Laura Elpers Pierce
M.S., LMFT, RPT
Dallas, Texas Therapist Specializing in Child Therapy, Parental Support, Play Therapy, Parent Child Interaction Therapy, Positive Discipline Strategies
My primary focus is supporting families with young children who may be struggling with a range of psychological and emotional challenges. This may include anxiety, fear, a change in family structure, difficulties at school, sibling conflict, grief, divorce, or other behavioral problems.
I use play therapy as the primary modality when working with children. For children, play is a significant part of the therapeutic process. Play therapy encourages children to communicate, express their feelings, develop problem-solving skills, and discover ways of relating to others.
As my practice has grown over the years, so has my realization that today’s parent is eager for support and information regarding preventative (rather than reactive) parenting. They don’t want to wait until a behavioral problem becomes overwhelming to seek help.
This factor has led me to expand my practice to include supporting parents by helping them develop positive discipline strategies and better communication skills so that they are prepared to handle parenting challenges as they arise in order to develop healthy relationships with their children. Trying to control or change a child’s behavior often fails, leaving the parent feeling frustrated and helpless. Instead of focusing solely on a child’s behavior, we focus on changing the parent’s perspective on parenting and matching it with a new skill set so they can feel more effective in daily interactions with their child.
Particularly, I encourage and educate parents as they strive to create and maintain a parenting philosophy that works for their family and contributes to the overall health of their child and the family as a whole.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and a Registered Play Therapist. Since 2016, I have been one of four owners of Insights Collaborative Therapy Group. I am also the author and creator of Little Worm: A Story About Worry. This children’s book supports my work as a therapist by giving families an opportunity to connect and share special time reading together as children learn to communicate, express their feelings, develop problem-solving skills, and discover new ways of relating to others. If you’d like a copy for your family, visit Amazon.com.
I was born and raised in southern Indiana before I moved to Dallas to start my collegiate career and begin my life in a new city. My free time consists of discovering new recipes, catching up with my favorite sports teams, reading for fun, and spending time with friends and family.
I am available for speaking engagements in the community, specifically in a school setting or for parent groups. To contact me directly about an upcoming opportunity, please fill out the email form below.
For more information about my practice, please check out this article about me in Voyage Dallas magazine.
My rate is $150 for each 45-minute play therapy session; $250 for each 90-minute parent consultation session. Click here to request an appointment.
A quote that resonates with me:You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. -- Plato
What are these forms?
- Adult Intake Form, Minor Intake Forms. These forms provide information about you or your child so Insights can craft therapy to be as effective and efficient as possible. Some questions are personal and may be sensitive or even uncomfortable. They are asked in an effort to quickly begin building a complete picture of who you or your child are, which in turn will save valuable therapy time. All client records are strictly confidential and will not be seen by anyone without your written permission unless required by law. If you have any questions, please discuss them with your therapist.
- Informed Consent to Treat form. This form details your rights and responsibilities as a client and consents for me to treat you or your child.
Which forms should I use?
If you are an adult and are the new client, use these forms:
If your child is the new client, use these forms:
What do I do with these forms?
Please print, complete and bring your Adult Intake Form or Minor Intake Form, Informed Consent to Treat, and (if your child is the new client) the Parent Therapy Support Agreement to your first session. That way, we will be able to begin your therapy at the start of the first appointment.