Lynnette Otto obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in psychology from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, and her Master’s Degree in Clinical-Behavioral Psychology from Eastern Michigan University. She began her experience in psychology working with participants of Beaumont Hospital’s HOPE and CARE programs (programs supporting children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder), providing direct behavioral therapy. She then went on to pursue her graduate internship acting as a consultant at Beaumont – supervising ABA therapists working directly with children, clinical assessments, and developing behavior reduction plans.
Lynnette began her professional career in Genesee County, as a psychologist in the Community Mental Health setting. Here, she works with adults and children with severe mental illness and/or developmental disabilities, writing behavior plans and training staff on implementation. She works directly with schools, day programs, psychiatrists, physicians, clinical team members, courts and legal systems, and community resources to advocate for the best comprehensive and holistic treatment for her clients. She also has experience providing crisis intervention therapy and conducting hospitalization assessments. She is able to provide emergent therapy to children, adults, and/or families in crisis. Lynnette has extensive skills working with individuals who are often suicidal and/or homicidal, and engaging in risky, impulsive behaviors and who may also abuse alcohol or drugs.
Lynnette’s main interest and key specialty is working with parents and children (ages 2+) on skill acquisition and development, problematic behavior, emotional challenges, educational issues (i.e. victims of school bullying, failing grades), social issues, and extreme distress (i.e. suicidal, self-harm, isolating). She has extensive background with children with autism spectrum disorder including Asperger’s, developmental disabilities/cognitive impairment, ADD/ADHD, and Oppositional Defiant Disorder. She also works on family cohesiveness, parent training, and adjustment problems. Other specialties include working with disorders of anxiety, depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, and substance abuse/dependency with clients of all ages.
Lynnette’s clinical approach utilizes a behavioral framework, providing active and effective treatment that is empirically founded. She applies cognitive-behavioral interventions with humanistic methodology, creating a safe and comfortable therapeutic environment, incorporated with providing clients an arsenal of tools to utilize and discover quick results. Her clients often find that they learn a lot about themselves throughout the course of treatment, to create insight into their own change. Lynnette’s therapeutic style will offer a variety of education/teaching tools, hands-on training, and practice. She takes on the role of a supportive guide, as clients actively participate in treatment.