Child Psychologists and Child Therapists in Pleasanton, CA.

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


Alice Locke-Chezar, MFT, ATR
Child Therapist

Alice Locke-Chezar, MFT, ATR

Marriage & Family Therapist, Registered Art Therapist

In 94306 - Nearby to Pleasanton.

In my practice I work with young children with a variety of difficulties from controlling their anxiety, anger and tantrums, to getting along better with friends and siblings and parents. I also help them with school difficulties that include failing grades, and behavior issues. I work with the child, parent and often the teacher to remember what Erikkson taught that "behind each behavior is a feeling". My goal is to help the child access their feelings, and in a safe place, explore their feelings and behavior while learning tools to help contol them so they can live happy and fulfilled lives.

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.

Sylvia Ching, MA, LMFT
Child Therapist

Sylvia Ching, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

In 94513 - Nearby to Pleasanton.

I help children process their challenges through play therapy. I use drawing exercises and board games such as Talking, Feeling and Doing game made especially for therapist in play therapy. I use sand tray and puppets as methods to communicate with the child. I help traumatized children of crimes through the Victim of Crime program to bring healing to their thoughts and help them overcome their fears.

Shereen Mohsen, Psy.D.
Child Therapist

Shereen Mohsen, Psy.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

In 95128 - Nearby to Pleasanton.

I work with young children by providing play therapy in a safe and calming environment. Children are not yet developmentally skilled at communicating their feelings and thoughts through words. I use my expertise in understanding each child through what they communicate through play. I implement well researched and effective treatment interventions, and involve parents throughout the treatment process.

Lisa Saldana, LMFT
Child Therapist

Lisa Saldana, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Available for Online Therapy

I provide therapy for young children. I have specialized in working with children for over 10 years. I work with those experiencing stress and anxiety, depression, problems with peer relationships, family conflict, anger management and coping skills. I work with parents to develop parenting skills, healthy discipline techniques and healing stress and conflict between parent and child.

Jason Esswein, M.S., LMFT
Child Therapist

Jason Esswein, M.S., LMFT

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

In 95051 - Nearby to Pleasanton.

Children have not yet learned how to shield themselves from conflict, negativity, etc. Therefore, they are akin to "sponges," soaking up whatever they are exposed to. I provide children with a healthy, authentic space in which they can connect with their feelings through play and discussion. I also work with parents on styles of communication (those they might use with their children as well as their spouse/coparent) that may be inadvertently affecting children.

Katherine Jewett, MA LMFT
Child Therapist

Katherine Jewett, MA LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #100342

In 94598 - Nearby to Pleasanton.

It's one of the most challenging feelings imaginable to watch our children struggle with their emotional and social selves. For many parents, we'd gladly take their pain as our own if we could. A child's brain works very differently from a teen's or an adults, so therapy needs to be different too! When working with children I use a combination of Play Therapy, Sand Tray, Behavioral Therapy, Art Therapy, and Talk Therapy. Where possible mindfulness, yoga, and other therapies adjusted for child therapy can help children to increase focus, manage their emotional selves, improve cognitive abilities, and manage their bodies. Give your child his/her best chance for the future. Call today!

Kevin Fleming, Ph.D.
Child Therapist

Kevin Fleming, Ph.D.

Coach/Change Agent/Consultant

In 94603 - Nearby to Pleasanton.

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.

John Kane, AMFT, APCC
Child Therapist

John Kane, AMFT, APCC

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

In 94086 - Nearby to Pleasanton.

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!

Daryl Temkin, Ph.D
Child Therapist

Daryl Temkin, Ph.D

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

In 95050 - Nearby to Pleasanton.

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)

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).

Shohreh Schmuecker, MA. LMFT (#105346)
Child Therapist

Shohreh Schmuecker, MA. LMFT (#105346)

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

In 94549 - Nearby to Pleasanton.

At this time, I do not offer therapy for young children, however, I can offer specialized support for women (mother's or caregiver's) who are caring for young children. I am rostered with UCSF Benioff as a Child-Parent Psychotherapist and I can support you in what may come up for you around your parenting role in your individual session with me. Motherhood/Caregiving is difficult and sometimes we just need a safe space to discuss what is going on for us. I do offer video sessions.


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Pleasanton is located in Alameda County, California. It has a land area of 24.12 square miles and a water area of 0.14 square miles.  The population of Pleasanton is 79,510 people with 26,020 households and a median annual income of $124,759. .


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Licensed, professional counseling in Pleasanton is considered widely accessible by the majority of people who live here and budget is often not a concern for mental health treatment. Low cost counseling and affordable therapy are also sometimes offered by listed city and university level clinics, check with your local Pleasanton public health department.