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.

Coronavirus Shelter-in-Place Update:  A reminder that If anyone needs support or guidance during this difficult time, we are here for you and your family. Our psychologists and other professionals are available for counseling or consultation appointments via phone or video call (including our doctoral trainees at reduced rates). Please email info@summitcenter.us or call us at (925) 939-7500 or (310) 478-6505. 

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

Upcoming Groups and Classes for Parents

Join our professionals in Walnut Creek, Torrance, or Los Angeles for support and learning about parenting, gifted/2e, or executive function. LEARN MORE

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 & SAVE

Latest Newsletter

Coronavirus Special on Parenting with Resilience: We will get through this together. Read this issue for coronavirus information, stay-at-home resources, 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 

Taking Time Out from Tech

by Melanie Soloway, J.D., C.P.E. Earlier this year, I wrote an article about the importance of setting limits.  I also discussed how sticking to them is the stickiest part.  As a mother of three teens, I can assure you that I have experienced plenty of challenges...

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Parent Footprint

Podcast 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 (for Android), Spotify, TuneIn Radio, iHeart Radio, Stitcher, Android, RSS, or the show page.

Upcoming Events



Online Support Group for Parents of Gifted/2e Children

Virtual meetings begin

Event Info

Surviving the Shutdown? New virtual group led by Dr. Lisa White and Dr. Ellena Chen, we will discuss how we and our children are handling the stresses of social distancing and sheltering in place, and share resources on making this time easier for everyone. Group for parents of children ages 6-12 meets virtually on Wednesdays starting March 25, 2:00 pm. Group for parents of teens meets Mondays starting March 30 at 2:00 pm. Each group is limited to 10 members. Learn more & register at https://conta.cc/2WrFTj9 .



Raising Enlightened Children – 5 Week Parenting Course

St. Martin of Tours School, Brentwood, Los Angeles

Event Info

“Time Outs” for toddlers or “Taking Privileges Away” from teens may stop unwanted behaviors…  but at what cost? The key to connecting with your kids and growing healthy relationships is to fill your toolbox with understanding, knowledge and positive parenting tools. Summit Center’s parent educator, Melanie Soloway, J.D., C.P.E., presents her Raising Enlightened Children Parenting Course, Wednesday mornings, 8:30/9:00 – 11:00 am, April 22 through May 20 (5 weeks), at St. Martin of Tours School in Brentwood, Los Angeles. Pre‐registration is required: https://conta.cc/3a0XZvP



Child Centered World Symposium

Westminster, CO

Event Info

Gifted Development Center is hosting an international symposium to help the world rediscover the uniqueness of the gifted child. On April 24, the opening address by Michael Piechowski on Why Child-Centeredness is Important. Wisdom Keepers panel speakers include Dr. Dan Peters and Dr. Susan Daniels of Summit Center. On April 24, parent event will feature “Understanding Your Gifted Child from the Inside Out” with Jim DeLisle. Learn more at  http://www.gifteddevelopment.com/events/child-centered-world-symposium