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.

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 are out with their latest book! Published by Gifted Unlimited for parents and teachers. GET THE BOOK

Latest Newsletter

January 2024 Summit Center Update: Executive functioning support course for parents; Gift-a-palooza conference; Gentle Parenting panel, new podcasts!  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

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February

Gift-a-palooza

Virtual Summit on Giftedness & Neurodiversity

Hosted by Gifted & Thriving

Event Info

Our friends at Gifted & Thriving have announced their 2024 Gift-a-Palooza, the 3rd annual Virtual Summit on Giftedness & Neurodiversity, scheduled for Feb 1-4, 2024.

With this year’s theme of “Navigating an Uncertain Future: Cultivating & Nurturing Hope in the Gifted Community,” the summit is dedicated to helping individuals and families in the gifted and multi-exceptional community move from a place of surviving to thriving, by coming together to share and explore unique experiences, challenges and joys. Speakers include top experts in the field, including our own Dr. Dan Peters speaking on “Frequently Asked Topics & Questions in Giftedness & Neurodiversity” with a panel including Emily Kircher-Morris, LPC, Dr. Dan Peters, Ph.D, Dr. Mike Postma, Ed.D.

Registration is available for a fee, and includes unlimited access to 30+ presentation and panel recordings, as well as access for learning, connection and support in the incredible Gifted and 2e community, through an accessible portal available on any device. Save $50! Early bird registration price of $89 ends 1/8/24, so register today.

Learn more & register

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February

62nd Annual CAG Educator & Administrator Conference, and CAG Family Conference

Virtual

Presented by California Association for Gifted

Event Info

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March

Executive Functioning Support Course: Raising an Organized Kid

Virtual

with Deanna Kim, M.Ed.

Event Info

Do you feel overwhelmed by your family’s calendar? Do you struggle with planning, organization, and time management for your children? Learn about executive functioning skills and how to build systems for your family in a small, interactive group. Virtual. Fridays, 11am-12pm (PT) begins March 1 for 5 weeks. Led by Deanna Kim, M.Ed., Summit Center’s Educational Therapist. Learn more and register: https://conta.cc/3Hiqx6Q