Thomas Schmierer, M.A.

Registered Marriage and Family Therapist Intern

Location: 16633 Ventura Blvd, Ste 1340, Encino
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I utilize play therapy methods with young children to help them express their emotions in the way that is normal and appropriate for kids, through play! The kids I treat often have a good time while they work through their emotional problems of fear, anger, or sadness towards someone important in their lives. They can work out their aggressions on clay figures and their fears and sadness through paintings. I believe that the indirect approach of play therapy is developmentally appropriate for young children because they are not yet ready for the "adult" techniques of talk therapy.

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.

Lara Garibian, MA, LMFT, CCTP

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Location: 16055 Ventura Blvd., Suite #555, Encino
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Children playing can be more than just fun and games. Play & art therapy are incredible ways to help children open up and work on challenges in a fun, creative, and safe setting. Whether your kiddo is having difficulties in the home, academically, or in social situations, therapy can be a wonderful way to help them explore and work through tough feelings that can be confusing. Working collaboratively with a child and their family can have a great impact on a child's progress when dealing with feelings of sadness, anxiety, anger, abuse and inattention. I would ensure to provide a supportive and fun environment to your child and your family.

Susan Leviton, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Location: 16055 Ventura Blvd., Ste. 717, Encino
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Children have stress just as adults do. They have to cope with divorce, blended families, high academic expectations, grief and loss, to name a few. Therapy can provide a safe place for them to just be who they are. With small children, I do play therapy. This may involve art projects, games, or dolls. Every parent knows that asking kids a direct question gets them nowhere, but children can express volumes through their play. At the same time, it feels safe and comfortable to them. If you have concerns about your child's behavior or you know they are going through a hard time, please call. There is no charge for a phone consultation.

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.

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, M.S.

Marriage and Family Therapist, Registered Intern

Location Near Therapist: San Fernando, CA
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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. 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.

Wendy Davis, M.S., MFTI

Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern

Location: 25000 Avenue Stanford, Suite # 218, Valencia
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As a parent, I know how important it is for us to feel that our children are doing well, feeling happy, and growing to their potential. Since young children are always growing and changing, we often find ourselves thinking, “Is everything alright?” I have experience working with young children dealing with various issues, including behavioral issues, divorce, anxiety, depression, abandonment, sexual abuse, family conflict, and physical abuse. Because play is the language of young children, I implement expressive forms of therapy, such as art and play, to build a trusting relationship and to allow the child an avenue to express his/her thoughts and feelings.

Nadia Siswanto, LMFT, CYT, LFYP

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist, Yoga Therapist

Location: 6400 Canoga Ave., Suite 312, Woodland Hills
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You know your child better than anyone in the world. You notice the small shifts and changes that can tell you that something is off and your child is struggling. I help parents help their child! Whether your child is struggling with a transition like separation, divorce or relocation, or they are are sad, anxious, or angry--we can develop a plan to help your child be their best self. For younger children, I primarily focus on play therapy and parent coaching. Kids communicate through play more than through talking. Parent coaching and collaboration help me to get a clear sense of how things are at home and at school, and give you suggestions on how to respond to issues in the moment.


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