Child Psychologists and/or Child Counselors in Mission Hills CA.


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Child Counselor

Morella Hammer, M.A.

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapy

Within Driving Distance of Mission Hills, CA

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.

Child Counselor

Parisa Zivari, M.A. LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Within Driving Distance of Mission Hills, CA

Every behavior is a way of communication. Children communicate with their caregivers through their behaviors such as (hitting, throwing, kicking, having nightmares, screaming eating too much, not getting along with others, not doing homework, having anxiety thoughts) and so on. In therapy with children I use play and art therapy interventions in order to reduce behavior. I work closely with parents to increase communication and strength the child-parent relationship. I teach and practice reward system, time out, positive communication, boundaries with parents. I attend IEP meetings when necessary.

Child Counselor

K. Michelle Tapia, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Within Driving Distance of Mission Hills, CA

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 Counselor

Donald Goodman, LCSW

licensed clinical social worker

Within Driving Distance of Mission Hills, CA

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

Child Counselor

April De Higes, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Within Driving Distance of Mission Hills, CA

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.

Child Counselor

Kevin Fleming Ph.D.

Coach/Change Agent/Consultant

Within Driving Distance of Mission Hills, CA

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.

Child Counselor

Eris Huemer, PsyD, MFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Within Driving Distance of Mission Hills, CA

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 Counselor

Nadia Siswanto, LMFT

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Within Driving Distance of Mission Hills, CA

Seeing your child struggle breaks your heart. More than anything in the world, you want him to thrive. You’re doing the best you can, but even supermoms (and superdads) make mistakes. Whatever the reason, your child is struggling and needs help. I can help YOU help your child through whatever he’s facing right now. We can work on a variety of issues like: Stress Overwhelm Divorce/separation Transitions General anxiety Sadness Lack of motivation Anger Family conflict Grief and loss Loneliness Eating disorders Body image Self-esteem Peer relationships Unhappiness Social withdrawal Sleep And we’ll develop a plan to help him get back to the happy, playful kiddo he deserves to be!

Child Counselor

Behnam Keyvan, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Within Driving Distance of Mission Hills, CA

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 Counselor

Karine Echighian, M.S., LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Within Driving Distance of Mission Hills, CA

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.

Child Counselor

Christine Leyva Buccio, MS, LMFT

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Within Driving Distance of Mission Hills, CA

Assisting parents with effective parenting skills in order to assist their children with improving behaviors. Utilizing positive behavioral modification techniques; response cost and conflict resolution skills in order to promote child's positive behaviors and overall level of competence. Modeling for children through role plays and play therapy problem solving skills and expressing ones feelings in order to meet their needs rather than acting out. Through play and parental coaching assist child in gaining insight into their underlying feelings of hurt and unmet needs that might display as anger and behavioral problems.

Child Counselor

Joshua C. Richmond, M.P.W.

Research Psychoanalyst

Within Driving Distance of Mission Hills, CA

As a parent of two kids, I know what it's like to be worried about my children. It's a terrible feeling to feel something is off track. The good news is that you can always repair with kids. I like kids, I like playing with them, I like talking to them, I enjoy hearing what they have to say and caring about what's on their mind. Through play and the relationship so much can be worked through. If your concerned about your child's anxiety, or fear, or even parenting I'm happy to sit down and have a conversation with you. I've worked with children as young as three and four years old and adolescents in their late teens. So much can be accomplished with children.

Child Counselor

David Silverman, Licensed LMFT Stanford Therapist

Free phone consult/or try a Free First Session.

Within Driving Distance of Mission Hills, CA

I have years of experience treating children in pre-school through middle school. I worked in schools and at home with oppositional children, kids with learning delays, who "act out," tantrum, do not handle transitions in activity well. I have worked with violent children, academic underachievers, children with separation anxiety, bedwetting, and children who eat non-nutritional objects. Applied Behavior Analysis is oftern used to create ground-rules that reinforce acceptable behavior and discourage negative behaviors. It's important that extended family (and teachers, and caretakers, if possible) be on the same page. A united front is essential to positively modify children's behaviors

Child Counselor

Naphtali Roberts, MA, LMFT

Marriage and Family Therapist

Within Driving Distance of Mission Hills, CA

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 Counselor

Ellie Zarrabian, PhD, CMT

Founder & Spiritual Director

Within Driving Distance of Mission Hills, CA

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 Counselor

Gary Stollman, Ph.D.

Psychotherapist, Marriage Counselor, Professional Life Coach

Within Driving Distance of Mission Hills, CA

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 Counselor

Kristen Caron, MA, MFT

Licensed Psychotherapist, Eating Disorder Specialist

Within Driving Distance of Mission Hills, CA

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 Counselor

Audrey Johnson, Psy. D.

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

Within Driving Distance of Mission Hills, CA

Does you child have uncontrollable anger? Social skills not up to par? Being bullied or the bully? Having anxiety or depression? An addiction to drugs, gambling or gaming? Often, children and adolescents find it hard to cope and deal with things without professional help. Working with children/adolescents is my specialty. I provide a safe, understanding, and fun environment for a child to disclose how they are feeling through the means of games, art, and talk therapy. Call now for help. Your child is worth it.

