Child Psychologists and Child Therapists in Van Nuys, CA.

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


Child Therapist

Scott Harris, Ph.D.

Licensed Psychologist

Within driving distance of Van Nuys

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.

Child Therapist

Betsy Walli, MS, PhD

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist 85860

Within driving distance of Van Nuys

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.

Child Therapist

Laura MacRae-Serpa, M.A., CCLS

Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern

Within driving distance of Van Nuys

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.

Child Therapist

Dustin Vander Haar, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Within driving distance of Van Nuys

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.

Child Therapist

Behnam Keyvan, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Within driving distance of Van Nuys

In working with young children I integrate the arts with evidence-based interventions to provide effective ways to deal with anger, depression, anxiety or other stressors. I help identify and build on current strengths while learning new skills. I work collaboratively with parents and other professionals to provide the highest level of care and service. I am always learning from current clinical research to improve outcomes for my clients.

Child Therapist

Jeanne Clevenger, PsyD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Within driving distance of Van Nuys

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.

Child Therapist

Ellie Zarrabian, PhD, CMT

Founder & Spiritual Director

Within driving distance of Van Nuys

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.

Child Therapist

Yeshiva Davis, LMFT, MA, MBA

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Within driving distance of Van Nuys

One of the ways children improve behavior & make positive change is through play. Some of the ways I help kids make change is through: games, storytelling & artwork. I set clear expectations, & create a supportive, fun-loving atmosphere. I focus on strengths: I identify & address problems and then focus on what’s right & how to do more of it. I work with your family, teachers & others to make sure the improvements made are reinforced in all areas of life. Family members are taught tools to ensure your child continues using new, positive behaviors. I help with: Managing upsetting feelings & tantrums; using effective discipline; managing opposition & aggression; school challenges & more.

Child Therapist

Gary Stollman, Ph.D.

Psychotherapist, Marriage Counselor, Professional Life Coach

Within driving distance of Van Nuys

Children are like little adults. While they may lack the maturity and experience adults do, they're highly affected by what happens around them and are often more astute than we give them credit for. I work with children ages 8 years and up who may be facing challenges or difficult emotional situations. Feel free to call my office for a free telephone consultation at 800-474-1445.

Child Therapist

Michelle Harwell, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Within driving distance of Van Nuys

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.

Child Therapist

Daryl Temkin, Ph.D

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Within driving distance of Van Nuys

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)

Child Therapist

Eris Huemer, PsyD, MFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Within driving distance of Van Nuys

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.

Child Therapist

Jessica Hupf, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Within driving distance of Van Nuys

Working with young children requires special training, since kids do not have the same ability to talk about their feelings like adults can. That is why my extra training in Play Therapy is a huge benefit that I offer as a therapist, since it allows me to utilize effective strategies to help kids who are struggling with challenges such as behavior problems, academic difficulties, social skills, depression, anxiety, trauma, or adjustment difficulties. Many therapists do not have special training in working with young children, so this is an important aspect to consider when choosing someone to work with your child. Thank you for your consideration!



You have found the top therapists in Van Nuys, CA who specialize in helping children.

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

Van Nuys is located in Los Angeles County, California.  The population of Van Nuys is 104,000 people.