Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
PCIT is an evidenced-based treatment for young children with behavioral and emotional struggles. Specifically, PCIT works well for young children experiencing difficulty concentrating, trauma, trouble at school, separation anxiety, tantrums and excessive crying. PCIT is also excellent in helping young children adjust to changes in placement, (eg. foster care), or with new caregivers (eg. step-parents). There are also adaptations that work well for children who may be over 7 years old, but have developmental delays. Treatment focuses on improving the quality of the relationship between caregivers and the child while also focusing on effective discipline strategies. I coach from an observation window with a one-way mirror into the playroom, using a “bug-in-the-ear” system for communicating with parents as they play with their child. Concluding each session, we decide which skill to focus on most during daily 5-minute home practice sessions the following week.