Samantha Molinar
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT Verified
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
Offers online therapy
I have extensive knowledge and training in working with children, adolescents, and young adults who suffer with addiction, depression, anxiety, and PTSD.
Hi! I want to first acknowledge that you have made the effort to seek out help by coming to this website, which means you already have awareness and acceptance that you may need additional support in your life right now. I commend you for taking that first step, it takes enormous strength. If you are someone who is finding your self stuck in unhealthy and maladaptive cycles, leading to strained or unhealthy relationships, unmet goals, lack of fulfillment, poor self esteem, or unhealthy behaviors, I am confident that I can help support you to overcome those barriers and help guide you towards achieving your goals.
(747) 271-5714
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Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
Offers online therapy
I have extensive knowledge and training in working with children, adolescents, and young adults who suffer with addiction, depression, anxiety, and PTSD.
Hi! I want to first acknowledge that you have made the effort to seek out help by coming to this website, which means you already have awareness and acceptance that you may need additional support in your life right now. I commend you for taking that first step, it takes enormous strength. If you are someone who is finding your self stuck in unhealthy and maladaptive cycles, leading to strained or unhealthy relationships, unmet goals, lack of fulfillment, poor self esteem, or unhealthy behaviors, I am confident that I can help support you to overcome those barriers and help guide you towards achieving your goals.
Jennifer Mundy
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT Verified
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
Offers online therapy
Jennifer has worked with young children and their families for over 20 years. As a Marriage and Family Therapist Jennifer works with children who have experienced trauma as well as children who have other behavioral challenges. Jennifer teaches children and parents new skills to help process thoughts and feelings related to traumatic life events, manage and resolve distressing thoughts, feelings and behaviors and enhance safety, growth, parenting skills and family communication.
(805) 360-5773
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Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
Offers online therapy
Jennifer has worked with young children and their families for over 20 years. As a Marriage and Family Therapist Jennifer works with children who have experienced trauma as well as children who have other behavioral challenges. Jennifer teaches children and parents new skills to help process thoughts and feelings related to traumatic life events, manage and resolve distressing thoughts, feelings and behaviors and enhance safety, growth, parenting skills and family communication.
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Jonathan Pappas
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT Verified
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
Offers online therapy
My experience includes extensive work with children, adolescents, adults, couples, elder adults, and families.
Change is constant in life. Let's work together to take control and create the life you imagine. My focus is to meet you where you are and provide collaborative support. My interventions are tailored to your unique situation and personal needs.
(805) 623-4349
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Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
Offers online therapy
My experience includes extensive work with children, adolescents, adults, couples, elder adults, and families.
Change is constant in life. Let's work together to take control and create the life you imagine. My focus is to meet you where you are and provide collaborative support. My interventions are tailored to your unique situation and personal needs.
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Luis F. Morales Knight
Psychologist, PhD Verified
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
Not accepting new clients
I serve parents and clients ages 0-26 (infants through young adulthood). I'm a human, imperfect parent myself, and I know just how hard the work of parenting is! I teach families to see and bring out the best in their children, and I teach children and young adults to find success even in the presence of difficulty and hardship.
(714) 643-8376
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Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
Not accepting new clients
I serve parents and clients ages 0-26 (infants through young adulthood). I'm a human, imperfect parent myself, and I know just how hard the work of parenting is! I teach families to see and bring out the best in their children, and I teach children and young adults to find success even in the presence of difficulty and hardship.
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Stazan K Sina
Psychologist, PhD Verified
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
Offers online therapy
I find that being a male therapist who has specialty training with children and adolescents is rare.
Although I work with children and adolescents individually, working with them alone is not sufficient. As a rule, I strive to incorporate parents in the process as much as possible. I also strongly believe in involving teachers, pediatricians, and other professionals in order to provide comprehensive treatment. As a parent myself, I am very aware of what it is like for me to entrust my childrens' care into the hands of another. For me, working with children is thus a very privileged thing. To be successful, I first start with earning the trust and respect of both parent and child.
(805) 244-5868
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Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
Offers online therapy
I find that being a male therapist who has specialty training with children and adolescents is rare.
Although I work with children and adolescents individually, working with them alone is not sufficient. As a rule, I strive to incorporate parents in the process as much as possible. I also strongly believe in involving teachers, pediatricians, and other professionals in order to provide comprehensive treatment. As a parent myself, I am very aware of what it is like for me to entrust my childrens' care into the hands of another. For me, working with children is thus a very privileged thing. To be successful, I first start with earning the trust and respect of both parent and child.
