There are three phases of therapy: child directed interaction, parent direction interaction and emotional development.

Phase 1: Child Directed Interaction

Parent and child will work with one of our therapists to improve the parent-child relationship. Parents will play with their child in a way that improves:

  • Positive communications
  • Self-esteem
  • Parent and child cooperation

Phase 2: Parent Directed Interaction

Parents will learn to practice safe and effective disciplinary techniques, such as:

  • Giving clear, effective commands
  • Using consistent methods for handling misbehavior

Phase 3: Emotional Development

Parent and child will learn strategies to identify and manage many emotions. Sessions are devoted to teaching and practicing:

  • Relaxation techniques
  • Ways to manage a variety of emotions including: Happiness, sadness, guilt, anger, frustration, etc.
  • Parenting stressors

PCIT-ED Therapists

Publications About PCIT-ED

A Randomized Controlled Trial of Parent-Child Psychotherapy Targeting Emotion Development for Early Childhood Depression. (2018). Joan L. Luby, Deanna M. Barch, Diana Whalen, Rebecca Tillman, Kenneth E. Freedland