Thank you for visiting the ASPIRE Center website.
We regret to inform you that the center is closed.
Dr. Shana Nichols, ASPIRE Center's Founder and Director, is continuing to work in Huntington, New York as a solo practitioner. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and researcher who has worked in the field of autism spectrum disorder for over 20 years. Dr. Nichols currently specializes in the experiences of females with ASD, growing up and adolescence, sexuality and relationships, dual diagnosis and mental health interventions, and equine-assisted therapy.
Dr. Nichols has extensive expertise in cognitive and diagnostic assessment, treatment, consultation, and training. She conducts applied research associated with her clinical programming and collaborates with colleagues in Canada on an adult ASD and sexuality research program.
Dr. Nichols is the lead author of Girls Growing Up on the Autism Spectrum, and is a co-author of the set of therapeutic manuals Fighting Worries and Facing Fears: A Coping Manual for Children with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder and Their Families.
Dr. Nichols is a sought-after speaker at conferences both locally and internationally, and speaks on topics related to autism spectrum disorder such as assessment and intervention for females, mental health and psychotherapy, adolescence and growing up, sexuality, relationships and abuse prevention, and diagnostic assessment for adults and bright individuals. Her dynamic teaching style includes the use of small groups, video segments, and practice exercises that demonstrate the essential skills for achieving the course objectives in school, clinical, and professional environments. When not writing, speaking at conferences, and working with clients and families, Dr. Nichols pursues her other interests including competitive horseback riding, reading, and photography.
Available services at this time include:
- Diagnostic and OPWDD eligibility evaluations and independent educational evaluations
- Specialty diagnostic evaluations for girls and women
- Individual psychotherapy in Huntington, NY or via telehealth for clients who live in NY, CO, MO, IA
- Specialty consultations related to review of individualized programs and areas outlined above
- Consultation for forensic cases
- Workshops, trainings and presentations at conferences, for school districts, professionals, and other organizations
Dr. Nichols is licensed to practice in the states of New York, Colorado, Missouri and Iowa. She will soon be licensed in Florida and will be offering as needed, part-time services in Central Florida during the winter months. Tele-consultation and therapy via an online HIPAA compliant platform is available for clients in all states in which
Dr. Nichols is licensed.
Inquiries about services can be directed to Dr. Nichols:
Inquiries related to ASPIRE Center can be directed to: email@example.com
For other Long Island and Manhattan referrals, we recommend contacting the Asperger Syndrome & High Functioning Autism Association at (631) 608-8920.
Shana Nichols, PhD
Licensed Clinical Psychologist