Meet Dr. Louis T. Teller, Ph.D.! Dr. Teller is a psychotherapist, a person who treats mental disorders by psychological rather than medical means, in Holland, PA. Dr. Teller is finishing his Licensed Professional Counselor license this year. In addition to counseling clients with autism, he does individual, couples, and family counseling with various conditions such as depression, anxiety, anger management, etc.
1. What led you to this career path?
I was diagnosed with autism as a child. I was able to achieve success academically, and I wanted to help others who struggle with this condition to know that they can go further in life. It helps when you can empathize with your clients so you know how they feel and how you once struggled with their issues.
2. What is your favorite part of your job?
My favorite part of the job is helping clients. I feel it is important to be genuine and show the clients that you truly care about them and accept them for who they are. It is gratifying to hear that clients feel better after having sessions with me. I have had a number tell me that.
3. Why is therapy so important for individuals with autism?
There are a lot of misconceptions and misinformation about autism. That is changing, however. Clients with autism need to gain insight into themselves and to others. They need the guidance and the support to help them to lead a more productive and a fulfilling life. It helps when they have a clinician who cares about them as people. It can help them improve their self-confidence.
4. What is one thing you wish everyone knew about autism?
Autism is real and there needs to be better understanding from parents, educators, and lawmakers so special accommodations can be made. Furthermore, society needs to understand that there are many autistic people who make great contributions to society and can excel in life. If accommodations can be made to their needs, autistic people can go far in life.