Parenting Counselor Encino CA

Being in nature almost automatically connects us to a sense of something larger than ourselves and lets us disengage from day'to'day preoccupations. Not only can you provide opportunities for your child to be in nature, you can help her focus on fully engaging her senses.

Dr. Glenn Peters
(818) 900-1333
16944 Ventura Blvd
Encino, CA
Specialties
Depression, Relationship Issues, Parenting, Dissociative Disorders
Qualification
School: Alliant International University (Ph.D)
Year of Graduation: 1995
Years In Practice: 20+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: Male
Age: Adolescents,Adults,Children,Elders
Average Cost
$90 - $100
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes

Mrs. Cynthia D Weston
(818) 527-4510
16055 Ventura Blvd
Encino, CA
Specialties
Addiction, Relationship Issues, Parenting
Qualification
School: CSUN
Year of Graduation: 2000
Years In Practice: 8 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Children (6 to 10),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$150 - $180
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No

Dr. Marina Bochkur-Dratver
(818) 814-6811
16550 Ventura Blvd
Encino, CA
Specialties
Child or Adolescent, Parenting, Relationship Issues
Qualification
School: CSPP-LA
Year of Graduation: 1998
Years In Practice: 10+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: Female
Age: Adolescents,Adults,Children,Elders
Average Cost
$160+
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No

Dr. Glenn Peters
(818) 900-1333
16055 Ventura Blvd
Encino, CA
Specialties
Depression, Relationship Issues, Parenting, Dissociative Disorders
Qualification
School: Alliant International University (Ph.D)
Year of Graduation: 1995
Years In Practice: 20+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Children (6 to 10),Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 19),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$90 - $130
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: Aetna

Ms. Nickie Godfrey
(818) 293-5816
16055 Ventura Boulevard
Encino, CA
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Trauma and PTSD, parent/adult child relationships
Qualification
School: California State University, Northridge
Year of Graduation: 1974
Years In Practice: 20+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: Female
Age: Adolescents,Adults
Average Cost
$100 - $140
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: BlueCross and/or BlueShield

Ms. Maureen Serra
(213) 260-2156
5535 Balboa Boulevard
Encino, CA
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Parenting
Qualification
School: Cal State University Northridge
Year of Graduation: 1984
Years In Practice: 20+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: All
Age: Children (6 to 10),Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$120 - $130
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: No
Accepted Insurance Plans: APS Healthcare

Dr. Melissa R Ripp
(213) 290-6905
16055 Ventura Boulevard
Encino, CA
Specialties
Personality Disorders
Qualification
School: CSPP-LA
Year of Graduation: 1999
Years In Practice: 10+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: Female
Age: Adolescents,Adults
Average Cost
$120 - $200
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: Out of network provider

Ms. Jackie Berman
(818) 794-0848
4419 Van Nuys Boulevard
Sherman Oaks, CA
Specialties
Relationship Issues, Parenting, Divorce
Qualification
School: Phillips Graduate Institute
Year of Graduation: 2001
Years In Practice: 4 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any, Latino
Gender: All
Age: Adults,Elders (65+)
Average Cost
$80 - $120
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: Yes
Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
Accepted Insurance Plans: BlueCross and/or BlueShield

Mr. Ossie Mair
(818) 920-8782
4910 Van Nuys Blvd.
Sherman Oaks, CA
Specialties
Child or Adolescent, Anger Management, Parenting
Qualification
School: Antioch University
Year of Graduation: 1999
Years In Practice: 2 Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any, Other Racial or Ethnic Background
Gender: Male
Age: Adolescents,Adults,Children,Elders
Average Cost
$90 - $130
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No
Accepts Credit Cards: No

Sheri Omens Kelfer
(818) 963-9237
Kelfer And Associates, Inc.15720 Ventura Blvd
Encino, CA
Specialties
Child or Adolescent, Trauma and PTSD, Parenting, Dissociative Disorders
Qualification
Years In Practice: 15+ Years
Patient Info
Ethnicity: Any
Gender: Female
Age: Adolescents,Adults,Children
Payment Methods
Sliding Scale: No

No Child Left Bananas

Provided by: 

By Elizabeth Marglin

Just like adults, children can feel completely out of control when they get stressed. Teaching them, by example, to stay present, quiet their minds, and check in with their gut feelings will help them learn to contain their emotions safely so temper tantrums don’t become their default mode of expression. With all the stimulation that bombards children, the new three Rs—rest, relaxation, and reflection—may prove to be as important as reading, writing, and ’rithmetic.

In response to the traumatic events of September 11, Linda Lantieri, author of Building Emotional Intelligence (Sounds True, 2008), developed a curriculum to help strengthen children’s ability to cope with stress. The following exercises can be taught to children 5 and older.

Create a peace corner.
Organize a special area where she can go to be quiet. You can include a photo of her favorite place, elements from nature, calming pictures, chimes, and quiet instrumental music.

Make room for silence.
While silence and kids may be a contradiction in terms, you can still try to
include silent breaks in your daily routine. For example, if you always listen to the radio or music when you drive, make it a family practice to have a few minutes of silence at the beginning and end of the car ride, and ask children to notice what they see, hear, and feel during that time.

Honor nature.
Being in nature almost automatically connects us to a sense of something larger than ourselves and lets us disengage from day-to-day preoccupations. Not only can you provide opportunities for your child to be in nature, you can help her focus on fully engaging her senses. For example, pick a place outdoors, and then observe, together, how that spot changes through the seasons.

Check in.
Young children are quite adept at tuning in to their bodies’ signals, but as they get older, cultural conditioning often diminishes this innate ability. Help your child recognize the signs of stress—jumpiness, fast breathing, tight feelings in the chest, tense muscles, and upset stomach—as a first step in teaching him how to release it.

—Elizabeth Marglin

Author: Elizabeth Marglin

Copyright 1999-2009 Natural Solutions: Vibrant Health, Balanced Living/Alternative Medicine/InnoVisi...