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What is educational therapy?

Educational therapy is the clinical practice of utilizing specific methods, strategies, tools and approaches to help support academic success in students. These strategies are based upon the individual's specific learning profile, strengths and weaknesses. Educational therapy is for students who may have learning disabilities such as dyslexia, ADHD, auditory processing deficiencies, language processing deficiencies, vocabulary weakness, visual processing problems, math disabilities, or difficulties in phonetic reading, reading comprehension, critical thinking inferential skills, written expression, organization and time management skills, memory weakness, low self esteem, test taking anxiety. While every student with learning challenges is different, the goal of educational therapy is to address and remediate whatever is interfering with a student reaching their highest level of proficiency.

For more information please use this link: Association of Educational Therapists

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a typical session like?
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Typical sessions vary in accordance with the individual psycho-educational goals established for your child. For students who are younger (elementary aged), remediation will occur through gameplay and homework that is appropriate for their psycho-educational goals (ie, a student struggling with math will not be doing history in session). For students who are in middle school and high school, remediation usually needs to occur within the homework. Middle school and high school students are typically much busier and more anxious coming into educational therapy--they need to feel like they’ve left sessions accomplishing something tangible. All work conducted within sessions will be aligned with the specific goals of your child. Each learner is very different and as a result, the strategies and remediation provided will be specific to your individual learner.
What ages do you work with?
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We serve students/adults of all ages. We have educational therapists and specialists who specialize in different areas--this will be something we discuss on our phone call.
Is my child a good fit?
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If your child is struggling or anxious about school, yes, they are a great fit. If YOU are struggling, notice gaps and worried about your child’s academic performance then yes, they are a good fit!
How long will it take?
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Educational therapy is more akin to a marathon than a sprint. There is not true time table that we can give you. The following areas are all a factor in determining the efficacy of educational therapy: goals, motivation, strategies, and willingness to partner. Here is our commitment to you: we will “kick you out” of educational therapy when your child is ready. Most students (parents) are ready to graduate from educational therapy before they realize--we will tell you. The goal of educational therapy is to be done with educational therapy. We LOVE getting to tell you that your student IS NOW an independent and autonomous learner and we’re graduating them from working with us.
Can you bill my insurance?
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Unfortunately, educational therapy is not covered by insurance. Educational therapists do not have licensure in the state of California and therefore, we have no insurance codes to give you. We are able to provide a superbill to you but we’ve never had a client be able to figure out how to get insurance to reimburse them--if you are the unicorn that figures it out, PLEASE let us know!
Am I (the adult) a good fit?
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If you are struggling at work with meeting deadlines or have always wanted to go back to school then you might be a great fit for educational therapy.
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Individualized Support
Demystifies learning problems
Stimulates clients’ awareness & strengthens confidence
Implements a tailored treatment plan
Intensive support for those with learning disabilities
Our Team

A growing team of expert therapists.

Stephanie Pitts | M.Ed., BCET
Stephanie Pitts | M.Ed., BCET
Owner

Stephanie Pitts is the owner of My Ed Therapist, an educational therapy group practice in Redondo Beach, Palos Verdes, and virtually, nationwide. She works with students one-on-one to help parents get a full picture of what is going on with their children, reading reports, conducting assessments, and creating and attending individualized learning plans and meetings. Known as “The Game Whisperer,” with a collection of over 200 games she uses with her clients, Stephanie expertly weaves fun and play into her work with clients to help them have more fun learning and make better connections between kids, parents, and educators. Stephanie is a Los Angeles native and received her B.A. in Sociology from USC and a Master’s Degree in Education from Pepperdine University. She completed her Certificate in Educational Therapy at CSUN and has been trained as an Academic Coach. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys spending time with her two dachshunds, traveling, and spending time with friends.

Ali Guydan | M.A.
Ali Guydan | M.A.
Associate Educational Therapist

Ali is extremely motivated and passionate about helping individuals grow and reach their goals by identifying and building on each student’s unique personal strengths. While completing her undergraduate degree in Psychology at UC Berkeley, Ali began her career working with a Non Profit organization providing mentorship and support to high school students struggling with psychosocial stressors affecting their ability to succeed in school. Through this experience, Ali realized her passion to help students reach both personal and academic goals. After graduating from UC Berkeley with a degree in Psychology, Ali worked for a private tutoring agency providing in-home tutoring and babysitting to elementary and middle school-age students. This experience motivated Ali to further her education as she recognized that there were additional factors affecting children’s ability to reach their goals in school and desired to gain clinical experience helping clients of all ages. Ali attended the University of Southern California and completed her master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy and worked clinically prior to transitioning to working as a Learning Specialist focusing on psychoeducational goals. Ali develops individualized psychoeducational goals addressing issues affecting educational functioning such as ADHD, executive functioning, study skills, math, writing, and other academic challenges. Ali assists students in developing strategies both inside and outside of the classroom. Ali takes a person-centered, strength-based, and solution-focused approach as she works collaboratively with clients to help them overcome challenges and work towards their individual goals. During her free time, Ali enjoys spending time with friends and family, playing with her dog, shopping, and practicing yoga. As well, Ali enjoys meditation and practicing mindfulness, which she brings in her sessions to assist students in increasing insight, being present, and self-awareness.

