Parent Child Interaction Therapy

PCIT helps children...

  • Increase Self-Esteem
  • Regulate Emotion
  • Increase Positive Behaviors
  • Decrease Negative Behaviors
  • Improve Compliance
  • Develop Positive Social Relationships
  • Strengthen Relationship with Parents

What is PCIT?

Parent Child Interaction Therapy incorporates play therapy with child behavior therapy. Using specialized skills that you will learn in 2 different teaching sessions, we work together to target behavior problems in a unique and practical way. In your play/coaching sessions, I talk to you through an earpiece as you play with your child. This live coaching allows you to practice your new skills with my support. We can instantly see how the skills are working and make adjustments along the way. Throughout treatment, we will use behavior measures to track your child’s progress. Treatment is complete when you have mastered the skills and observe improvement in your child’s behavior.

Girl looking through a magnifying glass
Therapist monitoring PCIT session remotely
"Now I know what to do."
This is the most common thing I hear from parents when they have finished PCIT.

It is common for children to experience anxiety, especially during transitions from one activity to the next. You might find that getting ready for school, having dinner together, or getting ready for bed are some of the more difficult times of the day. Maybe your child is struggling to follow directions at school or at home. Whether difficult behaviors stem from anxiety, trauma, ASD, a behavior disorder or learning difference, PCIT can help you manage these behaviors. And with PCIT, getting weekly, one-on-one time with your child will help you elevate your child’s confidence and self-esteem and strengthen your relationship.

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