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Dr. Emilio M. Amigo

Founder, Director, & Supervising Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Emilio M. Amigo is a Clinical Psychologist and Director of Amigo Family Counseling, LLC (AFC) in Columbus, Ohio. Licensed as a mental health therapist since 1986, he specializes in working with individuals living with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Dr. Amigo developed and founded a groundbreaking and influential group therapy treatment program called Respons·ability Social Therapy™ (RST) that garners much attention. In addition to his role as Founder, Director and Supervising Psychologist at AFC, he is also Executive Director of Family Foundations, Inc., a non-profit entity focused on providing a broad range of social services and opportunities for individuals with ASD.

His extensive history in Clinical Psychology work includes not only his longstanding position as a clinic director but also includes these roles: previous owner of a private practice, a full-time professor in the Psychology Department at John Brown University, and an Editorial Columnist for issues pertaining to psychological family health. Dr. Amigo is currently collaborating with The Ohio State University and professionals of city and regional planning and architectural design to support their research on how to improve the housing, recreational, and community needs of those living with ASD. Dr. Amigo’s clients were invited be a part of this collaboration to speak for the needs of the ASD community at large. More about Dr. Amigo

Dr. Amigo, his clinical staff, and his ASD clients were the subjects of a recent documentary film, “How to Dance in Ohio,” by filmmaker Alexandra Shiva and Gidalya Pictures. This film, now on the HBO platform and screened at numerous film festivals around the world, was winner of a 2015 Peabody Award and chosen as a 2015 Official Selection film at the Sundance Film Festival. The film and Dr. Amigo’s work are celebrated by many in the ASD community in the US and abroad and were recognized in several acclaimed newspapers, magazines and television shows. Harold-Prince, 21-time Tony Award-winning Director and Producer, became so inspired by “How to Dance and Ohio” and the Dr. Amigo’s revolutionary work that he is now developing “How to Dance in Ohio” into a Broadway Musical.

Dr. Amigo was also the Executive Producer of the documentary “Learning to Play.” Dr. Amigo designed and produced this film to show autism from the multiple perspectives of a large number of clients living with ASD.His goal and achievement is to present the breadth, diversity, and range of the autism spectrum to allow the viewer to go beyond awareness and toward a more thorough and accurate understanding of the condition.