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Pejman Kosari
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT Verified
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
Offers online therapy
Do you self-medicate with substances to feel better? Has your marriage been affected by the needs of your child? Life can be challenging, and with specific tools, I can educate you on how to better manage your thoughts, feelings, and behavior.
Do you find yourself struggling with episodes of sadness? Do you feel anxious or have difficulty managing your emotions? Have you lost interest in activities you once enjoyed? Have you gone through a traumatic experience and continue to have flashbacks? If so, I can help you make sense of your past experiences so that you can live a life full of joy. You have the ability to live the life you so desire, and today you are one step closer to fulfilling that dream.
(818) 805-0803
Verified
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Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
Offers online therapy
Do you self-medicate with substances to feel better? Has your marriage been affected by the needs of your child? Life can be challenging, and with specific tools, I can educate you on how to better manage your thoughts, feelings, and behavior.
Do you find yourself struggling with episodes of sadness? Do you feel anxious or have difficulty managing your emotions? Have you lost interest in activities you once enjoyed? Have you gone through a traumatic experience and continue to have flashbacks? If so, I can help you make sense of your past experiences so that you can live a life full of joy. You have the ability to live the life you so desire, and today you are one step closer to fulfilling that dream.
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Darlynn Roscoe, LMFT
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, LMFT Verified
Thousand Oaks, CA 91361
I have extensive experience working with children, parents, and adolescents on many issues including anxiety, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, academic underachievement, peer relations, behavioral challenges, and parent/child struggles.
An important step toward living a happier and more fulfilling life involves recognizing the need and desire for change. I believe that therapy can be a very important and effective tool for bringing about positive change in one's life. I work collaboratively with you to set goals, and use strengths to complement and minimize weaknesses standing in the way of achieving these goals. I am passionate about working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families on a wide array of issues including anxiety, depression, parenting, behavioral challenges, self-esteem, relationship problems, and life transitions.
(805) 727-4017
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Thousand Oaks, CA 91361
I have extensive experience working with children, parents, and adolescents on many issues including anxiety, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, academic underachievement, peer relations, behavioral challenges, and parent/child struggles.
An important step toward living a happier and more fulfilling life involves recognizing the need and desire for change. I believe that therapy can be a very important and effective tool for bringing about positive change in one's life. I work collaboratively with you to set goals, and use strengths to complement and minimize weaknesses standing in the way of achieving these goals. I am passionate about working with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families on a wide array of issues including anxiety, depression, parenting, behavioral challenges, self-esteem, relationship problems, and life transitions.
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Candice Christensen
Associate Professional Clinical Counselor, MS Verified
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
Offers online therapy
I work with individuals, adults, children/teens & their families especially in the areas of self esteem and confidence, early intervention, trauma, coparenting, anxiety, stress & depression.
“Imperfections are not inadequacies; they are reminders that we’re all in this together. Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy...Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.”– Brené Brown. Whether you want to improve boundaries, increase self-esteem, address anxiety/depression, become a more effective parent or have more positive and meaningful relationships I am here to help you to achieve your goals.
(805) 243-2652
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Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
Offers online therapy
I work with individuals, adults, children/teens & their families especially in the areas of self esteem and confidence, early intervention, trauma, coparenting, anxiety, stress & depression.
“Imperfections are not inadequacies; they are reminders that we’re all in this together. Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy...Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.”– Brené Brown. Whether you want to improve boundaries, increase self-esteem, address anxiety/depression, become a more effective parent or have more positive and meaningful relationships I am here to help you to achieve your goals.
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Sandy McGlynn
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW Verified
Thousand Oaks, CA 91358
Offers online therapy
Are you looking to find more peace, connection, and balance as a parent, partner, and individual? Are you tired of the constant power struggles with your child? I can help you learn techniques that allow you resolve conflicts where both parties walk away feeling complete, help you become more mindful, and increase your self-awareness. If you are seeking to move away from traditional ways of parenting, improve your own emotional health, and build upon your strengths, I offer a safe space to support you on your journey. My integrative therapeutic techniques are tailored to your specific life experiences.
(805) 301-9612
Verified
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Thousand Oaks, CA 91358
Offers online therapy
Are you looking to find more peace, connection, and balance as a parent, partner, and individual? Are you tired of the constant power struggles with your child? I can help you learn techniques that allow you resolve conflicts where both parties walk away feeling complete, help you become more mindful, and increase your self-awareness. If you are seeking to move away from traditional ways of parenting, improve your own emotional health, and build upon your strengths, I offer a safe space to support you on your journey. My integrative therapeutic techniques are tailored to your specific life experiences.
