Along with comprehensive evaluation and individualized instruction with our educational therapy team, assessment and treatment with additional specialists may be recommended for some students, depending on their individual needs. We may refer our families to local practitioners, each of whom provides expert evaluation and therapeutic intervention in his or her field. Our referrals list includes specialists in the fields of psychology, neuropsychology, speech and language pathology, occupational therapy, educational therapy, developmental optometry, nutrition, and more.
Pegeen Cronin, PhD ~ Serving all ages
1-877-428-8478 ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Pegeen Cronin works in the West Los Angeles, Woodland Hills, and Ventura areas. She has over 20 years of experience and offers academic, psychological, and developmental evaluations of children and adolescents in addition to diagnostic evaluations for individuals suspected of a developmental disability. She also helps parents, children, and adolescents through support, social modeling, and social skills groups.
Specialties: Children, Adolescents, Family Support, Developmental Disabilities, Social Modeling, and Social Skills Groups.
Rates: Evaluation and Therapeutic Sessions – Inquire within.
Insurance Accepted: Out of Network Provider
Beverly Januszewski, PhD ~ Serving all ages
(805) 642-3648 ~ email@example.com ~ website
1280 S. Victoria Avenue, Suite 230 ~ Ventura, CA 93003
Dr. Beverly Januszewski specializes in providing evaluations and psychotherapy for children, adolescents, and young adults. She believes that helping her patients better understand their strengths and challenges will only expand their ability to self-monitor and regulate their attention, mood, and behaviors. She values collaboration with medical doctors, psychiatrists, school professionals, and other therapists. Dr. Januszewski considers it an honor to work closely with so many families who love their children deeply, and who recognize that theirs is a complicated situation.
Specialties: Children, Adolescents, and Young Adults, ADHD, Gifted, Divorce, Gender Issues, and Mood Issues.
Rates: Evaluation & Therapeutic Sessions – $175/hour.
Insurance Accepted: Kaiser, TriCare, and TriWest.
Lifespan Development Center
Roland Rotz, PhD ~ Serving ages 6+
805-566-0441 ~ firstname.lastname@example.org ~ website
957 Maple Avenue ~ Carpinteria, CA 93013
Dr. Rotz’s philosophy is to “Do the little things well now, for in time great things will appear, waiting to be done. Change is discovering choices and what to do with them. Whatever you do, do it with passion!”
Specialties: ADHD and Co-occuring Conditions.
Rates: Inquire within.
John Valenzuela, PhD ~ Serving ages 12+
323-364-4035 ~ email@example.com
137 W El Roblar Drive ~ Ojai, CA 93023
John is a licensed clinical psychologist who believes that there are multiple paths to change. He wants to help his clients find their own unique paths through finding new ways to relate to others, discussing their dreams, and understanding their cultural narratives.
John provides short-term and long-term therapy for individuals, adolescents, and couples who are suffering from depression, anxiety, grief, or who are dealing with symptoms of ADHD and ASD. He also conducts psychological assessments and provides comprehensive reports about those assessments.
Specialties: Adolescents, Adults, Depression, Anxiety, Grief, ADHD, ASD.
Jordan Witt, PhD ~ Serving ages 3-30
805-564-1763 ~ firstname.lastname@example.org ~ website
1531 Chapala Street #2 ~ Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Dr. Witt believes that every individual has unique strengths and weaknesses in their learning and skills. Helping someone toward success involves understanding of their learning style, remediating weaknesses, developing strategies, and developing their strengths. In addition, many individuals are held back from success through difficulty with executive skills (planning, organizing, and managing daily tasks), and targeted interventions can be helpful in these areas as well. Through comprehensive evaluation learning profiles can be uncovered and help enhance the design of appropriate supports and educational accommodations or changes.
Specialties: ADHD, Autism, Positive Behavior Support, Learning Disorders, neuropsychological and psychoeducational assessment; child and adolescent therapy; and other consultation related to developmental, medical, and learning issues.
Rates: Variable depending on scope of treatment.
Insurance Accepted: AETNA, Cottage Health, and Single Case Agreements where applicable.
Ojai Mind Body Spirit
Wendy Elliott, MA, LCMHC, BC-DTR ~ Serving ages 4+
805-640-0579 ~ wendy@OjaiMindBodySpirit.com ~ website
206 North Signal St. Suite A., Ojai, California 93023
Wendy’s philosophy includes utilizing Solution Focused Therapy, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, and Self-Determination Theory.
