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 …


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

Coronavirus Update:  In accordance with state and county guidelines, Summit Center is open. We are seeing clients in our offices on a limited basis, and offering remote services when possible. Click to learn more about our safety procedures, our Teleneuropsychological Assessment Services, and our remote counseling and remote consultation services. 

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.

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: Parenting During the Pandemic New podcasts on parenting during Covid-19, Self-Care for Families, new book, upcoming events, 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

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


February through April

Parenting in Place Masterclass Series

8 weekly masterclasses (hosted on Zoom) on Wednesday evenings from Feb. 17 through April 7

Event Info

This series comes from a group of bestselling parenting authors, therapists, educators, and neuroscientists who’ve joined to share their very best strategies and ideas for how you and your family can thrive in the coming months. Speakers include several of Dr. Dan Peters’ guests from past Parent Footprint podcasts.

Parenting in Place features 8 weekly masterclasses (hosted on Zoom) on Wednesday evenings from Feb. 17 through April 7, each focused on a different theme, and each including specific takeaways and strategies.

Because the event is live, attendees can ask the hosts questions and communicate with each other through chat. Registrants receive a bundle of free bonus content (downloadables, templates, webinars, worksheets) from the speakers, and access to a closed moderated Facebook group to keep the conversation going and provide three months of support.

Learn more and register https://www.parentinginplacemasterclass.com/.



Talentissimo Webinar

Dr. Melanie Hayes speaks on Overcoming Gifted/2e Trauma

Event Info

Gifted/2e people are often highly sensitive to environmental stressors and may be traumatized by experiences that would not impact others. They are likely to be misunderstood, pressured to conform, bullied, overlooked, or exploited, which can lead to increased trauma throughout their lives. Too often their lived experiences are dismissed or misunderstood and they are expected to adapt to meet the needs of others, rather than being supported in building an environment that works for them. This presentation will explore the impact of trauma on G/2e people and offer validation for their experiences. Dr. Hayes will also provide suggestions and resources for working through trauma and reconnecting to your authentic self. In English. Cost: €25,00 including taxes. Learn more and register https://www.talentissimo.nl/product/webinar-overcoming-trauma/.



Bright & Quirky Child Summit 2021

“Tame the Overwhelm” Free 5-Day Virtual Conference

Event Info

Bright & Quirky is launching their virtual conference this March on “Tame the Overwhelm.” Dr. Dan Peters is presenting on Day 1 with “Bright & Quirky 101: A Quick, Shareable Overview of Twice Exceptional (2e) Kids.” See a video sneak peek at https://brightandquirky.com/bright-quirky-101-with-dr-dan-peters/.

The conference is a free 5-day summit for parents that will help their bright children live their best life, even with learning, social, emotional and/or behavioral challenges. If you want to catch up on any of the free sessions you miss, or if you’d like to revisit any of the aha moments, you can upgrade to lifetime access for a fee. Learn more and register at https://brightandquirky.com/summit-2021/.