Why is my child struggling?

Nobody knows your child better than you do. Do you think that something is going on for your child? Are you wondering whether what your child is experiencing is “normal” or is a cause for concern? Children are complex beings, developing at many levels at once. They…

How Do I Know If My Child Needs An Evaluation?

A comprehensive evaluation looks at a child’s cognitive abilities (verbal and visual), academic skills (reading, writing, math), executive-functioning, processing, memory (visual and verbal), personality, over-excitabilities, creativity, mood and behavior. Evaluations are…

Is My Child Gifted and/or Twice-Exceptional (2E)?

You might notice that your child has advanced vocabulary, verbal expression, or an excellent memory. Your child might have heightened emotional depth and sensitivity. They may demonstrate early or unusual mathematics ability. It is common for gifted children to be “too…

Are you feeling misunderstood at work or in your relationships?

Many adults may find that they are still suffering from experiences and challenges that affected them as children. Others find they are experiencing new challenges related to finding their passion, identity, parenting, relationships, or …


Assessment | Consultation | Counseling

Helping Children, Teens, Adults, and Families Realize Their Potential

Summit Center can provide the answers to your questions. We offer psychological and educational services for children, adolescents, adults, and families, including assessments, consultation, and counseling.

Our team of psychologists, consultants, and educators use a collaborative, strengths-based approach to work with our clients. Our goal is to gain a comprehensive understanding of the individual and provide a roadmap for making personal, parenting, school, and life decisions. Better understanding the “why” of a person’s behavior can provide relief to parents, teachers, and the individual, and is often the first key step toward maximizing potential.

In accordance with state and county guidelines, Summit Center is open. We are seeing clients in our offices, and offer remote services when possible. Click here to learn more about our safety procedures, our Teleneuropsychological Assessment Services, and remote counseling and consultation services.

Make Your Worrier a Warrior

With this award-winning book by Dr. Dan Peters, parents can team up with their children or teens to help them conquer the Worry Monster. ORDER NOW

Evaluations & Counseling with Doctoral Trainees

Our training program allows more clients to access high-quality Summit Center services at reduced fees. Appointments are virtual when possible, or at our Walnut Creek office.

Parent Footprint Awareness Training

Dr. Dan’s interactive training program for parents is based on the fact that the most important predictor of how we parent is how we were parented as a child. LEARN MORE

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Summit Center Update: Understanding Outside-of-the-Box Kids — Doctoral trainees, therapy groups for children and teens, podcast episodes, and more! READ OUR NEWSLETTER

Are you or your child having trouble at school, home, at work, or with peers?

We offer psychological & educational services for children, adolescents, adults and families. Our assessments and counseling can help you find more meaning and help your child be more successful.

Summit Center offers various evaluations, also known as assessments. These may be narrow in scope (i.e., IQ testing) or comprehensive, assessing a child’s multiple levels of functioning (i.e., intellectual, academic, neuropsychological, social, emotional, and behavioral). Each evaluation is tailored based on the goals and questions to be answered.

The Summit Center offers individual, family, and group counseling (also known as psychotherapy) utilizing a strength-based approach to problem-solving and optimizing growth potential through a developmental lens. Our counseling services can help clients address a wide variety of issues.

Educational Therapy

Our trained professionals combine educational and therapeutic approaches to assist students whose learning challenges at school are not resolving.  Some issues that we address include dyslexia, dyscalculia, test-taking difficulties, and problems with organization and managing time. Educational therapy is not the same as tutoring. Our work is remedial, designed to fill gaps in background, understanding, and learning strategies in order to develop independent learners. 

Parent Education & Support

Summit Center offers workshops, classes, webinars, and discussion groups for parents, led by one of our experienced professionals. Groups for parents or gifted adults allow participants to share concerns and gain support from others who have similar experiences.

Our Expertise

Summit Center’s team of professionals offers a wide array of expertise to help children, teens, adults, or families deal with these issues:

  • Anxiety
  • Asynchronous development
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
  • Dyslexia
  • Executive-functioning issues


Summit Center Blog 

Finding the Right School Fit for Your 2e Child

Finding the Right School Fit for Your 2e Child

By Dr. Lisa White, Summit Center  Are you wondering whether public school, private school, or homeschooling might be the best option for your child who is gifted, 2e, or has learning challenges? There are a lot of things to consider when making that choice. Many...

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Managing Worry When There Is So Much to Worry About

Managing Worry When There Is So Much to Worry About

Pandemic Tools for All Ages by Dr. Dan Peters Every day, it seems as if we are being presented with something new — increased COVID cases, businesses closing, schools maybe opening — as well as having to deal with our new normal: wearing masks, keeping distance, not...

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Parenting Resilience in Unsettling Times: It Starts with Us

Parenting Resilience in Unsettling Times: It Starts with Us

By Dr. Dan Peters Earlier this week, I was on two full airline flights and now conferences are cancelled, the NBA is suspended, March Madness is not happening, colleges have cancelled winter and spring terms, many K-12 schools are closed, Italy is on lock down, and...

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Parent Footprint with Dr. Dan

Dr. Dan Peters’s online talk show teaches parents, families, and caregivers how to leave their best footprint for the next generation. Dr. Dan interviews a top parenting expert in each episode, including doctors, therapists, authors, and educators, to discuss diverse and timely parenting topics. Listen and subscribe on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, TuneIn Radio, iHeart Radio, Stitcher, Android, RSS, or the show page.

Upcoming Events



TEFOS: The Executive Function Online Summit

presented by Seth Perler

Event Info

All-new amazing speakers will present August 20-22 at The Executive Function Online Summit. Learn key strategies from leading experts who “get” outside-the-box kids. Register by August 24 for free access. Paid passes available thereafter.

This year’s speakers include:

–Nicole Tetreault, Ph.D., Neuroscientist
–Colin Seale, ThinkLaw Founder, Author
–Kade Friedman, M.S. Ed., Educator, Professor
–IngerShaye Colzie, LCSW, ADHD Coach, Psychotherapist
–Jill Stowell, M.S., Stowell Learning Centers
–Tosha Schore, M.A., Author and Parent Coach
–Maria Davis-Pierre, LMHC, Founder of Autism in Black
And many more.

Learn more and register here.



Summit Center Therapy Groups Begin

Virtual 8-week groups for children, teens, and young adults

Event Info
To meet the needs of more children, teens, families, and young adults, Summit Center is offering focused weekly discussion and support groups beginning the week of September 27.
This fall’s groups include:
  • The Worry Warriors, for 4th-5th graders with Amy Feldman, Licensed Educational Psychologist
  • Unstuck: Executive Functioning Skills, for 6th-8th graders and a separate session for 9th-12th graders with Dr. Rupa Robbins, Licensed Psychologist
  • 2e Adulting (A Radical Self-Acceptance Experiment), for ages 18+ with Melanie Hayes, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist
Due to licensing requirements, participants must reside in California.
Interested? To ensure a spot, please sign up by Friday, September 10. Talk to your Summit Center professional, email info@summitcenter.us, or call our office at (925) 939-7500 or (310) 478-6505.



National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) Annual Conference

Aurora, CO

Event Info
The National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC) Annual Convention is the largest national gathering devoted to gifted and talented education. Three exciting days of 300+ presenters, 200+ sessions, 1,000s of new ideas and engaging networking events. Not to mention, three pre-convention in-depth sessions sharing researched-based resources and practices for gifted coordinators, culturally responsive practices, and serving gifted and talented students in rural areas all led by some of the gifted education field’s leading scholars and practitioners.