Child Psychologists and Child Therapists in La Puente, CA.

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


Child Therapist

Charles R Barr, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist

Within driving distance of La Puente

Young children get scared and anxious, too. They express it differently from the adults. So you may see stomach aches, headaches, crying, worry, shying away from interactions, being afraid to go to school, or even school refusal. With the help of child friendly language, I use a program to help children 6-12 overcome their fear and anxiety. Excessive fear and anxiety is not just a childhood thing that they will outgrow. If their fear seems more than normal, please take action on their behalf. You may save them years of suffering.

Child Therapist

Daryl Temkin, Ph.D

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Within driving distance of La Puente

Child and adolescent counseling can play a very important role in the life of a child who is dealing with one or more of the wide area of childhood challenges and traumas. Children can become the unintended victims of parents who had little training to become parents, had little time to be parents or experienced separation, abandonment, divorce , a change in parenting, step-parenting, foster parenting as well were challenged by dysfunctional homes with addictions, emotional disturbances and instabilities, extreme fighting, arguing, violence and abuse, frequent moving, and being passed from one divorced parent to another or from family member to family memeber. All these and many additional growing up challenges and traumas can be potent and disturbing...(view profile to read more)

Child Therapist

Dustin Vander Haar, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Within driving distance of La Puente

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

Deborah Vinall, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Within driving distance of La Puente

In working with young children, I seek to establish a relationship of trust while supporting the child's relationship with his or her parent(s) or caregiver(s). Because the end goal is for the child to no longer need my services, it is very important that I work collaboratively with the parents and transfer any new skills and trust to the primary relationship. Techniques that I use include structured and unstructured play therapy, sand tray, bibliotherapy (which incorporates the use of topical picture books with play and discussion), and art therapy, as well as behavioral therapy assignments to assist parents in shaping problem behaviors. Your precious children are treated as such!

Child Therapist

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

Psychologist

Within driving distance of La Puente

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.

Child Therapist

Christine Leyva Buccio, MS, LMFT

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Within driving distance of La Puente

Assisting parents with effective parenting skills in order to assist their children with improving behaviors. Utilizing positive behavioral modification techniques; response cost and conflict resolution skills in order to promote child's positive behaviors and overall level of competence. Modeling for children through role plays and play therapy problem solving skills and expressing ones feelings in order to meet their needs rather than acting out. Through play and parental coaching assist child in gaining insight into their underlying feelings of hurt and unmet needs that might display as anger and behavioral problems.

Child Therapist

Laura MacRae-Serpa, M.A., CCLS

Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern

Within driving distance of La Puente

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 Puente

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

Andrea Schoon, M.A., LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Within driving distance of La Puente

Understanding what a child is trying to communicate is crucial. Often as a parent, it is difficult when frustration gets in the way, to hear what a child is trying to say. Years of experience helps me decode the message and help intervene in a way that can help the whole family function in a more positive manner.

Child Therapist

Michelle Harwell, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Within driving distance of La Puente

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

Harris Marriage & Family Therapy Inc., LMFT

Harris Marriage & Family Therapy, Inc.

Within driving distance of La Puente

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.

Child Therapist

Stuart Kaplowitz, MFT

Marriage & Family Therapist

Within driving distance of La Puente

Everyone experiences pain / sadness at some point. Even we as adults though sometimes cannot explain what we are experiencing and exactly why. For our children, they will be less likely to verbalize what is happening for them and more likely to act it out. Our children need to be given the tools to best express their wants and needs, as well as whatever emotions and thoughts they are experiencing. Let's give them a voice and teach them the healthy ways.

Child Therapist

Elizabeth Armstrong, MA, MFTI

Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern

Within driving distance of La Puente

Children see the world through a different lens. Adults often treat children in a delicate way, as to not overwhelm their sensitivities. As a former early childhood educator, I understand the balance between nurturing interaction, and recognizing a child's strength. Children are naturally social beings, even when they are shy. They are natural grievers, even thought they might not fully understand loss. Children want to be loved and feel acceptance, even when they exhibit behaviors that seem to indicate otherwise. I implement talk, music, and art therapy to help children express themselves in ways that feel natural to them. Let me assist your child in discovering healthy self expression.



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

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

La Puente is located in Los Angeles County, California. It has a land area of 3.47 square miles and a water area of 0.00 square miles.  The population of La Puente is 40,745 people with 9,038 households and a median annual income of $56,512. .


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Therapy in La Puente is generally within financial reach for the average family, but some budget planning may be needed for a real commitment to weekly counseling. Remember that your mental health and happiness are important. Check with your La Puente therapist about insurance coverage or ask about sliding scale fees if there are any difficulties with accessibility