Child Psychologists and/or Child Counselors in Santa Ana.


Find A Therapist in Santa Ana


Child Counselor

Prepare To Change, Psy.D., HSPP

Individual and Family Therapists

Within Driving Distance of Santa Ana, CA

Prepare to Change counselors have been serving children and adolescents in many south Orange County communities for many years. Counseling for children can be effective and helpful, but sometimes a child’s needs are so huge that therapy isn’t enough. They may need structure and more of a foundation at home. To improve family life, our experts also believe in empowering parents so they can become the agents of change in their families.

Child Counselor

Terry Anderson, M.S., Psy.D, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Within Driving Distance of Santa Ana, CA

One of my specialties is working with elementary age (and adolescents). A child or young person's struggles with difficult feelings and unhelpful behaviors can impact the rest of his or her life. Addressing these challenges during the child's critical developmental years can rebalance and set the stage for a happier and healthier future. I have a special feeling for young people in distress, and feel my professional and life experience has enabled me to be especially attuned to their feelings, needs, and pain. I have over 13 years experience working with children facing emotional and behavioral challenges. Please feel free to call.

Child Psychologist

Dr. Chris Nikolaidis, PhD

Clinical Psychologist

Within Driving Distance of Santa Ana, CA

Your child or teen deserves the best. There are many therapists in Orange County, most of them with only masters degrees. Only the top 1% go on to achieve a PhD, doctoral training, and pass national and state board examinations to become a licensed clinical psychologist. Need help with your child or teen? Make an appointment with Dr. Nikolaidis, call and text 24/7, (949)791-7127.

Child Psychologist

Nancy D Young, Ph.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Within Driving Distance of Santa Ana, CA

Our practice includes a clinician with experience in language & skill-building with autistic children, behavior modification & therapy with at-risk youth & families, and work with adolescents & families in crisis. He also coordinates an evidence-based program with the County of Orange that teaches families how to modify severe behavior problems in children. He is trained in Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, & EMDR.

Child Counselor

Kevin Fleming Ph.D.

Coach/Change Agent/Consultant

Within Driving Distance of Santa Ana, CA

Many times, child therapists overdo the family system in their quest to seek effective solutions for emotional, learning or behavioral concerns with young children. And many times doctors overpathologize issues that shouldn’t be medicated necessarily. This leaves parents wondering what is the best route for their child? Introducing brainwave optimization technology. A fast, effective, natural, and less expensive way to allow your child's brain to make the optimizing changes it desires to make---on its own! Without any external force, opinion, medication, diagnostic, etc. Contact kevin@kevinflemingphd.com or 877-606-6161.

Child Counselor

Burdetta Honescko, Psy. D.

Burdetta Honescko MFT Psy D.

Within Driving Distance of Santa Ana, CA

When families are having problems with small children I work with the parent and the child. As the parent grows and learns better parenting skills the children respond. Always remember "behavior is language". The behavior of the child is telling you something, learn to listen and try to see through the eyes of the child. We learn developmental stages of their child and what reasonable expectations should be.

Child Counselor

Heather Browne, PsyD, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

Within Driving Distance of Santa Ana, CA

I work with 12 year olds and up. For young teens we use games, pillow fights, exercise, drawing, any medium that would make it more comfortable for the teen to open and share. When beneficial, I bring the parents into the end of the session so that they know what the teen is needing in their assistancxe with that next week. Art and journaling are a significant part of homework to allow the youth to express and reduce their emotional overload.

Child Psychologist

Dr. Martin Eaton, PhD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Within Driving Distance of Santa Ana, CA

We are delighted to work with children of all ages. Initially, I will have myself or one of my clinical staff conduct a clinical interview or assessment, and I will evaluate their level of functioning, cognitively, emotionally, academically, socially, and behaviorally and determine a customized solution that will help your child achieve the highest level of success possible.

Child Counselor

Daryl Temkin, Daryl Temkin

Ph.D., Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Within Driving Distance of Santa Ana, CA

Child and adolescent counseling can play a very important role in the life of a child who is dealing with one or more of the wide area of childhood challenges and traumas. Children can become the unintended victims of parents who had little training to become parents, had little time to be parents or experienced separation, abandonment, divorce , a change in parenting, step-parenting, foster parenting as well were challenged by dysfunctional homes with addictions, emotional disturbances and instabilities, extreme fighting, arguing, violence and abuse, frequent moving, and being passed from one divorced parent to another or from family member to family memeber. All these and many additional growing up challenges and traumas can be potent and disturbing...(view profile to read more)

Child Psychologist

Robert Puff, M.A., M.Div., Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist

Within Driving Distance of Santa Ana, CA

Blending a family should be a happy event. A new marriage should be all about partnership and building life together. But all too often blended families are filled with conflict rather than harmony. Instead of compromise, it’s often about who’s right and who’s wrong. And the relationship with the step-children is always going to be strained. It’s no wonder that second marriages with blended families have a higher likelihood of divorce. But if you and your spouse are unified and take everyone’s needs into account, your family could function more smoothly. Many stepparents are defensive about “their” children. Each has a different upbringing and different parenting experiences and styles. What m....

