Education and Learning Disabilities Therapists in San Juan Capistrano, CA

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Maria Martin
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Verified
I value the emotional and cognitive approach to learning and the needs of each child.
As a therapist, I specialize in working with children, adolescents, and teens that struggle with anxiety issues, anger, attachment repairs and struggles dealing with learning disabilities associated with school, sports and home life. I also work with individuals, couples and families that struggle with marital issues as well as family struggles. I utilize a Client-Centered approach as well as Emotionally Focused Therapy that can help to uncover the disconnect and struggles in relationships and can include anxiety and families feeling stuck, not being able to communicate. We will uncover those issues together .
(657) 317-7335
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San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
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Dianna Stark
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, CAMS, CAMF
Verified
Verified
I am a psychotherapist with 20 years experience. I am licensed to practice in 3 states, CA, NY and NJ. I provide in person therapy in beautiful San Juan Capistrano. Online therapy services are also available for some clients. I hold numerous specialty certifications and I have extensive training in, cognitive behavioral therapy and psychodynamic (insight oriented) psychotherapy. I provide short and long term treatment, depending on a client's needs and wishes. Some of my specialties include: Anxiety disorders and stress management, physician burnout, eating disorders, substance abuse, anger management, depression, communication issues, relationship/marital issues, special education advocacy and learning disabilities
(949) 536-9359
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San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
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Dr. Heather Kaplan-Santos
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
Assessments are offered for the following: accurate diagnosis of ADHD, learning disabilities/differences including Specific Learning Disabilities, IQ testing, achievement testing, anxiety, depression, trauma, and personality disorders.
Some of the presenting themes I work with include feeling "stuck", anxiety and rumination, difficulty with achieving goals, overwhelm, disconnection from self or others, lack of motivation, loss of independence, and loss of joy. I work by providing support and psycho-education related to these experiences to reconnect you to hope and wellness. My goal is to provide you a safe place to process, a place to feel connected, and to provide you an opportunity for you to feel heard. My approach is designed to provide you with insight about how your mind works and help you to create a plan that optimizes your functioning and well-being.
(949) 539-0663
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San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
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Lisa Klipfel
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT
Verified
2 Endorsed
Verified
2 Endorsed
Are you worried about your kids? Do you want them to be happy? Most parents naturally worry about their children, but when additional factors play into the equation such as a divorce, medical illness, attention issues, difficulty with anger, academic struggles or an anxious mood things get more complicated and difficult to handle for both kids and caregivers. I am hear to help you navigate through this time, and to assist your child is coping with life in a more productive manner, making them a happier kid. Together we can give your child some relief.
(949) 391-4254
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San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
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Erica Curtis
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, ATR-BC
Verified
Verified
When life gets difficult, talk often isn't enough. With creative strategies, compassionate support, and cutting-edge tools, you can get past your past, feel more connected, and experience confidence, clarity, and joy. I am fascinated by the latest evidence on how we can bring about lasting change. I listen intently & share my thoughts. We'll get to the heart of the matter and connect the dots. Sure, we will talk. But we will do much more. Many find that talking to a therapist may produce some results, but that gains are often temporary. I specialize in approaches specifically geared toward deep and long-lasting change.
(424) 543-7185
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San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
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Janice Avalone
Marriage & Family Therapist, PsyD, LMFT
Verified
Verified
My role is to help guide each individual’s journey towards building emotional confidence and developing healthy relationships. As a licensed psychotherapist, providing individual and family counseling, my education includes a Masters and Doctorate Degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University and The Chicago School of Psychology.
(949) 942-8843
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San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
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Erin Popp
Licensed Educational Psychologist, MA, PPS, LEP
Verified
Verified
Do you find yourself feeling anxious and depressed dealing with all of the pressures of daily life? Do you struggle in your relationships and are looking to create more peaceful interactions? After 27 years working as a psychologist, I have a tremendous amount of compassion and understanding for the struggles and challenges we face to become contributing members of society today. I work with individuals to identify unhealthy thought patterns or behaviors that get in the way of personal fulfillment and develop positive changes. When working with adolescents, I strive to also help parents understand them and develop better connections
(949) 528-8130
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San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
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Dana Caballero
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW
Verified
Verified
Have you been feeling anxious? Has parenting become overwhelming? Are you looking for a steady path forward despite life transitions? I have a strengths based approach to therapy and can help you gain the coping skills you are searching for. When extreme or long term stressors occur, past coping skills may no longer work. Therapy is a chance to re-set your approach and gain more effective strategies to reduce anxiety. I specialize in working with children, adolescents and adults experiencing panic disorder, anxiety, depression and ADHD as well as health changes and grief and loss.
(949) 484-5279
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San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
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Deb Watt
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT, MACP, EMDR
Verified
Verified
Peace and quiet, love and laughter. Bonds that unite and relationships that matter. Imagine such a life? Suffering is a part of living but only to a point, not this jagged line tearing you and those you care about apart. Despair lurks in your bedroom at night and at dawn. You awaken to another doomsday. Watching those you love struggle, is struggle for you, too. You smile and try to be helpfully nice, you are trying as best you know how, but nothing is working. No one is listening, no one sees you, or understands. No one is really there for you or for those you love. You are at a dead end and in need of tender care.
(714) 515-6529
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San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
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Walk Intuit Inc.
Counselor, MA, LPCC
Verified
4 Endorsed
Verified
4 Endorsed
Are you needing some help navigating your life journey? We are here to walk alongside you while you heal. You are not what has happened to you. Your trauma and pain does not define you. Sometimes in order to separate from our story we must tell our story, understand it, and truly be heard and acknowledged. You are so much more than your story. As your therapy team we will help you to navigate your own healing journey. Whether you have experienced trauma, are struggling with lack of purpose, feeling empty or alone, or experiencing feeling fragmented or broken. You are not alone and healing is possible!
