Behavioral Health Therapy | Counseling
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. 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
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.