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Dr. David Swanson, a licensed clinical psychologist practicing in Encino, CA, treats children and teens suffering from Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), oppositional and defiant behavior, anxiety, depression, and social problems.
As a married father of three boys, Dr. Swanson lends plenty of hands-on experience. From potty training to sleep training: play dates to piano lessons: sports to academics: and discipline to cuddles, he knows first hands the current issues families face today. He is well known throughout the community because of his success with children, teens and parents. As a result, hundreds of families have turned to him for help - be it academic, behavioral, social or emotional. As part of his treatment regimen, Dr. Swanson educates parents on specific parenting strategies and normal child development.
Dr. Swanson's experience is extensive. He has worked with children who have endured severe physical and emotional abuse at Children's Health Care Campus and The Glen Roberts Child Study Center, both in Southern California. He also has worked with families to strengthen communication and the overall quality of life within the home at The Child and Family Guidance Center (Northridge, CA.). And, he has supervised classroom settings at Northpoint (Northridge, CA) and The Sycamores (Altadena, CA).
Dr. Swanson holds two Master's Degrees and a Doctoral Degree in Clinical Psychology and has been trained in biofeedback at the Staff and Faculty Counseling Center of the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), giving him unique insights into the impact and treatment of stress. While at UCLA, Dr. Swanson held stress management workshops across the campus and was a sought after speaker at the School of Dentistry and the Chancellor's Office. After UCLA, he went on to create The Stress Management Workshop where his clients included HealthNet Wellness Programs and a host of Southern California attorneys. In fact, Dr. Swanson's program, The Keys to Reducing Stress, is approved for continuing education by the State Bar of California.
Dr. Swanson frequently serves as a media consultant and has appeared on television news programs including The TODAY Show (NBC) The Early Show (CBS) and also has been a guest on the nationally televised EXTRA. He has been interviewed by local and national radio across the country including CNN, ABC Talk Radio and Family Life Radio. Stories featuring Dr. Swanson have appeared in The Daily News, The San Diego Tribune, LA Parent and Ladies Home Journal. In addition, he had addressed media-related corporate groups including DreamWorks, SKG.
In 2003, Dr. Swanson established Swanson, Conti and Associates (www.SwansonContiandAssociates.com). SCA is a private practice psychological corporation that focuses on treating the needs of children, teens and families. Having worked with hundreds of families, Dr. Swanson has received praise from clients and other professionals for his sensitivity, compassion and dedication to the health and welfare of his clients. Being "down to earth," "knowledgeable," and "really caring" are phrases often repeated with respect to Dr. Swanson. In his ongoing efforts to help children and families live happier, healthier lives, Dr. Swanson created The Healthy Child (www.TheHealthyChild.INFO), an online newsletter, which provides a forum for Los Angeles-based professionals to share valuable insights to parents. The Healthy Child has become one of the fastest growing child-focused newsletters in Los Angeles as it reaches parents, schools, professionals and corporate groups.