Darrell Walters

is a psychotherapist and technology consultant in Los Angeles. His treatment approach is informed by the latest research in neuroscience, psychological theories and developmental perspectives. He is passionate about identifying the key characteristics that lead to positive, lasting change.

Darrell specializes in working with neurodevelopmental and life-adjustment challenges. This includes executive functioning issues, moodiness and depression, or anxiety due to high academic pressure, life stress, or divorce. Darrell also works extensively with technology-related issues: healthy-mind balance, boundary setting, as well as mindfulness practices for relaxation and expanding frustration tolerance.

Darrell has spent many years exploring the intersection of human thriving, neuroscience, and interpersonal neurobiology (IPNB). He has worked with Daniel J. Siegel, MD, and the team at the Mindsight Institute, to create resources based on Mind, Brainstorm, The Whole-Brain Child, and No-Drama Discipline, best-selling books on practical strategies to nurture the developing mind. Over the past several years, Darrell has worked with Dr. Siegel to produce the quarterly Mindsight Digital Journal, a 90-minute media journal capturing new ideas, trends, and observations together with the practical application of IPNB. Prior to joining the team at Mindsight, Darrell worked for Apple, where he helped with the development and implementation of training programs, workshops, and camps, all centering around helping people maximize and optimize the use of technology in their lives.

Darrell is one of the very few psychotherapists with advanced training in the Bredesen Protocol, a comprehensive treatment approach for improving cognition and optimizing health. He focuses on identifying and reducing environmental risk factors, increasing positive lifestyle adjustments, and identifying and maximizing strengths to offset challenges.


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Thriving

Life has many challenging moments, and parenting is full of them. Though we may do our best to create a conflict-free environment for our kids, moments of tension will inevitable arise. These points of tension may be due to developmental roadblocks or systemic breakdowns. This may be the result of conflict between divorcing parents, bullying at school, learning challenges, attention difficulties, mood fluctuations, sensorimotor challenges, or something as increasingly common as video-game addiction. These points of tension can be overwhelming for a child lacking loving, supportive relationships and the necessary emotional skills to self-regulate when the situation calls for it. Keeping the brain in mind, we can learn strategies to gently calm the chaos and develop yours and your child's emotional and creative capacities. These brief outbursts or giant meltdowns in our children communicate something of deep significance: a need for our soothing love and a desperate need for emotional skills to navigate through the many everyday struggles they face as they develop, grow, and become more fully themselves.

Though we would often like to wrap them in bubble-wrap and keep them stowed safely away from danger, kids will ultimately face these everyday challenges and struggles. As parents, our goal is to help create calm, healthy, and deeply loving relationships with our children, establishing a haven of safety for them to boldly explore and create positive, lasting change in their world. We hope for greater peace and well-being in their lives as we scaffold them to adulthood. We desire for them to take on big goals, with big challenges that call from deep within them courage and grit to go far beyond their current capacities. We hope to give them the essential tools for finding that crucial balance between overly-structured rigidity and meltdown chaos when they find these challenges unsurmountable. This courage and creativity is often first fostered with us: their primary support system.

Although we try our best, stressful moments inevitably arise, and when unprepared they can quickly deplete our emotional reserves. Darrell's true passion is coming alongside you in these moments, collaborating with you and your family to create a more health-promoting and optimal environment for all.

Mighty Village

Darrell holds office hours in Santa Monica & Sierra Madre, California, and is one of the founding members of Mighty Village (www.mightyvillage.org), a center that uniquely combines psychotherapy and medicine to more fully address complex neurodevelopmental, emotional, and health-related challenges.

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Mindsight Institute

Darrell joined the Mindsight Institute in 2012 as Director of Media and Technology. In collaboration with Daniel J. Siegel, MD, with a scientific emphasis on the mind and well-being, Mindsight is devoted to promoting insight, compassion, and empathy in individuals, families, organizations and communities.

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Lifespan Learning Institute

Darrell is an advisor for the Lifespan Learning Institute at UCLA. For nearly twenty years LLI has brought together leading experts from around the world to present their latest research and critical thinking. Cutting edge, effective and immediately relevant, Lifespan offers a great way to learn directly from leaders and legends in the mental health field.

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Tech Savvy Parents

With our world becoming increasingly dependent on technology, we are in desperate need as parents to keep up. Darrell hopes to give you the tools to navigate through this rapidly evolving ecosystem, and prepare you to see technology as a helpful resource. It is essential for parents to grasp the basics, to know what's out there, and set proper boundaries. With technology being an inevitable part of your child's life, it's crucial as parents to see the significant benefits and the potential pitfalls that exist for your child.

Though there are many fears around this issue, Darrell believes the benefits of teaching your children to be responsible with technology will give them tools for thriving in a world where it is inescapable. When parents get a handle on technology, it can be leveraged as a powerful tool for teaching responsibility and self-regulation, not to mention giving your children a tech-savvy edge in a culture that increasingly relies on technology for success in the workplace.

Darrell speaks extensively on technology, creativity, and the brain. He is often invited to assist families with drawing up contracts, setting healthy boundaries, and restoring peace around the technology and screen-time related chaos at home.

PSYCHOTHERAPY

There is a deep desire in all of us to thrive, but all too often the stress of life can overwhelm us and keep us from experiencing it. Whether it's depression, anxiety, neurodevelopmental challenges, or simply a lack of connection and support, different stages of life hold different challenges.

Regardless of the specific stressors, there is often a way through it when we feel a sense of genuine connection. Darrell enjoys creating a safe space where individuals are seen and heard, and through collaboration, you will explore the underlying root issues to uncover solutions to optimize your health.