Child Therapists in Santa Monica, CA

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Christine Mckenna
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT, LPCC
Verified
I treat children , adolescents and their families in my practice. Examples of issues I address include depression, anxiety, learning and behavioral challenges, bullying and conflict with peers, divorce, step-families, death of a parent or sibling, sexual, emotional or physical abuse, school refusal, school phobia, self-harming behaviors, and identity issues.
(424) 304-0124 
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Santa Monica, CA 90405
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Karen Clay Beck
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, MA, AMFT
Verified
I enjoy working with clients from children , adolescents, and teens, older adults, and those who are moving through life transitions, divorce, grief and loss, anxiety, depression, chronic pain, multicultural contentions, and trauma.
As a registered Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, I embrace success in working with clients by utilizing integrative forms of psychotherapy that harmonize well to their specific needs, motivation, and treatment goals. My active engagement encompasses Emotion Regulation Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, mindfulness and meditation interventions.
(310) 807-1866 
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Santa Monica, CA 90405
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Dhanya Murali
Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, MA, APCC
Verified
I work with children (6+), teens, adults, and aging adults.
Life can be tricky, but also a beautiful journey of learning, growing, and experiencing change. You may wish to cope with conflict better, have a hard time resisting temptation, or frequently feel overwhelmed. I offer a safe, non-judgmental space where you can be your true self. Through learning and practicing the art of self-compassion, we will work together to help navigate the challenges you're facing. As your emotional tour guide, I can bring awareness to perspectives you may be missing and provide tools that will be forever useful. Clients say that I make sessions fun without sacrificing the hard work that can change your life.
(818) 647-9256 
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Santa Monica, CA 90405
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Kadie Bogart
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Through play therapy children will have an opportunity to work through their struggles and learn coping skills.
Being a kid is today’s world can be tough and helping your little one navigate through the struggles and hardships as a parent, can sometimes feel overwhelming. That’s where I come in. As a licensed professional therapist with over 7 years of private practice experience, I specialize in child and adolescent behaviors, parenting skills, and perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. I have a passion for helping children and parents realize their full potential by educating and working with them on issues that may be holding them back.
(424) 275-2562 
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Santa Monica, CA 90404
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Ali (Alexandria) Wolfe-Grady
Marriage & Family Therapist, MACP, LMFT, APCC
Verified
I am inclusive to all ages, including children , adolescents, and adults.
I find the best way for me to help people reach their goals is to work collaboratively and to build a therapeutic relationship based on trust, honesty, and openness. An individualized therapeutic approach is imperative for helping explore my clients’ unique life experiences. We work together utilizing an eclectic interactive approach that encourages feedback and collaboration to shape treatment to meet a client's individual needs. Together we formulate a plan to address achieving specific short-term goals aimed at improving daily life in addition to long term growth focusing on personal development.
(805) 608-3474 
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Santa Monica, CA 90403
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Kristen Welke
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
My favorite clients to work with are children and teens ages 5 to 18 as well as young adults ages 19 - 35. I have an innate ability to connect and communicate with children and teens while at the same time being able to form a relationship with their parents to assist in the work they are doing in therapy. I work to create a safe, non-judgmental space that allows clients to be themselves. As a therapist, I show up authentically and establish a real connection using empathy, creativity, and humor.
(424) 383-6792 
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Santa Monica, CA 90403
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Dr. Kathleen Carroll-Wray
Psychologist, PsyD
Verified
I love working with children , adolescents and young women who have "behavioral problems," "worry too much," have "big emotions," or struggle socially. My clients typically experience more of the world and feel the world more deeply than others. While this can be scary and lead to challenging behaviors, over time, a big heart is a super-power. Parents who come to my office often wonder: a) "will this help?" b) "will you understand my child ?" and "c) if you understand my kid, will you then judge me?" My answers are a) "yes. It can even be fun" b) "that's my main goal" c) "not a chance."
(626) 658-3901 
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Santa Monica, CA 90404
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Daniel Anderson PhD, Adult-Child Psychotherapy
Psychologist, PhD
Verified
I have specialized experience and training in child -adolescent psychology that focuses on your child 's potential.
You may already have answers to your struggles, though these answers are unconscious. I specialize in working with your unconscious, the side of you that is neglected, ignored or rejected. This is a powerful mode of therapy that can help you with your anxiety, depression or relationships. I work with adults, and have specialized training to work with children , adolescents and their parents. My work with children focuses on play therapy, the child 's best form of communication. With adults I use my Jungian training in dreamwork and symbolism to access the unheard side of yourself, which can enrich your life and relieve your suffering.
(424) 290-8367 
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Santa Monica, CA 90401
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Kathryn Sparks
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
I am a member of The Los Angeles Gender Center, working with transgender and non-conforming children , adolescents and adults in my home office.
With a background in the entertainment business, I have always been fascinated with other people and their stories. I see therapy as a creative, collaborative process in which I work closely with individuals, couples and families to find new ways of understanding their unique narrative. I believe I can help clients find acceptance, empowerment and purpose.
(424) 543-1164 
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Santa Monica, CA 90402
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Anna Major
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Your past pain is real and it is common for that past pain to hurt in the present. You don't have to "just accept it". I have success working with clients experiencing trauma, anxiety, depression, ADHD, domestic abuse, maternal mental health issues, family discord, and also have extensive experience working with children , adolescents and families. My clients trust that I can help them over come whatever their challenges are. One of my passions is Prenatal Bonding and psychology, enhancing the bond between mother and child to improve birth outcomes and reduce difficulty in delivery.
