It’s hard to know what is more concerning, the chaos in your family life or the fear that something is wrong with your child. Your home is a war zone filled with fights, upsets, tantrums, and yelling, and the mood of everyone in the house seems to be negatively affected by the constant emotional outbursts.
You worry that your child’s difficulty handling emotions is going to not only negatively affect their relationships with others, but you’re afraid of what it means for their ability to succeed in school and beyond. You see how their emotional struggles are already impacting their life and you don’t even want to think about the stress and limitations it will cause as they grow older.
Lately, the struggle has gone beyond your home and you’re embarrassed to take your child in public. You’re ashamed that your child is struggling, and you can’t stop obsessing about what you did to make them so angry or anxious. On the outside, your child comes off as erratic, angry and unloving, but you’re starting to get the feeling that there’s something more going on underneath.
The constant chaos is taking its toll on your family. You laugh less, and the fun seems to have disappeared from all of your lives. As a parent you are yearning to figure out what is going on with your child.
Is your child struggling with behavior problems?
If so, as a parent you might be wondering if you will ever believe that things can get better. That the disrespect, angry explosions, aggressive behavior, name-calling, and destruction will ever be under control. Your child’s behavior is starting to impact their school performance and they are struggling in their extra-curricular activities.
Or maybe they have trouble with anxiety?
You’ve noticed that your child is starting to isolate. They’re refusing to go to school or participate in extracurricular activities, and you can’t remember the last time they hung out with their friends. Every morning is a battle. Getting ready for school often means getting physically sick in response to their nervous feelings. Your heart hurts for your child, but you do not know what else you can do to help them.
Perhaps it seems more like depression?
You never see your child smile or laugh anymore. The things in life that used to bring them such joy do not even beak their interest anymore. They have begun expressing feelings of hopelessness and you are becoming very concerned. The more you try to reach out and connect with them, the more they push away. You are at a loss of how to reach them anymore.
So here you are, wondering if it’s time to seek professional help for yourself and your child…
A lot of the time you feel like your child is incapable of thinking before they act. And you can’t help but think that life would be easier if your child could manage their emotions. You’re scared to think about what’s going to happen if they can’t figure out how to get along in the world.
You truly want a better way of life for your child, your family, and yourself. You long for healthy connections and peace of mind, heart, and home. But you have no idea what else can possibly be done. You never imagined your child wouldn’t be able to go a day without melting down. And you certainly didn’t expect how impossible to would be to help your child learn to manage their emotions.
When You Seek Support for Your Child from Brittani Persha Counseling
- You will start to understand the feelings and experiences that are underneath your child’s mood changes.
- You and your child will have the opportunity to play and grow together
- You will learn your child’s emotional and behavioral language and how to understand what they are trying to communicate.
- You will give your child a safe place to explore their feelings and actions.
- You will give your child a voice, an advocate, and the tools to cope better with daily life.
The Child Counseling Process
Child Counseling is intended to help your child feel understood. It will assist your child in feeling more in control of their emotions, more positive about themselves, and more in touch with how their emotions affect the way they understand themselves. They will also gain an understanding of how their emotions impact others.
Your child will participate in weekly, 50-minute play therapy sessions. Child Counseling is about utilizing proven play therapy techniques that can help your child work through and heal what is underneath their behaviors while also providing them opportunities to learn new healthy and effective ways of meeting their needs.
What is Play Therapy?
At BPC, we believe in the Power of Play. Play therapy is the least intrusive and most natural form of therapy for children. It uses a child's natural form of communication-play, to help kids talk about feelings that are difficult. Play therapy teaches children how to be more responsible for their own behavior. Through the play therapy process, children also work through their struggles and understand their feelings. Through play, children are able to better manage overwhelming emotions and increase their self-esteem. And kids LOVE coming to Play Therapy!
Here is a short video that explains how play therapy works:
Here’s what to expect:
WEEK ONE: Intake
During this initial session, you and your clinician will meet without the child present to gather relevant background information, to define the counseling relationship and to discuss the details of informed consent. We will then gather information about your family’s biological, psychological, and social history and how this is impacting your current situation. We will then collaborate to identify treatment goals together.
WEEK TWO and THREE: Assessment
Together, in the next two sessions, your child will participate in play therapy with their assigned therapist. During this time, they will be able to establish a supportive relationship while your trained clinician also observes and formulizes her assessment. You will be invited to join in a portion of these sessions as needed to aid in the assessment process.
WEEK FOUR and BEYOND: Child Counseling
Once the assessments are finished, you and your child’s clinician will go over the clinical assessment results and the recommended plan of treatment.
Through play therapy children recreate, in play, the experiences that are contributing to their anger, fear, sadness, or frustrations that are currently influencing their behavior. The playroom is a place where children are free to explore and express themselves. When facilitated by a trained play therapist, play becomes the focus of emotional healing.
Our therapy services include play therapy, family therapy, parent-child relationship therapy, parent counseling, sand tray therapy, and coping skills development. We’ll identify the ways of thinking and acting that fuel your child’s emotional symptoms, and we will also spend time exploring your child’s development and beliefs that are contributing to their negative coping patterns.
