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

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

K. Michelle Tapia, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Within driving distance of Van Nuys

Young children do not always have the words to tell us what is going on in their world. When working with young children I use a combination of art therapy, play therapy, and sometimes exploring child's schedule and activities with caregivers. I can assist with common childhood nightmares, outbursts of anger, and symptoms of depression. I can work with children, the parents, and / or a combination of the two depending upon the situation.

Child Therapist

Tara Hernandez, MA., LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Within driving distance of Van Nuys

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.

Child Therapist

Kristen Caron, MA, MFT

Licensed Psychotherapist, Eating Disorder Specialist

Within driving distance of Van Nuys

Adolescents age 12-18. For over 20 years, I have worked with adolescents/teens. Navigating adolescence can be extremely challenging. Some areas of treatment are ( but not limited to) exploration of developmental issues, self-esteem, managing academic stress, understanding relationships with family and friends, developing a healthy sense of self and communication skills in a social media age.

Child Therapist

Charles R Barr, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist

Within driving distance of Van Nuys

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.

Child Therapist

Naphtali Roberts, MA, LMFT

Marriage and Family Therapist

Within driving distance of Van Nuys

Young children respond well to play, art and music, and these activities can help them in expressing their strong feelings, while also developing new, healthier ways of coping with their experience. Children and their parents often enjoy the benefits of therapy in addressing behavioral issues, life transition, anxiety, depression, trauma, grief and loss, Sexual abuse, aggressive or defiant behavior, difficulty with peer relationships and learning issues, like ADHD. The focus of my work with young children is to help them thrive again. If you’re wondering whether your young child may benefit from therapy, I invite you to contact me, as I would be more than happy to speak with you about your concerns and how we might best address them in support your child.

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

Craig Clark, Ph.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Within driving distance of Van Nuys

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.

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

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

Tom Andre, MA

MFTI

Within driving distance of Van Nuys

No group of people is as subject to the power of others as young children. Often acutely aware of their situation, I position myself as an ally as they decide how they want to act in the face of this power. I view childrens' voices and creativity as major assets that, if given their due, will serve them well as the move through their teen years and into young adulthood.

Child Therapist

Kristen Gardenhire, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Within driving distance of Van Nuys

Do you have children that are misbehaving? Are they getting in trouble at school? Do they struggle to get along with the rest of the family? Fear not! Therapy is a great solution for your kids that are having difficulties. It is a wonderful space for your child to be able to express what is really going on. I hope that help your children find positive ways of coping, relating, and managing their feelings.

Child Therapist

Morella Hammer, M.A.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy

Within driving distance of Van Nuys

Having young children can be a wonderful experience but it can also bring challenges. Knowing what is behind your child’s behavior is the key to changing it. Using a variety of therapeutic techniques including Imago Therapy, we can help you understand your child, yourself, and the interactions between the two of you. We can help you support your child development. We will support your child by learning how to regulate emotions, how to express their needs and how to externalize their feelings.



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

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