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Donna Goodman
Marriage & Family Therapist, MFT Verified
Office is near:
Thousand Oaks, CA 91361
As a play therapist, I offer children an opportunity to gain mastery of their dilemmas through the manipulation of art materials, toys and sand tray figurines.
I have practiced psychotherapy for thirty years. As clients share their life struggles, I offer support, respect, and practical information on coping strategies. Together, we explore such issues as patterns of attachment and relating, internal self talk, cognitive structures, unresolved traumas and one's personal life narrative. I individualize my approach and use a variety of modalities to help clients develop strengths and achieve their life goals. When working with couples, I facilitate development of healthy communication techniques, conflict resolution skills, and awareness of defenses. I promote attunement to emotional needs so couples can experience intimacy and growth.
(818) 708-2490
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Office is near:
Thousand Oaks, CA 91361
As a play therapist, I offer children an opportunity to gain mastery of their dilemmas through the manipulation of art materials, toys and sand tray figurines.
I have practiced psychotherapy for thirty years. As clients share their life struggles, I offer support, respect, and practical information on coping strategies. Together, we explore such issues as patterns of attachment and relating, internal self talk, cognitive structures, unresolved traumas and one's personal life narrative. I individualize my approach and use a variety of modalities to help clients develop strengths and achieve their life goals. When working with couples, I facilitate development of healthy communication techniques, conflict resolution skills, and awareness of defenses. I promote attunement to emotional needs so couples can experience intimacy and growth.
Shiro Perera Torquato
Psychologist, PhD Verified
Office is near:
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
Waitlist for new clients
Is your child struggling in school, anxious, can't focus or seems depressed? Dr. Shiro Torquato specializes in PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENTS and EDUCATIONAL CONSULTATIONS for children and teens. If your child is getting poor grades, having difficulty paying attention, or can't make friends, a psychological assessment could reveal the source of these issues. The results of this assessment will suggest interventions to help your child be happier and more successful. Dr. Torquato performs a comprehensive evaluation of your child's learning, cognitive abilities, social/emotional functioning and behavior to determine the core problems and make recommendations to help your child succeed at home and school.
(805) 527-4146
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Office is near:
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
Waitlist for new clients
Is your child struggling in school, anxious, can't focus or seems depressed? Dr. Shiro Torquato specializes in PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSESSMENTS and EDUCATIONAL CONSULTATIONS for children and teens. If your child is getting poor grades, having difficulty paying attention, or can't make friends, a psychological assessment could reveal the source of these issues. The results of this assessment will suggest interventions to help your child be happier and more successful. Dr. Torquato performs a comprehensive evaluation of your child's learning, cognitive abilities, social/emotional functioning and behavior to determine the core problems and make recommendations to help your child succeed at home and school.
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Julie A Cast
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFC, ATR Verified
Office is near:
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
I use traditional talk therapy, expressive arts therapy, play and sand tray therapy to help individuals, children, adolescents and their families solve issues that are roadblocks to growth and development. I have experience in trauma and abuse including sexual abuse, divorce issues, anxiety, depression, ADHD and school refusal. I have had much success in helping individuals and families identify their troubled areas and work through them to achieve a more satisfying life. I believe each person is a unique being with special talents and traits and this uniqueness is respected and nurtured during our work together.
(805) 214-8932
Verified
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Office is near:
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
I use traditional talk therapy, expressive arts therapy, play and sand tray therapy to help individuals, children, adolescents and their families solve issues that are roadblocks to growth and development. I have experience in trauma and abuse including sexual abuse, divorce issues, anxiety, depression, ADHD and school refusal. I have had much success in helping individuals and families identify their troubled areas and work through them to achieve a more satisfying life. I believe each person is a unique being with special talents and traits and this uniqueness is respected and nurtured during our work together.
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Jessica L. Hupf, LMFT
Marriage & Family Therapist, LMFT Verified
Office is near:
Thousand Oaks, CA 91361
Offers online therapy
I have special training in working with children.
