You are concerned about your child.
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.
Maybe you are embarrassed.
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.
Your child’s behaviors are taking a toll on the family.
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.
Counseling for Children with Behavior Problems
As your child’s behavior is spiraling out of control, you might be wondering if things can ever get better. That the disrespect, angry explosions, aggressive behavior, name-calling, and destruction will ever be under control. You’re child’s behavior is starting to impact their school performance and they are struggling in their extra-curricular activities.
The good news is that the child behavior therapists at Brittani Persha Counseling can help. We will use a combination of play therapy in individual sessions with your child, parent counseling sessions where we work directly with you and parent-child or family therapy sessions. With the support of trained mental health professionals, your child’s behavior CAN change.
Learn more about our Child Therapy for Behavior Problems.
Anxiety Treatment for Children
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. Maybe your child is even refusing to go to school at this point. Your heart hurts for your child, but you do not know what else you can do to help them. It’s concerning and frustrating to watch your child suffer from anxiety and you feel helpless.
There is hope. As a Houston, TX child and family therapy clinic, we work with anxious children ever day. Our caring child therapists will ensure that the play room becomes a safe space for your child to explore their big emotions. Whether you know what’s causing your child’s anxiety (bullying, a recent move, parental conflict, attachment concerns, etc) or the anxiety seemed to come out of nowhere, counseling can help children express their emotions, face their fears and learn new ways of coping.
Learn more about our Child Therapy for Anxiety.
Therapy for Childhood 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.
Child counseling services can help you intervene and interrupt the cycle of childhood depression early. Our counseling office serves as a safe space, and our expert child therapists will develop a strong therapeutic relationship with your child. Through play therapy and support your child will learn to laugh and enjoy life again. Counseling is a critical step in treating childhood depression, and we want to help your child.
Other Common Reasons Children Come to Therapy
Every child and family that walks through the door of Brittani Persha Counseling has their own unique story. Our child therapists can help with a wide range of mental health and behavior concerns. Some of the many reasons children & families seek our our counseling services include:
- School Problems
- Grief & Loss
- Parental Divorce
- Adjustment after a big move
- Attachment Issues
- Difficulty making and keeping friends
Is it time to get a Counselor for 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. Like so many parents, 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 well researched and 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. For more information about play therapy visit our Play Therapy Service Page.
What Happens When Your Child Begins Therapy:
While the therapy process is a little bit different for every child and family, most of the time our child therapy process follows a specific process. Our goal is to support the child, parents and family every step of the way from the first time we speak through your final termination session.
WEEK ONE: Intake
During this initial child therapy session, you and your clinician will meet without the child present. Your therapists goals in this intake session are 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. Basically, we get the boring stuff out of the way before your child comes in.
WEEK TWO and THREE: Assessment
Together, in the next two sessions, your child will participate in play therapy with their assigned child therapist. During this time, the therapist and your child will be able to establish a supportive relationship. At the same time, the trained clinician also observes and formulizes her assessment. As a parent, you will be invited to join in a portion of these mental health assessment sessions as needed to aid in the 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. This way, you know what to expect over the course of your child’s mental health 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 child therapy services include play therapy, family therapy, parent-child relationship therapy, parent counseling services, sand tray therapy, and coping skills development. Your child’s specially trained therapist will help them identify the ways of thinking and acting that fuel your child’s emotional symptoms. Counseling sessions will also spend time exploring your child’s development and beliefs that are contributing to their negative coping patterns.
We will strive to help both you and your child recognize and intervene early in negative cycle. This way, your child can 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. As your child begins to heal and you as the parent report things are going better at home & school, 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 parent counseling 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
While every child’s course of treatment is different, most children’s course of treatment lasts from 6 months to a year. In your child’s final counseling 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.
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. Chance are that if you are reading this, your child may be in need of our counseling services.
Often, emotional outbursts are the only way that a child knows to express the pain they are feeling inside. Once a therapist can determine what is at the root of the meltdowns, we can better understand how to help you as the parent and your child decipher their unmet needs. Only then can your child begin to resolve their emotional challenges.
Some signs your child may benefit from Child Therapy include:
- 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.
Signs your family may not be ready for our child counseling services 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? When and Where Can I Schedule a Counseling Session?
Child Counseling is a fee for service program. We accept all major forms of payment. The session fees depend upon the specific child therapist you and your family choose to see for treatment. You can read more information about our rates for counseling & insurance information here.
Our Houston, TX child and family therapy office is conveniently located in the Energy Corridor. Brittani Persha Counseling is only few minutes south of I-10 on Memorial Dr, in between Dairy Ashford and Eldridge. Our location is convenient for families located in both the Katy and Houston areas. For more information about our office, scheduling and therapist availability visit our counseling office.
Beginning Your Family’s Journey Towards Healing and Happiness
You don’t have to live in a constant state of chaos. Your family can absolutely find a sense of peace and healing. Counseling will help your child will explore their feelings and behaviors. They will learn new coping skills. Your child will also feel more at peace with themselves, their community, and their family.
Counseling Can Help Your Child & Family
Through counseling, your child will make strides as we explore the meanings behind their emotional struggle and help them connect with their unique needs and desires. Child Counseling improves a 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.
A whole and healthy child may seem a long way off right now. However, our child therapists are here to help. Your family just needs the support of a caring professional while you figure it out together. We have helped many other children and families and look forward to helping you as well!
In the safety of our counseling office, your child will gain a sense of sureness about the world by being understood and cared about. We can help!
The first step is to schedule a free 20 minute phone consultation with one of our child therapists today. We know this is a hard step to make, so we want to offer you the support and comfort of speaking to a child mental health expert before you even walk through our door.
“You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation.”