Laura Elpers Pierce
M.S., LMFT, RPT
Dallas, Texas Therapist Specializing in Child Therapy, Parenting Issues, Play Therapy, Filial Therapy, Parent/Child Relationships
My education and experience have prepared me to counsel families, couples, and adults, but I primarily focus on supporting young children and their families who may be struggling with a range of psychological and emotional challenges. My experience has led me to work with difficulties related to a variety of issues, including anxiety and fear, an ADHD diagnosis, helplessness, change in family structure, trouble at school, sibling conflict, trauma, grief, and divorced parents. In working with these children, I am also prepared to assist parents and guardians through Filial Therapy and other general knowledge that may prove helpful as a child is in therapy.
Additionally, I enjoy working with parents directly in individualized parent support meetings. These meetings focus on areas of family life that have presented challenges, difficulty or stress. Particularly, these meetings 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 a whole.
Through a therapeutic relationship, I work to ensure clients feel valued, significant, and competent about their own lives. In order to discover the most appropriate and beneficial treatment for a child, it is important to me to view children as individuals with unique symptoms, personalities, and influences, both environmental and social.
Play therapy is the primary modality used when working with children. For children, play is a significant part of the therapeutic process. In this capacity, play is used to help children as they work on the difficulties that are causing problems in their lives. It is widely accepted among play therapists that play is a child’s natural way of expressing and learning about themselves. Play therapy encourages children to communicate, express their feelings, develop problem-solving skills, and discover ways of relating to others. Play offers and opportunity for children to express thoughts and feelings appropriate for their development.
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.
My goal is to help families as they strive to create and maintain healthy relationships with one another as they grow and experience life’s toughest transitions.
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 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.
My rate is $150 for each 45-minute play therapy session; $225 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.