, I also focus on self-determination, self-awareness, and introspection.

Hobbies

Travel, exploring new places around Austin, food (not cooking, just food!), gaming (board, card, tabletop, and mostly video games), reading, and being silly with my dog.

Previous Occupations

Twenty years of clinical experience with neurodiverse populations, including…

  • Diagnostic and psychoeducational assessment
  • Individual, group, and family therapy
  • Parent training and consultation with emphasis on skills teaching and behavior management
  • School and organizational consultation
  • Program/curriculum development
  • Social-skills curriculum development and implementation
  • Directing a diagnostic program focused on identifying young children with social/communication challenges
  • Clinical consultation and supervision
  • Executive skills coaching

* At the time of this writing, there is widespread debate in whether to use person-first (i.e., “person with autism) or identity-first language (i.e., “Autistic person”) when describing neurodivergent individuals. I believe that the choice of language is that of the individual alone, and I therefore ask early in my work with clients how they prefer to be identified.

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CLIENT TESTIMONIALS

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