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

February 2024 Summit Center Update: Enhancing Family Effectiveness. Educational coaching for gifted/2e kids,  parenting podcasts, & 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 

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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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



Summit Center Webinar: Parenting with Awareness, Purpose, and Intention

with Dr. Dan Peters


Event Info

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

Dr. Dan Peters, Co-Founder and Executive Director of Summit Center will speak on “Parenting with Awareness, Purpose, and Intention” on Wednesday, April 17, at 12 noon.

About the talk: Parenting is hard. We are bombarded continually with messages that create fear and worry about our children’s future. Will they be able to take care of themselves? Will they make the team? Will they get into a good college? Will they be successful? We all want the best for our children and spend considerable time and resources to meet this goal. This talk will address the importance of a parent’s awareness about themselves as key to raising healthy, engaged, and happy children. By being engaged in one’s own life, being clear about where you came from, and being aware of what you want to pass on to your children, you can parent with purpose. Come learn how to use your own increased awareness to help your kids reach their potential.

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

About Dan Peters, Ph.D.



Summit Center Webinar: Autism Spectrum Disorder: An Overview of Everything in 60 Minutes

with Dr. Lisa Hancock


Event Info

Learn about strengths, weaknesses, common misperceptions, and common misdiagnoses related to Autism Spectrum Disorder in this webinar with Dr. Lisa Hancock, an autism specialist who works with children, adults, and couples. Why might an actual diagnosis be important? What is the difference between school criteria for special education due to autism and a medical diagnosis? What do assessments involve? Dr. Hancock will also discuss non-typical presentations of ASD (gifted, AFAB, PDA) and address challenges and interventions across the lifespan. Wednesday, May 15, at 12 noon PDT. Attend online for free; recording available later for a fee. Learn more and register: https://bit.ly/4aTcscR.

Learn more about Dr. Lisa Hancock



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.” They also have an amazing line up of breakout sessions and workshops under the theme “Sailing into the Future: Community, Advocacy & Adventure.”

Learn more and register