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What we do

We provide play therapy and psychological evaluations for children and adolescents. We also provide behavior analytic services for individuals with special needs. This is important to you because we help to determine what is happening with your child and we give you the support and guidance to better the life of your child.

Our Team


Albert Knapp, Psy.D., BCBA-D

Founder & Executive Director

Lynn Bender

Practice Manager

Julie Caplan Nuzzalo, Psy.D.

Post-Doc Psychological Assistant

Brittany Dafesh Psy.D.

Post-Doc Psychological Assistant

Sarah Gallop, M.A., AMFT

Associate Marriage & Family Therapist and Clinical Art Therapist

Domonick K. Green, M.A, M.ED, AMFT, APCC

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and Associate Professional Clinical Counselor

Alicia Glover, MA, BCBA

BCBA Supervisor

Carolina Ochoa

Carolina Ochoa, BA

Registered Behavior Technician

Jamal Cameron, M.A., AMFT

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist

Jill Walker, Ph.D

Licensed Psychologist (PSY29908)

Stavros Kavoulakis, MA, BCBA

ABA Clinical Director

BB, Therapy Dog

(in training)

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Dr. Knapp was able to complete my daughter’s psychological evaluation in such a short time! His report was very throughout and enabled us to use our insurance benefits to cover ABA services.

-P.F., Redondo Beach, CA

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My son loves coming to see Dr. Knapp! He always tells me how much fun he has with him, and I have noticed that my son behaves so much better!

-D.L., Hermosa Beach, CA

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Dr. Knapp really understands the IEP process and laws, and took his time to make sure that my husband and I understood it too. With his help and guidance, we were able to clearly articulate our concerns to our daughter’s IEP team and get her more support at school.

-C.W., Palos Verdes, CA

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Dr Knapp really connected with my son and really helped me to handle his challenging behavior. Now we get along really well and there is a lot less stress in our relationship.

-M.M., Manhattan Beach, CA

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Blog


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How to Facilitate Complex
Learning with Your Child

As any parent knows, children have to learn what to expect from the people, places, and things in their world. The task of figuring out who or what talks or has feelings, what objects just take up space but can’t move on their own and which things might move freely but don’t have

Autism and Genes

Autism or Autism Spectrum Disorder is a group of disabilities that cause impairment in social, cognitive and behavioral areas in a person. Although, up until now, only 65 genes were known as part of the autism-risk spectrum, thoughts or feelings is quite difficult.

Everyone Needs a Friend

American author, Henry Van Dyke quoted, “A friend is what the heart needs all the time.” That is such an uplifting and true statement for many. Having a friend can heal a heart, help through rough times and even be the best kind of medicine. Though this sounds real...

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The Importance of Storytelling

For children up to six years old, storytelling can be a very useful and healthy tool. Telling or reading them a story will light up their imagination, helping them with the development of language, literacy and the general development of their brains. At this age,...

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Bad Habits

At some point in our lives, we probably all have heard our mom say, “stop biting your nails.” You probably never thought anything of it and you may still do it today. Some may bite their nails while taking a test or waiting for important news. Most say that’s just a...

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Contact

Home, school or community visits also available when clinically appropriate.
Phone: 310 376 2468 – FAX 310 376 6068 – Email: akaadmin@akatherapy.com

South Bay office: 1200 Aviation Blvd Suite 100 Redondo Beach CA 90278 

The Play Lab: 1300 Aviation Blvd Redondo Beach CA 90278 

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