I offer support to individuals, children, and families who are trying to overcome some challenge in their lives. Whether it be an individual trying to overcome depression or anxiety, or a traumatic event; a parent wanting to find ways to deal with a struggle their child is having; a teen or young adult dealing with the difficulties of life transitions or destructive behaviors; my background, clinical training and experience can provide both support, as well as clinically effective solutions to help you achieve the goals you would like to achieve in therapy.
(818) 962-2837
Verified
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Office is near:
Thousand Oaks, CA 91361
Offers online therapy
I have special training in working with children.
I offer support to individuals, children, and families who are trying to overcome some challenge in their lives. Whether it be an individual trying to overcome depression or anxiety, or a traumatic event; a parent wanting to find ways to deal with a struggle their child is having; a teen or young adult dealing with the difficulties of life transitions or destructive behaviors; my background, clinical training and experience can provide both support, as well as clinically effective solutions to help you achieve the goals you would like to achieve in therapy.
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Lisa Jo Cohen
Psychologist, PhD Verified
Office is near:
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
Offers online therapy
Waitlist for new clients
Parent Child Interaction Therapy, (PCIT) is an effective model of therapy for children 2-9.
As a child & family therapist, I guide families through meaningful change. I help parents move from feeling concerned and frustrated to optimistic and empowered. Children move from lost and alone, to secure and loved. I focus on communication and relationship building, supporting families by increasing their effectiveness in these areas. Parents and youth experience increased mutual respect, understanding, and empathy, creating opportunities for communication, validation, and problem-solving, in a safe environment. I use a Family Therapy orientation because I believe your relationship with your child is their most valuable asset.
(805) 590-2915
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Office is near:
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
Offers online therapy
Waitlist for new clients
Parent Child Interaction Therapy, (PCIT) is an effective model of therapy for children 2-9.
As a child & family therapist, I guide families through meaningful change. I help parents move from feeling concerned and frustrated to optimistic and empowered. Children move from lost and alone, to secure and loved. I focus on communication and relationship building, supporting families by increasing their effectiveness in these areas. Parents and youth experience increased mutual respect, understanding, and empathy, creating opportunities for communication, validation, and problem-solving, in a safe environment. I use a Family Therapy orientation because I believe your relationship with your child is their most valuable asset.
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Sara B Markham
Marriage & Family Therapist, MA, MFT Verified
Office is near:
Thousand Oaks, CA 91361
If you are the parent of a teenager and have seen your child struggling with school, their peers, and have seen negative behavior changes, my counseling experiences have shown support and active interventions can raise their confidence and improve their behaviors.
If you have been suffering in your relationships, you may be tired of attempts you have made to change things and feel nothing is working. My experience has shown therapy can improve how you feel in your relationships. I also work with adolescents and their parents, adults with relationship difficulties, eating disorders, anxiety and depression. If you have been feeling unfulfilled in your relationships, you can become more confident and become closer to your families and friends with the collaborative support I give. I have see adults become more fulfilled and teens become more confident and close to their parents
(310) 321-4367
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Office is near:
Thousand Oaks, CA 91361
If you are the parent of a teenager and have seen your child struggling with school, their peers, and have seen negative behavior changes, my counseling experiences have shown support and active interventions can raise their confidence and improve their behaviors.
If you have been suffering in your relationships, you may be tired of attempts you have made to change things and feel nothing is working. My experience has shown therapy can improve how you feel in your relationships. I also work with adolescents and their parents, adults with relationship difficulties, eating disorders, anxiety and depression. If you have been feeling unfulfilled in your relationships, you can become more confident and become closer to your families and friends with the collaborative support I give. I have see adults become more fulfilled and teens become more confident and close to their parents
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Shannon Lawler
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, MFT Verified
Office is near:
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
Offers online therapy
If you are a parent who is needing support with children who are experiencing emotional distress, behavioral/social challenges or who have experienced trauma, I have a specialty in working with children and have a particular passion for Mindful Parenting, and Play Therapy.
My practice is dedicated to supporting healthy relationships, wellness and overall life satisfaction. I work with individuals, families, couples, and children of all ages. If you are looking to improve communication within your interpersonal relationships, find coping strategies for existing life challenges, or want to find a place to come and engage in personal introspection, I strive to create a safe, open, and honest space for you to gain awareness, find connection, and explore new ways of being.
(818) 918-2342
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Office is near:
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
Offers online therapy
If you are a parent who is needing support with children who are experiencing emotional distress, behavioral/social challenges or who have experienced trauma, I have a specialty in working with children and have a particular passion for Mindful Parenting, and Play Therapy.
