Child Psychologists and Child Therapists in Lakewood, CA.

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


Child Therapist

Jeanne Clevenger, PsyD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Within driving distance of Lakewood

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

Elizabeth Armstrong, MA, MFTI

Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern

Within driving distance of Lakewood

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.

Child Therapist

Cristy Pareti, PsyD, MFT

Marriage & Family Therapist

Within driving distance of Lakewood

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.

Child Therapist

Craig Clark, Ph.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Within driving distance of Lakewood

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

Michelle Harwell, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Within driving distance of Lakewood

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

Naphtali Roberts, MA, LMFT

Marriage and Family Therapist

Within driving distance of Lakewood

Young children respond well to play, art and music, and these activities can help them in expressing their strong feelings, while also developing new, healthier ways of coping with their experience. Children and their parents often enjoy the benefits of therapy in addressing behavioral issues, life transition, anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and loss, Sexual abuse, aggressive or defiant behavior, difficulty with peer relationships and learning issues, like ADHD. The focus of my work with young children is to help them thrive again. If you’re wondering whether your young child may benefit from therapy, I invite you to contact me, as I would be more than happy to speak with you about your concerns and how we might best address them in support your child.

Child Therapist

Steven Harris, PhD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Within driving distance of Lakewood

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

Prepare To Change, Psy.D., HSPP

Individual and Family Therapists

Within driving distance of Lakewood

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

Terry Anderson, M.S., Psy.D, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Within driving distance of Lakewood

One of my specialties is working with elementary age (and adolescents). A child or young person's struggles with difficult feelings and unhelpful behaviors can impact the rest of his or her life. Addressing these challenges during the child's critical developmental years can rebalance and set the stage for a happier and healthier future. I have a special feeling for young people in distress, and feel my professional and life experience has enabled me to be especially attuned to their feelings, needs, and pain. I have over 13 years experience working with children facing emotional and behavioral challenges. Please feel free to call.

Child Therapist

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

Psychologist

Within driving distance of Lakewood

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

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

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Within driving distance of Lakewood

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

Nancy D Young, Ph.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Within driving distance of Lakewood

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

Mark Baker, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist

Within driving distance of Lakewood

Very few therapists specialize in therapy with young children. Fortunately, we have several on staff at the La Vie Center. Because we have over 25 therapists on staff, we have counselors that specialize in many different areas and working with young children is a particular area of expertise for us. Give us a call and we will find just the right child therapist for you.



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

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

Lakewood is located in Los Angeles County, California. It has a land area of 9.41 square miles and a water area of 0.05 square miles.  The population of Lakewood is 81,611 people with 26,083 households and a median annual income of $79,193. .


Therapy Affordability Meter for Lakewood, CA

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Establishing weekly sessions with a professional therapist is considered affordable in Lakewood 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