If you have a child who is experiencing academic, behavioral, social, or emotional difficulties, or you are struggling with parenting your child or managing behavior and feel it is time to do something about it, then you've come to the right place.
Sometimes it's difficult to know if a child is merely going through a "normal" phase or stage of development, or if there is something more serious going on. You may have maintained a "wait and see" attitude up until now, hoping that your child will "grow out of it." You may have well-meaning family and friends who tell you that you're over-reacting and have no reason to be concerned. But if you sense that the problem is more than a phase, it's important to trust your instincts. Remember, the sooner you seek advice or assistance from a professional, the sooner your child--and you--can be helped to bring about positive and lasting change.
My specialized practice based in Westlake, California, provides comprehensive psychological services for children (Toddlers to 11 years), teens (12 to 17), young adults (18 to 30+), parents, and families in a comfortable and supportive atmosphere. I offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each person and family's individual needs. My services include therapy/counseling, psychoeducational consultation, behavior intervention, parenting support, and education & family therapy. I weave together 30+ years of experience, training, and expertise in educational and clinical psychology to help you better understand and resolve the challenges you, your child, and/or your family are currently facing.
Due to COVID-19, I am seeing patients remotely i.e. using teletherapy. This allows me to offer flexible and convenient "office hours" including weekend and late evening appointments. An additional advantage to teletherapy is that I can provide help to clients who reside outside my immediate area anywhere in the state of California. Please note: Due to Board of Psychology licensing regulations my practice is limited to California residents only.
If you're looking for extra support and guidance or you are not sure what your next step should be, call or email me today. I provide a brief phone consultation free of charge before your first visit. I look forward to speaking with you.
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* telephone and web-based therapy services including consultation are available for California residents only.
Licensed Clinical and Educational Psychologist PSY23451 LEP1337