Child Therapists in Albany, CA

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Daria Wrubel
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Albany, CA 94706
Even before I became a therapist, I worked with children as an outdoor educator and garden teacher for 20 years.
I specialize in working with parents, families, and youth ages 7-25. My work can support an assortment of childhood issues, including: somatic complaints (stomach aches, headaches, etc.), behavioral issues (defiance, aggression, inattention), neurodivergent issues (autism, ADHD, sensory processing), problems with friendships, attachment issues, separation anxiety, depression, excessive worrying, or panic attacks. Childhood can be a magical, joyful time, but it can also bring a host of issues, unique to each child or family.
Even before I became a therapist, I worked with children as an outdoor educator and garden teacher for 20 years.
I specialize in working with parents, families, and youth ages 7-25. My work can support an assortment of childhood issues, including: somatic complaints (stomach aches, headaches, etc.), behavioral issues (defiance, aggression, inattention), neurodivergent issues (autism, ADHD, sensory processing), problems with friendships, attachment issues, separation anxiety, depression, excessive worrying, or panic attacks. Childhood can be a magical, joyful time, but it can also bring a host of issues, unique to each child or family.
(510) 288-5589 View (510) 288-5589
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Preschool Psychology
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Albany, CA 94706
My services focus on improving the parent-child relationship, and the relationships between children and their teachers and peers.
If your child is experiencing tantrums or aggression, feels anxious, angry, or sad, has a low tolerance for frustration, or has poor relationships with other children or adults, I can help. I am a therapist specialized in working with young children and their families. I work with parents to help them understand their child's behavior and know how to respond during difficult parenting moments. I work with children to help them build social skills, understand and regulate their emotions, and overcome traumatic experiences (ex.death, illness) or difficult life transitions (ex. birth of a new sibling, divorce, school expulsion).
My services focus on improving the parent-child relationship, and the relationships between children and their teachers and peers.
If your child is experiencing tantrums or aggression, feels anxious, angry, or sad, has a low tolerance for frustration, or has poor relationships with other children or adults, I can help. I am a therapist specialized in working with young children and their families. I work with parents to help them understand their child's behavior and know how to respond during difficult parenting moments. I work with children to help them build social skills, understand and regulate their emotions, and overcome traumatic experiences (ex.death, illness) or difficult life transitions (ex. birth of a new sibling, divorce, school expulsion).
(510) 282-5710 View (510) 282-5710
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Catherine Anicama
Psychologist
Verified Verified
Albany, CA 94706
I truly believe that it takes a village to raise children.
I am a bicultural/bilingual, latinx psychologist with extensive experience working with youth of all ages who are struggling with mood, anxiety, and impulse control, and families who have experienced trauma. Key to this work is the relationship we build together. My goal is to help your family better understand what is happening for your child based on what research has taught us about how our brains work, while honoring your child’s unique experience and normalizing that we all have struggles. I use a strengths-based collaborative approach to get to know your family and identify and practice skills to help your child cope.
I truly believe that it takes a village to raise children.
I am a bicultural/bilingual, latinx psychologist with extensive experience working with youth of all ages who are struggling with mood, anxiety, and impulse control, and families who have experienced trauma. Key to this work is the relationship we build together. My goal is to help your family better understand what is happening for your child based on what research has taught us about how our brains work, while honoring your child’s unique experience and normalizing that we all have struggles. I use a strengths-based collaborative approach to get to know your family and identify and practice skills to help your child cope.
(510) 571-2786 View (510) 571-2786
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Paul Oglesby
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Albany, CA 94706
With tweens and teens, I try to match my interventions with your child’s developmental level and communication style.
If you are a parent who is feeling overwhelmed by the needs of a struggling child, confused and frustrated by family discord or at a loss as to how to communicate with your loved ones, I can help you restore the balance, calm and cooperation that have gone missing in your home. I have more than 20 years’ experience working with children and families who are grappling with problems such as divorce, adoption, major transitions, defiant behavior, ADHD, gender/sex/identity issues, grief/loss, learning challenges, drug and alcohol use/abuse, and more.
With tweens and teens, I try to match my interventions with your child’s developmental level and communication style.
