Child Psychologists and Child Therapists in La Palma, CA.

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


Child Therapist

Dr. Chris Nikolaidis, PhD

Clinical Psychologist

Within driving distance of La Palma

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 Therapist

Laura MacRae-Serpa, M.A., CCLS

Marriage and Family Therapist

Within driving distance of La Palma

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

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

Clinical Psychologist

Within driving distance of La Palma

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

Steven Harris, PhD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Within driving distance of La Palma

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 Therapist

Yeshiva Davis, LMFT, MA, MBA

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Within driving distance of La Palma

One of the ways children improve behavior & make positive change is through play. Some of the ways I help kids make change is through: games, storytelling & artwork. I set clear expectations, & create a supportive, fun-loving atmosphere. I focus on strengths: I identify & address problems and then focus on what’s right & how to do more of it. I work with your family, teachers & others to make sure the improvements made are reinforced in all areas of life. Family members are taught tools to ensure your child continues using new, positive behaviors. I help with: Managing upsetting feelings & tantrums; using effective discipline; managing opposition & aggression; school challenges & more.

Child Therapist

Kristen Gardenhire, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Within driving distance of La Palma

Do you have children that are misbehaving? Are they getting in trouble at school? Do they struggle to get along with the rest of the family? Fear not! Therapy is a great solution for your kids that are having difficulties. It is a wonderful space for your child to be able to express what is really going on. I hope that help your children find positive ways of coping, relating, and managing their feelings.

Child Therapist

Ellen Roese, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Within driving distance of La Palma

I am a therapist specializing in grief and loss and I have particular experience working with bereaved children. In my counseling work with kids I utilize art, writing and games as the vehicle to discuss difficult issues. Often is is simply helpful for children to learn that their experience of grief is normal and that they are not alone. My office is in Redondo Beach, California 90277.

Child Therapist

Michelle Harwell, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Within driving distance of La Palma

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

Nancy D Young, Ph.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Within driving distance of La Palma

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 Therapist

Prepare To Change, Psy.D., HSPP

Individual and Family Therapists

Within driving distance of La Palma

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 Therapist

Betsy Walli, MS, PhD

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist 85860

Within driving distance of La Palma

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 Therapist

Cynthia Henrie, Cynthia Henrie

LA Therapy Network - Feminist Therapy, Trauma Experts

Within driving distance of La Palma

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!

Child Therapist

David Silverman, LMFT

Free 20 minute phone consult

Within driving distance of La Palma

I have years of experience treating children in pre-school through middle school. I worked in schools and at home with oppositional children, kids with learning delays, who "act out," tantrum, do not handle transitions in activity well. I have worked with violent children, academic underachievers, children with separation anxiety, bedwetting, and children who eat non-nutritional objects. Applied Behavior Analysis is oftern used to create ground-rules that reinforce acceptable behavior and discourage negative behaviors. It's important that extended family (and teachers, and caretakers, if possible) be on the same page. A united front is essential to positively modify children's behaviors



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

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

La Palma is located in Orange County, California. It has a land area of 1.78 square miles and a water area of 0.02 square miles.  The population of La Palma is 15,904 people with 5,043 households and a median annual income of $82,304. .


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Establishing weekly sessions with a professional therapist is considered affordable in La Palma for the average family. While sustaining a commitment to therapy is usually not an issue, if mental health treatment feels like a burden please ask your counselor about accepted insurance plans or sliding scale fees