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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 Caplan Nuzzalo, Psy.D.

Post-Doc Psychological Assistant

Brittany Dafesh

Brittany Dafesh Psy.D.

Clinical Psychologist


Michelle White, Psy.D.

Post-Doc Psychological Assistant

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

BB Therapy Dog

BB, Therapy Dog

(in training)


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



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



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



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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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.

Relationship Between Autism and Seizures

Autism is a condition that affects the nervous system and is found generally early in a child’s life. It affects the development of language and social interaction skills. In almost all cases, autism has been shown to affect speech patterns and even motor skills. Some...

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Reading the Signs

Autism Spectrum Disorder is exactly just that, a spectrum that a child will fall on depending on the severity of their disorder. Although the severity and symptoms can all differ, they all show similar abnormalities in the same fields. Social interplay, verbal and...

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Correlation Between Genes and Autism Spectrum Disorder

There are many theories and research that are suggesting the cause, or possible causes of ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). While there is no proven cause for the diagnosis, research that suggests there is a genetic link to ASD is strongly supported. The research...

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

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

The Play Lab: 1300 Aviation Blvd Redondo Beach CA 90278 


Front Desk Reception
New Client General Information & Initiating Services
(310) 376 2468 ext 1200 (main office)

Administrative Assistant
Office/Service Inquiries
(310) 376-2468 ext 1202 (main office)

Practice Manager
Lynn Bender
(310) 376-2468 ext 1200 (main office)
(310) 923-3534 (work cell)

ABA Clinical Director
Alicia Glover, MA, BCBA
(310) 567-0980 (work cell)

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

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)

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)