If you are a parent who is feeling overwhelmed by the needs of a struggling child, confused and frustrated by family discord or at a loss as to how to communicate with your loved ones, I can help you restore the balance, calm and cooperation that have gone missing in your home. I have more than 20 years’ experience working with children and families who are grappling with problems such as divorce, adoption, major transitions, defiant behavior, ADHD, gender/sex/identity issues, grief/loss, learning challenges, drug and alcohol use/abuse, and more.
(650) 492-6789 View (650) 492-6789
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Jack Fahy, PhD
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Albany, CA 94706
If you are seeking a deeper understanding of why you or your child struggles with focusing or learning, then I can help clarify what is getting in the way of reaching one's full potential. You may wonder if there is a name for the difficulty (e.g., is it dyslexia? ADHD?) or you may be unsure if having such a name would be helpful. More importantly, you are wanting a better sense of the strengths and weaknesses that you or you child have and what strategies and interventions would be most helpful.
If you are seeking a deeper understanding of why you or your child struggles with focusing or learning, then I can help clarify what is getting in the way of reaching one's full potential. You may wonder if there is a name for the difficulty (e.g., is it dyslexia? ADHD?) or you may be unsure if having such a name would be helpful. More importantly, you are wanting a better sense of the strengths and weaknesses that you or you child have and what strategies and interventions would be most helpful.
(415) 655-0174 View (415) 655-0174
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Amanda Campbell
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified Verified
Albany, CA 94706
I specialize in working with young children, caregivers, and birthing people. The early relationship between a caregiver and child is central to developing a sense of safety and self esteem. My goal is to strengthen the attachment between the child and their important caregivers, to promote healthy development, and address any issues that may be impacting the child or caregiver well-being. Through this therapeutic approach, the focus is not only on the child's individual experiences but also on the dynamics and interactions within the family unit.
I specialize in working with young children, caregivers, and birthing people. The early relationship between a caregiver and child is central to developing a sense of safety and self esteem. My goal is to strengthen the attachment between the child and their important caregivers, to promote healthy development, and address any issues that may be impacting the child or caregiver well-being. Through this therapeutic approach, the focus is not only on the child's individual experiences but also on the dynamics and interactions within the family unit.
(510) 288-5383 View (510) 288-5383
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Arielle Balbus
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Albany, CA 94706
I work with children, adults, and families, and specialize in therapy with adolescents and young adults.
Life is messy. As we all navigate it the best we can, a lot of us find survival strategies that make sense at the time but don’t serve us in the long run. If you or your child are having trouble in relationships, feeling consistently down or anxious, or finding yourself stuck in painful past experiences, therapy can help identify patterns that don’t serve you and build practices that enable you to thrive. ​
I work with children, adults, and families, and specialize in therapy with adolescents and young adults.
Life is messy. As we all navigate it the best we can, a lot of us find survival strategies that make sense at the time but don’t serve us in the long run. If you or your child are having trouble in relationships, feeling consistently down or anxious, or finding yourself stuck in painful past experiences, therapy can help identify patterns that don’t serve you and build practices that enable you to thrive. ​
(510) 240-8582 View (510) 240-8582
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Melany Barr-Patz
Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, M Ed, NCC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Albany, CA 94706
At the Center for Early Childhood Connections, we can work together to deepen our understanding of what your child needs and develop sustainable ways to meet those needs.
When big feelings and behaviors are rippling through your family, things feel so stressful and out of control. Tension and worry may take up residence in your household as your child navigates challenges such as school refusal, turbulent relationships with siblings or friends, anxiety, or tantrums. You have likely tried many things to help your child and are wondering what will finally work to get out of the cycle and back to enjoying your time together.
At the Center for Early Childhood Connections, we can work together to deepen our understanding of what your child needs and develop sustainable ways to meet those needs.
When big feelings and behaviors are rippling through your family, things feel so stressful and out of control. Tension and worry may take up residence in your household as your child navigates challenges such as school refusal, turbulent relationships with siblings or friends, anxiety, or tantrums. You have likely tried many things to help your child and are wondering what will finally work to get out of the cycle and back to enjoying your time together.
