Laura Elpers Pierce
M.S., LMFT-S, RPT, IMH-E
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. Sometimes, these families may be struggling with a range of psychological and emotional challenges, including anxiety, fear, a change in family structure, difficulties at school, sibling conflict, grief, divorce, or other behavioral problems. Other times, these families are proactively seeking guidance through parent support and coaching.
When working directly with children, I use play therapy. 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 effective and healthy parenting strategies. This has led me to expand my practice to include treating children by first specifically supporting their parents and caregivers. I help parents develop positive discipline strategies and better communication skills so that they are prepared to handle parenting challenges as they arise, resulting in the development of healthy relationships with their children.
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 offer both in-person counseling and online counseling.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist Supervisor, a Registered Play Therapist and an Infant Mental Health Specialist. 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