Child Psychologists and Child Therapists in El Monte, CA.

Find a child psychologist or a counselor who specializes in therapy and assessment for children in El Monte, California.


Child Therapist

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

Clinical Psychologist

Within driving distance of El Monte

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 Therapist

Eris Huemer, PsyD, MFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Within driving distance of El Monte

We offer a range of services for young children including those who are going through their parents divorce to being at risk for developmental delays, children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and individuals with adaptive functioning needs and behavioral challenges. Our approach integrates meeting the child where they are at with a mixture of play therapy and evidence-based practices from the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) depeing on the needs of each client and family.

Child Therapist

Michelle Harwell, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Within driving distance of El Monte

In my work with children, I utilize play therapy, which creates a secure environment where children can express themselves, try new things, learn more about how the world works, learn about social rules and boundaries, and work through their problems. The process of spontaneous play allows children to resolve the psychological tensions created by stressful events in a child’s life. Children are able to face difficult events because they are using familiar language and reactions where they have control of the play. The new scripts and schema that children create in the Play Therapy room are then generalized to their external environments.

Child Therapist

Laura MacRae-Serpa, M.A., CCLS

Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern

Within driving distance of El Monte

I utilize developmentally appropriate, play therapy to gain knowledge and understanding of how young children perceive themselves and their world. Older children, tweens and adolescents benefit from therapeutic activities and talk therapy, as vehicles for gaining insight and self-understanding. I have provided therapy, on campus at a K-8th grade school and previously worked as a Certified Child Life (Development) Specialist at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. As a mother, I deeply empathize with parents whose children are experiencing difficulties and welcome your questions and concerns regarding the therapeutic process for your child.

Child Therapist

Charles R Barr, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist

Within driving distance of El Monte

Young children get scared and anxious, too. They express it differently from the adults. So you may see stomach aches, headaches, crying, worry, shying away from interactions, being afraid to go to school, or even school refusal. With the help of child friendly language, I use a program to help children 6-12 overcome their fear and anxiety. Excessive fear and anxiety is not just a childhood thing that they will outgrow. If their fear seems more than normal, please take action on their behalf. You may save them years of suffering.

Child Therapist

Mark Baker, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist

Within driving distance of El Monte

Very few therapists specialize in therapy with young children. Fortunately, we have several on staff at the La Vie Center. Because we have over 25 therapists on staff, we have counselors that specialize in many different areas and working with young children is a particular area of expertise for us. Give us a call and we will find just the right child therapist for you.

Child Therapist

Jeanne Clevenger, PsyD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Within driving distance of El Monte

The inner world of a child is rich with emotion and depth. It can be difficult to watch your child struggle, whether it is socially, academically, or in the home. Child therapy can be beneficial in not only providing current support and problem-solving, but can also serve to be preventative for potential longer-term issues. Young children in particular have a language of their own -- play! I will work with your child using play and art therapy techniques to communicate and develop more effective coping tools to thrive in his or her environment and family.

Child Therapist

Annie Miller, LMFT

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Within driving distance of El Monte

Through the therapy process, I seek to provide a safe environment for children and adolescents who may be experiencing depression, anxiety, or struggles with peers or family relationships. I will support the unique identity of each child through play and/or talk therapy interventions in order that they may be able to make greater sense of the emotions and struggles they may be feeling.

Child Therapist

Rebecca Bokoch, PsyD

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Within driving distance of El Monte

From 0 to 5 years, children are at a pivotal age for therapeutic intervention. Children are growing in many important areas, especially in their social and emotional development. Family therapy can help to enhance child development and parent-child relationships. Through guided therapeutic interactions, such as art and play therapy activities, parents can enrich their bond with their child.

Child Therapist

Dustin Vander Haar, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Within driving distance of El Monte

My practice is specifically focused on children, adolescents, and young adults. Working with younger children requires a playful insight and I frequently employ play therapy and games to challenge anger, anxiety, and frustrations. Further, through play I am able to work with children on managing social situations, dissapointments, and develop problem solving techniques. Following these sessions I work closely with parents to train on these behavioral interventions in order to further reinforce in the home environment. This consistency and collaboration allows us to more effectively shape behaviors and booste self esteem beyond the therapy session.

Child Therapist

Christine Leyva Buccio, MS, LMFT

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Within driving distance of El Monte

Assisting parents with effective parenting skills in order to assist their children with improving behaviors. Utilizing positive behavioral modification techniques; response cost and conflict resolution skills in order to promote child's positive behaviors and overall level of competence. Modeling for children through role plays and play therapy problem solving skills and expressing ones feelings in order to meet their needs rather than acting out. Through play and parental coaching assist child in gaining insight into their underlying feelings of hurt and unmet needs that might display as anger and behavioral problems.

Child Therapist

Stuart Kaplowitz, MFT

Marriage & Family Therapist

Within driving distance of El Monte

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 Therapist

Priscilla Traub, MS., MFTI

Registerned MFT Intern

Within driving distance of El Monte

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.



You have found the top therapists in El Monte, CA who specialize in helping children.

Thank you for visiting our California page of licensed child psychologists and child therapists in El Monte, California who are trained and experienced in helping children and youth.  Working with children requires a different skillset from other types of therapy and here you will find therapists who are skilled, patient and experienced. Please note that while all therapists here work with children, not all may be a registered psychologist. You can easily verify this on each profile. Reach out to a child therapist or child psychologist in El Monte today, our contact forms are "open" 24/7.

El Monte is located in Los Angeles County, California. It has a land area of 9.56 square miles and a water area of 0.08 square miles.  The population of El Monte is 116,732 people with 30,752 households and a median annual income of $38,085. .


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