Insurance Accepted: Out of Network
360 Behavioral Health
833 227 3454~ email@example.com ~ website
9201 Oakdale Ave., Suite 101, Chatsworth, CA 91311
PAL supports individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. PAL provides social skills instruction, adaptive skills instruction, and intensive applied behavior analysis services. PAL has Board Certified Behavior Analysts monitoring all programming.
Specialities: Autism and Developmental Disabilities.
Rates: Inquire within.
Insurance Accepted: CenCal Health, Cigna, Blue Cross of California, LifeSynch, Anthem Blue Cross, United Behavioral Health, Magellan Health Services, MHNet, Gold Coast Health Plan, Aetna, HealthNet, TriCare, and Humana.
Resources for Infant Educarers®
Elizabeth Memel, MA ~ Serving ages 0-2
(323) 651-0022 ~ firstname.lastname@example.org ~ website
1943 Meiners Road ~ Ojai, CA 93023
Liz Memel has over 35 years of experience as a RIE Associate, offering a holistic approach to being and caring for people, working with infants, young children and the adults who care for them. The goal is to help raise authentic infants who are confident, focused, attentive, peaceful, resourceful and curious. Liz facilitates Certified RIE® Parent-Infant or Toddler Guidance™ Classes for families with children from age 0 to 2 with a demonstration and observation program that meets once a week for 90 minutes at a time. She also offers consultation at her home studio and at in-home visits. Since spring 2020 the very successful alternative online zoom parenting groups have offered deep learning and optimal preventative understandings from newborn stage onward. Liz’s newest program in Ojai, RIE Wanderland, is a chance to roam free during visits for one family at a time with children from birth to age 8. Check out her instagram for descriptive photos. Other certified courses taught include Nurturing Nanny, Before Baby pre-natal education and the 60 hour RIE Foundations: Theory and Observations Course that have zoomed globally with far-reaching extraordinary outcomes.
Specialties: Infants, Children, Certified RIE Parent-Infant Guidance Classes and other adult learning instruction in the ECE field.
Rates: Evaluation – $125/hour for consultation home visits ~ Eight consecutive group sessions – $320.
Insurance Accepted: No.
Chantal Wunderlich, MA ~ Serving all ages
(805) 269-6644 ~ email@example.com ~ website
976 Medio Rd. ~ Santa Barbara, CA 93101
Practicing Online Only
Chantal’s approach is Person-Centered and draws from Family Systems Theory within a Psychodynamic framework. When working with children, she relies on Expressive Arts modalities as well as Non-Directive Play Therapy.
Specialties: Children, Adolescents, Young Adults, Grief, Loss, Self-Injuring Behaviors, Anxiety, Depression, Relationship Issues, Attachments Issues, Impulse Disorders, Family Conflict, and Divorce.
Rates: Evaluation – $135/session ~ Therapeutic Sessions – $90/session.
Insurance Accepted: No.
The Literacy Room
Jena Collins ~ Serving ages 5+
805-252-9955 ~ firstname.lastname@example.org ~ website
407 Bryant Circle Bldg. A ~ Ojai, CA 93023
As an educational therapist, Jena addresses the underlying processes that affect learning. She also helps the students to understand their styles of learning and how to advocate for their needs in academic settings and beyond.
Rates: Evaluation – $700-$1200 ~ Therapeutic Sessions – $110/hour.Specialties: Dyslexia, Hyperlexia, Learning Processes Disorders, All Subjects Including Spanish, Test Prep, and College Essays.
Insurance Accepted: No.
Executive Function Coaching & Writing Support
Paul Herder ~ Serving all ages
Paul@EFskillscoach.com ~ Serving Ventura County
Paul is a published author with twenty years of teaching experience as a lead English teacher at the secondary level. He specializes in expository and narrative writing for college essays, private high school applications, and other academic writing assignments. Paul’s instruction focuses on ideas, organization, voice, word choice, sentence fluency, conventions, and presentation.
Insurance Accepted: No
Anat Baniel Method® NeuroMovement® Practitioner
Birgit Jung-Schmitt ~ Serving all ages
520-369-5460 ~ email@example.com ~ Serving Ventura County ~ website
501 E Ojai Ave, Ojai CA
560 Coronado Street, Ventura CA
NeuroMovement® takes advantage of the brain’s amazing ability to change itself. It utilizes movement in all its forms to help upgrade the functioning of the brain that in turn can organize thinking, feeling, emotion, movement and action better.
