You've wondered if your child needs counseling.
You’re exhausted. You've spent so much time trying to help your child.
As a parent, all of your effort goes toward navigating their out-of-control emotions. Your child may struggle with anger, anxiety or ADHD and managing those are taking away from your family time. In fact, very little of your parenting energy goes to actually connecting with and enjoying them. It’s heartbreaking to think about how strained your parent-child relationship is.
It’s as if every day is a roller coaster and you’re starting to wonder if your family is ever going to be able to have a happy life. You’ve reached a point where you long for bedtime, just to go to sleep, wake up, and start worrying about your child all over again.
Before you had kids, you imagined what your family life would look like. You pictured yourself taking family trips, exploring and genuinely enjoying your time together. But all of your visions changed when your child couldn’t seem to handle everyday moments. Vacations turned into violent outbursts and trips to the store turned into tantrums. So, now you’re just trying to make it through the day without feeling like a total failure as a parent.
You can’t see the good in your life without focusing on what’s going wrong. Some days you can’t even motivate your child to leave the house without melting down. Of course, you know that every child has good days and bad, but the outright anger and anxiety your child displays are far beyond what you feel like is “normal”.
You want support as a parent.
You are yearning to be a better parent and for family life to feel more positive.
When you look at your family today, you hardly recognize who you’ve become. You’re not the parent you wanted to be. You and your child have very few moments of positive interaction. It’s difficult to enjoy spending time together, and you’re pretty sure the feeling is mutual.
You judge yourself. You’ve got so much on your plate that you can never stop long enough to really try to work through the behavior issues. And this realization makes you feel completely lost and like a terrible parent. As if you’re never going to find a way to help your child learn to manage their emotions and develop tools to help in those difficult moments.
As family therapists and child counseling experts, we’re here to tell you, you’re not alone. Being completely overrun by your child’s emotions does not make you a terrible parent. You’re not the only one to feel like the life you knew is gone now that you have a child who is struggling. It is possible to determine exactly what’s behind the behavior issues and understand your child’s core needs. Child counseling, parent support and family therapy services can help you regain your sense of balance and happiness as a family.
At Brittani Persha Counseling, our therapists understand child behavior!
ALL behavior is a form of communication and ALL discipline moments are teachable moments.
Your child is not supposed to have life all figured out. Their young brain is growing and changing every day. They are not developmentally capable of understanding how complex handling their emotions can be. As they learn and grow, coping can be quite the challenge. Treating their unwanted behaviors as problems to get rid of, rather than taking the time to understand their true meaning, is keeping your family from moving forward in a happy, healthy way.
But simply trying to support your child in getting along with their peers seems like the right answer because every meltdown, tantrum, and shut down keeps your family from living an easy, content life.
This doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy your time as a family. It simply means you might need a little help to recognize how these individual incidents fit into the larger picture of your child’s troubles.
Often, when you’re continually battling with your child’s every action, you can miss the bigger picture of what their play and behaviors are trying to tell you. So much so, that you forget to look at your child as a young person in need of love and guidance.
The truth is, all discipline moments are teaching moments. And it’s easy to get caught up in the stress of it all and lose sight that you are your child’s compass in life. Although you’ve had to sacrifice a lot because your child is struggling, you do not have to feel so distant and disconnected from what’s hurting them. Instead, we can help to meet them where they are at.
We treat your whole family and you are treated like family.
What Makes Brittani Persha Counseling Unique
When you bring your child or teen to Brittani Persha Counseling, you are bringing them to a group of therapists who believe in helping you tune into your child’s deepest needs. Child, parent & family therapy in our Houston, TX counseling office will help you learn your child’s preferred methods of communication. Once you reconnect with your child and learn to speak their language, you can decipher what it is their behavior is really trying to say. As you and your child grow through the therapy process, you'll be better able help your child recognize when their emotions are too big to handle and come up with appropriate ways of expressing themselves.
At Brittani Persha Counseling, we specialize therapy services for children from ages 2 to 12 years old. We know that even preschoolers need counseling services sometimes. Our ability to serve children as young as 2 years old in the Houston, TX area makes us unique. We offer counseling services to families of young children, because we know early intervention is often essential for success later in life.
Our team of family therapists and child behavior specialists are dedicated to supporting the whole family including you as parents. Often it is helpful for other members of the family to receive support when a child is exhibiting behavior problems. In cases like these, two therapists will team up and collaborate to support families so that every individual receives the attention and help they need.
Perhaps your child seems to withdraw from situations that other children love. They shy away in groups and refuse to get ready for school in the morning. Every time you try something new they hardly leave your side. You’ve tried to ease gently into unfamiliar circumstances. And you’ve also tried a more sink or swim approach. Neither has worked. You so desperately want to be able to look to the future and see a happy, well-adjusted kid, but you have no idea how to help them put their intense worry aside. That’s ok. By scheduling a child therapy session with us, you will give your child a safe place to explore their feelings and actions.
Or maybe you’ve withdrawn your family from activities because you just can’t count on your child to behave in public. Heck, your child doesn’t even behave at home. You’d like to confidently participate in an active lifestyle, but you can’t interact with others without fear of your child acting out. You’re looking for someone who can help you understand why your child’s behavior is so out of control and what exactly their actions are trying to communicate. When you schedule behavioral counseling with us, you will help your child learn to understand and respond to difficult emotions so that they are less likely to take them out on the outside world.
