Parent-Child Interaction Therapy

If you are struggling to deal with your child’s behaviour, you know how frustrating it can be to try to find the right supports for your child. Having a child with behavioural difficulties can be stressful, overwhelming, and can have a negative impact on your relationship with your child, your other children, your spouse, or even your extended family and friends. If you are like most parents who have a child with a behaviour difficulty, this likely isn’t the first place you have turned to for support.

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is an evidence-based intervention for treating behaviour problems in children ages 2-7 years old. PCIT has been shown to effectively treat problematic behaviours of children who have been diagnosed with Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Oppositional Defiance Disorder (ODD), Conduct Disorder (CD), Bipolar Disorder, and Anxiety Disorders. PCIT is delivered internationally, and is effective across several diverse cultures.

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy is delivered in two phases, over approximately 12-20 sessions, or until mastery of each consecutive phase is reached. Each phase consists of parent only, and parent-child play-based sessions.

In the first phase of treatment, you will help me gain a greater understanding of your child’s specific behaviour difficulties and your goals for therapy. You will learn new insights into your child’s behaviour, and will focus on enhancing the relationship you currently have with your child. I will be with you through every step of the therapy process, and will coach you on ways of increasing your child’s engagement, enhancing your relationship, and working through your child’s challenging behaviours in the moment.

Once you have mastered the first phase of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, you will likely see decreased tantrums, negative behaviours, and activity levels, and increased focus and attention, self-esteem, and positive social behaviours such as sharing and turn-taking.

In the second phase of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, you will learn to effectively set limits with your child, and will likely see significant decreases in your child’s defiance, aggression, and destructive behaviours, along with increases in their responsiveness, compliance, respect, and other desired beahviours at home, school, and in the community.

By the end of therapy, you will be able to experience more peace, joy, and confidence within your parenting role.

If you would like to learn more about Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, please visit PCIT International, or contact me to discuss whether Parent-Child Interaction Therapy could be an effective treatment to help you manage your child’s behaviour difficulties.

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