Child Psychologists and Child Therapists in Sunset Beach, CA.

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


Betsy Walli, MS, PhD
Child Therapist

Betsy Walli, MS, PhD

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist 85860

In 90740 - Nearby to Sunset Beach.

When children feel accepted the way they are, they are free to change. I create a safe place in which a child can express his or her emotions and feel understood and valued. Opportunities within the session for responsibility, decision-making, and control help children trust and accept themselves. In therapy, play is for children what words are for adults. Children work through and reveal their thoughts and feelings through their play. Lacking the extensive vocabularies and associations of meanings that adults have, children often are more comfortable exploring and expressing themselves through play, games, and art.

Nancy D Young, Ph.D.
Child Therapist

Nancy D Young, Ph.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

In 92626 - Nearby to Sunset Beach.

Our practice includes a clinician with experience in language & skill-building with autistic children, behavior modification & therapy with at-risk youth & families, and work with adolescents & families in crisis. He also coordinates an evidence-based program with the County of Orange that teaches families how to modify severe behavior problems in children. He is trained in Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, & EMDR.

Lissett Pisfil, M.S. AMFT
Child Therapist

Lissett Pisfil, M.S. AMFT

Registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

In 90703 - Nearby to Sunset Beach.

Parents may seek therapy for their young children due to concerns about grief/loss, behavioral problems, emotional problems, trauma/abuse, and a variety of other issues. I conduct play therapy with young children to help establish a connection with the child. Utilizing the language of play helps the child feel safe to express themselves and is a great way to help the child work through the problem. I endeavor to help young children learn healthy ways of coping and work through the issue that concerns the parents. I also like to have sessions with parents and family sessions to work with the parents on the issue that brings them to therapy.

Amy Montague, Ph.D.
Child Therapist

Amy Montague, Ph.D.

Psychologist

In 92660 - Nearby to Sunset Beach.

I work with parents and their children with problematic behaviors. I use play therapy to win the trusting relationship which enables me to communicate with young children. I teach parenting skill to couples and individuals who are raising children so that they are independent of my services. I find that even special needs children can be helped by a therapeutic relationship.

Kevin Fleming Ph.D.
Child Therapist

Kevin Fleming Ph.D.

Coach/Change Agent/Consultant

In 92626 - Nearby to Sunset Beach.

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.

Megan Minnick, LPCC
Child Therapist

Megan Minnick, LPCC

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor

In 92821 - Nearby to Sunset Beach.

Wondering when and if your child may benefit from therapy? Children are often described as resilient, meaning they can adapt and come back from difficult situations in a healthy and adaptive way. Adapting to tough situations is normal however there are some signs that your child might benefit from therapy might entail a child who is overly anxious, sad or irritable; changes in behaviors that disrupt their home or school setting; cutting or other self-harm behaviors or talk about wanting to die or kill themselves. If you believe that therapy might be helpful to your child or if you're not still not sure, feel free to contact me to explore it further. I work with children ages 8-12.

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 Sunset Beach.

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)

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

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

Clinical Psychologist

In 92663 - Nearby to Sunset Beach.

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....

Cristy Pareti, PsyD, MFT
Child Therapist

Cristy Pareti, PsyD, MFT

Marriage & Family Therapist

In 90266 - Nearby to Sunset Beach.

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.

Heather Browne, PsyD, MA, LMFT
Child Therapist

Heather Browne, PsyD, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

In 92647 - Nearby to Sunset Beach.

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.

Andrea Schoon, M.A., LMFT
Child Therapist

Andrea Schoon, M.A., LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

In 92648 - Nearby to Sunset Beach.

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.

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

Prepare To Change, Psy.D., HSPP

Individual and Family Therapists

In 92780 - Nearby to Sunset Beach.

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.

Steven Harris, PhD
Child Therapist

Steven Harris, PhD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

In 92660 - Nearby to Sunset Beach.

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.



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Sunset Beach is located in Orange County, California.  The population of Sunset Beach is 1,000 people.