We will strive to help you both recognize and intervene in negative cycles and learn new patterns to meet their needs more effectively.
As your child shows progress in healing, you can expect that they will be able to better express emotions, ask for what they need, and cope better when their emotions are overwhelming. When this begins to happen, sessions will be reduced to every other week until all of your child’s goals are met and treatment is complete.
ONCE A MONTH PARENT THERAPY SESSION - You as the Parent will have a monthly therapy session, where we dedicate time to going over treatment updates, check in about how things are going at home, and provide direction on how to handle different challenges.
TERMINATION: 1-2 Final Sessions
Treatment typically lasts from 6 months to a year. In your child’s final sessions, we will review you and your child’s goals to ensure you are satisfied with your counseling experience and that the work we have done together has met your expectations. We will also outline a plan going forward so that your child is able to retain what we have worked on together and implement all you have learned outside of session.
More About Brittani
As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Supervisor (LCSW-S), I have over ten years’ experience in private practice specializing in therapy with children and their families. I work from a place that incorporates play, attachment, and neuroscience together. Which means that I strive to help you understand your child’s unique way of expressing themselves, the impact of your parent-child relationship, and the influence of your child’s currently developing brain.
During my years working with children, I have seen firsthand how embracing and accepting each child’s unique inner spirit, honesty, and playfulness contribute to their resiliency. I feel privileged that children share their stories with me and allow me to be welcomed into their world so that healing, growth, and understanding can occur. Therapy with me is about joining with parents and children in a collaborative way where play and respect are shared, creating a space where clients can explore themselves fully.
I make it my mission to help families heal so they can come to a place of long-lasting change. I am dedicated to guiding families to get beyond their child’s behavior to what’s underneath it, so they can see children from a more holistic lens. It is my passion to inspire parents to reconnect with their playful sides, so they can rebuild the relationships with their children and form secure bonds.
When You Bring Your Child 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. Therapy with us will not only help you learn your child’s preferred methods of communication so you can decipher what it is their behavior is really trying to say, but also help your child recognize when their emotions are too big to handle and come up with appropriate ways of expressing themselves.
We specifically focus on helping children from ages 2 to 12 years old. Which makes us unique as intervening this early with children is often essential for success later in life.
Our team of clinicians is dedicated to supporting the whole family. 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. Learn more by checking out our About Us Page.
Who Benefits Most from Child Counseling
Child Counseling is best for kids who have a really hard time navigating and managing big emotions as they show up in their lives.
Often, emotional outbursts are the only way that a child knows to express the pain they are feeling inside. Once we can determine what is at the root of the meltdowns, we can better understand how to help you and your child decipher their unmet needs and resolve their emotional challenges.
Your child will benefit from Child Therapy if:
- They are fighting with family, friends, or authority figures.
- They are anxious or seem depressed.
- They are isolating or withdrawing from activities.
- They are losing friends and missing out on activities due to their anxiety.
- They are no longer enjoying life the way that a child should.
- There have been recent changes in the child’s life (divorce, family move, loss of a loved one) and you notice that they are struggling to adjust to the changes.
- They have experienced some form of abuse or neglect.
There are certain situations where your family might not be ready for counseling sessions with us.
These situations include, but are not limited to:
- When a child is viewed by the parent as “the problem”
- When a parent wants a fast solution or quick fix
- When parents do not want to be involved in the therapy process
- When investing time and energy into uncovering the root causes seems like too much effort
- When parents want to avoid responsibility in the process
If you are currently experiencing any of these issues, I can provide you with appropriate referrals for your level of care.
What Does Child Therapy Cost?
Child Counseling is a fee for service program, and we accept all major forms of payment. The session fees depend upon the clinician you and your family choose to see for treatment.
Each session costs between $90 and $130 per session.
Some clinicians accept Blue Cross/Blue Shield Insurance. However, if you have another plan, we are happy to provide you with a superbill receipt to submit to your insurance company for any Out-of-Network reimbursement.
When and Where Can I Schedule a Counseling Session?
Our office is conveniently located in the Energy Corridor of Houston, Texas. We are a few minutes south of I-10 on Memorial Dr, in between Dairy Ashford and Eldridge. Our location is convenient for families located in the Katy and Houston areas.
Sessions are held by appointment only Monday – Saturday availability from 8:00 a.m. -7:00 p.m.
Your Next Steps to Start Your Families Journey Towards Healing and Happiness
You and your family can absolutely find understanding and healing. Your child will be able to explore their feelings and behaviors and to learn new coping skills. Your child will also feel more at peace with themselves, their community, and their family.
A whole and healthy child may seem a long way off right now, but we are here to help. Your family just needs the support of a caring professional while you figure it out together.
Your child will make strides as we explore the meanings behind their emotional struggle and help them connect with their unique needs and desires. Your child’s confidence and self-esteem will improve, and their communications will shift to more positive ways of expression. Everyone in your family will go from feeling misunderstood and struggling to survive in the world around them to feeling heard and valued.
Ultimately, your child will gain a sense of sureness about the world by being understood and cared about. We can help!
Call 713-364-8645 to schedule your Child Counseling session today.
"You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.”