Child Counselor

Patrice Hooke, M.S., MFT

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

Within Driving Distance of Santa Ana, CA

I've had a wide variety and extensive amount of experience with treating children. I have a playful spirit and have no problem getting to a child's level. I use drawing techniques, play therapy and talking, depending on the child's interests and abilities. I've worked at Big Brothers Big Sisters of the North Bay as a Counselor for four years. I was also a mentor to an 11 year old girl for 7 years. I also worked at Sunny Hills Children's Garden, USF Center for Child and Family Development, Marina Middle School in San Francisco and Family Services Agency of Marin County, CA.

Child Counselor

Andrea Schoon, M.A., LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Within Driving Distance of Santa Ana, CA

Understanding what a child is trying to communicate is crucial. Often as a parent, it is difficult when frustration gets in the way, to hear what a child is trying to say. Years of experience helps me decode the message and help intervene in a way that can help the whole family function in a more positive manner.

Child Counselor

Steven Harris, PhD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Within Driving Distance of Santa Ana, CA

In order to help create lasting change, emotional stability, and healthy self-esteem for young children, I enlist the involvement of the parent(s)/ guardians as a kind of co-therapist to work with children. The parent(s) in an intact family are so regularly and intricately involved with the child that their emotional life and ways of responding to the child are of primary importance. While I will see a young child alone, I also need to work with the biggest influence on the young child, the parents or significant guardian/others in their lives to be effective for your child.

Child Counselor

Tamara Kubiak, MA, MFTI

Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern

Within Driving Distance of Santa Ana, CA

Is your child acting out or shutting down? Or has her personality become unrecognizable from the carefree child she once was? Many factors contribute to the change in our children's behavior. Parents' divorce, bullying, academic stress and peer conflict are some reasons you're seeing a drastic change in your child. I provide a safe and comfortable environment to allow your child to open up about his world in order to share his feelings and learn how to communicate them more effectively. For young children, I utilize play therapy to allow them to process and express feelings in their language of play. Please call me at (949) 445-3160 to see how I can help your child.

Child Counselor

OC Anxiety Center, Ph.D.

Licensed Therapist

Within Driving Distance of Santa Ana, CA

School refusal? Early indications of OCD? Don't feel helpless as a parent. We have helped hundreds of kids and teens through anxiety and fears they and their parents often could not understand. OCAC conducts an age appropriate assessment in office or at home. The goal is to help a child feel comfortable answering questions about a feared situation. Coming to understand a child's world is essential to relating and communicating. After underlying contributors have been established, a treatment plan is recommended, which often includes participation of parents or caretakers. OCAC provides clear direction and explanation and is always available by phone. Our care is highly personalized.

Child Counselor

Julie Wells, M.S., LMFT

Licensed Marriage, Family Therapist

Within Driving Distance of Santa Ana, CA

If your child is suffering from trauma, grief or showing behavioral issues that have seem to come out of nowhere, play therapy is the answer. In our family playroom we offer a variety of therapeutic toys and games, including sand tray to help your child express the thoughts that cannot be verbalized. I am trained in play therapy, expressive arts therapy and sand tray, and have seen great results in children of all ages.

Child Counselor

Terry Anderson, M.S., Psy.D, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Within Driving Distance of Santa Ana, CA

One of my specialties is working with elementary age (and adolescents). A child or young person's struggles with difficult feelings and unhelpful behaviors can impact the rest of his or her life. Addressing these challenges during the child's critical developmental years can rebalance and set the stage for a happier and healthier future. I have a special feeling for young people in distress, and feel my professional and life experience has enabled me to be especially attuned to their feelings, needs, and pain. I have over 13 years experience working with children facing emotional and behavioral challenges. Please feel free to call.

Child Counselor

Andrea Schoon, M.A., LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Within Driving Distance of Santa Ana, CA

Understanding what a child is trying to communicate is crucial. Often as a parent, it is difficult when frustration gets in the way, to hear what a child is trying to say. Years of experience helps me decode the message and help intervene in a way that can help the whole family function in a more positive manner.

Child Counselor

Patrice Hooke, M.S., MFT

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

Within Driving Distance of Santa Ana, CA

I've had a wide variety and extensive amount of experience with treating children. I have a playful spirit and have no problem getting to a child's level. I use drawing techniques, play therapy and talking, depending on the child's interests and abilities. I've worked at Big Brothers Big Sisters of the North Bay as a Counselor for four years. I was also a mentor to an 11 year old girl for 7 years. I also worked at Sunny Hills Children's Garden, USF Center for Child and Family Development, Marina Middle School in San Francisco and Family Services Agency of Marin County, CA.

