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

Craig Clark, Ph.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Within driving distance of La Palma

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.

Child Therapist

Tom Andre, MA

MFTI

Within driving distance of La Palma

No group of people is as subject to the power of others as young children. Often acutely aware of their situation, I position myself as an ally as they decide how they want to act in the face of this power. I view childrens' voices and creativity as major assets that, if given their due, will serve them well as the move through their teen years and into young adulthood.

Child Therapist

Dustin Vander Haar, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Within driving distance of La Palma

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

Heather Browne, PsyD, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

Within driving distance of La Palma

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.

Child Therapist

Rebecca Bokoch, PsyD

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Within driving distance of La Palma

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

Tara Hernandez, MA., LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Within driving distance of La Palma

Children grow and change on a daily basis, which can be a difficult process not only for the child but for the parents as well. I assist children in learning how to express themselves through fun, creative outlets that are both age appropriate and applicable across multiple settings. Such settings may include home, school and multiple social avenues.

Child Therapist

Nancy Bubica, LMFT

Nancy Bubica

Within driving distance of La Palma

I have 15 years of experience counseling children in a variety of settings. I build trust with children and intuit their individual needs quickly. I value them strongly and they sense my genuine, unconditional acceptance. I offer play therapy ( ages 2-12) and counseling methods that incorporate the approaches of Gary Landreth and John Rosemond (Family Psychologist) along with my own methods. I have a wide variety of child interventions and tools I've acquired over the years and remain up to date on the latest breakthroughs and research in Child Therapy. I've written functional analyses and emotional/social goals for children's school IEPS per my additional Masters in Education/Counseling.

Child Therapist

Amie Lowery-Luyties, MFT, PPS, MS

Marriage and Family Therapist

Within driving distance of La Palma

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.

Child Therapist

Jeanne Clevenger, PsyD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Within driving distance of La Palma

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

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

Kristin Martinez, M.S., LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Within driving distance of La Palma

If you are looking for help for your child who has experiences a significant stress or trauma in the recent past or even years ago, I can help. I am certified in a time-limited focused treatment that has scientifically been shown to reduce symptoms associated with the stress (Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy). The great thing about the treatment, is that it involves both the child and parents in learning about how to control symptoms as well as in the systematic processing of trauma. I not only focus on reducing symptoms, and improving overall functioning, but work with the family to be a support system for the future.

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

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

Psychologist

Within driving distance of La Palma

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.



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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