Child Psychologists and Child Therapists in Mission Viejo, CA.

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


Julie Wells, M.S., LMFT
Child Therapist

Julie Wells, M.S., LMFT

Licensed Marriage, Family Therapist

In 92618 - Nearby to Mission Viejo.

If your child is suffering from trauma, grief or showing behavioral issues that have seem to come out of nowhere, play therapy is the answer. In our family playroom we offer a variety of therapeutic toys and games, including sand tray to help your child express the thoughts that cannot be verbalized. I am trained in play therapy, expressive arts therapy and sand tray, and have seen great results in children of all ages.

Andrea Schoon, M.A., LMFT
Child Therapist

Andrea Schoon, M.A., LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

In 92660 - Nearby to Mission Viejo.

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.

Heather Browne, PsyD, MA, LMFT
Child Therapist

Heather Browne, PsyD, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

In 92647 - Nearby to Mission Viejo.

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.

Alia Kaneaiakala, Psy.D, LMFT
Child Therapist

Alia Kaneaiakala, Psy.D, LMFT

Licensed Psychologist and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

In 92656 - Nearby to Mission Viejo.

Phoenix Rising provides individualized treatment plans and therapy for Young Children. Our clinicians are highly experienced and will provide you with a customized treatment plan for your unique situation. You do not have to experience this struggle alone, we have compassionate team members who are waiting to help. We invite you to call for a free confidential telephone assessment and schedule an appointment today.

Elizabeth Armstrong,  MA, AMFT
Child Therapist

Elizabeth Armstrong, MA, AMFT

Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

In 92626 - Nearby to Mission Viejo.

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.

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

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

Clinical Psychologist

In 92651 - Nearby to Mission Viejo.

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....

Prepare To Change, Psy.D., HSPP
Child Therapist

Prepare To Change, Psy.D., HSPP

Individual and Family Therapists

In 92780 - Nearby to Mission Viejo.

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.

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

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

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

In 92780 - Nearby to Mission Viejo.

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.

Steven Harris, PhD
Child Therapist

Steven Harris, PhD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

In 92660 - Nearby to Mission Viejo.

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.

Kevin Fleming Ph.D.
Child Therapist

Kevin Fleming Ph.D.

Coach/Change Agent/Consultant

In 92677 - Nearby to Mission Viejo.

Many times, child therapists overdo the family system in their quest to seek effective solutions for emotional, learning or behavioral concerns with young children. And many times doctors overpathologize issues that shouldn’t be medicated necessarily. This leaves parents wondering what is the best route for their child? Introducing brainwave optimization technology. A fast, effective, natural, and less expensive way to allow your child's brain to make the optimizing changes it desires to make---on its own! Without any external force, opinion, medication, diagnostic, etc. Contact kevin@kevinflemingphd.com or 877-606-6161.

Donna Carollo, M.A., LMFT
Child Therapist

Donna Carollo, M.A., LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

In 92677 - Nearby to Mission Viejo.

Do you have a child that is having difficulty at school or at home? Is your child finding it difficult to maintain relationships? Even the best parent needs help from time to time . I can help children deal with the sadness and anxiety of struggling with a divorce in the home, bullying, sexual identity or a traumatic event. Through specific play and art therapy techniques, I can help to unlock a child's emotional world and identify thoughts and behaviors that are becoming problematic.

Simina Eshtehardi, Ph.D., Hypnotherapy
Child Therapist

Simina Eshtehardi, Ph.D., Hypnotherapy

License Marriage and Family Therapist, Somatic Psychotherapy (holistic approach)

In 92660 - Nearby to Mission Viejo.

Young children often have difficulty expressing their needs and because of that they display tantrums and maintain a state of irritability, anger and sadness. They don’t know how to make sense of how they feel. They need the help of adults to guide them to understand what their thoughts and feelings are and how to be aware of their needs and feelings. Dr. Simina has worked with young children and teens for the past few decades in psychotherapy, which she helped them figure out and efficiently communicate their needs and feelings that is at the heart of their self of calmness and positive self-image. She also utilizes art therapy, an evidenced-based type of therapy for children and teens, which ultimately increases their sense of identity and...(view profile to read more)

Cristy Pareti, PsyD, MFT
Child Therapist

Cristy Pareti, PsyD, MFT

Marriage & Family Therapist

In 92672 - Nearby to Mission Viejo.

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.



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

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

Mission Viejo is located in Orange County, California. It has a land area of 17.69 square miles and a water area of 0.37 square miles.  The population of Mission Viejo is 97,156 people with 33,483 households and a median annual income of $100,366. .


Therapy Affordability Meter for Mission Viejo, CA

Very Affordable

Booking a weekly counseling session with a licensed therapist in Mission Viejo is not a large financial issue for the majority of people in this area. Sustaining a commitment to mental health treatment is easily accessible for the average family, but ask your therapist if there are any concerns as many will accept insurance or even offer sliding scale fees. Low cost counseling and affordable therapy are also sometimes offered by listed city and university level clinics, check with your local Mission Viejo public health department.