Child Therapists in La Jolla, CA

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Martha Diamond
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Self-awareness and understanding of our internal needs and motivations is one of the greatest gifts we can give ourselves and the ones we love. Our experiences as children are woven into our adult selves, and interact with our temperaments, life circumstances and connections with others. When these threads get tangled, psychotherapy can help us understand why and guide us in either untying the knots, or learning to accept them as part of the beauty of the fabric of who we are.
(858) 914-4223 
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La Jolla, CA 92037
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Ran D Anbar
MD, FAAP
Verified
I am a pediatrician whose work focuses on helping children help themselves in dealing with many issues common to childhood including anxiety, bedwetting, dealing with chronic disease, depression, headaches, habit cough, hair pulling, insomnia, irritable bowel syndrome, pain, phobias, seizures, shortness of breath, tics, and vocal cord dysfunction. I also help children improve their academic and athletic performance, deal with existential questions, and develop a better spiritual understanding.
(858) 766-5214 
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La Jolla, CA 92037
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Deisy Cristina Boscán-La Jolla Psychology Center
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Play therapy is an important component of the specialized child psychoanalytic training process that enables me to develop a relationship with the child .
As a psychoanalyst I believe that an individual's feelings and behaviors are motivated by a variety of unconscious factors often resulting in people feeling stuck. Psychoanalysis helps individuals finally break these habits by understanding their root causes and enable significant changes at the very core of one's emotional responses. Using these experiences, the analyst helps the patient work on a deeply unconscious level to eliminate unproductive and destructive patterns. This opens the patient to new, fresh and genuine experiences and solutions in their lives. This process is achievable through empathy and respect.
(619) 304-4638 
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La Jolla, CA 92037
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Yvonne Venger
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
I have extensive experience working with children and adolescents from all homes, particularly from military families.
My goal as a psychotherapist is to work with my clients to help them heal from their pain, make positive changes in their lives, and improve their sense of well-being. My background includes working with people of all ages and backgrounds, and extensive experience treating anxiety, depression, adjustment difficulties, stress management, life transitions, relationship issues, crisis, military family issues, pre and post-partum concerns, infertility, school adjustment, ADHD and parenting issues. Currently my focus is on working with children and young adults, helping them navigate transitions and better cope with life. I provide individual, couples, family and group therapy.
(858) 450-9112 
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La Jolla, CA 92037
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Phyllis Tyson
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Hello and welcome! I am a licensed psychologist with over 40 years of experience. I work with preschoolers, children , adolescents and adults who struggle with anxiety, depression, grief and loss, anger management, and identity issues whether they be around sexuality, gender, religion or culture. My years of experience have led me to believe that there is nothing more precious than our emotional and physical health, and the emotional and physical health of those we love.
 
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La Jolla, CA 92037
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Ian Schere
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Parent- Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) incorporates social learning theory and attachment theory.
One of the most important things for parents of pre-teens to remember, is that the biggest motivation for your child 's behaviors is attention from you. Your child will try all sorts of things to get and keep your attention, and those behaviors that work will increase while those behaviors that don't will typically go away. Children love and thrive on praise from their parents, but in many cases, those behaviors that yield negative attention from you (such as yelling or punishing) will often reinforce those unappreciated behaviors, as well.
(619) 847-0202 
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La Jolla, CA 92037
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Julia Allen
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
I help children , adults, families, and couples break free from these unhealthy cycles, rewrite their life narratives, and make changes to create a life truly worth living.
Are you living a life you love, or are you stuck in the familiar “one step forward, two steps back” dance? Life can be colorfully painful, beautifully complicated, and completely overwhelming—and none of us were given a how-to guide. We all experience complicated twists and unexpected turns that cause sadness, worry, anger, and destructive patterns with food, drugs, alcohol, and within our closest relationships. Our lives are too short to lose precious time to unhappiness, feeling hopeless, and being stuck in the same vicious cycles. Therapy can give you a personalized roadmap to help you design a life you love.
(858) 585-9638 
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La Jolla, CA 92037
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Joel D Lazar
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Dr. Lazar facilitates individual, family and couples counseling. He works with adults who are coping with depression, loss, anxiety, and worry and those who have present or childhood stressors that have made it hard to feel good about themselves or enjoy life. He also works extensively with kids, teens and parents to help families get along better and cooperate for everyone's benefit. In addition to working with children who misbehave, he helps kids who get sad, angry or worry excessively. He treats his clients as teammates to brainstorm solutions to challenges, and help clients also see their blessings.
(619) 324-3913 
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La Jolla, CA 92037
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Georgina Anaya
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Life does not come with a manual of "what to do when", we are having a difficult time communicating, or we are afraid that if we do, it will result in conflict and disconnect. Are we trying to rebuild trust after betrayal? Perhaps you are a parent and you are seeing your child struggle with school, relationships, anger, or behaviors that are impacting their wellbeing. You may also be experiencing discomfort during a current life transition and I can understand the process of waiting and re-building can be painful.
(619) 393-6040 
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La Jolla, CA 92037
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Janelle B Pineda Farias
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
I commit to working with children , adolescents, and adults that are going up against depression and anxiety.
From time to time we may need support during a challenging time in our life. I look forward to meeting with you and working with you to reach the power of acceptance and be on your journey when reaching your goals. I hope to work with you to enhance your strengths and empower you to live a happier life and to look forward to the future.
