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 has begun to reopen. We are now seeing clients in our offices on a limited basis, while still offering full remote services. 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

Free Webinars from Summit Center on Vimeo

Every recorded webinar we offer is now available on demand for free. Go to https://vimeo.com/summitcenter and enter promo code FREEFROMSC to reduce the cost to $0.

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 & SAVE

Latest Newsletter

Parenting with Confidence and Laughter at Home: New consultation services, doodle classes with Dr. Daniels, and more while we continue to shelter in place. 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.

Shelter-In Place Services

We are offering new Teleneuropsychological Assessment Services, as well as remote counseling and remote consultations Our psychologists and other professionals are available via phone or video call (including our doctoral trainees at reduced rates). Learn more.  To make an appointment, please email info@summitcenter.us or call us at (925) 939-7500 or (310) 478-6505. 

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 

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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Taking Time Out from Tech

Taking Time Out from Tech

by Melanie Soloway, J.D., C.P.E. Earlier this year, I wrote an article about the importance of setting limits.  I also discussed how sticking to them is the stickiest part.  As a mother of three teens, I can assure you that I have experienced plenty of challenges...

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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


Through June 30

Free Webinars from Summit Center on Vimeo

Use our promo code “FREEFROMSC”

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Every single recorded webinar we offer is now available on demand for free. Go to https://vimeo.com/summitcenter and on the payment page enter promo code FREEFROMSC to reduce the cost to $0.



Virtual Support Group for Parents of Gifted & 2e Children

First meeting

with Dr. Lisa Hancock

Event Info

Parenting bright, intense, and gifted or twice-exceptional children can present unique challenges. During a pandemic, with everyone at home amid increased anxiety, these struggles may become even more apparent. Parents are invited to join this virtual discussion group on Tuesdays, starting June 30, morning or evening, to share parenting concerns, learn about social-emotional needs, and gain support from others who have similar experiences. Facilitated by licensed psychologist Dr. Lisa Hancock of Summit Center’s Torrance office. 4 meetings for $175. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Learn more at https://conta.cc/3gVYZFX.




Camp Summit for the Gifted *Cancelled*

Marin County, California or North Bay, Maryland

Event Info

Camp Summit for the gifted, talented, creative is a multi-night sleepover summer camp designed specifically for gifted students ages 9 through 14.  Created to develop the “inner and outer nature” of gifted youth, Camp Summit offers beautiful settings, stimulating activities, and a staff who truly understands the unique needs of gifted children and what it is like to grow up as a gifted person. We offer two beautiful locations, one on the West Coast, in the San Francisco Bay Area (June 14-20), and one on the East Coast, in northern Maryland (August 9-13). Register today to reserve your child’s spot at http://www.campsummitforthegifted.com.