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Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, or PCIT, is an evidence-based intervention for children 2-7 years old with disruptive behavior. I offer PCIT via telehealth and coach parents/caregivers to use specific parenting strategies that are proven effective in building warmth in the parent-child relationship, increasing wanted behavior, and reducing disruptive behaviors. PCIT typically lasts 14-

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20 sessions with consistent attendance and homework completion, but is not time-limited. Treatment ends when parents achieve mastery of PCIT skills and rate their children’s behavior within normal limits on a behavior rating scale. 

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Desired outcomes of PCIT:

  • Decreased frequency, intensity, and duration of tantrums and aggressive behavior

  • Increased warmth and enjoyment in the parent-child relationship

  • Decreased frequency and intensity of negative attention-seeking behaviors

  • Decreased hyperactivity

  • Increased attention span

  • Increased use of appropriate language

  • Increased pro social behavior (sharing, taking turns, asking nicely, etc.)

  • Increased ability to regulate emotions

  • Increased self-esteem

  • Decreased levels of irritability

  • Increased parental confidence and decreased parental frustration

  • Increased compliance

  • Decreased defiance

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