Child Psychologists and Child Therapists in Playa Del Rey, CA.

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


Ann O'Brien, LCSW
Child Therapist

Ann O'Brien, LCSW

Licensed Therapist

In 90066 - Nearby to Playa Del Rey.

Therapy can greatly benefit young children and provide them with socio-emotional skills that can they can use for a lifetime! It can also provide parents with that all-so-important support so that they can approach parenting with confidence and skill. I try to provide a safe and supportive environment for both child and parent. Depending on the concern and circumstance, I may recommend individual therapy with the child and collateral therapy with the parent or family therapy. I have training in play therapy and am well-versed in an array of therapy techniques for various concerns and challenges that children face. Please reach out to learn more and get your child support!

James Gilbert, MFTI, LPCCI
Child Therapist

James Gilbert, MFTI, LPCCI

Marriage and Family Therapist Intern

In 91436 - Nearby to Playa Del Rey.

Working with children requires a unique set of skills and experience. Children require a careful balance of approaches in order to be reached effectively. I have more than a decade of experience working with children and families in various capacities and I have built up these skills over that time. I can help with behavioral issues, learning struggles, family conflict, and peer interactions. Let me help your family operate more effectively by addressing your child’s needs.

Joelle Allman, LCSW
Child Therapist

Joelle Allman, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

In 90713 - Nearby to Playa Del Rey.

Young families today have a lot of challenges living in Southern California due to the high cost of living, pressures of family life, and the demands of working. All of these responsibilities can contribute to a high level of stress and anxiety for parents. Many parents also deal with additional issues as having a special needs child, a family member experiencing trauma, divorce and blended families, a defiant child, and possibly marital problems. These circumstances can be overwhelming and difficult to deal with. You may feel alone and hopeless regarding your situation. Isolating, avoiding the problem, and repeating old arguments will not change the circumstance.

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

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

Psychologist

In 91030 - Nearby to Playa Del Rey.

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.

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!

Kevin Fleming, Ph.D.
Child Therapist

Kevin Fleming, Ph.D.

Coach/Change Agent/Consultant

In 90291 - Nearby to Playa Del Rey.

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.

Rebecca Bokoch, PsyD
Child Therapist

Rebecca Bokoch, PsyD

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

In 91101 - Nearby to Playa Del Rey.

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.

Ellie Zarrabian, PhD, CMT
Child Therapist

Ellie Zarrabian, PhD, CMT

Coach/consultant

In 90025 - Nearby to Playa Del Rey.

Parenting can be a wonderful experience and at the same time a difficult and even a daunting one. If you are overwhelmed at times, suffer from pangs of anxiety or guilt around being a good enough parent or need someone to just talk to about the daily/ weekly ups and downs of being a parent then counseling with Dr. Ellie can be of great support. Aside from being a counselor, I am also a mother of two and have personal experience with being a parent. I know how difficult it can be, but I also know what a difference it can make when you have the right kind of support.

Tara Hernandez, MA., LMFT
Child Therapist

Tara Hernandez, MA., LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

In 90640 - Nearby to Playa Del Rey.

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.

Parisa Zivari, M.A. LMFT
Child Therapist

Parisa Zivari, M.A. LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

In 91403 - Nearby to Playa Del Rey.

Every behavior is a way of communication. Children communicate with their caregivers through their behaviors such as (hitting, throwing, kicking, having nightmares, screaming eating too much, not getting along with others, not doing homework, having anxiety thoughts) and so on. In therapy with children I use play and art therapy interventions in order to reduce behavior. I work closely with parents to increase communication and strength the child-parent relationship. I teach and practice reward system, time out, positive communication, boundaries with parents. I attend IEP meetings when necessary.

Karine Echighian, M.S., LMFT
Child Therapist

Karine Echighian, M.S., LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

In 91364 - Nearby to Playa Del Rey.

Here to help young children have a voice and learn how to best express their feelings and thoughts. Using games, art, storytelling and other tools to help explore and teach your child how to understand and cope with their feelings. Parents are included in sessions, as needed, in order to help the child feel comfortable and safe in the new environment; and also to have parents help facilitate child's progress.

Daryl Temkin, Ph.D
Child Therapist

Daryl Temkin, Ph.D

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

In 90254 - Nearby to Playa Del Rey.

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)

Michelle Harwell, LMFT
Child Therapist

Michelle Harwell, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

In 90041 - Nearby to Playa Del Rey.

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.

Cynthia Henrie, LMFT, BCET
Child Therapist

Cynthia Henrie, LMFT, BCET

LA Therapy Network - Feminist Therapy, Trauma Experts

In 90401 - Nearby to Playa Del Rey.

At LA Therapy Network we have therapists whose specialty is helping couples and/or single parents with young children! Children often need therapists who understand their special needs, but also a therapist who can work with you, the parent to understand and help your child through whatever difficulties he or she is experiencing, or that you are dealing with as parent. Let us help you through the tough times or to learn how to be a more effective parent! We offer parenting support, family therapy, play, art and sandplay therapies! Because we are a group of private practice therapists, we can offer you services as a collaboration which can make a huge difference to your treatment! LA & LB!

