The Oaks Psychological Group

Dr. Stephen Ball, Psy.D.

Background & Education

Dr. Stephen Ball is a Licensed Psychologist (PSY 21155) working in private practice. He has earned his Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology: Los Angeles (or Alliant University). His degree emphasis was in Individual, Family and Child psychology with a special emphasis on children. Dr. Ball has also earned a Masters of Arts in Cross Cultural Counseling Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh where he focused his studies on working as a school counselor with "at risk" African American adolescents involved in gangs.

Dr. Ball has 15 years of experience working with children, teens, and adults with severe clinical issues. His clinical training and experience includes: Wilkinsburg Middle School Counseling Center (in Pittsburgh, PA), Lifeways Community Care (in London England), Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center, Children's Hospital: Los Angeles (adolescent unit) ("at-risk" youth unit), and currently in private practice outpatient therapy. Dr. Ball received training in a variety of service agencies including community psychology, in-patient populations, community out-reach, the terminally ill, and wilderness youth programs. Dr. Ball has also taught graduate level classes in Clinical Interviewing, Interventions with Teens, Interventions with Children, and The Psychology of Divorce. 

Dr. Ball currently has a general psychotherapy practice working with children, adolescents and adults. Dr. Ball provides individual, group, family and couples therapy, as well as parent training. Additionally, he conducts education for divorcing parents regarding how to minimize the effects of the divorce on the children and ways of improving the effectiveness of co-parenting. He has experience working with various diagnoses such as Adjustment Disorder, ADHD, Aspergers Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Anxiety Disorders, Depression, Manic Depression, and other emotional-behavioral disorders. He performs full psychological assessments for both children and adults to assess attention deficit disorders, anxiety, depression, personality disorders, Aspergers Disorder, achievement ability and intelligence.

Approach to Psychotherapy


Dr. Ball's approach to therapy involves utilizing cognitive-behavioral interventions, and parental collaboration to help clients reach their goals. In his work with children and adolescents, Dr. Ball emphasizes a genuine and practical attitude toward therapy which builds rapport quickly and encourages children and teens to feel respected, safe and understood. He believes that children benefit most from consistent parenting and tries to instill an understanding of how an individual's context, interpersonal relationships, physiological responses, and environmental factors can influence problematic behavior.

He uses behavioral techniques with children to encourage them to construct novel ways to problem solve and overcome difficulties. Dr. Ball uses interpersonal therapy, parent training, therapeutic games, role-plays, and cognitive restructuring to help children and parents gain insight and confidence into how they are achieving their goals.

When working with adults or couples, Dr. Ball believes that an individual's problems must be understood within the context of their lifespan; this includes interpersonal experience, environmental factors, and emotional development. Each of these factors is seen to combine and influence current behaviors and feelings about the self. Understanding these influences is paramount to long-term change and can help clients identify how they can create healthy patterns of living.

Cognitive-Behavioral techniques are often utilized with clients to help create quantifiable change and a feeling of satisfaction with one's life.

Personal

Dr. Ball is married and has two young children.


Resume available on request


Dr. Stephen Ball
California: Licensed Psychologist, PSY 21155
31200 Via Colinas, Ste. 100
Westlake Village, CA 91362
818-597-9333
dr.stephenball@gmail.com