Child Psychologists and Child Therapists in Merced, CA.

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


Valerie Lamke, MS, LMFT
Child Therapist

Valerie Lamke, MS, LMFT

Abalance Client-Centered Counseling

In 95382 - Nearby to Merced.

I have extensive training in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and have been using it in my practice for over 15 years. It is appropriate treatment for children ages 2 through 8, but I often use components of it with older children, as it is a very effective therapy. I have come to evolve a DBT Integrated Play Therapy approach to treat children with trauma dynamics and emotional dysregulation issues. Allowing them to learn to stress map their bodies and learn to self-soothe. In addition, the child is regularly validated and self-esteem can grow and improve.

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!

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.


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

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

Merced is located in Merced County, California. It has a land area of 23.22 square miles and a water area of 0.00 square miles.  The population of Merced is 82,436 people with 25,330 households and a median annual income of $37,627. .


Therapy Affordability Meter for Merced, CA

Check for insurance or sliding scale fees

Counseling in this region can be difficult to afford for many people without insurance. Most people in Merced are not able to commit to a weekly therapy session without proper budgeting. The good news is that counselors in Merced may offer sliding scale fees or low cost options. Insurance may cover your sessions as well. Talk to your therapist to learn more. Low cost counseling and affordable therapy are also sometimes offered by listed city and university level clinics, check with your local Merced public health department.