Alicia Francois | M.Ed.
Alicia Francois | M.Ed.
Learning Specialist

Alicia Francois is a learning specialist in the South Bay area. She has several years of experience working with elementary and middle school students with respect to building executive functioning, time management, organizational, and study skills, in addition to reading, writing, and math skills. Alicia has significant experience assisting students with learning differences and helping them become successful, independent learners. She is also proficient in Orton Gillingham methodology and has worked with principals, counsellors, teachers, and parents to help students improve academically. Alicia has worked for highly selective K-12 independent schools, colleges, and universities including Chadwick School, Woodward Academy, Claremont McKenna, Amherst, and Georgia State (J. Mack Robinson School of Business). She has served on several admission review committees over the last twenty-five years and has a thorough understanding of what schools look for when reviewing applications and considering prospective students. Alicia uses her experience in this area to help students avoid the common pitfalls related to completing college applications and essays. Alicia earned a B.A. from Claremont McKenna College and an M.Ed. from the University of Southern California. In addition to Southern California, she has lived in New York, Colorado, Massachusetts, and Georgia. She enjoys going to the beach, spending time with family and friends, and travelling.

Bryn Siegelman | B.A.
Bryn Siegelman | B.A.
Learning Specialist

Bryn is a passionate individual who is enthusiastic about working with students of all ages to foster a positive learning environment. She was born and raised in the South Bay and is an avid supporter of her community. Bryn graduated with an undergraduate degree from The University of Arizona and a Multiple Subject Credential from CSU Long Beach. She had experience working in the Hermosa Beach, Torrance, Palos Verdes, Manhattan Beach and El Segundo school districts as a substitute teacher before moving into a learning specialist role. Most recently, Bryn took on the roles of Behavior Interventionist and Behavior Technician, working 1:1 with students who need additional support with their academics and behaviors. During this experience, Bryn recognized her passion to help students find success in the classroom by creating individualized support. She focuses on positive self-talk, communication, and fun to better connect and maintain relationships with her clients. Bryn helps her students improve executive functioning by developing strategies for study skills, organization, and social and emotional development. She serves as an ally to students, encouraging them to overcome challenges and work towards their goals inside and outside of the classroom. In her free time, you can find Bryn cuddled up to her dog, Gigi, listening to live music at any local venue, or travelling the world with friends.

Eric Kaufmann |  M.A.
Eric Kaufmann | M.A.
ET/P, Clinic Director

Eric is an Educational Therapist / Professional whose passion for working with students and adults began in high school as a snowboard instructor. From a young age, Eric dreamed of riding bigger mountains and surfing warmer waves on the California coast. So, after studying Adolescent Education and history at Marist College and teaching in New York State for one year, he made his way to California after being accepted to the PLACE Corps. at Loyola Marymount University. While completing a Master's in Special Education, Eric taught middle school Social Studies and was the Junior High Lead Teacher, IEP Specialist and head basketball coach on campus. After teaching for five years, Eric decided to follow his dream of working with neurodivergent students and adults in a one-on-one setting. As an Educational Therapist, Eric uses an individualized and data-driven approach to shape achievable goals and to meet the unique needs of everyone he works with. Through prescriptive and differentiated instruction, Eric fosters a safe learning environment that promotes responsible self-advocacy, critical thinking and executive function skills.

Jason Corcoran | M.A.
Jason Corcoran | M.A.
BCBA

Jason is a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst who has been serving students with unique challenges since he was in middle school. Jason received his BA in English subject matter prep from Cal State Dominguez Hills. He went on to complete his MA in Specialized Education at the University of North Dakota. Bringing energy, fun, and laughter are non-negotiables for Jason when it comes to working with learners. He uses games, storytelling, and partnering with his students to help them achieve their goals. Jason believes “we have to give energy to the things we want our students to repeat. One of the best things about working with students with unique challenges is getting to be there as they start to see themselves in a new light.” A native to the Southern California area, Jason enjoys reading, writing and board games. On the weekends he can be found coaching soccer or going on adventures with his wife and two sons.

