Treatment For:

  • Defiance
  • Trauma
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

Play Therapy , Art Therapy, and interactive family activities are used to foster appropriate expression, self exploration, healing and growth. Play and art can allow children (as well as adolescents and adults) to express themselves more fully. It can help to expose and untangle their emotional landscape and behavioral patterns in order to help them process and make sense of their lives. The following video describes what Play Therapy is and why it works:

​Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is another research based program I use to help children, teens and families move forward from traumatic experiences such as sexual abuse or witnessing or being the victim of violent or life threatening events. Please see the About page for more information and links regarding my services and experience. The following video gives an overview of the TF-CBT:

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I charge $130 per 50 minute session forprivate pay. Please see the Fees/Insurance page for more info. Invoices (superbills or receipts for services) are available upon request in order to submit "out of network" claims. 
​​​I accept the following health insurance plans: 

Anthem Blue Cross

Central Coast Alliance (CCA) / Medi-Cal

Clinical Supervision: Providing clinical supervision for ASW's and MFTI's who are accruing clinical hours toward licensure. 

Thanks again for taking a look at my website and I look forward to hearing from you!

~Aaron Williams, LCSW #28379

Child, Teen, and Family Counseling

  • Grief and Loss
  • Life Adjustments
  • Tantrums
  • Self Esteem


I specialize in working with children and teens ages 2-18. I provide highly effective, research based counseling in a warm and inviting environment. I offer practical strategies and activities to help children and families meet their goals and improve their lives. As a parent, I understand the worries and frustrations often associated with the enormous job of parenting. Parent participation is encouraged as this can result in better long term outcomes.

I also supervise child and family counselor's with Master's Degrees who are working toward earning their hours to become fully licensed clinician's. Please scroll down to the Registered Interns section below for more info on them.

Much of my work has included providing counseling services to families living with difficult life circumstances including domestic violence, divorce, drug use, and child abuse and neglect. Despite these challenges, many of these families were able to open their hearts, roll up their sleeves, and make monumental life changes. 

Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is a program designed to address defiance in children by strengthening the parent-child relationship and giving parents research based parenting strategies that help children follow directions. The following video depicts how PCIT helped save the parent-child relationship for a very high risk family: