Child Psychologists and Child Therapists in Des Moines, WA.

Find a child psychologist or a counselor who specializes in therapy and assessment for children in Des Moines, Washington.


Michelle Barenchi, MA, LMFT
Child Therapist

Michelle Barenchi, MA, LMFT

Marriage and Family Therapist

In 98103 - Nearby to Des Moines.

Children can experience times of stress and anxiety just like adults; however, it often manifests as poor behavior, temper tantrums, inability to focus, and disrespect. As desired behavior decreases, tension can build between parents and their children which can exacerbate the overall strains at home. If your child is struggling, playful-styled therapy can assist to understand the underlying cause of your child’s strife.

Folktown Counseling, LMHC
Child Therapist

Folktown Counseling, LMHC

Licensed Therapists

In 98107 - Nearby to Des Moines.

JOELLEN KENYON, LMHCA works with children particularly in the areas of depression, anxiety, adoption trauma, sexual abuse, and relationship issues. She has worked in a variety of settings including overseas within an orphanage and has developed a deep passion for counseling children and adoptive families. Karen strives to build relational trust both with her young clients and the parents who refer them to therapy.

Kevin Fleming, Ph.D.
Child Therapist

Kevin Fleming, Ph.D.

Coach/Change Agent/Consultant

In 98188 - Nearby to Des Moines.

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.

Shawn Berthel, M.S., LCMHC
Child Therapist

Shawn Berthel, M.S., LCMHC

Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor

In 98402 - Nearby to Des Moines.

This practice does not work with clients younger than six years of age, due to the developmental issues often attached to younger children. Play therapy, coloring books, drawing, board games, and other options that are both age appropriate and useful in helping child clients to open up are utilized. Children are free to bring any game or toys they wish to play with in therapy, and can even teach the counselor. This gives the opportunity to examine the child's level of social engagement, as well as other clinical issues that might need to be addressed. Involvement from the care givers of the child are hugely important in developing a care plan.

Jenna Purcell, MSc, CCC
Child Therapist

Jenna Purcell, MSc, CCC

Social Confidence Life Coach

In 98148 - Nearby to Des Moines.

Is your child bullied or isolated from others? Is your child reluctant to go to school, has trouble making friends, or seems withdrawn and lonely? Many children have trouble with self confidence, anxiety or social skills. Improving self esteem, emotional regulation, and social skills deficits in the younger years reduces difficulties later. We all want the best for our children, and as a parent myself I know how it can hurt to watch your child suffer and not know how to help. Find out how your child can be helped by in-person counselling, online coaching, or online educational programs.

Anavadya Taylor, MSW
Child Therapist

Anavadya Taylor, MSW

Individual, Relationship and Group Counselor

In 98004 - Nearby to Des Moines.

Counseling for teens and children who are struggling with school, peer pressure and other social issues. Help for children and teens coping with the divorce of parents and other unhealthy family situations. Supports teens transitioning through the discomfort and insecurities of puberty. Encourages both children and teens to be their unique and authentic self so they can grow into healthy, confident and happy adults. Located in the Bellevue/Kirkland vicinity.

Sean Jackson, MA, LMHC
Child Therapist

Sean Jackson, MA, LMHC

Licensed Mental Health Counselor

In 98109 - Nearby to Des Moines.

In working with children, I utilize a psychodynamic modality of treatment, including play therapy, as the primary way of purposefully engaging your child to discover and understand more about the cause of their current difficulties. I typically provide a treatment plan for the parent/s that details what it is I am doing and why. I also believe it is incredibly important in working with children to include the parent/s as often as possible and include that in the treatment plan. If your child is struggling in a way that is confusing to you and causing you distress, it may be helpful to discuss further and find out if your child could benefit from meeting with me.

Julie Hanson, Psy.D., LMHC
Child Therapist

Julie Hanson, Psy.D., LMHC

Psychologists, Licensed Mental Health Counselors

In 98105 - Nearby to Des Moines.

Dr. Terri Buysse provides play therapy to meet young children at their developmental level and speak their language to help them express their feelings and to help them learn new skills. She also works with the parent(s) to help them understand what is going on for their child and learn positive parenting skills so they can support their child through difficult times and be the very best parents they want to be.

Joshua Loy, LMHC
Child Therapist

Joshua Loy, LMHC

New Ground Counseling

In 98004 - Nearby to Des Moines.

We are thankful to have had many counseling experiences with young children at New Ground Counseling. We recently spent time investing in training and have brought on two separate counselors who love God and are specialized in child counseling. We seek to involve parents in our process as much as possible and believe that transparency is an important value we carry as a practice. We believe that parents are the biggest leaders, influencers, and shepherds of their wonderful kids and want to help empower them in that wonderful work.

Israella Kleiman, MA, LMFT
Child Therapist

Israella Kleiman, MA, LMFT

Marriage and Family Therapist, AAMFT Supervisor, Clinical Director

In 98166 - Nearby to Des Moines.

One of the most important facets of child therapy is the joining process and the therapeutic relationship that develops between the child and the therapist. It is extremely important that the child feels safe, comfortable and understood. In our work with children, the goal is to join and assist the child in working through issues in his/her own language by providing a safe environment and a set of skills and tools that we explore and learn to apply together. “The greatest gifts you can give your children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence." - Denis Waitley

Merrie Day, M.A., Ph.D.
Child Therapist

Merrie Day, M.A., Ph.D.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist WA

In 98005 - Nearby to Des Moines.

You want the best for your child so why not provide a safe, accepting, empathetic place for your child to learn new skills and experiences including reducing fears and worries, stress management, study skills, social skills, assertiveness, self-esteem and acceptance. With all the stressors in today's world, it is tough to give your child all he or she needs. Merrie Day, PhD and Ken Drummy, MSW are both fully trained child therapists and have over 30 years each of experience helping children and families be happier and more connected.


You have found the top therapists in Des Moines, WA who specialize in helping children.

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

Des Moines is located in King County, Washington. It has a land area of 6.49 square miles and a water area of 0.00 square miles.  The population of Des Moines is 31,221 people with 11,490 households and a median annual income of $58,057. .


Therapy Affordability Meter for Des Moines, WA

Affordable with Planning

Therapy in Des Moines 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 Des Moines 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 Des Moines public health department.