Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)


So What Exactly Is Parent Child Interaction Therapy?

In PCIT a therapist guides the parent during play interactions with their child. Through an earpiece, the therapist supports the parent by providing skills and strategies to enhance the parent-child relationship. Therapy can happen with the therapist in the room next door or virtually. Parents learn how to be present and learn the right balance between affirmation and correction. 

PCIT Helps You Find your “zone”

Do you feel like you just haven’t found your comfort zone as an authority figure? PCIT gives parents the tools they need to be an authority figure in a way that’s comfortable for them. With your therapist you’ll create a framework to reinforce positive behaviors and change negative ones.

Parent Child Interaction Therapy is designed to help parents who feel they are out of control or otherwise lacking disciplinary structure. It’s most appropriate for children ages 2 to 7. PCIT is extremely effective at helping parents cope with tantrums, defiance, whining and aggressive behaviors. At the same time PCIT helps create a more rewarding relationship between parent and child. 

Elizabeth Maybalian is a senior staff therapist at Teen Therapy Center. Text us or email Liz directly to find out more!

A mother tenderly holds her child

If you have more questions about individual therapy or would like to discuss in more detail how Teen Therapy Center can help, we invite you to contact us for more information.

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