Friend 2 Friend

Helping Your Child Learn the Skills for Life-Long Success

OUR SERVICES

Life-Skills
enrichment groups

After-school
programs

Parenting
Workshops

Individual and
private sessions

about us

Friend 2 Friend L.A. provides social skills and educational groups for school-age children. We utilize a ‘whole child ‘approach designed to channel your child’s unique personality to strengthen and boost friendship skills, social skills and confidence in a safe, accepting and play- oriented environment. Sessions are fun, educational and interactive. Groups are kept small to allow for individualized attention for each child.

WHO WE ARE

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Debbie Summers, LMFT

I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. I currently have a private practice in Los Angeles with a focus on counseling of children and teens, parents, and adult women. In addition, my experience of the past 25 years as an educator, Rebbitzen, and parent informs my work as a Marriage and Family Therapist and enriches and deepens my ability to understand and empathize with my clients’ experiences and concerns.

My approach is person – centered, forward-moving, positive, holistic, and strength –based; and I utilize a number of Therapeutic approaches, including Reality Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindfulness, and Solution- Focused Brief Therapy. Children are offered creative expression through art and play.

I believe in the therapeutic power of a caring and warm therapist-client relationship. And that people feel better when they are empowered to make choices that brings them closer to their wants and needs.

I am a behavioral specialist trained in both Applied Behavioral Analysis and DIR/Floortime Therapy (Developmental-IndividalDifference-Relationship Model). I provide direct intervention and support to children, their families, and schools to accomplish social, emotional, communication, behavioral, and play goals. I incorporate mindfulness techniques into my practice to assist a child in reaching sensory regulation, allowing them to thrive in any environment.

My data-driven intervention methods are adapted to each child’s unique neurological and processing capabilities. I believe in creating a fun, positively-charged atmosphere so that a child is excited and motivated to learn.
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Michelle Shapiro, Behavioral Specialist

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