Veronica Lucy Micalizio, MA

rogram Director andCounselor

Licensed as a Counselor (Couples & Family) in Dubai Healthcare City. License number: AH0730-12

Veronica earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of San Francisco, California in 2005 and continued her studies to earn her Master’s in Counseling Psychology (emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy) in 2007. Since 2004, Veronica has been dedicating herself to working with children and adults with special needs, especially those with Autism Spectrum Disorders.  Veronica worked as a school counselor in San Francisco, California, providing individual and family counseling to elementary and middle school children, providing teacher training and dynamic group sessions through a developmental humanistic approach. Veronica has also worked with young adults with developmental delays, focusing on life skills, social and community interactions and personal relationships.


Veronica joined Stepping Stones (US) in 2008 as a Behavior Therapist and took on the position of Case Supervisor in 2010, supervising the programming and treatment services of children receiving intensive 1:1 Applied Behavior Analysis intervention, developing Individualized Education Plans and providing training in behavior management techniques to parents and schools. In February 2012, Veronica moved to Italy for 8 months where she assisted with the launching and directing of a start-up center for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Following this, Veronica relocated to Stepping Stones Center in Dubai, UAE as the Program Director overseeing all clinical departments and client treatment services.

Veronica’s overall performance and achievements made significant impacts upon the organization as a whole, and more importantly, clients/children it serves as it relates to clinical services she has provided. Further to being a registered Marriage and Family Therapy Intern, Veronica has also completed graduate course work in Behavior Analysis to satisfy requirements to sit for the Board Certified Behavior Analyst exam with the goal of being a Certified Behavior Analyst (the highest credential/achievement for one in the field of Behavior Analysis and Autism).


Aside from being a genuine humanitarian, Veronica has demonstrated impeccable performance that has reflected upon her professional achievements along with those that exist for Stepping Stones. Veronica possesses strong ethical commitment and collaboration in the work she has performed for Stepping Stones and its clients along with community contacts in general. She has built a vast network of professionals, families and educators in the field of Autism that has enabled her to continue to excel in this field and grow as a clinician so as to ensure quality service to all consumers served as well as work towards ensuring employee morale, amongst the clinicians she supervises, continues to stay at its optimal level.