Brittani L. Persha, LCSW, EMDR Therapist
I earned my bachelor’s degree in Social Work at the University of Mississippi and then went on to attend graduate school at the University of Houston where I received my Master’s in Social Work; specializing in working with children and families. I am currently a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and have been working in private practice since 2009.
I specialize in working with children, adolescents and families and have extensive training in a variety of play-based therapy modalities. Children express their feelings, needs, experiences and thoughts through play rather than words and my specialized training provides me the tools necessary to most effectively provide therapy services for children, teens and families. I incorporate several play therapy modalities include Theraplay, Parent-Child Relationship Therapy, Sand Tray Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Non-directive Play Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Experiential Therapy and Mind/Body Play Therapy. I utilize play therapy along with family therapy and parent coaching in working with children & families. My expertise include working with children and their families facing a variety of struggles including behavioral problems, trauma, coping with divorce and other life changes, grief and loss, ADHD, anxiety, depression, low self esteem, and family conflict.
I am also a trained EMDR Therapist and specialize in working with adults, children and teens that have experienced trauma and other distressing symptoms. EMDR is an 8 phase process that helps clients work through negative beliefs and difficult feelings and come to a more positive way to view themselves, others and the world. In doing so, the client gains a more adaptive resolution of the distress or trauma and this leads to more positive behaviors and emotional well being. My EMDR training also incorporates an attachment focus when healing trauma and further specialized training in EMDR and Family Therapy Integrative Model. This model focuses specifically on children who have experienced trauma and other distressing situations and incorporate parents in the healing process.
I believe that life is largely about our relationships and the things that are impacted by those relationships- anxiety, depression, low self-esteem, grief & loss & other disorders. I help individuals, couples and families gain new insights into their relationships, decrease conflict, improve communication, overcome infidelity and repair strained relationships. I have received additional training in Emotionally-Focused Therapy (EFT), a relationship-oriented treatment model. I work collaboratively with clients to assist them in interrupting their negative cycles of interaction, so that new, more adaptive patterns can emerge and offer alternative ways to relate to others and effectively address life’s challenges.
If you have any questions about my experience or how I might be able to help you and your family please feel free to contact me. I look forward to hearing from you.
I have spent 15 years as a volunteer working with children and families experiencing grief and loss. This experience motivated my desire to make working with families and children my career. I earned my Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Houston.
I have gained further experience with children and adults at an area women’s center, while also cultivating an understanding of trauma, family violence, and sexual assault. Trauma, whether recent or further in the past, consisting of emotional, physical, sexual, or a mix of assaults, can have long-lasting consequences. Recurring thoughts and avoidance of situations compromise the ability to live fully. The betrayal of trust can affect how we approach relationships. Realizing there is much more to us than trauma may require safe, empathetic, and skilled guidance.
I trust in a strengths-based, client-centered approach with clients. I welcome becoming a resource for you, putting my training and skills to work as part of a professional relationship. My passion is expressed through the creation of a safe space where you are heard, and it is my honor to accompany you on your journey of growth and healing.
My experience and studies have confirmed my passion for serving people. Connecting people with resources is the common perception of social work. A large city can feel lonely, particularly when coping with stress, anxiety or depression. Preoccupation with your situation, whether school, money, career, relationships, other concerns, or a blend of these, is common. I welcome becoming a resource for you, putting my training and skills to work as part of a professional relationship. I believe no one needs to face troubles alone, but sometimes we require professional distance to truly discuss and address our situation.
I work with children, adolescents, individuals, and families facing issues surrounding: ADHD, Anxiety, Behavior, Codependency, Family Violence & Domestic Abuse, Grief, Relationships, Stress, Peer Pressure, Self Esteem
I welcome your questions and the opportunity to schedule an appointment.