About Us

The Bay Area Center for Children is a multidisciplinary group of clinicians who provide treatment for children.  We provide assessment, medication management, therapy, and educational counseling in order to provide our clients with the best treatment possible.  Our work is guided by the latest research on adolescents and we use effective treatment interventions.  Below is a list of the psychologists, psychiatrists, and educational therapist who are part of the practice.


John C. Burton, Psy.D.

Dr. Burton is a graduate of the California Institute of Integral Studies, where he received the Institute Scholarship for excellence as a graduate student. He was worked with adults, children and families. Dr. Burton currently specializes in treating adults with ADHD as well as couples in which one or both of the partners have ADHD. He also specializes in neuro/psycho/educational assessments for adults and children.



Davida Cohen, M.F.T. - Marriage and Family Therapist

Davida Cohen is a Marriage and Family Therapist who works with families, couples, children and adults and has been teaching, training and supervising for 20 years. She is currently teaching, Working With Trauma With Children and Adolescents Through Attachment and Regulation. She is certified in EMDR and does this with children and adults. She has worked at the Family Institute of Pinole in the positions of Director of Training, and Clinical Director. She also holds an MA in Art and works with adults and children to bring out their potential in mindfulness, creativity and relationships. She specializes in trauma and stress, adoption issues, and children and teen's behavioral difficulties. This includes ADHD, spirited, acting out children as well as overly constricted, anxious or depressed children.



Karen Pernet, LSCW, RPT-S, SEP

Karen Pernet is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Registered Play Therapist-Supervisor and Somatic Experiencing Practitioner. Her focus is on issues as they are experienced in the here and now. She considers the power of a caring relationship, gently sprinkled with humor, to be an essential ingredient of the work. Karen uses a variety of approaches including play therapy for people of all ages, sand tray,  empathic dialogue, experiential exercises to connect head and heart, and trauma therapies. Karen's clients range in age from 3 to 80 and she treats individuals, couples, children & adolescents and families. When treating families with children from 3 to 12, she often suggests Filial Therapy, a highly effective intervention integrating family therapy, play therapy and parenting which addresses a wide variety of child and family problems and enhances the parent-child relationship. Karen provides small group trainings in play therapy, Filial Therapy and sandtray as well as supervision and consultation. Her goal as a supervisor is to help new therapists find their professional voice.  She also offers trainings to agencies.


Ken Braslow, MD

Ken Braslow attended medical school at the University of Southern California, and did his residency in adult psychiatry at the University of Texas, and his fellowship in child and adolescent psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco.  Afterwards, he had the privilege of working with U.S. military members and their families in Germany and Korea.  Currently he is an assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at UCSF, where he supervises residents and teaches parent-child psychotherapy.  He is board-certified in both child/adolescent and adult psychiatry and is a member of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. His therapeutic philosophy is to custom tailor a treatment plan that takes into account each individual's or family's strengths and goals. He believes in combining high quality treatment with the virtues of old-fashioned care, and offers both medication management and psychotherapy for children, families, parents, and adults.  He often see children who get into trouble; have academic, learning, or relationship difficulties; have ADHD, anxiety or depression; are underachievers; have family stress or whose parents are divorced or separating; or who have been adopted, abused, neglected or traumatized.  His focus with children is multi-fold: to improve behavior, academics, and relationships. He helps treat underlying conditions, deepens relationships, teaches how to work through conflict better, and in the process, reduce troubling symptoms. 



Megan Parker, Psychologist

Dr. Megan Parker is a licensed psychologist who provides early childhood, adolescent, and family therapy. She is a graduate from the California School of Professional Psychology and has worked with adults, children, and families. Her areas of speciality include children's behavioral health, attachment, early childhood development (ages 0-5), adoption, childhood trauma, and in-home therapy. Dr. Parker has an integrative style, employing evidence based treatments while using psychodynamic techniques as needed. She also offers parent consultation for child behavior management. She works with single caregiver/parent families, LGBT families, children experiencing parental separation/divorce, children exhibiting oppositional behaviors, and parents that may simply want to brush up on parenting skills. Sessions may take place in her office or in your home. If requested, Dr. Parker will also incorporate visits to daycare providers, the child's school, and any other person or environment that is important in the child's life. The course of therapy is tailored to each family.


Dr. Rachel Ruderman, Psy.D. 

She is a licensed clinical psychologist and a graduate of Alliant International University in San Francisco. Her professional experiences have focused on working with children, adolescents, families and couples. Dr. Ruderman uses cognitive-behavioral techniques, as well as, strength based therapeutic approaches including solution-focused therapy, attachment based family therapy, play therapy and narrative therapy. These interventions are used to assist her clients in overcoming issues with anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, divorce, trauma, unresolved grief, ADHD, opposition and defiance. In addition, she treats couples through use of emotionally focused therapy. Dr. Ruderman believes in a collaborative therapeutic partnership and empowers her clients by promoting self-confidence and facilitating opportunities where the individuals are able to demonstrate their resiliency.

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