|Our Clinical Staff
|THEDE FAMILY CENTER FOR AUTISM AND NEURODEVELOPMENTAL
|Linda L. Thede, PsyD
L.P., L.P.C., N.C.C. - CEO & Clinical Director
Dr. Thede has provided diagnostic and/or psychotherapeutic
services to hundreds of individuals on the autism spectrum and
their families. Her research has been published in peer-reviewed
journals, and she has personal experience with family members
on the autism spectrum, providing her with intimate knowledge
of the needs of the autism community. Dr. Thede has been
trained in the K-12 school setting and provides autism spectrum
diagnostic evaluations, neuropsychological evaluations, and a
variety of therapies.
|Wendy Mullins, PhD, L.P.
Dr. Mullins obtained her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from
Fuller School of Psychology in 2008. Over the past 10 years of
training and practice, her passion and interests have inspired her
to work primarily with children and families, using play- and
relationship-based approaches to build healthy, happy
connections between family members. She enjoys using
Floortime Play Therapy and provides testing for our autism and
neuropsychological evaluations. Wendy also utilizes attachment
techniques to help build stronger parent-child relationships that
motivate more positive interactions and behaviors.
|William B. Walls, M.A., Unlicensed
Will has an M.A. in Counseling and Human Services and is
currently working toward licensure as a professional counselor.
He has worked with adolescents in varying capacities for several
years and provides individual psychotherapy for
children and adults with an autism spectrum disorders,
addictions, developmental disabilities, and physical disabilities.
He has a passion for helping individuals and families interested in
personal development, developing a healthier family system,
coping with bullying, improving interpersonal skills, and
developing life skills.
|Craig Mullins, M.A., L.P.C.
Craig utilizes a person-centered approach (congruence,
empathy, and unconditional positive regard) in a nondirective
manner to assist his clients in meeting their treatment objectives.
He has 16 years of experience working with infants, children,
adolescents, adults, and families with social and
emotional concerns across a number of settings (elementary
school, treatment facility, group home, in-home provider, and
counselor in private practice). Craig specializes in counseling for
men, couples, adolescents, parents of children with autism or
developmental disorders, treatment of adjustment disorder,
paternal postpartum depression, or overcoming pornography
|Sarah Stidham, M.A., L.P.C., N.C.C., R.Y.T.
Sarah specializes in play therapy and trauma-focused cognitive
behavioral therapy for children. She also blends expressive arts,
mindfulness, relaxation/meditation techniques, yoga, and clinical
hypnosis where needed. Through her work experiences in the
past 7 years, Sarah has been able to help children and their
families heal from trauma, nurture stronger relationships, develop
healthy life skills, and ultimately reconnect with their internal
strength and wisdom.
|Jackie Melton-Roeder, M.A., L.P.C.
Jackie provides parenting education and support and uses the
principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to develop
appropriate behavior modification programs for children or
adolescents with autism or other developmental disorders. She
also uses dialectical behavior therapy for treating adults with
personality disorders, including those with Borderline
|If you are a physician or
licensed clinician with
experience and a
passion for helping
people on the autism
please feel free to
contact us at
719/473-9200 or write
to Dr. Thede at
for more information
|Claire Thomas-Duckwitz, PhD, L.P.
Dr. Duckwitz is a School Psychologist and Licensed
Psychologist who enjoys working with children of all ages. She
also is interested in helping parents understand IEP's and work
with their child's school administration.
|Nathan Edmundson, PsyD, L.P.
Dr. Edmundson has over 4 years of experience working with
those who have an intellectual disability, developmental delay,
or autism spectrum. He provides psychotherapy for people of
all ages and enjoys using Floortime Play Therapy with children.
Dr. Edmundson has provided individual, family, and group
therapies for over 9 years and provides testing for our
|Janice Black, L.C.S.W.
Janice has over 25 years of experience in providing case
management and social services to children and parents. She is a
certified teacher and has experience in child and family
investigations, supervised visitations, and court-appointed
advocacy. Janice provides individual psychotherapy for children
and adolescents with autism and other neurodevelopmental
conditions, and she also provides parent education and support
using the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to help
parents develop a behavior management system within the home.
|Valerie Baker, L.P.C.
Valerie has experience in home visits and evaluations of alleged
neglect and abuse. She currently provides Child-Centered Play
Therapy for traumatized children on the autism spectrum. She
also provides parent education and support using the principles
of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) to help parents develop
appropriate behavior plans within the home.
|Jaclyn Neubauer, B.A., Unlicensed
Jaclyn is trained in providing Floortime Play Therapy and has a
passion to help children on the autism spectrum and other
neurodevelopmental disorders. She provides individual therapy
at a reduced rate for those who must pay out of pocket or have
out-of-network insurance. Jaclyn also provides social skills
classes to children, adolescents, and young adults.