Child Psychologists and Child Therapists in Gardena, CA.

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


Mark Baker, Ph.D.
Child Therapist

Mark Baker, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist

In 91107 - Nearby to Gardena.

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.

Diane Thorp, MSW, LCSW
Child Therapist

Diane Thorp, MSW, LCSW

Licensed Psychotherapist

In 91106 - Nearby to Gardena.

Young children greatly benefit from play therapy, which is a professional form of psychotherapy. I work with children ages 3 puberty and up that will significantly restructure behaviors that will provide relief to parents and caregivers. Structure & consistency is key and disclipline needn't be cruel or overly harsh as many parents have questioned to me through the 30+ years that I have worked with their children. My techniques are based on research with what is called in psychotherapy, evidenced-based-practices; this allows relief knowing that your child will receive help from procedures & practices that have been proven to work, as long as parents or caretakers are invested towards change.

Schwarz and Associates, Rebecca L Schwarz
Child Therapist

Schwarz and Associates, Rebecca L Schwarz

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

In 90703 - Nearby to Gardena.

Many times parents are at a loss on how to help their young children. Sometimes the parents are worn out from trying to deal with a "Strong Willed Child" and so either become too strict or become too passive. Neither approach helps to raise a child to be a grown adult that you are proud to claim as you child. In our work here at Schwarz and Associates we strive to take a balanced approach to helping parents to learn skills to parent in a way that truly helps them become the adults God wants them to be and you will be proud of!

John Kane, AMFT, APCC
Child Therapist

John Kane, AMFT, APCC

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

Available for Online Therapy

After 11 years of working with children, I find it more effective to work with you, the parent. This is not because you are responsible for the way your child is behaving or what your child is going through, but because you have the most positive power and influence in your child's life. If I can use what I know through education and experience to empower you the parent to connect to your child, it will be more impactful and long lasting than if I spend therapy sessions with them. Your child will also find healing through their relationship with you, increasing trust, and strengthening your relationship for the present and future. You will have your Parenting Power back, stronger than ever!

Ann O'Brien, LCSW
Child Therapist

Ann O'Brien, LCSW

Licensed Therapist

In 90066 - Nearby to Gardena.

Therapy can greatly benefit young children and provide them with socio-emotional skills that can they can use for a lifetime! It can also provide parents with that all-so-important support so that they can approach parenting with confidence and skill. I try to provide a safe and supportive environment for both child and parent. Depending on the concern and circumstance, I may recommend individual therapy with the child and collateral therapy with the parent or family therapy. I have training in play therapy and am well-versed in an array of therapy techniques for various concerns and challenges that children face. Please reach out to learn more and get your child support!

Craig Clark, Ph.D.
Child Therapist

Craig Clark, Ph.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

In 91030 - Nearby to Gardena.

Dr. Clark has extensive training and experience as a child psychologist (including eight years as a Director of Child and Family Services) for a large medical facility. The most effective approach, in most cases, will involve an initial interview with the child and parents to obtain background information, followed by meeting with the parents regarding parenting strategies. For adolescents, individual therapy can also be a useful.

Kristen Caron, MA, MFT
Child Therapist

Kristen Caron, MA, MFT

Licensed Psychotherapist, Eating Disorder Specialist

In 90212 - Nearby to Gardena.

Adolescents age 12-18. For over 20 years, I have worked with adolescents/teens. Navigating adolescence can be extremely challenging. Some areas of treatment are ( but not limited to) exploration of developmental issues, self-esteem, managing academic stress, understanding relationships with family and friends, developing a healthy sense of self and communication skills in a social media age.

Scott Harris, Ph.D.
Child Therapist

Scott Harris, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist

In 90001 - Nearby to Gardena.

A large part of my work is helping kids and their families. More often than not, kids have stress and conflict that they bear as burdens in their lives. Depending on the child's age, I use talking and playing in therapy. The work is to provide the building blocks of self esteem, the identification and expression of one's feelings and a better sense of oneself. Through this interaction, a positive self image is developed. Imagination and creativity and self expression are valuable parts of this process.

Megan Minnick, LPCC
Child Therapist

Megan Minnick, LPCC

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

In 91733 - Nearby to Gardena.

