Loraine Van Tuyl, PhD, CHT

Licensed Psychologist,


Walnut Creek



Loraine Van Tuyl, PhD, provides therapy services to 2e, neurodivergent, and gifted children, adolescents, and adults. She offers children and teens an inviting and safe space to explore bewildering and overwhelming pressures, needs, and emotions through the use of expressive arts, journaling, and play and sandtray therapies. In her work with adults, she integrates conventional talk therapy with psychoeducation, neuroscience research, guided mind-body wisdom techniques, and meditative practices to enhance their sense of wellbeing, confidence, and intuitive resilience. Clients, especially those who are “old souls,” have found Dr. Van Tuyl’s introspective and strength-based methods helpful in reducing social/performance anxiety, perfectionism, low self-esteem, and cognitive distortions. She teaches self-awareness, creative problem-solving, and communication skills to parents struggling with feelings of guilt, helplessness, self-doubt, or frustration in raising their 2e kids, and helps them to develop a unique plan of success that aligns with their value system and honors their child(ren)’s intellectual, emotional, and spiritual (IQ, EQ, and SQ) gifts. Dr. Van Tuyl received her doctoral degree from Palo Alto University. She has shared her extensive clinical expertise at professional conventions, universities, on radio shows and podcasts, and in articles and books (Amazon Wisdom Keeper: a Psychologist’s Memoir of Spiritual Awakening and Soul Authority).


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