Parent Child Interaction Therapy

In addition to working with individuals I am also certified in Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) through PCIT International. This specialized evidence based treatment helps families strengthen their attachments and manage behavioral concerns in children ages 2-8. You will shape your child’s behavior through positive reinforcement and a clear and consistent strategy for managing behavioral concerns. I will teach you specific skills to use when interacting with your child and will coach you with a headset through a one-way mirror towards mastery of these skills. The most wonderful benefit I enjoy seeing through this coaching program is increased harmony in the family. Your child’s acting out behaviors will be greatly reduced, you will have a clear and consistent strategy for managing behavioral concerns, and most importantly you will enjoy interacting with your child more. Treatment generally runs 12-20 weeks with consistent attendance and practice at home.

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Desired Outcomes include:

  • Decreased frequency and severity of tantrums

  • Decreased negative attention seeking behaviors

  • Decreased parental frustration

  • Increased feelings of security, safety, and attachment to caregivers

  • Increased attention span

  • Increased self-esteem

  • Increased pro-social behaviors

  • Decreased frequency and severity of destructive or aggressive behaviors

  • Decreased defiance

  • Improved behaviors in public

  • Improved enjoyment and satisfaction in relationships between children and caregivers