About Us

The Bay Area Center for Children, with offices in San Francisco, Marin, Oakland/Berkeley, Menlo Park, and San Mateo, is a multidisciplinary group of clinicians who provide treatment for children, and is a specialty center of the Institute for the Advancement of Psychotherapy.  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.


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.

email: DavidaCohen@bayareacenterforchildren.com

Brooke Barnett, Psy.D
Dr. Brooke Barnett is a licensed clinical psychologist who provides psychotherapy to children and families in the Bay Area. She is a graduate from the California School of Professional Psychology, and completed her doctoral internship at Children’s Hospital & Research Oakland. Dr. Barnett works with children and families, and her areas of expertise include issues related to parenting, co-parenting, and disruptions in early attachment relationships for young children and adults. Dr. Barnett is trained in parent-child psychotherapy and specializes in working with young children (0-5). Parent-child psychotherapy involves working with the parent and child simultaneously and is done in Dr. Barnett’s office or in the home. This type of therapy is helpful in addressing behavioral concerns in young children, difficulty with emotional regulation, anxiety, or disruptions in attachment, and history of trauma. In addition, to having offices in San Francisco and San Rafael, Dr. Barnett provides mental health consultation to several schools in the Bay Area, and supervises and trains doctorate level graduate students.

email: BrookeBarnett@bayareacenterforchildren.com

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 sees 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 to treat underlying conditions, deepen relationships, teach how to work through conflict better, and in the process, reduce troubling symptoms. 

email: KenBraslow@bayareacenterforchildren.com

Jean Hayes, Ph.D. - Psychologist

Dr. Jean Hayes, a licensed marriage, family, and child therapist has worked with children for over 30 years. Her Ph.D. from the Wright Institute is in clinical psychology and organizational development. Dr. Hayes specializes in reconstructing relationships that are troubled and bringing together and working with multi-generational families.

Dr. Hayes has been the clinical and program director of a number of Bay Area in-patient, residential, and out-patient substance abuse and dual diagnosis programs for adults and children. She has also been trained by the John Bradshaw Center in inner child therapy and the treatment of codependency and shame-reduction. She specializes in working with families impacted by substance abuse using experiential therapy, including psychodrama, equine, and animal assisted therapy for healing and transformation.

email: jeanhayes@bayareacenterforchildren.com



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.

email: KarenPernet@bayareacenterforchildren.com


Anne-Olivia S. Rose, Psy.D. - Psychologist

Dr. Rose is a licensed psychologist who specializes in psychological assessments for children, adolescents, and adults. She focuses on testing for ADHD, learning disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, and emotional issues. Dr. Rose is also on the training and supervisory staff of the Psychological Services Center in Oakland where she provides clinical and assessment supervision for doctoral trainees and provides training to the legal community on the assessment of adolescents. She is also a Vendor Psychologist for the Regional Center of the East Bay where she performs Autism and Mental Retardation evaluation.

email: Anne-OliviaRose@bayareacenterforchildren.com

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