Dr. Valerie Gaus

Psychologist & Author

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Dr. Valerie Gaus

Psychologist & Author

Dr. Gaus is a licensed clinical psychologist with 20 years of experience providing mental health services to people with disabilities. With a cognitive-behavioral approach, she offers psychotherapy to adults and teens with dual diagnosis (intellectual disability and mental illness), Asperger Syndrome, higher functioning autism, depression, anxiety, trauma and stress-related problems.

Dr. Gaus has a private practice with offices in Huntington and at Spectrum Services in Manhattan. She is on the advisory board for the Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism Association, and the grant review committee for the Organization for Autism Research. She has lectured nationally and abroad on topics related to dual diagnosis and Asperger syndrome. She has also authored numerous articles, chapters and two books on these subjects, including a recent self-help book for adults called Living Well on the Spectrum: How to Use Your Strengths to Meet the Challenges of Asperger Syndrome/High-Functioning Autism (2011), published by Guilford Press.

Autism & Aspergers
“The impulse to heal is real and powerful and lies within the client. Our job is to evoke that healing power… and support it in its expression and development. We are not the healers. We are the context in which healing is inspired.”
- Ron Kurtz

Trauma

“Trauma is not what happens to us, but what we hold inside in the absence of an empathetic witness...Trauma is about loss of connection—to ourselves, our bodies, our families, to others, and to the world around us. This disconnection is often hard to recognize because it doesn't happen all at once but rather over time.”
- Peter Levine