Child Counselor

Ana Arguello, MS, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Within Driving Distance of Santa Ana, CA

My interest in psychology started as young child, fast forward...I am in the psychology field specializing in treating children 0 to 5. No that was not a "typo!" I am a certified Child Parent Psychotherapist. In the most simple terms, I address the relationship between the child and the parent, and how that affects your child in self regulating and you in parenting. I help you understand how your own childhood shapes the way you parent your child; both in negative and positive ways. Together we strive to assist you and your child have the best bond possible through insight of your own past and your child's temperament.

Child Counselor

Lisa Pines, MS (Hablo Español)

Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern

Within Driving Distance of Santa Ana, CA

I help children overcome difficulties in their life either related to trauma or family hardships. Sometimes I work with the child alone, and sometimes I work as a teams with one or both parents. I bring a safe warm environment where children can heal from what is holding them back. To learn more about my services or schedule an appointment, call me at (949) 436-8068.

Child Psychologist

Piper Walsh, Ph.D

Clinical Psychologist

Within Driving Distance of Santa Ana, CA

Raising your children can be a rewarding and joyous experience. Still, parenting comes with unique challenges and often frustrations, at every stage of development. I help parents learn not only what works, but also how to consistently implement change. Together we work on appropriate expectations, setting limits, and developing strategies to solve problems as they happen. I also concentrate on discipline, approaching it from a natural consequence viewpoint, rather than as a punitive measure. After all, the goal of any external discipline should be that the child eventually internalize it and discipline themselves. I look forward to assisting you: 949.370.4726 or info@southoccounseling.com.

Child Counselor

Betsy Walli, MS, PhD

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist 85860

Within Driving Distance of Santa Ana, CA

When children feel accepted the way they are, they are free to change. I create a safe place in which a child can express his or her emotions and feel understood and valued. Opportunities within the session for responsibility, decision-making, and control help children trust and accept themselves. In therapy, play is for children what words are for adults. Children work through and reveal their thoughts and feelings through their play. Lacking the extensive vocabularies and associations of meanings that adults have, children often are more comfortable exploring and expressing themselves through play, games, and art.

Child Counselor

Harris Marriage & Family Therapy Inc., LMFT

Harris Marriage & Family Therapy, Inc.

Within Driving Distance of Santa Ana, CA

We enjoy working with children as young as 4 years of age. We begin with a psychological assessment, history and obtain any relevant medical information. Then we meet with the primary care givers, usually both parents, or grandparents who provide us with their concerns and observations. We recommend the child be assessed by a medical doctor to rule out any medical cause for the problem behavior.Then we educate the adults with parenting skills. If the parenting tools are not enough to correct the problem behaviors then we will do play therapy with the child to better assess the child's problem.

Child Counselor

Kimi Schumacher, M.S., LMFT, LPCC, RPT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

Within Driving Distance of Santa Ana, CA

I am a Registered Play Therapist. Counseling children is different than working with adults. Children have not yet developed the areas of their brain associated with language and communication that adults use in typical "talk therapy" counseling. Play is the language of children, and through their play they are able to process their problems, such as divorce, loss of a loved one, behavior problems, trauma, anxiety, depression, or other difficult situations. Because play therapy is at a child's level, it is less invasive and less threatening. Children might not even have the words, thoughts or feelings to verbalize their experiences. Go to counselingorangecounty.com to learn more

Child Counselor

OC Anxiety Center, Ph.D.

Licensed Therapist

Within Driving Distance of Santa Ana, CA

School refusal? Early indications of OCD? Don't feel helpless as a parent. We have helped hundreds of kids and teens through anxiety and fears they and their parents often could not understand. OCAC conducts an age appropriate assessment in office or at home. The goal is to help a child feel comfortable answering questions about a feared situation. Coming to understand a child's world is essential to relating and communicating. After underlying contributors have been established, a treatment plan is recommended, which often includes participation of parents or caretakers. OCAC provides clear direction and explanation and is always available by phone. Our care is highly personalized.

Child Counselor

Priscilla Traub, MS., MFTI

Registerned MFT Intern

Within Driving Distance of Santa Ana, CA

Children experience life just as we adults to. Taking time to discuss emotions and feelings, the child will be able to gain tools to access feeling words and express themselves appropriately. Sometimes life becomes chaotic for children (new baby, school transitions, etc.), having a safe place to talk where someone listens will create a positive outcome on their outlook.

Child Counselor

Kevin Fleming Ph.D.

