Autumn Walsh (she/her) LSW, MSW, CCTS is a compassionate and empathetic mental health professional who has provided care in human services since 2005. She was the acting director of social services in a skilled nursing facility where she specialized in neurocognitive disorders, end-of-life care, bereavement, chronic illness, life transitions, home displacement, and family systems.
Autumn has provided educational courses for parents, using a developmental and attachment approach, to help parents bond with and understand strong-willed children. She has clinical experience treating individuals, couples, substance use disorder, and formerly incarcerated individuals. Autumn is a Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist with additional training in Emotionally Focused Therapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, EMDR, Mindfulness, Solution-Focused Therapy, Somatic Therapy, Systems Theory, Motivational Interviewing, Psychoeducation, Person-in-Environment, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Autumn takes an integrative humanistic approach to honor the uniqueness of every client. This approach grants her the ability to view the person from several perspectives allowing for the treatment flexibility that best fits each client. Autumn loves to collaborate treatment efforts with her clients to set goals that honor client self-determination. She believes in an unlimited capacity for personal growth and change in all humans. Her strengths-based and multidimensional approach fosters resiliency and empowers clients to connect with their bodies to heal traumatic pasts and increase emotional regulation.
Education and Experience
Autumn began her journey of helping others with an associate degree in human services with a focus on psychology. She went back to school later to focus on mental health and larger social issues. She received a sub-baccalaureate in rehabilitative justice from Bloomsburg University and a Bachelor of Social Work from California University of Pennsylvania. Autumn is currently finalizing her master’s in social work and a master’s in health administration at Pennsylvania Western University.
Autumn has authored many of our Counseling and Wellness Center of Pittsburgh blogs and has created dozens of Somatic Therapy Exercises and Meditation & Mindfulness videos on our YouTube Channel.
Interests and Hobbies
When Autumn is not reading up on new approaches to the helping professions, she spends her time advocating for human rights, playing with her dogs, and spending time with her loved ones. She is dedicated to lifelong learning and accomplishes this through continuing education courses and clinical supervision. Autumn is an acting member of the Westmoreland County Drug and Alcohol Commission Board of Directors where she provides community outreach and funding to non-profit organizations. With her practice in cultural humility, Autumn strives for cultural proficiency and is not afraid to take a seat as a student and learn from her client’s rich and diverse traditions and cultural beliefs.