Joanna Hayman | B.A.
Joanna Hayman | B.A.
Learning Specialist

A product of a family of teachers, education is a natural fit for Joanna. She earned her Bachelor of Arts and Teaching Credential from Occidental College in Los Angeles in 2006. She has been in elementary education for 12 years, first with a charter and then with a public school district. She spent 11 years in the classroom and one year as an Intervention Specialist, designing and implementing remediation and intervention materials for students in grades tk-6. She also served as her school's Response to Intervention Academic Lead, acting as a student and family advocate in SST, RTI, and IEP meetings. She has a deep-rooted drive to ensure access and equitable learning for all students. Joanna has received specialized training and certifications in reading remediation, with a focus on foundational literacy and reading comprehension development. She has been extensively trained in the Writer's Workshop model used in most schools and received additional certification in writing support through Guided Language Acquisition Design and Thinking Maps. In addition to her work in literacy, Joanna is skilled in Cognitively Guided Math Instruction and has served as a facilitator for training teachers through UCLA Center X Mathematics Project. She has also been certified to support students with executive functioning. Joanna has experience working with students with ADHD, processing disorders, behavioral disorders, dyslexia, nonverbal learning disorders, and anxiety. In her free time, Joanna enjoys taking advantage of all the natural beauty the South Bay has to offer with her husband and daughter. She is an avid Dodgers fan and loves to read, play with her dog and cat, and find new places to eat.

Katrina Gonzalez | M.A.
Katrina Gonzalez | M.A.
Operations Director

Katrina is a lifelong Californian who has lived in every area of the state. She earned her B.A. at St. Mary's College of California in performing arts with an emphasis in dance. After completing her teaching credential at California State University, Sacramento, she went on to teach for several years at Bay Area independent schools and ultimately completed her Masters Degree in Educational Therapy from Holy Names University. Katrina has always been passionate about education, and she began her career as a high school student tutoring younger children after school in her mom's classroom. Since then, she has worked as an English teacher, SAT Writing and Grammar instructor, special education instructional assistant, dance teacher, and even a director of a tutoring center. She has years of experience helping to cultivate the strengths of diverse learners while encouraging autonomy for each individual. Katrina also enjoys the organizational aspect of helping small businesses run smoothly, which is why she loves supporting other ed therapists in the important work they do. In her free time, Katrina can be found spending time with her husband and their two sons. She loves to dance, read, and spend time outside.

Laura Korman | M.A.
Laura Korman | M.A.
ET/P

Laura loves making learning fun for all students by focusing on their strengths a.k.a. “superpowers” and helping them become more confident in their abilities. A native of Los Angeles, Laura received her B.A. from Scripps College in Child Psychology and earned her M.A .from New York University in Childhood Education and Special Education, becoming a certified elementary school teacher in New York. Throughout her career, Laura has been passionate about the accessibility of education and the arts. She has worked as an Arts Educator as part of Arts of LA’s Arts Advocacy Leadership program. Laura has developed individualized educational interventions for students with learning disabilities and other learning challenges such as dyslexia, executive functioning, low academic self-esteem, ADHD, and poor organizational and study skills. In her spare time, she enjoys being with her family, photographing the sunset, and painting.

Leinna Huante | M.A.
Leinna Huante | M.A.
Learning Specialist

Leinna is a learning specialist and middle school teacher who has been in education for seven years. She has a passion for working with students and helping them find their success in life. As a graduate from Long Beach State University with a degree in Business Administration coupled with a teaching credential and master’s degree in education, she has a broad range of knowledge to share. Leinna has worked with students of all ages and prides herself on getting to know students as individuals to find their strengths and build self-efficacy to believe in themselves. She can work with all types of learners and has a strong math and English language arts background. Leinna also specializes in helping middle and high school students with executive functioning challenges. Leinna is a California native and lives in the South Bay with her husband and two kids. They enjoy adventuring around the world and exploring new places together.

Marcella Stubbs | B.S.
Marcella Stubbs | B.S.
Learning Specialist

Marcella is an Intervention Specialist from Ohio. She earned a Bachelors of Science in Special Education from Youngstown State University as well as a B.S. in Hearing and Speech Sciences from Ohio University. Marcella has worked as a certified special education teacher for 20 years and is experienced in working with learners who have mild to very severe learning needs. During her career she has created and delivered effective, differentiated classroom instruction to students with a diverse range of learning needs in grades K-12. She has written IEPs, conducted IEP meetings, and administered Alternate Assessments to students. Marcella has a true passion for working with young learners and enjoys helping these learners progress academically and socially. She strives to create an environment that nurtures success in a positive and fun way. Marcella recently got engaged and moved to California. In her spare time, she enjoys being with her fiance and daughter as well as reading, shopping, and traveling.

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