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Varying experiences across practice, teaching, and training continue to guide my work with children, adolescents, young adults, and their families. With dedication and collaboration I focus on anxiety, depression, developmental disorders and psychodiagnostic assessment.
I work closely with parents on creating the behavioral change necessary to address a multitude of symptoms related to separation, mood regulation, and behavioral control. I further have the unique experience working directly with academic environments in creating the desired change for improved outcomes.
How do you know if you are making the right choice to seek help from a psychotherapist? Choosing someone to work with you, your child, or your family is a difficult decision. You want to make sure you are making the right decision, you want to ensure you are not over reacting to an innocuous situation, and you want to trust the person you are working with to not lead you astray. With your child, you want to ensure that your child can work with and trust the person he or she is dealing with.
Child, adolescent, and young adult psychology is the core specialty of our practices.We focus our work from a systemic perspective meaning that our focus is on the entire family. We work with individuals to improve communication and we provide specific tools to our clients and their families to deal with symptoms that occur as a result of anxiety, depression, attention deficit disorder, video game addiction, attachment issues, learning struggles, bullying, and anger management.
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We know that finding a therapist for your child and family is a difficult decision, and we want to be assured that it is a good fit before services begin. Please feel free to reach out directly to speak with any of our team members with any questions you may have.
Mitesh Parekh, PsyD | Parekh Psychological Services
I am often asked why I have chosen to work with children and adolescent clients. Contrary to popular thought – no – I’m not in need of my own services. I have known since my undergraduate days that I had a knack to understanding the child and adolescent mind. I have been able to perceive problems and struggles from a youthful perspective while also communicating and helping individuals through an adult lens.
During my undergraduate studies at the University of California at Irvine, I began my work with children working as an assessment administrator for children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder at The UC Irvine Child Development Center. I enjoyed the work so much, i wanted to challenge myself in working as a behavioral modification therapist for a child diagnosed with Autism. After beginning my graduate studies at the California School of Professional Psychology, I did a practicum level internship at Santa Anita Family Service Center. Following my time at Santa Anita, I realized that my calling was in child and adolescent psychology. I did an internship at the Glen Roberts Child Study Center where my knowledge and experience with children and adolescents was taken to a deeper level. My final internship was completed at the Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic. Following the completion of my doctorate degree, I was hired as a therapist at the Los Angeles Child Guidance Clinic. I began working privately in 2005, and have been servicing the San Gabriel and San Fernando valleys since that time. In addition to my work as a private therapist, I work as a supervisor at the Glen Roberts Child Study Center as well as adjunct faculty at the California School of Professional Psychology. As the years progress, I learn more and more, not only about the field, but about specific nuances that distinguish one client from another focusing specifically on the symptoms of anxiety, depression, disruptive behavior disorders, and attachment. I appreciate any consideration for the use of my services and I look forward to the opportunity to work with you and your family.
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Dustin Vander Haar, LMFT | Vander Haar Family Therapy
Children and adolescents continue to inspire me with their creativity, ingenuity, and energy. While these qualities are not always used appropriately, the malleability of these behaviors continues to offer hope that not only families and individuals can change, but that communities as well can be transformed by the powerful forces of the upcoming generation. It is now that children, adolescents, and teenagers are developing their character, habits, and self-understanding which will continue to form and drive their future. It is with this in mind that I continue to work with children and their families. Recognizing that no individual is unaffected by their environment and those around them, I seek to work with the family from a family systems perspective to build the community where all are able to thrive and seek the happiness and success desired.
Throughout the past 10 years of working with children and adolescents I have continued to develop and focus my treatment orientation. During my undergraduate studies I began working with teenagers and adolescents building stronger communities through service oriented events in the Midwest. While working with these teenagers I began to understand more fully my ability to connect with young adults and children while mutually inspiring one another to build and develop our strengths. My passion for working with children and their families led me to Southern California to pursue my Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy at Fuller Graduate School of Psychology. During this time I continued to work with the challenging situations and behaviors of traumatized and neglected children in residential treatment. It was here that I also had the opportunity to develop and create an online treatment tool used in residential facilities to measure change and goal progress. I then became a clinical supervisor seeking to train and lead other clinicians in treating the complex behavioral needs in residential treatment before transitioning to a hospital setting as the Director of Mental Health services. Despite the fact that much of my day to day role now consists of training upcoming clinicians, I have a passion for direct work with children, adolescents, and their families which I continue to focus on within my practice.