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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 | Coaching | 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, coaching, 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.

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.

Boosting Your Child’s Natural Creativity

Our founders Dr. Dan Peters and Dr. Susan Daniels collaborated on this book about nurturing creativity. Published by Gifted Unlimited for parents and teachers. GET THE BOOK

Latest Newsletter

May 2024 Summit Center Update: Shifting Perspectives. Gifted Home Education event, SENG conference discount, new parenting podcasts, 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.

Assessments
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.
Counseling

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:

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

 

Summit Center Blog 

Creating a Roadmap to Better Health

Creating a Roadmap to Better Health

Dr. Jeannie Lopez offers health & wellness consultations for individuals and families, combining her psychology background with functional medicine knowledge to help clients learn about alternative treatments, better manage chronic symptoms, and support lifestyle changes. In these three example case studies…

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Raising Gifted / 2e Girls

Raising Gifted / 2e Girls

By Dr. Lisa White, Ph.D.   Legendary country singer Tammy Wynette sang, “Sometimes it’s hard to be a woman…” But you know what’s really hard? Being a middle school girl. Or a high school girl. Or even an elementary school girl. And being gifted or 2e (twice...

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PODCAST

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

7-9

June

Gifted Home Education Conference

GHF Learners

Virtual

Event Info

GHF Learners presents their annual Gifted Home Education Conference: Come As You Are 2024. Dr. Dan Peters will be the keynote speaker, and Summit Center is proud to be a sponsor. Learn more and sign up for FREE at https://www.ghflearners.org/2024-ghf-conference-schedule

10-13

July

SENG 2024 Annual Community Conference

hosted by Supporting Emotional Needs of Gifted (SENG)

Berkeley, CA

Event Info

Join SENG in Berkeley, CA the summer of 2024 for adventures, community building and experiencing the joys of giftedness. Paula Prober of the Rainforest Mind will present the Keynote Spotlight on “The Complex, Compassionate, Creative, Crushing World of the Gifted Adult – The Musical!” and Dr. Frank C. Worrell will present “Shaping Brilliance: The Art of Growing Giftedness.” Attend an amazing line up of breakout sessions and workshops under the theme “Sailing into the Future: Community, Advocacy & Adventure.” Summit Center is proud to be a sponsor. For $50 off of your SENG registration, use the promo code SENG24Summit when you register.

Learn more and register

18

September

Summit Center Webinar: School Daze: Finding the Right Educational Environment for Your 2e Child

with Dr. Lisa White

Virtual

Event Info

Summit Center is proud to present a series of webinars from our team of professionals, speaking on topics important to our families.

Dr. Lisa White, licensed psychologist, will speak on “School Daze: Finding the Right Educational Environment for Your 2e Child” on Wednesday, September 18, at 12 noon.

FREE. Recordings will be available after the event for a fee.

Registration info to come – check back for details!

In crisis?

For a behavioral or mental health crisiscall or text 988 or chat on 988lifeline.org

National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 800-273-8255

Trevor Project Lifeline (LGBTQ youth): 866-488-7386 or text START to 678-678