(341) 888-6856 View (341) 888-6856
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Barbara Howell
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Albany, CA 94706
Sometimes, the stress of daily life can exhaust our ability to cope. A child struggling in school, family conflicts, traumatic events, major life transitions, the loss of a loved one, friend, or pet, financial and/or medical issues, pregnancy and the birth of a child—all of these experiences can leave us feeling overwhelmed, helpless, and defeated. From experience and research, we know that stressful experiences--sudden or chronic--can lead to feelings of disconnection, sadness, anxiety, low self-esteem, and conflict within ourselves and with our friends and loved ones.
Sometimes, the stress of daily life can exhaust our ability to cope. A child struggling in school, family conflicts, traumatic events, major life transitions, the loss of a loved one, friend, or pet, financial and/or medical issues, pregnancy and the birth of a child—all of these experiences can leave us feeling overwhelmed, helpless, and defeated. From experience and research, we know that stressful experiences--sudden or chronic--can lead to feelings of disconnection, sadness, anxiety, low self-esteem, and conflict within ourselves and with our friends and loved ones.
(510) 545-4329 View (510) 545-4329
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Maya Deshe Drori
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Albany, CA 94707
Parents learn helpful skills and perspective to better understand and cope with their children.
I'm passionate, dedicated, funny and curious. I have a huge, caring heart that is accompanied by a sharp and innovative mind. You will feel listened to and understood in ways that will surprise you, as I pick up on the gist of things, and then add thoughts, questions and layers. I will marvel at your uniqueness as I witness your beauty and despair. That will allow you to be the best version of yourself at any time, and will give you new breath so that you may deal with your life better.
Parents learn helpful skills and perspective to better understand and cope with their children.
I'm passionate, dedicated, funny and curious. I have a huge, caring heart that is accompanied by a sharp and innovative mind. You will feel listened to and understood in ways that will surprise you, as I pick up on the gist of things, and then add thoughts, questions and layers. I will marvel at your uniqueness as I witness your beauty and despair. That will allow you to be the best version of yourself at any time, and will give you new breath so that you may deal with your life better.
(510) 466-1069 View (510) 466-1069
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Holly F. Forman-Patel
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Albany, CA 94706  (Online Only)
Waitlist for new clients
I help support children, teens, adults and parents in navigating these challenges through a combination of individual therapy or family therapy.
*Holly is currently full. Please reach out if you are interested in being added to her waitlist* Has anxiety and other overwhelming feelings taken control of your life? Did you or your child experience a traumatic event that continues to impact you/them? Have you spent years in therapy but still feel stuck regarding past events? All of these are common experiences that do not need to continue and can shift to help you lead the life you want.
I help support children, teens, adults and parents in navigating these challenges through a combination of individual therapy or family therapy.
*Holly is currently full. Please reach out if you are interested in being added to her waitlist* Has anxiety and other overwhelming feelings taken control of your life? Did you or your child experience a traumatic event that continues to impact you/them? Have you spent years in therapy but still feel stuck regarding past events? All of these are common experiences that do not need to continue and can shift to help you lead the life you want.
(510) 677-9264 View (510) 677-9264
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Katja Mohr
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified Verified
Albany, CA 94706
Are you worried about your child? Not sure if you are doing too much or too little on your kid’s behalf? Maybe you yourself got lost in a maze of work, school and carpools. Or your family struggles to connect.
Are you worried about your child? Not sure if you are doing too much or too little on your kid’s behalf? Maybe you yourself got lost in a maze of work, school and carpools. Or your family struggles to connect.
(510) 496-6076 View (510) 496-6076
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Shari Unitan, LMFT
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Albany, CA 94706
I offer co-parenting counseling to divorcing or separated couples, dealing with custody matters regarding their children.
Are you experiencing marital conflict? Do you worry about how conflict with your mate affects your children? I have over 20 years experience working with clients dealing with a wide variety of issues, including family conflict, divorce, child custody, parenting issues, depression, addiction, and anxiety. Research has proven that the parental relationship directly impacts a child's self esteem and social skills. I am a warm, dynamic and solution oriented therapist. I work along side you, to help you identify and overcome the problems which are causing pain in your life.
I offer co-parenting counseling to divorcing or separated couples, dealing with custody matters regarding their children.
Are you experiencing marital conflict? Do you worry about how conflict with your mate affects your children? I have over 20 years experience working with clients dealing with a wide variety of issues, including family conflict, divorce, child custody, parenting issues, depression, addiction, and anxiety. Research has proven that the parental relationship directly impacts a child's self esteem and social skills. I am a warm, dynamic and solution oriented therapist. I work along side you, to help you identify and overcome the problems which are causing pain in your life.