Supported by the latest brain research, the Anat Baniel Method® NeuroMovement® uses simple, gentle movements and focus to help children and adults to maximize their potential, no matter what their skill level or diagnosis.
Birgit works with people of all ages, children, babies, adults, the elderly, individuals with special needs and learning challenges, and skill-based professionals, to help them overcome current limitations and pain and reach higher levels of performance. She recently completed the master program for ABM NeuroMovement® for Children with Special Needs.
The Anat Baniel Method NeuroMovement is known for its breakthrough results for children with autism, Asperger’s, brain damage, ADHD, learning disabilities and undiagnosed developmental delays. The NeuroMovement approach is broadly applicable and has helped people with many different needs and interests gain new skills, get rid of pain, and create a healthier and happier life: people with brain injury, recovering from a stroke, Cerebral Palsy, PTSD, recovering from injury and surgery, chronic pain, occupational and repetitive strain, scoliosis, symptoms associated with aging, MS, Parkinson’s disease, balance and coordination issues, people who long for more vitality and joy, feeling down, bored, off track, or stuck in some way – and for people who know that they don’t have to have a problem to get better!
UPCOMING EVENTS (please check www.formingmovement.com for more events and classes)
- NeuroMovement Classes at Namba Performing Arts Space, 47 S Oak Street, Ventura CA
- Free Presentations at Lighthouse Learning Solutions, Ojai CA
Rates: $90 per session
Insurance Accepted: No
Lorilynn ~ Serving all ages
805-649-4905 ~ firstname.lastname@example.org ~ website
Serves Ojai, Ventura, Camarillo, Thousand Oaks, Carpinteria, Montecito, and Santa Barbara.
Lorilynn’s philosophy states that “learning is maximized when the courses of study are tailored to individual needs, abilities, and pace. One on one teaching provides constant monitoring of subject mastery and adjustment of course material in an ongoing manner, which ensures greater student success.”
Specialties: Individualized homeschool programs, tutorial services, and test preparation for a wide range of ages and abilities, including gifted/advanced students and students with learning differences such as ADHD, dyslexia, processing issues, and/or executive functioning impairment.
Rates: Evaluation – $100/session ~ Tutoring – $75 – $100/hour ~ Test Prep – $40/hour ~ homeschool program rates available on request.
Availability: Monday – Saturday mornings and afternoons.
Jael Burkhalter ~ Serving ages 5+
(808) 464-0594 ~ email@example.com
Serves Ojai, Ventura, Carpinteria, Montecito and Santa Barbara
Jael Burkhalter is a self-employed artist and dressmaker. She loves spending time interacting with people, seeing different cultures and viewpoints, and seeing the mystery and beauty nature holds. She especially loves experiencing these things through travel and conservation work. Jael also loves creating really nice, useful clothing; she would love to one day start a sewing school. She enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for learning with others!
Specialties: Reading Fluency, Comprehension, Writing Skills, Grammar, Writing Mechanics, Organizational Skills, Study Skills
Rates: Starting at $15/hour
Availability: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings and afternoons
Zivile Gimbutas ~ Serving ages 8+
(805) 798-9271 ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
Serves Ojai, Santa Paula and Ventura
Specialties: Elementary school subjects, Basic English, Basic Skills, Fundamentals of Writing, Basic Reading and Analytical Reading, English composition and literature, poetry
Allan Isbell ~ Serving all ages
(925) 550-8121 ~ email: tutorwithAllan@gmail.com
Serving Virtually Only
Allan has worked with hundreds of students in Spanish, from beginners to the highest level of Honors Spanish. As a high-school Spanish teacher in both public and private schools, Allan has helped students to succeed not only in achieving the grades they desired, but to guide them to a deeper understanding and appreciation for the language they are learning. A graduate of Cal Poly University, Allan majored in Business Administration and received a double minor in Spanish and Latin American Studies.
Drawing upon his own unique experiences living in Spanish-speaking countries, it’s Allan’s goal to give students a grounded, real-life understanding of what they are learning and why they are learning it while, of course, enjoying themselves along the way! Allan is also a certified Mindfulness Facilitator who has worked with and trained hundreds of teachers and students to use and incorporate mindfulness into their daily lives.
