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

Upcoming Groups and Classes for Parents

Join our professionals in Walnut Creek, Torrance, or Los Angeles for support and learning about parenting, gifted/2e, or executive function. LEARN MORE

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

Start the New Year with Parent Education, Podcasts on neurodiversity and finance, plus new executive function course & gifted/2e group. 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 occasional workshops, classes, 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 

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

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February

Executive Functioning Support Course: Raising an Organized Kid (first session)

Walnut Creek

Event Info

Do you feel overwhelmed by your family’s ever-growing list of after school activities? Are you up late at night helping your child finish a project that’s due tomorrow? Parents of elementary school-aged children are invited to join our Executive Functioning Support Workshop, Wednesdays at 12 noon in Walnut Creek. Get your family back on track and more organized just in time for the new decade. Led by Dr. Ellena Chen, licensed psychologist, and Deanna Kim, M.Ed., educational therapist. The course will meet Wednesdays, 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm, February 19 through March 18 (5 weeks). Register now to save your spot: https://conta.cc/2FsvB8M

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February

Fostering Resilience in Complex Times with Dr. Dan Peters

Acalanes High School, Lafayette, CA

Event Info

Dr. Dan Peters, Ph.D, Psychologist, Author and Executive Director of Summit Center, will share his wisdom at a presentation you don’t want to miss! The pressure to be successful, get good grades, be a good athlete and develop talents is growing for our children. With it comes the growing parenting pressure to raise children who can compete in the increasingly competitive world.  Dr. Dan has devoted his career to the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, and families in overcoming worry and fear, and learning differences. Registration info to come.

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February

“Living with Intensity” talk by Dr. Susan Daniels at Bullis Charter School

Los Altos, CA

Event Info

Parent Education Night presented by the Bullis Boosters Club on “Living with Intensity: Exploring the Psychologicial, Emotional, and Social Aspects of Giftedness.” Wednesday, February 26, at 6:30 pm.
More information at 
http://www.bullisboostersclub.org/