Eva Mendes, LMHC, NCC is a skilled and experienced couples’ counselor working with couples where one or both partners have Asperger Syndrome, and are on the Autism Spectrum (diagnosed or undiagnosed). She works with adults with Asperger Syndrome (an Autism Spectrum Disorder), High-functioning Autism, ADHD, Non-verbal Learning Disability, PDD NOS, Social (Pragmatic) Communication Disorder, and gifted individuals. Eva also works with women with Asperger Syndrome.
Originally from Mumbai, India, Eva works with individuals and couples from a wide variety of cultural and ethnic backgrounds.
Eva offers creative, practical solutions to life challenges, tailored to each clients’ needs, neurology and personality. Clients who work with her report feeling motivated and empowered to change their lives. They are able to overcome obstacles and create happier relationships. Eva integrates evidence-based therapies such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Solution-Focused Therapy, Positive Psychology, and Mindfulness Practices to help couples and individuals reach their goals.
Eva leverages both the latest research, and her experience with numerous neurodiverse adults and couples to help her clients. When necessary, she collaborates with psychiatrists, organizational skills coaches, family members, and community resources to help clients create lasting change and wellness.
After just our first session with Eva I felt that she understood me. It was as if she knew my twin. Eva is very knowledgeable about Asperger’s, and already in only a few sessions has had a positive impact on our marriage. My wife was increasingly frustrated with me. Eva has helped both of us understand how we can improve our ability to communicate with each other, taking into consideration that I have trouble “reading people” and need time to process emotional situationsJustin G
We traveled from Florida for a 2-hour session with Ms. Mendes that transformed our marriage from being at the brink of destruction to being on solid ground and giving me new hope of a happy life with my husband. It was amazing to see how one visit with the right professional could make such a dramatic change in our lives. This was the best investment in our marriage that we could have made. Worth the time, effort and money to travel across the nation to see Ms. Mendes. I highly recommend it!June S
An expert on the topic of Asperger Syndrome and social-communication challenges, Eva has spoken at conferences, colleges, and medical centers. She has written several papers on this subject including, Marriage with Asperger Syndrome: 14 Practical Strategies, and a thesis, Bridging Parallel Play in AS Marriage.
Her book Marriage and Lasting Relationships with Asperger Syndrome will be published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers in July 2015.
Eva leads the popular Spouse and Partners’ and the Couples’ Support Groups at the Asperger/Autism Network.
A published poet, long-time yoga practitioner, and a Buddhist, Eva was a successful graphic designer in her career prior to counseling.
Credentials and Experience
- Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Psychology at Sophia College, Mumbai, India and Vermont College in Montpelier, Vermont.
- Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Union Institute and University in Brattleboro, Vermont.
- Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) in the state of Massachusetts and member of the Massachusetts Mental Health Counselors Association.
- Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), and a member of the National Board for Certified Counselors.
- Fluent in English, Hindi, Urdu, and Konkani.
- Former Disability Counselor at University of Massachusetts, Lowell.
- Publications: Click here
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