Wondering when and if your child may benefit from therapy? Children are often described as resilient, meaning they can adapt and come back from difficult situations in a healthy and adaptive way. Adapting to tough situations is normal however there are some signs that your child might benefit from therapy might entail a child who is overly anxious, sad or irritable; changes in behaviors that disrupt their home or school setting; cutting or other self-harm behaviors or talk about wanting to die or kill themselves. If you believe that therapy might be helpful to your child or if you're not still not sure, feel free to contact me to explore it further. I work with children ages 8-12.

James Gilbert, MFTI, LPCCI
Child Therapist

James Gilbert, MFTI, LPCCI

Marriage and Family Therapist Intern

In 91436 - Nearby to Gardena.

Working with children requires a unique set of skills and experience. Children require a careful balance of approaches in order to be reached effectively. I have more than a decade of experience working with children and families in various capacities and I have built up these skills over that time. I can help with behavioral issues, learning struggles, family conflict, and peer interactions. Let me help your family operate more effectively by addressing your child’s needs.

Kevin Fleming Ph.D.
Child Therapist

Kevin Fleming Ph.D.

Coach/Change Agent/Consultant

In 90291 - Nearby to Gardena.

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.

Reverend Sherri Board, LCPC
Child Therapist

Reverend Sherri Board, LCPC

Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor

Available for Online Therapy

Here at My True Temperament Christian Counseling, LLC, we help parents and children, 7-18 years of age, learn and understand the child's true temperament. True temperament means what are the inherent ways, ways specific to the child and not to his/her environment, in which the child prefers to interact with others. We measure the child's temperament in three ways. Inclusion/Social Orientation, Control/Power, and Affection/Emotions. The greatest benefit to both parents and child knowing the child's true temperament is the ability to work with the temperament of the child and not against it. For the convenience of the family, True Temperament Counseling is offered strictly online.

Chevvy Cheung, LCSW, PsyD.
Child Therapist

Chevvy Cheung, LCSW, PsyD.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

In 90293 - Nearby to Gardena.

Childhood is supposed to be pleasant, happy, carefree and a time to learn all of the valuable skills to be productive adolescents and adults. Childhood can be marred by bullying, domestic disputes, trauma, abuse. Parenting your child can be difficult during these times. I have extensive training and experience using evidenced-based practices to address childhood problems such as: anxiety, depression, defiance, trauma, abuse. I will work directly with your child to regain the spirit he or she deserves to have. I will also empower you as the parent with techniques to respond to your child in healthy ways that promote harmony, compassion and the ability to enjoy one another.

Jennifer Stonefield, MA, LMFT
Child Therapist

Jennifer Stonefield, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

In 90210 - Nearby to Gardena.

Young children are one of the most complex groups to work with as a clinician. Children have a unique way of revealing very little, yet so much at the same time. As a clinician who regularly works with children, I have come to know the art of exploring beyond what a child may say, in order to understand the deeper context of what a child means. Working with young children offers an opportunity to embark on a unique therapeutic experience, one that clinicians typically don’t experience when working with adults. I appreciate you trusting your child’s therapeutic needs with me.

Betsy Walli, MS, PhD
Child Therapist

Betsy Walli, MS, PhD

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist 85860

In 90250 - Nearby to Gardena.

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.

Harris Marriage & Family Therapy Inc., LMFT
Child Therapist

Harris Marriage & Family Therapy Inc., LMFT

Harris Marriage & Family Therapy, Inc.

In 90631 - Nearby to Gardena.

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.

Ellie Zarrabian, PhD, CMT
Child Therapist

Ellie Zarrabian, PhD, CMT

Founder & Spiritual Director

In 90025 - Nearby to Gardena.

Parenting can be a wonderful experience and at the same time a difficult and even a daunting one. If you are overwhelmed at times, suffer from pangs of anxiety or guilt around being a good enough parent or need someone to just talk to about the daily/ weekly ups and downs of being a parent then counseling with Dr. Ellie can be of great support. Aside from being a counselor, I am also a mother of two and have personal experience with being a parent. I know how difficult it can be, but I also know what a difference it can make when you have the right kind of support.

Sandra Dupont, MA, MS, MFT
Child Therapist

Sandra Dupont, MA, MS, MFT

Adolescent & Emerging Adulthood Specialist

In 90401 - Nearby to Gardena.

The teen years can be challenging, and it is not uncommon for teens to experience emotional imbalance and upheavals during adolescence. As an experienced teen therapist, I can help families address any adolescent phase of life issue you may be experiencing. I have extensive experience working with shy and sensitive teens, as well as diverse, multi-cultural families. If your teen is struggling, I can help you to discover the cause of the problem and address it. I support teens and their parents in finding alternative ways of responding to adolescent phase of life challenges. Schedule a free consultation and allow me to demonstrate the support I can offer your family.