(714) 364-9242
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San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
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Anne (Sofie) Lassen Foley
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
Verified
My approach is centered around the belief that each individual is unique and therefore has a unique set of underlying needs and values that deserve to be nurtured. In a society that drives in the fast lane, I believe that it is fundamental to get in touch with that which brings meaning, fulfillment and balance to your life. I support my clients to externalize their struggle so that problem areas can be explored objectively rather than attributed to dysfunction. You are not your anxiety or depression; it’s time that you understand these symptoms and begin to empower yourself with the strengths you already possess.
(833) 747-0223
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San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
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Heidi A Berman
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, MFCT
Verified
Verified
Do you or someone close to you have noticeable mood changes or periods of anxiety & depression that are interfering with your life? Is your child not the same youngster he/she used to be? I am a highly experienced PhD. with specializations in Mood Disorders (e.g. Bipolar, Depression), Anxiety Disorders, Eating Disorders, and all Addictions. Additionally, I have substantial experience in virtually all areas of mental health. I work hard for you to make the therapy process both comfortable and rewarding. My practice is open to adults,teens, children, couples and families. Phone consultation (therapy) is available during or after-hours.
(949) 390-9274
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San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
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Kiana Behnood
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
Dr. Kiana Behnood is a clinical psychologist with years of experience specializing in the treatment of children, adolescents, adults, and seniors. Dr. Behnood earned her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Alliant International University, San Diego where her dissertation research focused on bullying students with special needs. Dr. Behnood has worked in a diverse range of settings across San Diego, Orange, and Los Angeles County.
(323) 214-3360
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Psychological Testing & Evaluations - Dr. Dean
Psychologist, PsyD, QME, Author
Verified
Verified
I'm Dr. Dean Leav, licensed psychologist and qualified medical evaluator (QME). I've been featured on NBC, KCAL, HLN, and other programs as an expert psychologist. I provide Evaluation Services, including (and not limited to): diagnostics (ADHD, Autism, Learning Dis.), cognitive/neuropsychological evaluations, workers' compensation (QME/AME), immigration-related evaluations, pre-adoption psychological evaluations, parenting/bonding assessments, drug & alcohol evaluations, pre-employment evaluations, and legal/forensics/criminal evaluations. These evaluations may be used to meet eligibility for certain services or accommodations.
(424) 392-7785
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Mission Viejo, CA 92691
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Psychological Testing & Evaluations - Dr. Dean
Psychologist, PsyD, QME, Author
Verified
Verified
I'm Dr. Dean Leav, licensed psychologist and qualified medical evaluator (QME). I've been featured on NBC, KCAL, HLN, and other programs as an expert psychologist. I provide Evaluation Services, including (and not limited to): diagnostics (ADHD, Autism, Learning Dis.), cognitive/neuropsychological evaluations, workers' compensation (QME/AME), immigration-related evaluations, pre-adoption psychological evaluations, parenting/bonding assessments, drug & alcohol evaluations, pre-employment evaluations, and legal/forensics/criminal evaluations. These evaluations may be used to meet eligibility for certain services or accommodations.
(949) 694-3836
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Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
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Psychological Testing & Evaluations - Dr. Dean
Psychologist, PsyD, QME, Author
Verified
Verified
I'm Dr. Dean Leav, licensed psychologist and qualified medical evaluator (QME). I've been featured on NBC, KCAL, HLN, and other programs as an expert psychologist. I provide Evaluation Services, including (and not limited to): diagnostics (ADHD, Autism, Learning Dis.), cognitive/neuropsychological evaluations, workers' compensation (QME/AME), immigration-related evaluations, pre-adoption psychological evaluations, parenting/bonding assessments, drug & alcohol evaluations, pre-employment evaluations, and legal/forensics/criminal evaluations. These evaluations may be used to meet eligibility for certain services or accommodations.
(949) 328-6161
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Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
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Psychological Testing & Evaluations - Dr. Dean
Psychologist, PsyD, QME, Author
Verified
Verified
I'm Dr. Dean Leav, licensed psychologist and qualified medical evaluator (QME). I've been featured on NBC, KCAL, HLN, and other programs as an expert psychologist. I provide Evaluation Services, including (and not limited to): diagnostics (ADHD, Autism, Learning Dis.), cognitive/neuropsychological evaluations, workers' compensation (QME/AME), immigration-related evaluations, pre-adoption psychological evaluations, parenting/bonding assessments, drug & alcohol evaluations, pre-employment evaluations, and legal/forensics/criminal evaluations. These evaluations may be used to meet eligibility for certain services or accommodations.
(949) 274-4852
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Laguna Niguel, CA 92677
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Psychological Testing & Evaluations - Dr. Dean
Psychologist, PsyD, QME, Author
Verified
Verified
I'm Dr. Dean Leav, licensed psychologist and qualified medical evaluator (QME). I've been featured on NBC, KCAL, HLN, and other programs as an expert psychologist. I provide Evaluation Services, including (and not limited to): diagnostics (ADHD, Autism, Learning Dis.), cognitive/neuropsychological evaluations, workers' compensation (QME/AME), immigration-related evaluations, pre-adoption psychological evaluations, parenting/bonding assessments, drug & alcohol evaluations, pre-employment evaluations, and legal/forensics/criminal evaluations. These evaluations may be used to meet eligibility for certain services or accommodations.
(424) 232-0955
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Mission Viejo, CA 92691
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Dr. Colleen Long - Clarity California
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
Verified
Clarity California provides therapy, psychological, and neuropsychological assessment for individuals aged 5-85, for; diagnostic clarification, memory/executive functioning issues, ADHD, learning disabilities, personality testing, pre-operative surgery evaluations (gastric sleeve, gastric bypass, spinal cord stimulator). We also provide evaluations for egg donor and gestational surrogate candidates.
(949) 216-5713 x1
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Mission Viejo, CA 92691
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Tara Hawkins
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
Verified
I offer psychological testing for children and adults including ADHD testing (children and adults), learning disability evaluations, autism evaluations, and forensic evaluations.
Homework taking 3 hours per night? Is your child struggling in school? Or maybe your child is not acting like themselves and everything you do does not help. I understand how this can worry a parent and what you may be going through. This is where a psychological evaluation is beneficial and can assist you and your child because ultimately your child has the potential to succeed. A psychological evaluation can provide insight into issues that may be difficult to uncover simply through talk therapy. I accept most insurances.
(949) 577-6827
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Laguna Beach, CA 92607
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Education and Learning Disabilities Therapists

