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Parent-Child Interaction Therapy

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is a proven method to work with children, ages 2-7 years old, who demonstrate behavioral concerns. The therapy is completed with both the child and parent/s present, and also requires a commitment to attending weekly therapy sessions for at least 20 weeks.  Parents practice skills both in sessions and at home to improve the quality of the parent-child relationship and change problematic behavioral patterns over time. 

PCIT is appropriate for children between the ages of 2 and 7 who exhibit:

  • Anxiety
  • Aggression
  • Tantrums
  • Hyperactivity
  • Non-Compliance
  • Self-Injurious Behavior
  • Low Self-Esteem
  • Perfectionism
  • Whining, swearing, sassing
  • Low mood, withdrawn
  • Effects of chronic trauma

PCIT is NOT appropriate for children who are experiencing:

  • Acute trauma
  • Intellectual disabilities
  • A parent/guardian who is unwilling/unable to change his/her parenting

How To Get Started:

If you are a new client at Vera French:

Initiate the new client process by coming to a Same Day Access time at Vera French’s Central Park location. Same Day Access hours allow individuals to receive same-day mental health evaluations. Click HERE to view Same Day Access hours.

If you are a current Vera French client:

Talk to your current provider about PCIT being a good fit for you and your child. Your provider will handle the referral process.

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