Child Psychologists and Child Therapists in San Fernando, CA.

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


Dustin Vander Haar, MA, LMFT
Child Therapist

Dustin Vander Haar, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

In 91106 - Nearby to San Fernando.

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.

Mark Baker, Ph.D.
Child Therapist

Mark Baker, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist

In 91107 - Nearby to San Fernando.

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.

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

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

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

In 90041 - Nearby to San Fernando.

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.

Rebecca Bokoch, PsyD
Child Therapist

Rebecca Bokoch, PsyD

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

In 91101 - Nearby to San Fernando.

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.

Karine Echighian, M.S., LMFT
Child Therapist

Karine Echighian, M.S., LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

In 91364 - Nearby to San Fernando.

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.

Jeanne Clevenger, PsyD
Child Therapist

Jeanne Clevenger, PsyD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

In 91106 - Nearby to San Fernando.

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.

Donald Goodman, LCSW
Child Therapist

Donald Goodman, LCSW

licensed clinical social worker

In 91355 - Nearby to San Fernando.

Problems with our children begin at a young age. whether your child is struggling with adjustment at school, has been characterized as oppositional or ADHD, or you just seem to have a difficult tiime setting limits with your child, we are here to help you. Our youth face tremendous challenges today and parents are struggling to keep up with the issues they are presented with. Many parents begin to become less and less engaged in the behaviors of their youth while other parents are over involved. So how does a parent find the balance? We have a vast amount of experience working with all age teens and we commonly deal with issues such as self mutilation, teen drug use, sexual activity, sui

Craig Clark, Ph.D.
Child Therapist

Craig Clark, Ph.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

In 91030 - Nearby to San Fernando.

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.

April De Higes, LMFT
Child Therapist

April De Higes, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

In 91355 - Nearby to San Fernando.

Children come to therapy for a variety of reasons. Some examples are behavioral problems, failing grades, not focusing, not staying on task, fighting with peers, poor social skills, not listening at home, and hyperactivity. Using play therapy and art therapy, I help children express themselves. Children experience counseling as fun which results in them expressing themselves honestly and resolving the issue through play. If you want to help your child be successful in school or at home, I can help you.

Jennifer Stonefield, MA, LMFT
Child Therapist

Jennifer Stonefield, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

In 90025 - Nearby to San Fernando.

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.

Eris Huemer, PsyD, MFT
Child Therapist

Eris Huemer, PsyD, MFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

In 90068 - Nearby to San Fernando.

We offer a range of services for young children including those who are going through their parents divorce to being at risk for developmental delays, children and adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders, and individuals with adaptive functioning needs and behavioral challenges. Our approach integrates meeting the child where they are at with a mixture of play therapy and evidence-based practices from the field of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) depeing on the needs of each client and family.

Parshaw Barati-Marnani, LMFT
Child Therapist

Parshaw Barati-Marnani, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

In 91356 - Nearby to San Fernando.

Best said by Garry Landreth, a renowned child therapist, "Toys are children's words and play is their language". Play therapy is a way of working with kids using their language of play as a means to express or communicate feelings to work through childhood wounds (trauma, anxiety, depression, divorce, grief/loss, etc). Child centered play therapy believes that in a therapeutic setting, children allowed to play freely will resolve their own problems and reach their own solutions. Because this can be a long process, I practice a prescriptive approach, meaning the play is child driven with introduction of clinically appropriate interventions for the individual child and their particular issues.

Scott Harris, Ph.D.
Child Therapist

Scott Harris, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist

In 90049 - Nearby to San Fernando.

A large part of my work is helping kids and their families. More often than not, kids have stress and conflict that they bear as burdens in their lives. Depending on the child's age, I use talking and playing in therapy. The work is to provide the building blocks of self esteem, the identification and expression of one's feelings and a better sense of oneself. Through this interaction, a positive self image is developed. Imagination and creativity and self expression are valuable parts of this process.



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

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

San Fernando is located in Los Angeles County, California. It has a land area of 2.37 square miles and a water area of 0.00 square miles.  The population of San Fernando is 24,931 people with 6,134 households and a median annual income of $55,170. .


Therapy Affordability Meter for San Fernando, CA

Affordable with Planning

Therapy in San Fernando is generally within financial reach for the average family, but some budget planning may be needed for a real commitment to weekly counseling. Remember that your mental health and happiness are important. Check with your San Fernando therapist about insurance coverage or ask about sliding scale fees if there are any difficulties with accessibility. Low cost counseling and affordable therapy are also sometimes offered by listed city and university level clinics, check with your local San Fernando public health department.