Dr. Dianne Kong
(She/Her/Hers)
Santa Ana, CA
Accepting New Clients
Waitlist Only
In-Person Visits
No In-Person Visits
Virtual Visits (in state)
Virtual Visits (in state)
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If your teenager is often defensive, closed off, or angry, you may feel unsure of how to help them. You may even worry that they won’t open up to a therapist. To benefit from therapy, teens need to feel heard, understood, and valued. By gently building a therapeutic alliance of trust, mutual respect, and understanding, I work with teens and their families to support the child and improve family functioning.

Client Focus

Teenagers (13-17)

Young Adults (18-24)

Adults (25-64)

Get To Know Me

As an educator, I realized that there was so much more to a child’s behavior than what we saw exhibited in the classroom. I enjoyed teaching a wide range of skills, but I wanted to be able to help kids beyond the limited scope of a classroom teacher. I became a therapist so I could partner with parents and make an impact on the functioning of each child’s family, creating a solid support network and more positive change for the child.

By working with children in school settings, hospital settings, and private practice, I have learned how to put them at ease so that they feel comfortable opening up and leaning into the support that I offer. Above all, I want them to feel respected and valued in our work together. Instead of another authority figure dictating their life, I play the role of a guide and partner in their journey to find their voice and choose their path.

Education

Pepperdine University (Malibu, CA), PsyD in Clinical Psychology

Pepperdine University (Los Angeles, CA), Master's in Clinical Psychology 

Duke University (Durham, NC), Bachelor's in Biological Anthropology

More Details

I am a Psychological Associate registered with the State of California Board of Psychology (application pending) and supervised by Dr. Mindia Gabichvadze (#34139). I am a member of the Diagnostic Assessment team and I offer in person services at our Beverly Hills and Santa Ana locations.

Insurance plans accepted: Cigna, Medicare, and Medi-Cal managed care health plans, including Aetna Better Health, Anthem, Gold Coast, HealthNet, Inland Empire Health Plan, LA Care, Molina Healthcare, and San Francisco Health Plan

Book With Me

Teenagers (13-17)

Young Adults (18-24)

Adults (25-64)

As an educator, I realized that there was so much more to a child’s behavior than what we saw exhibited in the classroom. I enjoyed teaching a wide range of skills, but I wanted to be able to help kids beyond the limited scope of a classroom teacher. I became a therapist so I could partner with parents and make an impact on the functioning of each child’s family, creating a solid support network and more positive change for the child.

By working with children in school settings, hospital settings, and private practice, I have learned how to put them at ease so that they feel comfortable opening up and leaning into the support that I offer. Above all, I want them to feel respected and valued in our work together. Instead of another authority figure dictating their life, I play the role of a guide and partner in their journey to find their voice and choose their path.

Pepperdine University (Malibu, CA), PsyD in Clinical Psychology

Pepperdine University (Los Angeles, CA), Master's in Clinical Psychology 

Duke University (Durham, NC), Bachelor's in Biological Anthropology

I am a Psychological Associate registered with the State of California Board of Psychology (application pending) and supervised by Dr. Mindia Gabichvadze (#34139). I am a member of the Diagnostic Assessment team and I offer in person services at our Beverly Hills and Santa Ana locations.

Insurance plans accepted: Cigna, Medicare, and Medi-Cal managed care health plans, including Aetna Better Health, Anthem, Gold Coast, HealthNet, Inland Empire Health Plan, LA Care, Molina Healthcare, and San Francisco Health Plan

We accept most insurance plans and offer sliding scale fees as needed
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