Child Psychologists and Child Therapists in Hayward, CA.

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


Lorie Palmer, Ed.D
Child Therapist

Lorie Palmer, Ed.D

Licensed Psychologist PSY 21582

I specialized in training pre and post doctoral interns in attachment therapy and parent/infant bonding work as Training Director in several non profit agencies. I strongly believe that involving the parent as much as possible in the the psychotherapy with young children creates excellent results. I collaborate with parents to help parenting become a successful endeavor. The ultimate goal is to secure positive and secure parent/child relationship. I provide coaching for parents as well. I specialize in anxiety, depression and acting out behaviors.

Kimberly Koljat, LMFT, LIMFT-S, RPT-S, RDT
Child Therapist

Kimberly Koljat, LMFT, LIMFT-S, RPT-S, RDT

Licensed Independent Marriage and Family Therapist Supervisor

Available for Online Therapy

Many therapists share they use play therapy in their practice with children, but have not taken further training on its use in therapy. I am a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor, which means I completed 3 years and 3000 additional hours of practice after licensure, clinical supervision, consistent continued education courses, and significant focus in at least two play therapy evidence based practices. I utilize Child Centered Play Therapy, Filial Therapy, Digital Play Therapy, and Prescriptive Play Therapy to address children's needs in addition to creative arts therapies (Drama Therapy, Art Therapy interventions).

Vanessa Hughes, PhD, MA, MFT, MAT, MAICS, SEP
Child Therapist

Vanessa Hughes, PhD, MA, MFT, MAT, MAICS, SEP

WELL COACHED LIFE| GRIT Kids Coaching

Available for Online Therapy

GRIT Kids exists to allow parents or caregivers to aid their children in the work of self-awareness—at every developmental stage— to better understand themselves and the world around them. Simple behavioral management fails to develop the internal locus of control that is necessary for developing character and self-discipline. Forming a self-identity and learning to live with purpose is a necessary life skill for children to learn in order to live into their fullest self. GRIT Kids Coaches are trained to help you do the work of raising your child with intention so you can see that little person grow into all they are capable 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!


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

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

Hayward is located in Alameda County, California. It has a land area of 45.53 square miles and a water area of 18.28 square miles.  The population of Hayward is 158,289 people with 46,713 households and a median annual income of $65,096. .


Therapy Affordability Meter for Hayward, CA

Generally Affordable

Therapists in Hayward are often within budget with some potential challenges for longer term commitments. Your mental health and well being are a top priority. If accessibility is a concern, ask your counselor about sliding scale fees or inquire about accepted insurance plans. Low cost counseling and affordable therapy are also sometimes offered by listed city and university level clinics, check with your local Hayward public health department.