Coach/Change Agent/Consultant

Within Driving Distance of Santa Ana, CA

Many times, child therapists overdo the family system in their quest to seek effective solutions for emotional, learning or behavioral concerns with young children. And many times doctors overpathologize issues that shouldn’t be medicated necessarily. This leaves parents wondering what is the best route for their child? Introducing brainwave optimization technology. A fast, effective, natural, and less expensive way to allow your child's brain to make the optimizing changes it desires to make---on its own! Without any external force, opinion, medication, diagnostic, etc. Contact kevin@kevinflemingphd.com or 877-606-6161.

Child Counselor

Donna Carollo, M.A., LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Within Driving Distance of Santa Ana, CA

Do you have a child that is having difficulty at school or at home? Is your child finding it difficult to maintain relationships? Even the best parent needs help from time to time . I can help children deal with the sadness and anxiety of struggling with a divorce in the home, bullying, sexual identity or a traumatic event. Through specific play and art therapy techniques, I can help to unlock a child's emotional world and identify thoughts and behaviors that are becoming problematic.

Child Counselor

Amie Lowery-Luyties, MFT, PPS, MS

Marriage and Family Therapist

Within Driving Distance of Santa Ana, CA

For about 7 years I only worked with children in my practice. The rest of my practice has been split working with adults and with kids. With kids, its all about their instinct and comfort. If they sense that the therapist isn't comfortable or experienced with kids, they won't engage in the therapy process. I use a variety of techniques working with children, depending on their age. For smaller children, art therapy and play therapy can be very successful for a variety of reasons. The main reason is that it takes the focus off of them and they feel more at ease to talk and be open. For older children who can handle "talk therapy", using simpler language can be effective.

Child Counselor

Hope for Healing Counseling, Inc., LMFTs and LCSWs

LMFT's and LCSW's

Within Driving Distance of Santa Ana, CA

Children have a different way of coping with stress and trauma and require different therapy modalities to assist with in expression of emotions. At Hope for Healing Counseling we have clinician's specialized in working with the 0-5 population. Therapists are trained in working with young children and provide play-therapy. Through play children can process trauma and current stressors in their lives.

Child Counselor

Donna Carollo, M.A., LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Within Driving Distance of Santa Ana, CA

Do you have a child that is having difficulty at school or at home? Is your child finding it difficult to maintain relationships? Even the best parent needs help from time to time . I can help children deal with the sadness and anxiety of struggling with a divorce in the home, bullying, sexual identity or a traumatic event. Through specific play and art therapy techniques, I can help to unlock a child's emotional world and identify thoughts and behaviors that are becoming problematic.

Child Counselor

Stuart Kaplowitz, MFT

Marriage & Family Therapist

Within Driving Distance of Santa Ana, CA

Everyone experiences pain / sadness at some point. Even we as adults though sometimes cannot explain what we are experiencing and exactly why. For our children, they will be less likely to verbalize what is happening for them and more likely to act it out. Our children need to be given the tools to best express their wants and needs, as well as whatever emotions and thoughts they are experiencing. Let's give them a voice and teach them the healthy ways.

Child Counselor

Tara Hernandez, MA., LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Within Driving Distance of Santa Ana, CA

Children grow and change on a daily basis, which can be a difficult process not only for the child but for the parents as well. I assist children in learning how to express themselves through fun, creative outlets that are both age appropriate and applicable across multiple settings. Such settings may include home, school and multiple social avenues.

Child Psychologist

Dr. Carol Francis, Psy.D., MFT, CHypT,

Clinical Psychologist, Marriage, Family & Child, Hypnosis

Within Driving Distance of Santa Ana, CA

Children experience depression, anxiety, fears, uncertainties, self-esteem issues, and confusion. Sometimes, their experiences are even bigger than an adults because they feel that they have so little power to change their situation or who they are. Play Therapies of all sorts helps young children explore, express and resolve such reactions so they can become free and fully functioning. Childhood anger is also often an expression of fear, self-hatred, feeling powerless or confused too. Dr. Carol Francis has been working with children (and their parents), ages 3-18 since 1977 in clinics, hospitals, schools and now in her private practice. Call 310-543-1824

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Child Psychologist in Santa Ana.

If you have children who need professional counseling, a child psychologist Santa Ana, child therapist with Theravive is the best place to turn to. Each Santa Ana child psychologist with us has experience and training working with children and understands the unique dynamics involved in the treatment of a child in California. We hope you will contact one of our Santa Ana children's therapists or child psychologists for Santa Ana, CA child counseling services and assessment.

Welcome to our network of California therapists who specialize in counseling for children. A Santa Ana child psychologist or child counselor is a vital resource for helping your child move through and heal from difficult issues for healthy development. All of the therapists and psychologists listed here specialize in helping children and do so with caring and compassionate values that are important to you. Choose a qualified child psychologist Santa Ana, CA, or select a Santa Ana child counselor to begin the vital process of healing and helping for your loved one.