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.

Summit Center is open and following state and county guidelines. We are seeing clients in-person in our offices, and offering 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.

Worry Warriors Therapy Group for 4th-6th Graders

Does your child worry too much? Does anxiety get in the way of school or socializing? Weekly therapy group meets Wednesday afternoons at Summit Center Walnut Creek. LEARN MORE

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Summit Center Update: Make Life Happier & Gentler. Worry therapy for 4th-6th graders; doctoral trainees provide services; parenting podcast episodes from Dr. Dan, & 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 

Changing Schools, Changing Lives

Changing Schools, Changing Lives

By Dr. Lisa White, Licensed Psychologist, Summit Center Jonah was miserable at his highly-regarded public school. He had a hard time finding friends, and for years he had been bullied, both physically and emotionally, by other boys in his grade. He was...

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Being Twice Exceptional, by Melanie Hayes, Ed.D., AMFT

Being Twice Exceptional, by Melanie Hayes, Ed.D., AMFT

Marginalization causes daily stress for persons who have intersectional traits on both ends of the spectrum of ability-dis/ability, also known as twice exceptional. For these autistic adults, support systems are minimal, research is thin, and understanding is spotty...

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WHEN I AM CALM: Helping Our Kids Manage “Big” Feelings

WHEN I AM CALM: Helping Our Kids Manage “Big” Feelings

By Amy Parlin Feldman, M.Ed., LEP Big feelings are an important part of life, and learning how to manage anger, frustration and fear is hard work. Our bodies are pretty good at sending us clues to let us know when those kinds of tough feelings are starting to build,...

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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

22-24

July

SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of Gifted) Annual Conference

VIRTUAL

Event Info

The annual SENG conference, “Gifted and Growing Over the Lifespan” will be presented online, July 22-24. The first day of the conference will include SMPG Facilitator Training (for an additional registration fee), and an opening panel session hosted by Lin Lim, Ph.D. on  “Wellbeing and Resilience for the Gifted: Narratives from Multiple Perspectives.”

The conference features keynotes by Benjamin Koch, M.Ed. and Dr. James L. Moore III, with the closing keynote by P. Susan Jackson on “The Role of Anxiety in the Lives of Gifted Adults: Origins, Manifestations, and Amelioration.”

Learn more and register at https://www.sengifted.org/sengonline2022.

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August

TEFOS – The Executive Function Online Summit hosted by Seth Perler

VIRTUAL

Event Info

TEFOS is The Executive Function Online Summit, a 3-day learning event for Compassionate & Proactive Parents of Struggling Students. “Immerse yourself in game-changing strategies to help your neurodivergent child, taught by 30 leading experts.” Get FREE access August 5-7, Fri-Sun, and join over 75,000 Families, Teachers & Professionals worldwide. Learn more and register at https://executivefunctionsummit.com/.

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October through Nov 16

Worry Warriors Group for 4th-6th graders, led by Amy Feldman, LEP

Summit Center Walnut Creek

Event Info

This interactive group is designed to help your child to identify, understand and, most importantly, reduce feelings of anxiety. Through playful structured activities, group discussion and low-key weekly homework, participants will work to develop their own Worry Warrior Tool-Kit and meet other children working on the same skills.

Meets Wednesdays 3-4pm, in person at Summit Center, October 12-November 16.

Cost of enrollment is $575, which includes a 30-minute individual intake and 6 group sessions.
Interested? Complete this form and we will reach out. https://forms.gle/frJGrEzo1MYVGLV79