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.


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). The most effective approach, in most cases, will involve an initial interview with the child and parents to obtain background information, followed by meetsing with the parents regarding parenting strategies. For adolescents, individual therapy can also be a useful.

Karine Echighian, M.S., LMFT
Child Therapist

Karine Echighian, M.S., LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

In 91364 - Nearby to Gardena.

Here to help young children have a voice and learn how to best express their feelings and thoughts. Using games, art, storytelling and other tools to help explore and teach your child how to understand and cope with their feelings. Parents are included in sessions, as needed, in order to help the child feel comfortable and safe in the new environment; and also to have parents help facilitate child's progress.

Jeanne Clevenger, PsyD
Child Therapist

Jeanne Clevenger, PsyD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

In 91106 - Nearby to Gardena.

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.

Ellie Zarrabian, PhD, CMT
Child Therapist

Ellie Zarrabian, PhD, CMT

Founder & Spiritual Director

In 90024 - 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.

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.

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.

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.

Gary Stollman, Ph.D.
Child Therapist

Gary Stollman, Ph.D.

Psychotherapist, Marriage Counselor, Professional Life Coach

In 90292 - Nearby to Gardena.

Children are like little adults. While they may lack the maturity and experience adults do, they're highly affected by what happens around them and are often more astute than we give them credit for. I work with children ages 8 years and up who may be facing challenges or difficult emotional situations. Feel free to call my office for a free telephone consultation at 800-474-1445.

Olga Aguilar, M.A. LMFT
Child Therapist

Olga Aguilar, M.A. LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

In 90041 - Nearby to Gardena.

Most of my work has been done with high schoolers and adolecents; however, I do have experience using play therapy and small groups with K-8th graders. As a mother of a child on the spectrum, I was trained in Greenspan's Floortime Approach. This later helped me with working with children of all ages. Play therapy helps children recreate the worlds they live in and helps me, the therapist, understand where they're coming from.

Cristy Pareti, PsyD, MFT
Child Therapist

Cristy Pareti, PsyD, MFT

Marriage & Family Therapist

In 90266 - Nearby to Gardena.

Too often therapies are not targeted at children's age levels. I specialize in play therapy with young children. Play therapy is an opportunity for children to express feelings, emotions or trauma in a safe environment. Developmentally, children are not able to adequately express their feelings or experiences in words. Through play therapy, the therapist can interact and help the child to express and heal important feelings related to their experiences. I have specialized doctoral clinical training in play therapy and child therapy. I have found play therapy, combined with family therapy, to be an effective technique to help children with anxiety, trauma, depression, and behavioral problems.

Verdant Oak Behavioral Health, Psy.D. and Ph.D.
Child Therapist

Verdant Oak Behavioral Health, Psy.D. and Ph.D.

Psychologist

In 91030 - Nearby to Gardena.

Stress for young children can often be challenging to discern. Parents may notice that their child begins to experience a greater incidence of tantrums and/or angry outbursts, but often attribute such changes to growing up. Children may also demonstrate strict rules for their play and become upset when their schedule is changed without warning. Sometimes parents may not be able to identify obvious signs of stress in their children, but recognize that their child has encountered a number of stressors. In any of these cases, children can benefit from therapy wherein they can explore how to express their feelings and learn to process their emotions in a safe non-judgmental environment.

Laura MacRae-Serpa, M.A., CCLS, LMFT
Child Therapist

Laura MacRae-Serpa, M.A., CCLS, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

In 91030 - Nearby to Gardena.

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.

Parshaw Barati-Marnani, LMFT
Child Therapist

Parshaw Barati-Marnani, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

In 91356 - Nearby to Gardena.

Best said by Garry Landreth, a renowned child therapist, "Toys are children's words and play is their language". Play therapy is a way of working with kids using their language of play as a means to express or communicate feelings to work through childhood wounds (trauma, anxiety, depression, divorce, grief/loss, etc). Child centered play therapy believes that in a therapeutic setting, children allowed to play freely will resolve their own problems and reach their own solutions. Because this can be a long process, I practice a prescriptive approach, meaning the play is child driven with introduction of clinically appropriate interventions for the individual child and their particular issues.



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

Thank you for visiting our California page of licensed child psychologists and child therapists in Gardena, 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 Gardena today, our contact forms are "open" 24/7.

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

Some budgeting needed

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.