Lissett Pisfil, M.S. AMFT
Child Therapist

Lissett Pisfil, M.S. AMFT

Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

In 90703 - Nearby to Gardena.

Parents may seek therapy for their young children due to concerns about grief/loss, behavioral problems, emotional problems, trauma/abuse, and a variety of other issues. I conduct play therapy with young children to help establish a connection with the child. Utilizing the language of play helps the child feel safe to express themselves and is a great way to help the child work through the problem. I endeavor to help young children learn healthy ways of coping and work through the issue that concerns the parents. I also like to have sessions with parents and family sessions to work with the parents on the issue that brings them to therapy.

Cynthia Henrie, LMFT, BCET
Child Therapist

Cynthia Henrie, LMFT, BCET

LA Therapy Network - Feminist Therapy, Trauma Experts

In 90815 - Nearby to Gardena.

At LA Therapy Network we have therapists whose specialty is helping couples and/or single parents with young children! Children often need therapists who understand their special needs, but also a therapist who can work with you, the parent to understand and help your child through whatever difficulties he or she is experiencing, or that you are dealing with as parent. Let us help you through the tough times or to learn how to be a more effective parent! We offer parenting support, family therapy, play, art and sandplay therapies! Because we are a group of private practice therapists, we can offer you services as a collaboration which can make a huge difference to your treatment! LA & LB!

Joelle Allman, LCSW
Child Therapist

Joelle Allman, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

In 90713 - Nearby to Gardena.

Young families today have a lot of challenges living in Southern California due to the high cost of living, pressures of family life, and the demands of working. All of these responsibilities can contribute to a high level of stress and anxiety for parents. Many parents also deal with additional issues as having a special needs child, a family member experiencing trauma, divorce and blended families, a defiant child, and possibly marital problems. These circumstances can be overwhelming and difficult to deal with. You may feel alone and hopeless regarding your situation. Isolating, avoiding the problem, and repeating old arguments will not change the circumstance.

Heather Browne, PsyD, MA, LMFT
Child Therapist

Heather Browne, PsyD, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

In 92841 - Nearby to Gardena.

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.

Naphtali Roberts, MA, LMFT
Child Therapist

Naphtali Roberts, MA, LMFT

Marriage and Family Therapist

In 91020 - Nearby to Gardena.

Young children respond well to play, art and music, and these activities can help them in expressing their strong feelings, while also developing new, healthier ways of coping with their experience. Children and their parents often enjoy the benefits of therapy in addressing behavioral issues, life transition, anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and loss, Sexual abuse, aggressive or defiant behavior, difficulty with peer relationships and learning issues, like ADHD. The focus of my work with young children is to help them thrive again. If you’re wondering whether your young child may benefit from therapy, I invite you to contact me, as I would be more than happy to speak with you about your concerns and how we might best address them in support your child.

Amie Lowery-Luyties, MFT, PPS, MS
Child Therapist

Amie Lowery-Luyties, MFT, PPS, MS

Marriage and Family Therapist

In 90802 - Nearby to Gardena.

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.

Cristina Cano, M.S., LMFT
Child Therapist

Cristina Cano, M.S., LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

In 90703 - Nearby to Gardena.

The developmental stage of parenting a young child is unpredictable and at times chaotic although simultaneously it is the greatest blessing. Parents go thru an adjustment period while learning how to be parents and provide that child with all their needs. Childrearing has its numerous challenges and yet it is the most important role and individual can commit to when becoming parents.



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Gardena is located in Los Angeles County, California. It has a land area of 5.82 square miles and a water area of 0.03 square miles.  The population of Gardena is 60,447 people with 20,897 households and a median annual income of $47,674. .


Therapy Affordability Meter for Gardena, CA

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While counseling can certainly be an expense for individuals and families in Gardena, with proper budgeting, it is entirely do-able and the risk/reward is worth it. For some families, it may be difficult to sustain a commitment to therapy without proper insurance coverage. If this is you, ask your therapist about low cost options as practitoners in and around Gardena may have flexibility or sliding scales. Low cost counseling and affordable therapy are also sometimes offered by listed city and university level clinics, check with your local Gardena public health department.