(818) 280-8006 
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Santa Monica, CA 90405
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Renee Schwartz
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, PhD, LCSW, MSW
Verified
I've had specialized post-masters and post-doctoral training in the following areas: child and adolescent psychotherapy and accompanying parent work; loss and grief support; and pre and post-divorce counseling.
In my 30+ years of experience, I have tried to create a non-judgmental environment of openness and collaboration with my clients. I have found that most people are looking for understanding, clarification and a path to hope and healing.
(424) 387-3831 
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Santa Monica, CA 90401
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Sally Hackman
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD, MFT
Verified
People are my passion! Is life for you or your child not going the way you'd like? In a supportive and confidential environment we can work together to identify the obstacles that are in the way of life being all that you want for yourself, your relationships, or your child . There are many approaches to psychotherapy, but research indicates that the patient-therapist relationship is a crucial factor. The beginning of therapy is creating that relationship and building trust. My focus is the present but I use the past that lives inside you to free you from its influence.
(310) 846-8118 
Santa Monica, CA 90402
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Sheherezad Shashaani
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
Is life too stressful for you? Is your relationship suffering? Do you feel depressed, anxious, or angry due to individual, relationship, family or career issues? Are you concerned about achieving your goals, and wonder about meaning of your life? Has this affected your self esteem and hope for resolving your issues? If so, you will find me compassionate, understanding, comfortable and safe in helping you connect to the strength within you. Together we will work to bring about healing and improve the quality of your life. I am a Jungian oriented psychotherapist specializing in working with individuals, couples, and children .
(424) 329-6941 
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Santa Monica, CA 90403
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Zobra Hemphill-Ward
Marriage & Family Therapist Associate, AMFT
Verified
Are you or your child struggling with anxiety, depression, or behavioral issues? Have you found yourself feeling stuck or unable to create change? Therapy can help you cope with these challenges and set you up for future success. I find a positive and trusting client-therapist relationship to be the most essential component of the therapeutic process and place an emphasis on creating a safe and non-judgmental space for effective reflection and growth. Incorporating humanistic, mindfulness, and strengths-based approaches, I work with anxiety, depression, self-esteem, oppositional defiance, high-risk behavior, and family dynamics.
(424) 233-1039 
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Santa Monica, CA 90404
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Jessica Ehrman
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
I have extensive experience working with children /teens/adults, school-based counseling, trauma, anxiety, divorce, depression, OCD, & LGBTQIA+.
Are you tired of working with therapists who you feel don’t understand you, are boring and outdated, and say “mhm” or “how does that make you feel” all session? I’m here to help make therapy fun, engaging, and a safe place for you to comfortably explore your emotions and learn new healthy coping skills along the way. Therapy doesn’t have to be boring and I love to use fun and innovative pop-culture based interventions in my work. My professional geek therapy interests include the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Dungeons & Dragons, Roblox, Animal Crossing, video games, and all things Star Wars. I have a soft-spot for Disney villains.
(949) 539-0259 
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Santa Monica, CA 90403
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Mary Starks
Counselor, MA, LPCC
Verified
I have 3 specialties, individuals who struggle in their current relationship, play therapy with children and an 8-week Circle of Security parenting group which is offered on an ongoing basis and are specifically designed to help parents who want to improve their relationship with their children and or improve upon parenting skills.
I am a psychotherapist, licensed therapist in California and Arizona I have 15 years of experience in research, hospital, community agency and private practice settings. I specialize in trauma and helping people navigate difficult relationships. My approach is psychoanalytic and collaborative in nature and I have an enduring interest in psychological crises and struggles within relationships. I'm interested in how our attachment histories can contribute to our current states and how they've shaped who we are.
(310) 388-6796 
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Santa Monica, CA 90403
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Jessica La Rocca
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT
Verified
My work as a therapist is to improve lives by energizing and empowering children , teenagers, and young adults to learn to love themselves and be the best they can be. I am dedicated to finding dynamic and creative ways to bring about inner healing while establishing a unique and genuine relationship with each client.
(323) 419-0447 
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Santa Monica, CA 90401
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Annie Wilson
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, MS, LCSW
Verified
Working with individuals, couples, parents, and children from preschool age to adulthood requires an integrative way of working.
In my many years of experience, I have been fortunate to witness the curative benefits of the therapeutic relationship. My interest lies in working with individuals, from young children to adults, who are suffering from anxiety, depression, relationship issues, grief, loss, and trauma. The children and adolescents I have had in my practice have struggled with issues of divorce, adoption, peer pressures, anxiety, depression, sibling rivalry, and social difficulties. Utilizing a somatic understanding and focus has deepened the work with many clients, especially those who have experienced trauma.
(310) 740-9821 
Santa Monica, CA 90403
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Noah Rothschild
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT
Verified
I am skilled at inner child work, using Bradshaw's work with other empowering methods.
I am here to help you get unstuck and reclaim your natural state of joy, well-being, purpose, and vitality. "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate, our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure (Marianne Williamson)." In our fast-paced world, it's easy to lose touch with ourselves and our sense of well-being. This has led to a rise in depression/anxiety, substance abuse, marital/relationship issues, and other difficulties. I am skilled at alleviating these symptoms and have been successful in working with individuals, couples, children /adolescents, and families of all ages backgrounds.
(310) 801-0995 
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Santa Monica, CA 90401
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LA Teen Whisperer - Emerging Adulthood Specialist
Marriage & Family Therapist
Verified
Let me help you help your child .
I assist teens who are lagging in their developmental skills to boost their self-esteem, perform better in school, and prepare for college environments. I help parents to identify and support their teen’s needs, so they can better reach their maximum potential.
(424) 581-0115 
Santa Monica, CA 90401
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Child Therapists
Child psychologists in Santa Monica, 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 Santa Monica 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.