(510) 296-4520 View (510) 296-4520
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Sally C. Cohen
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified Verified
Albany, CA 94706
Are you a parent concerned about your teen? We can work together to find solutions and help your child through this exciting and challenging time.
As an experienced therapist in private practice, I work with people of all ages who are struggling with a wide variety of challenges through different stages of the life cycle. I work collaboratively to help people reach their goals while offering insight and support. I offer a unique and thoughtful approach, developed through years of experience working with hundreds of individuals, teens and parents.
Are you a parent concerned about your teen? We can work together to find solutions and help your child through this exciting and challenging time.
As an experienced therapist in private practice, I work with people of all ages who are struggling with a wide variety of challenges through different stages of the life cycle. I work collaboratively to help people reach their goals while offering insight and support. I offer a unique and thoughtful approach, developed through years of experience working with hundreds of individuals, teens and parents.
(510) 648-3202 View (510) 648-3202
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Katrina Brashares
Associate Marriage & Family Therapist, AMFT, MS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Albany, CA 94706
I use Child-Centered Play Therapy with children under 10, and a strengths-based, insight-oriented approach with teens and adults.
I work with individuals of all ages, including couples and families, to foster emotional health and equilibrium. Together, we build a positive therapeutic relationship to explore patterns and find solutions. I bring a tailored approach to treatment that draws on elements of attachment theory, strength-based therapy, mindfulness, ACT, and CBT. I apply these approaches to support clients, including teens and young adults facing anxiety and depression, adults and couples navigating relationships, couples preparing for children, and parents seeking support in achieving work-family-personal balance.
I use Child-Centered Play Therapy with children under 10, and a strengths-based, insight-oriented approach with teens and adults.
I work with individuals of all ages, including couples and families, to foster emotional health and equilibrium. Together, we build a positive therapeutic relationship to explore patterns and find solutions. I bring a tailored approach to treatment that draws on elements of attachment theory, strength-based therapy, mindfulness, ACT, and CBT. I apply these approaches to support clients, including teens and young adults facing anxiety and depression, adults and couples navigating relationships, couples preparing for children, and parents seeking support in achieving work-family-personal balance.
(510) 694-4368 View (510) 694-4368
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Ariana Heller
Psychologist, PsyD, MA, MAEd
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Albany, CA 94706
My experiences, expertise, and interest are focused on children, young adults, parenting, and families with fertility issues.
I offer you an open space in which together we can explore and understand difficult feelings and thoughts. Through this collaborative process you will have the opportunity to deepen your understanding of yourself, allow your emotions to be processed, and work through uncomfortable/ difficult feelings. As a result, life becomes easier to navigate and more meaningful. Like any relationship, it has to feel right to you. What I bring to the relationship is my warmth, curiosity, compassion, honesty, years of expertise, and the ability to dive deep into issues without judgment leading to long-term change.
My experiences, expertise, and interest are focused on children, young adults, parenting, and families with fertility issues.
I offer you an open space in which together we can explore and understand difficult feelings and thoughts. Through this collaborative process you will have the opportunity to deepen your understanding of yourself, allow your emotions to be processed, and work through uncomfortable/ difficult feelings. As a result, life becomes easier to navigate and more meaningful. Like any relationship, it has to feel right to you. What I bring to the relationship is my warmth, curiosity, compassion, honesty, years of expertise, and the ability to dive deep into issues without judgment leading to long-term change.
(510) 757-1536 View (510) 757-1536
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Margaret Dodson
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
Albany, CA 94706
I devote my practice to helping adults, parents, teenagers, and children navigate normal transitions of life (love relationships, educational decisions, career impasses, parent-child relationships), as well as the more painful and uncertain ones (death of a loved one, divorce, serious or chronic illness, infertility).
"Are you worrying that you are stuck in old patterns of thinking and behaving regarding yourself and others that make you unhappy, depressed, anxious, or irritable? Are you trying to connect and communicate with a partner, friends, or co-workers, but find youself misunderstood, angry, or lonely? Are you longing to be happier yet unable to figure out how to change? I have helped hundreds of people with similar concerns to experience more joy and success in their lives. Together we can examine your concerns from new perspectives and overcome the obstacles preventing you from achieving your innermost goals.
