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AuSM expands therapy offerings to Rochester area

JamesRechsWEBIn an effort to increase reach and to serve the southeastern portion of Minnesota, the AuSM Counseling and Consulting Services team is pleased to announce the addition of James Rechs, LICSW, a therapist who will serve the Rochester, Minn. area.

Rechs is the former executive director of the RT Autism Awareness Foundation, an organization dedicated to supporting families and individuals affected by autism. He also has used his master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and an undergraduate degree from Grinnell College in Iowa, to serve the community as a therapist and advocate for more than 15 years.

“As we continuously strive to better serve the Greater Minnesota autism community, we hope that physical satellite office presence in Rochester can help us achieve better impact,” said Ellie Wilson, AuSM Executive Director. “We are especially thrilled to work with James, as we know he will continue to inspire collaboration with individuals, families, and organizations that seek to improve community living for those with autism in Southeastern Minnesota.”

In his new role with AuSM, Rechs will provide individual therapy for adults and teens as well as psychoeducation and support for parents, families, and caregivers.

Rechs said, “Social and emotional struggles are not a sign of abnormality, but rather a reflection of the diversity and challenges of human experience. My top priority is helping clients achieve goals that are most important to them, and to help them live lives of meaning and satisfaction.”

Rechs specializes in working with those seeking to transition to greater independence, and especially enjoys helping clients pursue their areas of interest in ways that stimulate personal growth and connection.

Rechs will see clients within an office located in the RT Autism Awareness Foundation location at 329 Elton Hills Dr. N.W., Rochester, MN 55901. For more information, to schedule an appointment with Rechs, or to direct professional referrals, please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 651.647.1083 ext. 29.

For more information about AuSM Counseling and Consulting Services, visit www.ausm.org.