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 is open. We are seeing clients in our offices on a limited basis, and offering remote services when possible. 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

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.

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

Summit Center Update: School Fit, Parenting & Teenagers – New Parent Group, Finding the Right School Fit, New Events, Plus Podcasts on Teenage Authenticity, Family Relationships, and 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 

Finding the Right School Fit for Your 2e Child

Finding the Right School Fit for Your 2e Child

By Dr. Lisa White, Summit Center  Are you wondering whether public school, private school, or homeschooling might be the best option for your child who is gifted, 2e, or has learning challenges? There are a lot of things to consider when making that choice. Many...

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Managing Worry When There Is So Much to Worry About

Managing Worry When There Is So Much to Worry About

Pandemic Tools for All Ages by Dr. Dan Peters Every day, it seems as if we are being presented with something new — increased COVID cases, businesses closing, schools maybe opening — as well as having to deal with our new normal: wearing masks, keeping distance, not...

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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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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


October & Ongoing

Happily Family Online Conference on Raising Resilient Kids in an Anxious World

featuring 24 expert speakers including Dr. Dan Peters


Event Info

Dr. Dan Peters joins 24 other experts to talk about mindful parenting. Discover effective tools to have healthy tech boundaries, fostering resilience in difficult times, coping skills for big feelings, racial justice, managing friendships online, how to talk to kids about sex and the gender spectrum, and much more. Get your complimentary pass at https://conference.happilyfamily.com/.



Support Group for Parents of Gifted or 2E Children

First virtual meeting

with Dr. Ellena Chen & Gohar Jaffer, Summit Center Walnut Creek

Event Info

Summit Center’s Discussion Group for Parents of Gifted and 2e Children will be held virtually on Monday nights, 7:00-8:00 pm, starting October 19. This group will discuss the unique challenges that gifted or twice-exceptional children bring to families, including their social emotional needs, especially as families work and learn remotely. 5 sessions through Google Meet /Hangout. Facilitated by Dr. Ellena Chen certified SENG facilitator, and Gohar Jaffer, practicum trainee, of Summit Center’s Walnut Creek office. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Details at https://conta.cc/2Zr9V7e.




West LA CHADD for Adults/Parents dealing with ADHD/ADD

Dr. Lisa Hancock will speak on “ADHD: Symptoms, Behaviors, Diagnosis, and Treatment”

Event Info

Dr. Lisa Hancock is West LA CHADD’s featured speaker for October. Dr. White writes this about her presentation: “Adults may question whether they are currently experiencing challenges due to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), whether or not they received a diagnosis as a child. Although ADHD is best known for problems with attention, hyperactivity, impulsivity, and planning/organization; adults can also experience problems such as feeling restless, low frustration tolerance, quick temper, difficulty with stressful situations, and even mood swings. Personality, home and school environment, the presence or absence of concurrent problems such as learning or processing disorders, and even the individual’s ability to compensate can play a role in how they were and are impacted and function. Additionally, problems with attention and hyperactivity/impulsivity are not unique to ADHD, and an individual may have been misdiagnosed. Anxiety and mood disorders, learning disorders, personality disorders, substance use, and medication can also contribute to symptoms and behaviors similar to those associated with ADHD. Untreated ADHD can negatively impact adults in terms of relationships, employment, health, and safety. Assessment and treatment can help with correct diagnosis/diagnoses and improve functioning and quality of life.”
FREE. Advanced registration is required. 7:00 pm.
Learn more at https://www.meetup.com/WLAChadd/events/271965602/.