Summit Center
Summit Center: Helping every child reach new heights
In This Issue
Upcoming Event: Thursday, May 21
Dr. Dan Peters

Dr. Dan Peters will speak at the informational Open House for Reid Day School and Center for Brain Based Excellence in Costa Mesa. Reid Day School is offering educational therapy services this summer and is now enrolling twice-exceptional students in grades 4-6 for Fall 2015.
New Encino Office

We are proud to announce the opening of our new location in Encino. Call (310) 478-6505 to make an appointment.


17337 Ventura Blvd. 

Suite #316

(between Balboa and White Oak Avenue)

Encino, CA 91316

"...The student gets positive feedback, is seen as competent, and thus, feels confident and valued."

- Dr. Dan Peters, Summit Center
Summit Center Update
April 2015

If you would like to explore your child's strengths instead of focusing solely on weaknesses, give us a call to schedule an appointment. Read on for Dr. Dan Peters' article on how Summit Center uses a strengths-based approach throughout our portfolio of services. Plus, we welcome Melanie Kroon to our new Encino office.

A Strength-Based Approach Helps Children:

Learn to ask "What's Right" instead of "What's Wrong"

by Dr. Dan Peters


When it comes to helping our children learn and develop academically, socially, and emotionally, we want them to feel confident about who they are.  At Summit Center, we use a strengths-based approach for assessments, counseling, and treatment versus a more traditional pathologizing model.


If we look at the medical model of disease as a metaphor we can see that it is grounded in finding pathology, and getting rid of that pathogen to regain physical or mental health. This model is also used when learning problems are diagnosed. Students experiencing problems in school are referred to Study Success Teams (SSTs) and private practitioners to determine if they have a "learning disability" or "learning disorder." In essence, the guiding question is often "What is wrong with this child?" But does this approach work and is it helpful?


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Melanie Kroon Joins Summit Center Encino

Summit Center is pleased to welcome Melanie Kroon, MA, a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, to provide therapy and consultations at our new Encino office. Melanie works with children, adolescents, adults, couples, and families. She has specialized in the emotional needs of gifted and creative individuals for 10 years. She incorporates Psychodynamic, Humanistic and Cognitive approaches to helping clients embrace their uniqueness and to thrive.


"Many gifted adults don't even know that they are gifted," says Melanie. "There are several characteristics of giftedness that if misunderstood in childhood can lead to feelings of defectiveness and isolation in adulthood." Melanie looks beyond IQ at a person's curiosity, sensitivity, intensity, ability to do abstract thinking, and more.


Melanie has written for MSN Health and Fitness, THE THERAPIST Magazine of the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists. She is an experienced speaker who has lectured to parent groups at San Fernando Valley schools on topics such as "Talking and Listening to Your Kids" and "How to Teach Self Discipline to Children." She has also lectured locally on recognizing giftedness in adults.


Learn more about Melanie on our Professionals page.


To schedule an appointment with Melanie, please call (310) 478-6505 or email