For children 0-6. Intensive family therapy services aimed to promote positive parenting practices that teach parents the skills necessary to manage their child’s challenging behavior often due to underlying mental health issues. Families meet with a clinician on a weekly basis for support, guidance and to learn new parenting skills. School support and case management provided as needed. These services also provide weekly skills training or individual therapy services to help skills development in children in an individual manner and according to the mental health needs of each child. Treatment lasts approximately 6-9mos depending on the needs of the family and child.
Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
For children ages 2-6. Caregivers and their child meet with a clinician on a weekly basis in the office. PCIT Certified clinician observes parent / child interactions through a two-way mirror and provides in-the-moment coaching to teach positive parenting skills. Direct coaching can help parents work through difficult behaviors in-the-moment and provides the encouragement many families need when learning a new skill.
PCIT has been shown to improve the parent-child relationship, promotes a higher degree of positive interactions increases cooperative and compliant behavior, improves the child’s self-esteem, and has been shown to improve school behavior as well. PCIT is an excellent intervention for families that are observing defiance, oppositional behavior, verbal and physical aggression or destructive behavior in their child. PCIT is also helpful in reducing anxiety and perfectionism (low frustration tolerance) in children and can be helpful in decreasing tantrums. This intervention is time-limited, 6-9 months.
Trauma-focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT)
For children 3 years and up. Helpful for children experiencing PTSD symptoms in relation to traumatic events they have experienced. Very structured and short-term intervention typically lasts 8-25 weeks. TF-CBT has been shown to reduce symptoms associated with PTSD such as avoidance, anxious or depressive symptoms (related to the event), poor attentional focus and emotional distress. This intervention works with the parent and child and is an “in office” service. Provides education to the parent regarding the effects of trauma and the impact it may have on children. Parenting support and skill development are also provided.