Child Counselor

Dana Fogel-Stark, LMFT

Marriage & Family Therapist

Within Driving Distance of Mission Hills, CA

As a Marriage & Family Therapist, I have extensive experience working with children and adolescents. I have worked for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health providing crisis intervention and assessment services to children and their families. It is my clinical approach to conduct an assessment to determine clarity and understanding of the specific clinical issues. It is my belief that treatment should consist of the therapist working closely with the parents and any other professionals working with the child to enhance their growth and improvement in treatment. My goal is to assist the child in improving their emotional, social and academic functioning.

Child Counselor

Daryl Temkin, Daryl Temkin

Ph.D., Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Within Driving Distance of Mission Hills, CA

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 Counselor

Michelle Harwell, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Within Driving Distance of Mission Hills, CA

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 Counselor

Laura MacRae-Serpa, M.A., CCLS

Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern

Within Driving Distance of Mission Hills, CA

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 Counselor

Olga Aguilar, M.A. LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Within Driving Distance of Mission Hills, CA

Most of my work has been done with high schoolers and adolecents; however, I do have experience using play therapy and small groups with K-8th graders. As a mother of a child on the spectrum, I was trained in Greenspan's Floortime Approach. This later helped me with working with children of all ages. Play therapy helps children recreate the worlds they live in and helps me, the therapist, understand where they're coming from.

Child Counselor

Cynthia Henrie, LMFT, BCETS, CATSM

LA Therapy Network - Feminist Therapy, Trauma Experts

Within Driving Distance of Mission Hills, CA

At LA Therapy Network we have therapists whose specialty is helping couples and/or single parents with young children! Children often need therapists who understand their special needs, but also a therapist who can work with you, the parent to understand and help your child through whatever difficulties he or she is experiencing, or that you are dealing with as parent. Let us help you through the tough times or to learn how to be a more effective parent! We offer parenting support, family therapy, play, art and sandplay therapies! Because we are a group of private practice therapists, we can offer you services as a collaboration which can make a huge difference to your treatment! LA & LB!

Child Counselor

Sandra Dupont, MA, MS, MFT

Counseling, Coaching & Mentoring for Millennials

Within Driving Distance of Mission Hills, CA

The teen years can be challenging, and it is not uncommon for teens to experience emotional imbalance and upheavals during adolescence. As an experienced teen therapist, I can help families address any adolescent phase of life issue you may be experiencing. I have extensive experience working with shy and sensitive teens, as well as diverse, multi-cultural families. If your teen is struggling, I can help you to discover the cause of the problem and address it. I support teens and their parents in finding alternative ways of responding to adolescent phase of life challenges. Schedule a free consultation and allow me to demonstrate the support I can offer your family.

Child Psychologist

Charles R Barr, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist

Within Driving Distance of Mission Hills, CA

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 Counselor

Rebecca Bokoch, PsyD

Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern

Within Driving Distance of Mission Hills, CA

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.

Child Counselor

Yeshiva Davis, LMFT, MA, MBA

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Within Driving Distance of Mission Hills, CA

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 Counselor

Kristen Gardenhire, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Within Driving Distance of Mission Hills, CA

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 Counselor

Kathryn Bryan, LMFT, ATR-BC

Marriage and Family Therapist, Board-Certified Art Therapist

Within Driving Distance of Mission Hills, CA

The first several years of life are some of the most significant in terms of creating a foundation for successful emotional regulation, forming positive relationships, etc. We have several therapists who specialize in treating infants, toddlers and young children. They work by helping the caregiver to form a secure attachment or strong bond with the child so that the child can feel safe and secure (essentials of healthy development). This is done through play. It can be hard to know when your infant or toddler may need the support of a professional, so please call if you have any questions and one of our therapists will be happy to consult with you.

Child Psychologist

Craig Clark, Ph.D.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Within Driving Distance of Mission Hills, CA

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 Counselor

Verdant Oak Behavioral Health, Psy.D. and Ph.D.

Psychologist

Within Driving Distance of Mission Hills, CA

Stress for young children can often be challenging to discern. Parents may notice that their child begins to experience a greater incidence of tantrums and/or angry outbursts, but often attribute such changes to growing up. Children may also demonstrate strict rules for their play and become upset when their schedule is changed without warning. Sometimes parents may not be able to identify obvious signs of stress in their children, but recognize that their child has encountered a number of stressors. In any of these cases, children can benefit from therapy wherein they can explore how to express their feelings and learn to process their emotions in a safe non-judgmental environment.

Child Psychologist

Jeanne Clevenger, PsyD

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Within Driving Distance of Mission Hills, CA

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 Counselor

Dustin Vander Haar, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Within Driving Distance of Mission Hills, CA

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 Counselor

Annie Miller, LMFT

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Within Driving Distance of Mission Hills, CA

Through the therapy process, I seek to provide a safe environment for children and adolescents who may be experiencing depression, anxiety, or struggles with peers or family relationships. I will support the unique identity of each child through play and/or talk therapy interventions in order that they may be able to make greater sense of the emotions and struggles they may be feeling.

Child Psychologist

Mark Baker, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist

Within Driving Distance of Mission Hills, CA

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.

Child Counselor

April De Higes, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Within Driving Distance of Mission Hills, CA

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.

Child Counselor

Betsy Walli, MS, PhD

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist 85860

Within Driving Distance of Mission Hills, CA

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 Counselor

Tom Andre, MA

MFTI

Within Driving Distance of Mission Hills, CA

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.

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