(858) 295-3119 
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La Jolla, CA 92038
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Joseph Edwards LMFT Psychotherapy
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
If you find that you or your child are struggling with unique and painful challenges, I am qualified to help. I do so by using clinical knowledge, compassion, respect, and humor to create a safe therapeutic environment for my clients to learn about and improve themselves. I have been working in the mental health field since 2006, and I've been working as a Therapist since 2010. Also, I am currently the Clinical Supervisor at a psychosis prevention clinic. I treat clients who have experienced severe mental illness (SMI) ranging from mood and anxiety disorders to chronic schizophrenia.
(619) 780-2902 
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La Jolla, CA 92037
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Grow Through Life Counseling: Kids, Teens & Family
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Concerned about your child or teen? I help children and teens with a wide range of problems including: acting out, low grades, wrong peer group, noncompliance, recent changes, blended families, post divorce needs. I work with: ADHD, Learning Disorders, Autism, and Asperger's. Often, families are an important part of the treatment process. I help parents struggling with behavioral problems and create effective treatment plans. I have helped hundreds of families and I am confident I can help you. My practice is focused on making positive steps forward in goal setting, self-esteem, and emotional regulation.
(619) 378-7281 
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La Jolla, CA 92039
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Laura Christofferson Celnar
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, RPT
Verified
Do you struggle with what to do to "manage" your child 's behavior? Do you find yourself triggered by your child 's actions? Are you interested in taking a more peaceful/positive parenting approach, but aren't sure how to make it work with your child ? As a Registered Play Therapist with over 20 years of working with children and families, I specialize in helping overwhelmed parents learn strategies to lovingly set limits, build connection, and heal intergenerational wounds that can impact parenting.
(619) 367-9515 
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La Jolla, CA 92037
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Anna Jean Berman
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, PsyD, RPT
Verified
Is your child struggling through a tough situation like divorce or school stress? Covid has impacted everyone so much and many times kids/teens get overlooked. You are doing your best to support them and find balance in this chaotic time, yet sometimes you find yourself stuck: your child is behaving in uncharacteristic ways, and you're at a loss. I help by providing a unique space with creative tools for your child or teen to express themselves without worrying about being a burden. With my support, children , adolescents and teens learn how to regulate themselves, feel empowered, and discover their place in their world.
(858) 956-8065 
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La Jolla, CA 92037
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Paula Waisman
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Psychotherapy offers a unique opportunity to examine issues that impact our quality of life. I help bring awareness to the source of emotional stress, help you with better self-understanding and more realistic expectations, while working together to arrive at solutions. I have had experience working with young adults, adolescents, children and families in various practice settings, including private practice, schools, hospitals and university counseling centers. Currently,my practice is mostly individual psychotherapy, as well as psychological assessment. I also provide ADHD and learning disability evaluations.
(619) 663-4973 
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La Jolla, CA 92037
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Courtney Giboi
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Half of my practice is with children , teens, and families and the other half is with trauma survivors and international populations of all ages.
*Accepting new clients* Stress, disconnection, transition, stuckness. These are extremely difficult human experiences. Yet, our societies, cultures, and learned responses often tell us to move on, hide, or push away our real experiences. Having worked in a variety of international, educational, and clinical settings, I’ve been privileged to witness how exploring one’s challenges and pain can provide meaning, healing, and growth. Grounded in both the science and personalized applications of psychology and therapy, I believe the earlier we can process and make meaning of our experiences, the more meaningful life opportunities await.
(858) 289-6234 
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La Jolla, CA 92037
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Willa Marquis
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
“What happened to my happy child ?” Parents often come to me feeling overwhelmed and confused by their child ’s obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) or anxiety. Often it starts with a small fear – about something bad happening to Mom or Dad, about getting sick, about failing a quiz – but the anxiety grows over time and keeps your child from the calm and joy you wish for them. Your child may retreat and avoid people and situations that used to bring them happiness. Many parents do their best to help them regain control of their thoughts and emotions, but they become disheartened when their efforts seem to make no difference.
(619) 439-1893 
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La Jolla, CA 92037
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Julio Vieyramazon
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Julio is a bilingual Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of California. He has experience working with children , adults, couples, and families. Julio is a warm, client centered therapist, focused on bringing clarity to life's struggles. Julio's education and professional training has led him to gain a variety of experience working with different populations. Julio helps his clients embark on a journey called therapy, where clients find wonders they did not know existed.
(858) 221-9078 
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La Jolla, CA 92037
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BrightMind Therapy
Psychologist, PhD, MS
Verified
BrightMind is a group practice of therapists treating children , adolescents and young adults. BrightMind's mission is to provide treatments that are youth-focused and evidence-based. As practitioner-scientists trained at UCSD, we are committed to providing treatments supported by scientific evidence. Our treatments are tailored for our clients' age and developmental stage. BrightMind strives to instill youth and their families with the skills and insight necessary to independently manage stress, mental health challenges, and life experiences. All of our behavioral treatments reflect our values, which are: science-based, child -empowe
(619) 452-3950 
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La Jolla, CA 92037
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Kaitlyn Egan
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
As a child and adolescent psychologist, I provide cognitive-behavioral, evidence-based interventions that are tailored to fit the individual needs of your child or family.
Life is hard enough for your teen – then you throw in puberty, a slow-growing prefrontal cortex, social media pressures, academic pressure, family conflict, peer conflict, maybe even a biological tendency to be more emotionally sensitive – and ta-da! The perfect Petri dish for anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues has been created. Or maybe your child hasn’t hit teenagehood yet, but they’re exhibiting problem behaviors and/or emotion dysregulation that you both could use some help managing. My goal is to help you and your child make sense of what's happening and together find ways to improve your quality of life.
(650) 275-5508 
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La Jolla, CA 92037
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Child Therapists
Child psychologists in La Jolla, 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 La Jolla 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.