What Type of Therapy is best for Children?
No two children are the same, and that means they might need different kinds of help or support whenever they are struggling. When it comes to child therapy, there isn’t one solution that fits everyone because every kid is unique. Some kids might find it easier to talk about their feelings, while others might prefer drawing or playing games to express themselves. Child also struggle with different issues – from ADHD to anxiety to trauma. That’s why at Brittani Persha Counseling we offer several child therapy modalities!
Remember, it’s not about finding the best therapy for everyone, but the best one for YOUR child and family. Everyone deserves the right kind of help that makes them feel better, even kiddos. During your phone consultation, our Client Relations Specialist can answer questions about the different types of child therapy offered and connect you with a therapist that offers the modality you are seeking for your child. During your initial intake at Brittani Persha Counseling, your child’s therapist will discuss different options and recommendations for your child and your whole family. See below to read more about the types of child therapy offered at Brittani Persha Counseling.
Types of Child Therapy Offered at Brittani Persha Counseling in Houston, TX
Child-Centered Play Therapy– Child-Centered Play Therapy (CCPT) is an innovative therapeutic approach designed specifically for children, recognizing and respecting their unique ways of expressing themselves. In CCPT, the child takes the lead in the play sessions, choosing activities and materials that resonate with them. The therapist creates a safe and nurturing environment where the child feels comfortable exploring and expressing their emotions through play. Unlike traditional talk therapy, CCPT understands that children may not have the verbal skills to articulate their feelings effectively. Instead, play becomes their language, and toys become their words. Child-Centered Play Therapy is particularly effective for children experiencing trauma, anxiety, behavioral issues, or those who find it challenging to express themselves verbally.
Directive Play Therapy– Directive Play Therapy is a structured therapeutic approach designed to guide and direct children through specific activities with therapeutic goals in mind. Unlike Child-Centered Play Therapy, where the child takes the lead in choosing activities, Directive Play Therapy involves the therapist actively leading and directing the play sessions. In this approach, the therapist utilizes various games, exercises, and activities to address specific emotional, behavioral, or developmental concerns.. The structured nature of Directive Play Therapy allows for targeted interventions, making it particularly beneficial for children dealing with issues such as anxiety, trauma, or specific behavioral challenges.
Theraplay– Theraplay is a type of family therapy that focuses on the parent-child relationship specifically, strengthening the bond, trust, and joy between a child and a parent through interactive and playful activities. Some activities the therapist may direct the parent and child to participate in include drawing, painting, building, roleplaying, hugging, etc. Treatment duration for the parent and child is usually 30-45 minutes, once a week for 18-20 sessions.
EMDR– One of the most well-researched therapies used to treat trauma and its lasting effects is Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing – also known as EMDR. EMDR dramatically reduces PTSD symptoms in ways that transitional therapy methods may not. At BPC, we have child trauma therapists who are trained specifically in how to tailor EMDR to be effective in working with children. Because of this special training, our child therapists can be more effective in treating childhood PTSD symptoms than many other therapists.
LENS Neurofeedback– The LENS is a unique and effective form of neurotechnology, utilizing a LENS machine, that targets the central nervous system to help it reorganize itself. This is an all-natural, noninvasive, low energetic form of “neurotherapy” that helps our brain/body reset. This approach helps children regulate their nervous system and experience overall relief. Neurofeedback is used with several presenting problems, including: agitation, explosiveness, anxiety, depression, OCD, restlessness, distractibility, PTSD, and grief.
Featured Expert Houston Child Therapist
Juliet Duralde, LPC-A, is one of the expert child therapists located inside Brittani Persha Counseling in Houston, TX. She is passionate about helping parents find the best therapy approach for their child. Juliet incorporates several play-based modalities into her practice. This includes Sand Tray therapy, child-centered (non-directive) play therapy, and attachment-based play therapy like Theraplay. Juliet specializes in working with young children, early teens, and parents navigating the impacts of trauma, low self-esteem/social anxiety, anxiety, depression, and other struggles in the safe, nonjudgmental, and nurturing environment of my playroom. If you are interested in booking an appointment with Juliet or learning more about the different types of therapy for children available at Brittani Persha Counseling, give our office a call at 713-364-8645 or schedule an initial intake using the button below.