I devote my practice to helping adults, parents, teenagers, and children navigate normal transitions of life (love relationships, educational decisions, career impasses, parent-child relationships), as well as the more painful and uncertain ones (death of a loved one, divorce, serious or chronic illness, infertility).
"Are you worrying that you are stuck in old patterns of thinking and behaving regarding yourself and others that make you unhappy, depressed, anxious, or irritable? Are you trying to connect and communicate with a partner, friends, or co-workers, but find youself misunderstood, angry, or lonely? Are you longing to be happier yet unable to figure out how to change? I have helped hundreds of people with similar concerns to experience more joy and success in their lives. Together we can examine your concerns from new perspectives and overcome the obstacles preventing you from achieving your innermost goals.
(510) 470-7318 View (510) 470-7318
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Gail Susan Gordon
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT, SEP
Verified Verified
Albany, CA 94707
Parents, I’ll play and talk with you and your child together to strengthen your relationship.
You want to make positive changes that will last. I’ll work with you, or you and your child, to address whatever is getting in the way of living the life you’d like. There may be feelings that run the show, behaviors that seem unchangeable, or relationships and jobs/school that don’t meet your needs and dreams. Whatever your history and current challenges, there are ways to move forward. Even in this period of pandemic uncertainty, we can build your resilience, developing strengths and capacities that lead to a more fulfilling life.
Parents, I’ll play and talk with you and your child together to strengthen your relationship.
You want to make positive changes that will last. I’ll work with you, or you and your child, to address whatever is getting in the way of living the life you’d like. There may be feelings that run the show, behaviors that seem unchangeable, or relationships and jobs/school that don’t meet your needs and dreams. Whatever your history and current challenges, there are ways to move forward. Even in this period of pandemic uncertainty, we can build your resilience, developing strengths and capacities that lead to a more fulfilling life.
(925) 905-8105 View (925) 905-8105
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Carolyn Ponting
Psychologist, PhD
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Albany, CA 94706
Dr. Ponting is a licensed clinical psychologist specialized in treating anxiety, traumatic stress, and depression in adults and children. In her roles as a researcher and clinician, she focuses on improving mental health during the transition to parenthood, including pregnancy and the postpartum period. Dr. Ponting also works with families with young children ages 2-6 who have experienced a recent traumatic event.
Dr. Ponting is a licensed clinical psychologist specialized in treating anxiety, traumatic stress, and depression in adults and children. In her roles as a researcher and clinician, she focuses on improving mental health during the transition to parenthood, including pregnancy and the postpartum period. Dr. Ponting also works with families with young children ages 2-6 who have experienced a recent traumatic event.
(415) 301-2339 View (415) 301-2339
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Rachel Greenberg
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Albany, CA 94706
I have worked with children of all ages, couples and individuals and believe that life transitions offer great opportunity for growth and change in a therapeutic setting.
Are you ready for change and personal growth? Would like to explore and experience more fulfilling relationships? People seek therapy for many reasons, often it is when they are confronted by a challenging life circumstance or interested in resolving familiar issues or breaking destructive patterns. Whatever your reason for wanting therapy at this time, chances are you would like to feel happier more of the time.
I have worked with children of all ages, couples and individuals and believe that life transitions offer great opportunity for growth and change in a therapeutic setting.
Are you ready for change and personal growth? Would like to explore and experience more fulfilling relationships? People seek therapy for many reasons, often it is when they are confronted by a challenging life circumstance or interested in resolving familiar issues or breaking destructive patterns. Whatever your reason for wanting therapy at this time, chances are you would like to feel happier more of the time.
(510) 250-3886 View (510) 250-3886
Child Therapists
Child psychologists in Albany, CA provide mental health therapy to children and are experts in child development.

Every comprehensive review of therapy with children shows that all credible approaches, when performed by a competent mental health clinician, produce almost the same results. About half of all kids will get better. Of those that improve, 80% will show progress in a relatively short time, while the remaining 20% will need longer-term support.

The best child therapists in Albany build great relationships with the child and the parent. They also see the child's strengths and are open to hearing the child's possible solutions to the challenges the child faces. Finally, a good therapist appreciates the child's culture and is sensitive to the values of the child's community.