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.

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 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:

  • 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


January 2020

Raising Enlightened Children 5-Week Course (first session)

St. Martin of Tours School, Los Angeles

Event Info

Melanie Soloway, J.D., C.P.E., Summit Center’s Parent Educator, is presenting her Raising Enlightened Children 5-week Course on Tuesday mornings, 9:15 – 11:15 am, January 21 through February 18, 2020, at St. Martin of Tours School in Los Angeles. Melanie explains that “Time Outs” for toddlers or “Taking Privileges Away” from teens may stop unwanted behaviors, but at what cost? The key to connecting with your kids and growing healthy relationships is to fill your toolbox with understanding, knowledge, and positive parenting tools. Melanie will provide you with strategies using a brain-based approach to strengthen your bonds with your children.  More info at https://conta.cc/2NVtxdl.


January 2020

Discussion Group for Parents of Gifted and 2e Children (first meeting)

Walnut Creek, CA

Event Info

Discussion Group for Parents of Gifted and 2e Children Monday mornings, 10:00 am – 11:30 am, 6 sessions beginning January 27, 2020. Group will discuss the unique challenges that gifted children bring to families, along with learning more about the social emotional needs, and  resources that are available. Facilitated by Dr. Ellena Chen & Melanie Hayes, certified SENG facilitators. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Details at https://conta.cc/36crwkt


February 2020

Discussion Group for Parents of Gifted and 2e Children (first meeting)

Torrance, CA

Event Info

Discussion and Support Group for Parents of Gifted and 2e Children, focuses on the social and emotional needs of gifted and 2e children, and the parenting issues related to those needs. Meets in Torrance on Tuesday evenings, 6:00-7:30pm, for 6 sessions starting February 4, 2020. Facilitated by licensed psychologist Dr. Lisa Hancock. Space is limited, and pre-registration is required. Details at https://conta.cc/2qYULs1.