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

April 2023: Summit Center Update: Wellness, Mindfulness, and Empowerment. Screen Time Summit, health & wellness consultation services, plus podcasts on mindfulness, empowerment! 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 

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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Imagination Is Your Superpower

Imagination Is Your Superpower

By Susan Daniels, Ph.D. Yes, imagination is your superpower!  Imagination allows us to draw upon our capacities for creativity and visual thinking – for going beyond what is to what might be. Creativity, visual thinking and imagination allow us to picture...

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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



Let’s Talk about Supporting Adolescent Mental Health

East Bay School for Boys “Boys to Men Education Series”

Sliding scale fee to attend

Virtual or In-person in Berkeley

Event Info

Summit Center‘s Dr. Lisa White will present on this panel about supporting adolescent mental health. For parents and educators, via Zoom or in-person at the East Bay School for Boys in Berkeley, May 17, 6:30 pm. Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/lets-talk-about-supporting-adolescent-mental-health-registration-625699432847, sliding scale $0-$20. 




Bright & Quirky Screen Time & Mental Health Summit


Free access with pre-registration

Event Info

Are your child or teen’s screen time habits negatively impacting their health?

Our friends at Bright & Quirky are presenting a new Screen Time & Mental Health Summit https://go.brightandquirky.com/t?orid=6535&opid=4, running May 15-19 online. You must pre-register for FREE access to expert talks on how to help your kids reset their screen time to avoid negative health impacts like anxiety, depression, craving or loneliness. Speakers include Dr. Michael Rich, director of Boston Children’s Hospital Digital Wellness Lab, Nir Eyal, author of Indistractable: How to Control your Attention and Choose Your Life, Dr. Alok Konojia, Harvard-trained psychiatrist specializing in healthy video gaming, and many more.

The summit is full of tools and strategies from the top experts to help you discover how to set your child up for a healthy digital life that supports their well-being.

Learn more and register: https://go.brightandquirky.com/t?orid=6535&opid=4




SENG (Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted) Annual Conference

In-person with Virtual Recordings Available

Villanova University, PA

Event Info

Join SENG for their 2023 Annual Conference at Villanova University on July 21-23. They will be featuring Keynote Speakers Dr. Scott Barry Kaufman and Dr. Richard Cash. Learn more and register at https://www.sengifted.org/sengconference2023.