Child, Teen, Family Counseling and Therapy in the San Fernando Valley, California 1-818-929-6586

Counseling and Therapy for Children, Teens, Young Adults and Families

Hello my name is Lisa Polisano, Welcome to Valley Child and Teen Therapy.

I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist that specializes in both short and long term counseling and psychotherapy for children, teens, young adults and families both in home and in my private practice.

It can be difficult and challenging to determine if you or your child/teen may need professional intervention. However, if you feel that you or your child/teen may be having some academic, behavioral, social or emotional difficulties or if you are struggling trying to parent or manage their behavioral problems, it may be just the right time to seek therapy. Your instincts are there for a reason and they are telling you that something is not right. Whether you are a parent or a client seeking therapy, you have come to the right place. The sooner you seek the advice or assistance from a professional, the sooner your child–and you–can be helped to bring about positive and lasting changes.

Early Intervention

I believe in the importance of early intervention while children and teens are still in the home is the most effective time to solve difficult problems. However, even if an individual has left the home environment, intervening in the early stages of any problem is essential in bringing about long-lasting and positive changes in hopes of a more fulfilling future. In order to guide a child, teen or young adult through this process, I believe that helping them learn to communicate their thoughts, feelings and emotions in more constructive and healthy ways is key. I understand that many young people communicate more effectively through a creative and non-threatening means of expression. My creative approach to therapy provides my clients with a means for expressing their innermost feelings so as to foster self-awareness and self-discovery, enhance self-esteem and promote overall emotional growth. This healing process needed to provide you or your child/teen with the courage that positive and lasting changes can be made comes from nurturing and supportive relationships with positive adults. I strive to provide this safe and comfortable environment for clients to express themselves and their vulnerabilities outside the core family unit.

I offer flexible and convenient office hours including weekend and evening appointments. Additionally, I provide in-home, telephone* and web-based* (Skype) appointments to accommodate the busy schedules of clients or for those who would simply prefer the privacy and convenience of home-based or tele-therapy services. Yes, you heard it, I make house calls!!!! I recognize that, due to illness, transportation problems, disability, finances, childcare, crisis, or a wide range of other reasons, it can be challenging to get to the therapy office for an appointment. With this in mind, I offer home-based therapy/counseling as a solution. In addition, home-based services allow for specific skills to be demonstrated and practiced “right then and there,” in the home.

If you or your family are looking for extra support or guidance through a challenging situation or are ready to create positive changes in your life, please call (818) 835-4914 or email me at or today to discuss what your next step should be. I provide a brief phone consultation free of charge prior to your first visit. I look forward to speaking with you.

**If you or your child are in crisis and in need of immediate assistance, please call 911 or go your nearest emergency room for an evaluation.***