Specialties: Spanish, Mindfulness, Comprehension, Grammar, Test Prep, Enrichment, Study Skills
Larry Johnson ~ Serving ages 6+
(805) 798-3890 ~ email@example.com
Serves Ojai and Ventura
Larry has experience 25 years of experience in teaching, mostly in the areas of science and film at Oak Grove and Villanova, as well as experience in tutoring all academic subjects.
Specialities: Basic to High School Level Academic Skills, Science, Math, Film, Video Editing, Guitar, and Test Prep
Availability: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday afternoons
Shane Rilling ~ Serving ages 6+
(805) 451-6455 ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
Shane uses his education in nutrition, energy, and positive thinking, as well as a holistic approach to find a student’s learning style to help students of all ages. He has experience in working with students with dyslexia and students who have a lack of motivation, a fear of math, or a fear of tests.￼
Specialties: Basic to High School Level Academic Skills, Organizational Skills, Study Skills, Emotional Functioning, Behavioral Counseling, College Counseling, Career Counseling, Spanish, Life Coaching, and World Peace Perspectives.
Rates: $55 – $75/hour
Availability: Monday – Friday mornings and afternoons
Hayley Shula ~ Serving Pre-K through College
(415) 351-8482 ~ email@example.com
Serves clients virtually.
Hayley has been a private piano instructor for 10 years and enjoys teaching students of all ages. Other experience includes teaching music theory and performance at summer camps, leading after-school programs, and teaching music production and engineering to children. Her father being a high school English teacher and journalist, Hayley learned how to have a way with words at a young age. She specializes in tutoring in English and writing, spelling, typing, and other communication methods.
Specialties: Reading Fluency, Writing Skills, Grammar, Writing Mechanics, Social Skills, Organizational Skills, Study Skills, Emotional Functioning, Behavioral Counseling, Career Counseling
Rates: $30 – $40/hour
Availability: Monday – Sunday (Mornings Only)
Laura Wells ~ Serving ages 5+
(805) 990-6697 ~ firstname.lastname@example.org
Serves Ojai, Santa Paula, Ventura and Oxnard
Laura has a BA degree in Anthropology, a TESOL certificate, a Japanese Language Proficiency Certificate and 20 years of experience in Tokyo, Japan as an EFL teacher and adjunct instructor in content-based university/junior college and high school courses. Laura’s other skills include editing, proofreading and translating for well-known educational publishing companies in Tokyo. She has many years of experience in the U.S. and abroad in teaching and tutoring subjects of ESL, World History, U.S. History, Literary Analysis, reading (critical thinking) and writing (essay formation) in addition to TOEFL, TOEIC and SAT test preparation. Over the years, her students have ranged in age from 5- 85 years. More recently, Laura has gained experience teaching elementary and high school classes at public and private schools in Ventura County. Laura is bicultural and experienced in teaching the language and culture of Japan to individuals of all ages seeking to further their understanding of that country’s rich culture. She is available for consultation prior to personal and/or professional ventures to Japan in order to maximize results and enrich one’s overall journey.
Specialties: Phonics, Reading Fluency, Comprehension, Writing Skills, Grammar, Writing Mechanics, Elementary Math, Social Studies, Social Skills, History, Statistics, Earth Science, Biology, Test Prep, Organizational Skills, Foreign Language(s)
Rates: $40 – $80/hour
Availability: Monday afternoon, Tuesday through Saturday mornings, and Sunday afternoon
Dan Willard ~ Serving ages 3-18
(213) 638-7820 ~ email@example.com
Dan has been playing music since he was a child. He has over 40 years of experience with music and has been teaching it since 1992 at Besant Hill, Thacher, and Ojai Valley School.
Specialities: Music (ukulele, clarinet, sax, flute, trombone, piano, guitar, drums, and trumpet) and Spanish
Availability: All days 9am-8pm
Occupational & Speech Therapy
Michaela Gordon, OTR/L, Traveling Therapist ~ Serving all ages
805-290-0933 ~ firstname.lastname@example.org ~ website
23 Hitchcock Way, Suite 109 ~ Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Michaela is an occupational therapist who works with clients of all ages to change areas of concern through sensory integrative and other neuro-based treatments in order to help the brain better interpret, organize, and use information that is received through the senses.
Specialties: Sensory integration and neuro-based therapy.
Rates: Evaluation – $350/session ~ Therapeutic Sessions – $120/hour.
Insurance Accepted: No.
