Gary Larkin, MA, MS, MFT

Marriage Family Terapist

Location: 16055 Ventura Blvd. Suite 717, Encino
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I am the father of an adult son with autism. I have had to learn various strategies to help him cope with his difficulties, as well as finding ways to help me find ways of dealing with the frustration of no having all of the answers. This experience , as well as my 25 years of being a special education teacher, give me a unique perspective into how to understand how a child feels inside, and how to develop ways for the child, and the family to deal with serious emotional issues. I would find it my greatest honor to earn the trust necessary to join you on this journey.

Sheila Sayani, MA, MFT

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Location: 16055 Ventura Boulevard Suite 555, Encino
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When your child is in distress, it takes a toll on everyone. I have extensive experience working with young children on a variety of issues such as depression, anxiety, school problems, behavioral issues, anger management, OCD, grief & loss, and divorce. I am very sensitive to the world of a child, and through art and play therapy, can help your child overcome difficult obstacles.

Morella Hammer, M.A.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy

Location: 15720 Ventura Blvd. Suite 504, Encino
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Having young children can be a wonderful experience but it can also bring challenges. Knowing what is behind your child’s behavior is the key to changing it. Using a variety of therapeutic techniques including Imago Therapy, we can help you understand your child, yourself, and the interactions between the two of you. We can help you support your child development. We will support your child by learning how to regulate emotions, how to express their needs and how to externalize their feelings.

Lara Garibian, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Location: 16055 Ventura Blvd., Suite #555, Encino
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Young children can’t always articulate their emotional problems. Some children need help coping with bullying, peer pressure, or academic demands. Others may be confused and overwhelmed by family issues, such as a move, divorce, or illness. With some children, the cause of their tearful or sulky state is unclear. If you’re concerned about your child’s mood, appetite, academic performance, social interaction, or behavior for any reason, Lara can help you help your child. Therapy teaches children how to reach out for help and reduces the risk of further trauma in adulthood. Lara can help your child express emotions and develop problem-solving skills.

K. Michelle Tapia, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Location: 8476 Oakdale Ave, Winnetka
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Young children do not always have the words to tell us what is going on in their world. When working with young children I use a combination of art therapy, play therapy, and sometimes exploring child's schedule and activities with caregivers. I can assist with common childhood nightmares, outbursts of anger, and symptoms of depression. I can work with children, the parents, and / or a combination of the two depending upon the situation.

Steven Shaps, M.A. MFT

Steven Shaps Marriage & Family Therapist

Location of Therapist: Sherman Oaks , CA
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Working children in age from 10 to adolescents is a gift. More often it also includes working the parents. Family counseling assists the entire system to move forward. This is a process of teaching, re-educating, and learning parenting techniques to assist the parents, i.e.: making them aware of their unconscious patterns, and affording children a safe environment to express themselves.

Heather Pearman, MFT

Heather Pearman

Location: 4445 Noble Ave, Sherman Oaks
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Young Children need a gentle approach to therapy. When working with youngsters I will engage them through art. Art therapy is an engaging, nonthreatening way for a child to express him/herself. Games are also used employed to engage the children and appeal to their playful natures. I have heard it said that humor is the best form of medicine, and this is so true when working with children. Expect the path to healing to be full of laughter as we follow the path from hurt and sorrow to peace and joy. I also realize that the parents are an important part of the healing process so I will make weekly suggestions for the parents to work on at home, and I will ask for their feedback each session.

Donald Goodman, LCSW

licensed clinical social worker

Location: 27955 smyth dr. Suite 101, Valencia
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Problems with our children begin at a young age. whether your child is struggling with adjustment at school, has been characterized as oppositional or ADHD, or you just seem to have a difficult tiime setting limits with your child, we are here to help you. Our youth face tremendous challenges today and parents are struggling to keep up with the issues they are presented with. Many parents begin to become less and less engaged in the behaviors of their youth while other parents are over involved. So how does a parent find the balance? We have a vast amount of experience working with all age teens and we commonly deal with issues such as self mutilation, teen drug use, sexual activity, sui

April De Higes, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Location: 28494 Westinghouse Place, Ste. 214, Valencia
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Children come to therapy for a variety of reasons. Some examples are behavioral problems, failing grades, not focusing, not staying on task, fighting with peers, poor social skills, not listening at home, and hyperactivity. Using play therapy and art therapy, I help children express themselves. Children experience counseling as fun which results in them expressing themselves honestly and resolving the issue through play. If you want to help your child be successful in school or at home, I can help you.

Krista H. Renella, MS, MFTI

Marriage and Family Therapist Intern, #70214

Location: 27951 Smyth Dr, #103, Valencia
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Prior to becoming an MFT Intern, I assisted children/teenagers with disabilities in the Los Angeles Unified School District and Los Angeles Regional Center for over 7 years. I currently over therapy to youth with Hart Union School District. One of my passions is supporting children with understanding and communicating their feelings, whatever they may be. Through talk, games, art, writing, etc, I encourage my young clients to express themselves and their needs through healthy, productive, and meaningful means.


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Child Psychologist San Fernando CA.

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