Your child always appears on edge. They seem to be worrying all the time. Their anxiety is impacting their ability to concentrate in school. It is even impacting your parent-child relationship. Maybe they are having persistent fearfulness and overreacting in situations. It can be exhausting as a parent to know how to help your child learn to cope with their anxiety. Through our child counseling services we can help your child feel more at peace. They can learn tools to cope with nervous feelings and become more connected with their body. As a parent, our therapy services can help you better understand your child's anxiety triggers and the most effective ways to respond. Play therapy is often found very effective in helping children cope with anxiety.
All children respond differently to experiences they go through in life. You might be concerned that your child is struggling to cope with a traumatic experience. Maybe your child has started acting out or exhibiting severe anxiety. Or they are having more and more physical complaints, such as stomach pain or head aches. We can help you get to the bottom of what is going on with your child. Your child can learn to trust and connect again. They can overcome the difficult experiences they have endured. They can feel safe again and healthy healing can occur. Our child trauma therapy services will hep parents better understand their children's behavior in relation to the trauma and effective ways to respond. Your child will also gain insight into their feelings and establish healthy coping tools. When you schedule Child PTSD therapy services your whole family will have the experience to heal and feel stronger as a family.
Do you feel like you do not recognize your teenager anymore? Maybe your teen is exhibiting anger and having aggressive outbursts. Or they are struggling with anxiety and mood swings. Your teen seems depressed and you are concerned that they may be having thoughts of suicide. Our teen therapy services can provide your teen and your family with the help you have been yearning for. Visit our Teen Therapy Page to get more information about our treatment services. Your teen can learn effective coping tools. We can help them gain self awareness and improve their self esteem. Our services also help parents understand their teen and our to best support them.
It’s possible you’ve been able to anticipate when your child is going to struggle with their big emotions, but the two of you still don’t have a very close relationship. You’re tiptoeing around them for fear of setting them off and it’s like you make more of an effort to avoid bad times than to create good ones. You know you need to find ways to better recognize the cues prior to a meltdown and to have the tools necessary to address your child’s needs. You need to find a way to bond and express unconditional love. When you schedule parenting services with us, you will have a firmer grasp on how to guide your child according to their developmental age and needs as well as how to tune in and show up for them as a source of loving support.
At BPC we believe that more connected relationship with your child comes when you can tune in to their needs and understand exactly what their unwanted behaviors are trying to tell you.
Past experiences do not have have to continue controlling and guiding your life. Although right now you make feel like you have to always be preparing for the worst and live in a hypervigilant state, that can change. You can heal from trauma and we can help. Trauma is one of the top reasons people seek out counseling services and Brittani Persha Counseling specializing in helping those impacted by trauma. We can help you gain understanding of the emotional pain caused by the trauma. Through therapy you are able to learn new coping tools and mindfulness techniques that help you manage and cope with emotions. Our trauma therapy is individualized and will be tailored to meet your needs. Several of our therapist are trained in EMDR, which is proven very effective in treating trauma. Over time your anxiety will calm down and you will feel more confident facing the challenges life brings your way. You can live life in the present moment and we are here to help. Through our Trauma and PTSD Therapy services you will feel more in control of your emotions, improve your relationships and live a overall more peaceful life.
Maybe you struggle with constant worries and feel anxious most of the time. You can not stop the negative thoughts from playing over and over again in your head. Maybe you have suffered the loss of the a loved one or moved to a new city and are finding it really difficult to adjust. We provide adult therapy services that can help with a variety of emotional challenges. At Brittani Persha Counseling we believe that you should be the author of your story. We help you take the back the pen and begin living the life you were designed to live. Counseling with us can help you let go of the shame and guilt that is so consuming. You can live life in the present and feel content with the person you are inside.
You are not sure when it happened, but things in your relationship feel strained. Maybe you feel disconnected from your partner. Or maybe you are having trouble letting go of past hurt, moving on a from an affair or communicating effectively. Our marriage therapy services can help you reconnect with your partner. You can heal from past hurt and learn new, healthier ways of communicating and meeting each others needs. Your relationship can heal and you can again experience a loving and understanding partnership.
You’re ready to build a bond with your child that is going to help them through their struggles and act as a foundation for their success in the world.
For more information about each of our therapist please click on their profiles below.
Brittani L. Persha, LCSW-S, RPT-S, EMDR Trained
Specialties: Children (ages 2-12), Play Therapy, EMDR,
Parent-Child Relationships & Parenting Support, Behavioral Issues,
ADHD, Anxiety, Trauma/PTSD w/ Children & Adults
Rodrigo Cañedo, LMSW, EMDR-Trained
Specialities: Bilingual Therapist, Children, Adolescents and Adults,
EMDR/Trauma Therapy, Grief and Loss, Relationship Problems, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)
Anxiety, Self Esteem, Play Therapy
Alice Whitten, M.A., Level 1 Gottman Trained
Specialities: Children & Teens, ADHD & Learning Disabilities, Marriage Counseling, Social Skills, Play Therapy
Behavioral Problems, Trauma, Seperation Anxiety, Relationship Counseling
Stephanie Farugia, M.A., LMFT-A
Specialities: Children & Teens, Social Skills, Play Therapy, Depression
Behavioral Problems, Trauma, Seperation Anxiety, Relationship Counseling
Laura Guerra, LPC-A, NCC
Specialities: Young Children (ages 2-9 yrs), Child Centered Play Therapy, Tantrums,
Behavioral Problems, Trauma, Separation Anxiety, Parent Groups (CPRT)