My practice is dedicated to supporting healthy relationships, wellness and overall life satisfaction. I work with individuals, families, couples, and children of all ages. If you are looking to improve communication within your interpersonal relationships, find coping strategies for existing life challenges, or want to find a place to come and engage in personal introspection, I strive to create a safe, open, and honest space for you to gain awareness, find connection, and explore new ways of being.
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Jennifer Kopczynski
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, LMFT Verified
Office is near:
Thousand Oaks, CA 91319
Hello, my name is Jennifer. I specialize in treating children, teens, and young adults. I have worked with this age group for over 10 years in various settings. I have experince in treating different issues such as autism, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, social skills, anger management, family conflict, and other relationship issues. I enjoy my work and look forward to hopefully meeting and working with you one day!
(805) 322-8127
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Office is near:
Thousand Oaks, CA 91319
Hello, my name is Jennifer. I specialize in treating children, teens, and young adults. I have worked with this age group for over 10 years in various settings. I have experince in treating different issues such as autism, depression, anxiety, self-esteem, social skills, anger management, family conflict, and other relationship issues. I enjoy my work and look forward to hopefully meeting and working with you one day!
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Cynthia Pinzon Torres
Marriage & Family Therapist, MS, MFT Verified
Office is near:
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
Working with children that struggle with their social-emotional development has become my passion and I take pride on assisting them and their parents to maximize their potential and enhance the opportunities of the family life.
Psychotherapy is a learning process in which you come to better understand yourself and your relationships so you could promote change in the areas you would like to improve. As a therapist, my role is to help you explore destructive patterns and develop more positive skills to address life issues and transform daily experiences. Life is a journey, I meet people where they are at and work collaboratively to create a road map to make life more rewarding.
(805) 354-5314
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Office is near:
Thousand Oaks, CA 91320
Working with children that struggle with their social-emotional development has become my passion and I take pride on assisting them and their parents to maximize their potential and enhance the opportunities of the family life.
Psychotherapy is a learning process in which you come to better understand yourself and your relationships so you could promote change in the areas you would like to improve. As a therapist, my role is to help you explore destructive patterns and develop more positive skills to address life issues and transform daily experiences. Life is a journey, I meet people where they are at and work collaboratively to create a road map to make life more rewarding.
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Marilyn Wedge
Marriage & Family Therapist, PhD Verified
Office is near:
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
Offers online therapy
In two decades of practice, I have worked with people across the life span: children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. I use an integrative approach to maximize the happiness of my client, including cognitive behavioral therapy, family therapy, and mindfulness. I help clients draw from their own strengths to take action to achieve their goals. I help couples find strategies to improve communication, restore intimacy to their relationship, and resolve conflicts before they escalate. One of my special interests is helping parents who are at their wit's end dealing with difficult children, teenagers, or young adults.
(818) 962-4147
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Office is near:
Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
Offers online therapy
In two decades of practice, I have worked with people across the life span: children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. I use an integrative approach to maximize the happiness of my client, including cognitive behavioral therapy, family therapy, and mindfulness. I help clients draw from their own strengths to take action to achieve their goals. I help couples find strategies to improve communication, restore intimacy to their relationship, and resolve conflicts before they escalate. One of my special interests is helping parents who are at their wit's end dealing with difficult children, teenagers, or young adults.
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Danielle Selvin Harris
Psychologist, PsyD, LMFT Verified
Office is near:
Thousand Oaks, CA 91319
Not accepting new clients
Is your teenager feeling anxious or sad, grieving a loss, having problems in school or using drugs? Are you having trouble talking to your child about the changes they are going through? Your teenager experiences many stressors which can lead to various issues that impact your entire family and these stressors can be explored in therapy to give your family the relief you are searching for. Your teenager needs a safe place to express his/her feelings and learn healthier ways to cope with struggles to help him/her go on to lead a healthy life.
(310) 494-2778
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Office is near:
Thousand Oaks, CA 91319
Not accepting new clients
Is your teenager feeling anxious or sad, grieving a loss, having problems in school or using drugs? Are you having trouble talking to your child about the changes they are going through? Your teenager experiences many stressors which can lead to various issues that impact your entire family and these stressors can be explored in therapy to give your family the relief you are searching for. Your teenager needs a safe place to express his/her feelings and learn healthier ways to cope with struggles to help him/her go on to lead a healthy life.

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Child Therapists
Child psychologists in Thousand Oaks, 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 Thousand Oaks 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.