Two Trees Kids
Rosanna Kirkendall-Azer ~ Serving ages 0 – 18
Neurologic Adult and Pediatric Specialty
805-410-1352 ~ email@example.com ~ website
3418 Loma Vista Rd Suite 4A ~ Ventura, CA 93003
Two Trees Kids specializes in: Pediatric Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, and Speech Therapy for Developmental Delays, Toe Walking, Sensory Processing Disorders, Scoliosis, Speech Delay, Sound Therapy, Torticollis, Autism, and Attention Disorders
Evaluation Rates: $150 – $250
Treatment Rates: $50 – $150
Insurance Accepted: Yes, most plans accepted, inquire within.
Seaside Therapy, Inc.
Kristen Rohde ~ Serving all ages
805-644-8255 ~ website
4253 Transport Sreet, Unit 1 ~ Ventura, CA 93003
Seaside Therapy uses a developmental approach. It serves clients ages 0-99 for speech therapy and 0-13 for occupational & physical therapy.
Specialties: Speech, Occupational, and Physical Therapies.
Rates: Evaluation – $180/session (not written) ~ Therapeutic Sessions – $90/hour.
Insurance Accepted: Yes, inquire within.
Children’s Therapy Network
Cassie Woods, DPT ~ Serving all ages
805-667-8200 ~ firstname.lastname@example.org ~ website
2 Locations: 1857 Knoll Dr. ~Ventura CA 93003 & 810 Lawrence Dr # 100, Newbury Park CA 91324
Children’s Therapy Network’s philosophy is to serve children with special needs by enhancing potential and fostering independence through high quality, innovative therapeutic programs and professional excellence within a natural environment. Their collaborative atmosphere is built upon a foundation of dignity and integrity. Children’s Therapy Network is a unique company designed to serve each child’s special needs and we are dedicated to preserving the “whole” family approach, recognizing that each child is one part of a complex family unit.
Specialties: Administrator of the Sensory Integration and Praxis Test Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, and Physical Therapy.
Cornelius Mietus, OD ~ Serving all ages
805-969-2020 ~ email@example.com ~ website
3710 State Street, Suite C ~ Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Dr. Mietus’ philosophy states that since “vision” is more than “sight”, having 20/20 clarity does not mean one has the visual processing and eye movement skills needed to live and learn successfully. Since vision is a learned ability, it can be trained at any age. Therapy must be appropriate to the level of the persons entering abilities and with a child, it must be FUN!
Specialties: Vision Therapy Programs and Visual Aids for reading and learning disorders, autistic spectrum, ADD, ADHD, Sensory Integration, Developmental Delay, Traumatic Brain Injury, Stroke, Strabismus, Amblyopia, Lazy-eye.
Rates: Initial Vision Therapy and Assessment – $225 /hour ~ Vision Therapy Session and Testing – $225/hour (usually 6 – 12 sessions needed).
Insurance Accepted: Inquire within.
Monica Lowe, Registered Dietician ~ Serving all ages
805-660-3232 ~ firstname.lastname@example.org ~ website
530 West Ojai Agave, Suite 208 ~ Ojai, CA 93023
Monica’s philosophy is that you should be provided with the guidance and necessary information and tools you’ll need to successfully reach and maintain your health and nutrition goals. It is definitely not easy to take charge of your health on your own, but it can be done when you have the right skills, knowledge, and motivation. Monica’s approach is simple, yet effective. By taking small steps and making gradual improvements in your lifestyle, Monica promotes long-lasting results.
Specialties: Healthy Eating, Weight Management, Failure to Thrive, Sports Nutrition, Diabetes/Hypoglycemia, Gastrointestinal Disorders, Food Allergies/Intolerances, and Vegetarianism.
Insurance Accepted: Some, inquire within.
Natural Healing Consultants
Khabir Southwick, T.N., C.A.S., A.P., A.H.P., P.A.C.E. Provider ~ Serving all ages
805-308-3480 ~ email@example.com ~ website
723 Fernando St. ~ Ojai, CA 93023
Khabir’s philosophy is that first, one must focus on the diet to improve digestion, reduce food reactions and improve nutrition. Secondly, use whole food supplements to address nutritional needs ie. pregnant, skin condition, ADHD etc. and identified nutritional deficiencies. Third, use home remedies, detoxification and herbal medicine specifically for each individual and condition as needed.
Specialties: Digestive conditions, IBS, Leaky gut, Whole food nutritional therapy and ADHD.
Rates: $95/first session, $55/follow-up sessions
Insurance Accepted: No.