How effective is treatment for learning disabilities?

When initiated early and tailored to a child’s specific needs, learning disability treatment can be quite effective at helping a child cope with their disability, though its exact efficacy may depend on the severity of symptoms and whether comorbid disorders exist. Less is known about treatment initiated in adulthood, but it is certainly possible that an adult with a learning disability will see some improvement—or at the very least, identify workarounds and accommodations that could make symptoms less burdensome in day-to-day life.

When should someone seek treatment for learning disabilities?

It’s best to seek treatment as early as possible. Because learning disabilities often go unnoticed until a child starts school, or even until they’re a few years along, regular check-ins with teachers and doctors can help parents determine whether children are meeting milestones and keeping up with peers or whether an evaluation for learning disabilities may be warranted. And although earlier is always better, it’s never too late to be evaluated for learning disabilities and to seek treatment.

What happens if learning disabilities are left untreated?

Undiagnosed and untreated learning disabilities can be a source of significant frustration and shame for a child, who may feel that their challenges stem from a lack of intelligence or willpower. Such feelings can trigger low self-esteem, depression, or anxiety, which may push a child toward risky behaviors, including substance use. In adulthood, untreated learning disabilities can interfere with career success, and lingering feelings of self-doubt and shame can negatively affect someone’s mental health.

Are there medications for learning disabilities?

Currently, there are no medications designed to treat specific learning disabilities such as dysgraphia or dyscalculia. However, someone with a learning disability may be prescribed medication for a comorbid condition, such as anxiety, depression, or ADHD, which may have positive downstream effects on their learning disability; for example, a child with both ADHD and dyslexia may find that they’re better able to focus on their reading exercises after being prescribed a stimulant medication.