Audrey Johnson, Psy. D.
Child Therapist

Audrey Johnson, Psy. D.

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

In 91302 - Nearby to Playa Del Rey.

Does you child have uncontrollable anger? Social skills not up to par? Being bullied or the bully? Having anxiety or depression? An addiction to drugs, gambling or gaming? Often, children and adolescents find it hard to cope and deal with things without professional help. Working with children/adolescents is my specialty. I provide a safe, understanding, and fun environment for a child to disclose how they are feeling through the means of games, art, and talk therapy. Call now for help. Your child is worth it.

Jennifer Stonefield, MA, LMFT
Child Therapist

Jennifer Stonefield, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

In 90210 - Nearby to Playa Del Rey.

Young children are one of the most complex groups to work with as a clinician. Children have a unique way of revealing very little, yet so much at the same time. As a clinician who regularly works with children, I have come to know the art of exploring beyond what a child may say, in order to understand the deeper context of what a child means. Working with young children offers an opportunity to embark on a unique therapeutic experience, one that clinicians typically don’t experience when working with adults. I appreciate you trusting your child’s therapeutic needs with me.

Salpi K. Maghakian, M.A., LMFT
Child Therapist

Salpi K. Maghakian, M.A., LMFT

LIcensed Marriage and Family Therapist

In 91364 - Nearby to Playa Del Rey.

Most of my work has been working with kids in agency and school settings. I work with kids ages 0-13 and offer a place where they feel safe to explore their emotions in a healthy way. We explore play, art therapy techniques, mindfulness. I have been trained in both grief and domestic violence counseling. And have run several groups for the local YWCA including art therapy groups for children and have worked for a local hospital in running their grief/divorce groups for kids in the past.

Dustin Vander Haar, MA, LMFT
Child Therapist

Dustin Vander Haar, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

In 91106 - Nearby to Playa Del Rey.

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.

Diane Thorp, MSW, LCSW
Child Therapist

Diane Thorp, MSW, LCSW

Licensed Psychotherapist

In 91106 - Nearby to Playa Del Rey.

Young children greatly benefit from play therapy, which is a professional form of psychotherapy. I work with children ages 3 puberty and up that will significantly restructure behaviors that will provide relief to parents and caregivers. Structure & consistency is key and disclipline needn't be cruel or overly harsh as many parents have questioned to me through the 30+ years that I have worked with their children. My techniques are based on research with what is called in psychotherapy, evidenced-based-practices; this allows relief knowing that your child will receive help from procedures & practices that have been proven to work, as long as parents or caretakers are invested towards change.

Cristy Pareti, PsyD, MFT
Child Therapist

Cristy Pareti, PsyD, MFT

Marriage & Family Therapist

In 90266 - Nearby to Playa Del Rey.

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.

Charles R Barr, Ph.D.
Child Therapist

Charles R Barr, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist

In 91101 - Nearby to Playa Del Rey.

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.

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

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

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

In 91030 - Nearby to Playa Del Rey.

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.

Dana Fogel-Stark, LMFT
Child Therapist

Dana Fogel-Stark, LMFT

Marriage & Family Therapist

In 91302 - Nearby to Playa Del Rey.

As a Marriage & Family Therapist, I have extensive experience working with children and adolescents. I have worked for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health providing crisis intervention and assessment services to children and their families. It is my clinical approach to conduct an assessment to determine clarity and understanding of the specific clinical issues. It is my belief that treatment should consist of the therapist working closely with the parents and any other professionals working with the child to enhance their growth and improvement in treatment. My goal is to assist the child in improving their emotional, social and academic functioning.

Mark Baker, Ph.D.
Child Therapist

Mark Baker, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist

In 91107 - Nearby to Playa Del Rey.

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.

T.J. VanMarter, BCBA, LMFT
Child Therapist

T.J. VanMarter, BCBA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

In 90505 - Nearby to Playa Del Rey.

As a Board Certified Behavior Analyst, I specialize in understanding all variables surrounding a child or teenager's behaviors, including school and home stressors, natural development, social skills, and academics. Through intervention, children and teens learn to understand why they feel the way they feel, improve socialization, self-advocacy, and communicating with parents, teachers, and other adults. Additionally, parents learn about how to manage challenging behaviors and establishing a system that promotes growth and reaching personal, professional, and academic goals for their children.



You have found the top therapists in Playa Del Rey, CA who specialize in helping children.

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Playa Del Rey is located in Los Angeles County, California.  The population of Playa Del Rey is 12,139 people and a median annual income of $91,339. .


Therapy Affordability Meter for Playa Del Rey, CA

Very Affordable

Booking a weekly counseling session with a licensed therapist in Playa Del Rey 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 Playa Del Rey public health department.