• Child Therapist in Pasadena, CA

  • Child therapy helps children, teens, and parents overcome challenges and develop solutions for long-term improvement.  When life issues interfere with school, friends, or family life, it may be time to involve a specialist.​

  • Do you wondered; 
    What does my child need?
    How do I help my child?  ​
    Have you been debating for a while if he or she might benefit from child counseling?

  • Do you worry about your child's behavior?
    Did your child just experience traumatic event, a loss, or life altering news?
    Is your child’s behavior often getting them sent to the office, or receiving detentions, or suspensions?

  • LaLisa Morgan has extensive experience working with children who have behavioral, emotional, and mental challenges. LaLisa has experience working with children and adolescents.  Her experience comes from both working with young people with the Department of Children and Family Services as well as in private practice.  She has experience in working with young people dealing with emotional trauma, physical trauma, identity, self esteem, educational issues and developmental challenges.  

     

  • Tips for finding a good child therapist;

    1. It's all about relationships. Some say as much as 85% of change can be attributed to the relationship formed between the therapist and the child...  A good therapist can usually engage a reluctant child. (Good) therapists share...a genuine interest in the child, and a willingness to understand the world as the child understands it. 
    2. ...Sees the child's strengths and is open to hearing the child's (and the parents') possible solutions to the challenges the child faces. The therapist understands that the child's problems are a way of coping (anxiety protects a child from danger; aggression can be a way of exercising control). When there is a real problem like Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder,anorexia, depression, or truancy, a good therapist sees "the problem as the problem." ... The child is much more than a few symptoms. The child is, underneath his problems, a wonderful person with potential. A good therapist separates the problem from the child.
    3. ...understands that her role as therapist is temporary. The real people who need to be engaged to help the child are the special people already in the child's life... therapy is always understood as simply a step in a process of healing and connection.
    4. ... Sees problems as complex and knows that solutions are often complex too.. helping a child, family or school take action... 
    5. ...Appreciates the child's culture and the context where the child lives ...that person doesn't have to be from your same ethnic, racial, or community background, but should be sensitive to differences and willing to ask questions about how your culture and values can help strengthen your child.

    Summary from writings by:
    Michael Ungar Ph.D.Nurturing Resilience
    Finding a Great Therapist for Your Child
    A great therapist for children shows five special qualities

    LaLisa is located in Pasadena CA.
    Arolyn is located in both Pasadena and Corona Del Mar CA