Behavioral Health Therapy

Licensed Professional Counseling involves one-on-one or small group interaction to improve mental health and quality of life.

The counseling at the Sunshine Center consists of a holistic and humanistic approach that involves various methods, including Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), family counseling, and play therapy.

PCIT (Parent Child Interaction Therapy) is a 12-16 week therapy designed to reduce negative behavior, increase cooperation and attention, and improve family relationships.

Family counseling involves parents and child meeting with a therapist to discuss problems, feelings, and interactions. Discussions may include advice about life skills, practice in good communication, and development of plans and goals for improvement. But listening is a primary goal of therapists in family counseling.

Play therapy is a child-directed approach where the client gains a sense of control by being allowed to lead activities in a structured environment. It helps children understand, identify, and cope with their own feelings, which can lead to improvements in social skills, self-esteem, and confidence in decision-making.

Therapists at the Sunshine Center Pediatric Therapy work mostly with clients under 21 and their families but also do individual counseling, as determined in collaboration with the therapist.

When Is Behavioral Health Therapy Needed?

Therapy is appropriate for children who exhibit unexpected, disruptive, or even violent behavior. Such behaviors might include :
  • Apathy toward activities they once loved
  • Sudden drop in grades
  • Frequent outbursts or defiance
  • Any other perceived negative changes

Such behavior often arises from:
  • Difficulty in family relationships
  • Life changes (death, divorce, birth of siblings)
  • Adjustments to new environments
  • Anxiety, and Depression