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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


Lisa Ramos

Albert Knapp, Psy.D., BCBA-D

Founder & Executive Director

Lynn Bender

Lynn Bender

Practice Manager

Julie

Julie Caplan Nuzzalo, Psy.D.

Post-Doc Psychological Assistant

Brittany Dafesh

Brittany Dafesh Psy.D.

Clinical Psychologist

Carolina Ochoa

Ashley Metoyer, MPA, LCSW

Clinical Social Worker

Carolina Ochoa

Alicia Glover, MA, BCBA

ABA Clinical Director

Carolina Ochoa

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

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and Associate Professional Clinical Counselor

Carolina Ochoa

Peggy Mazzarella, M.A.

Special Education Consultant/Advocate

Erika Hall

Erika Hall, M.A., LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Arease Edison

Arease Edison, Ed.D., LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

Kim Tran

Kim Tran, M.Ed, BCBA

Master of Education

Stephanie Heim

Stephanie Heim, M.A., LMFT

Licensed Marriage &
Family Therapist

Joanne Chen

Dr. Joanne Chen, Psy.D.

Post-Doc, Psychological Assistant.

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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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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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Front Desk Reception
New Client General Information & Initiating Services
(310) 376 2468 ext 1200 (main office)
akaadmin@akatherapy.com

Administrative Assistant
Office/Service Inquiries
(310) 376-2468 ext 1202 (main office)
octavia@akatherapy.com

Practice Manager
Lynn Bender
(310) 376-2468 ext 1200 (main office)
(310) 923-3534 (work cell)
lynn@akatherapy.com

ABA Clinical Director
Alicia Glover, MA, BCBA
(310) 567-0980 (work cell)
alicia@akatherapy.com

President & CEO
Dr. Albert Knapp, Psy.D, BCBA-D, RPT
(310) 376-2468 ext 1200 (main office)
drknapp@akatherapy.com

Scheduling
Existing Clients ONLY

Service: In office Therapy or Psychological Testing
(310) 376-2468 ext 1300 (main office)
(310) 210-2779 (scheduling cell for M-F services ONLY)
WEEKEND CLIENTS PLEASE CALL MAIN OFFICE EXT 1202
mentalhealth@akatherapy.com

Service: Home/Community Based ABA or Social Skills Group
(310) 376-2468 ext 1300 (office)
(310) 210-2779 (scheduling cell for M-F services ONLY)
WEEKEND CLIENTS PLEASE CALL MAIN OFFICE EXT 1301
behaviorservices@akatherapy.com