Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is an evidence based treatment model for young children (ages 2 ½ – 7) with behavioral and/or emotional disorders. During PCIT sessions, the parent and child are seen together as a dyad and sessions are interactive and involve live parent coaching. PCIT, grounded in attachment theory and social learning theory, serves to strengthen the parent child relationship, foster positive parent-child interactions, and teach a structured and effective discipline strategy.
In PCIT, there are two phases of treatment: Child Directed Interaction (CDI) and Parent Directed Interaction (PDI). In CDI, the parent learns and practices parenting skills using positive attention to help improve child behaviors while also promoting self-esteem, social skills, concentration/focus, and improved speech. Once the parent has mastered CDI skills and observed some behavioral improvements on behalf of the child, the parent and child then transition into PDI. PDI consists of a set of steps parent directed steps that ensure consistent and predictable strategies to manage behavioral issues.
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Whether you are trying to save your relationship, prepare for marriage, or adjust to a separation, therapy for you and your partner can help. Sometimes couples come to therapy to increase the passion in their relationship, while others are trying to decide whether or not to stay together. No matter what you and your partner are struggling with, couples therapy is a great place to resolve some of these issues.
Couples therapy is appropriate for:
Stress and adjustment
Parenting and co-parenting
Mental health-related issues
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is an evidence based treatment approach with extensive research supporting its effectiveness in treating depression, anxiety disorders, and other mental health disorders in both children and adults. As noted by Dr. Aaron Beck with the Beck Institute,
CBT is a solution-focused approach to treatment, oriented toward solving problems and learning skills. The goal of CBT is to help people get better and stay better, and its effectiveness has been demonstrated in thousands of clinical trials…In CBT, the therapist and the client work together as a team to identify and solve problems. Therapists help clients overcome their difficulties by changing their thinking, behavior, and emotional responses.
Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TFCBT) is an evidence based approach for individuals who have experienced a traumatic event and are experiencing trauma related symptoms. TFCBT with children/adolescents involves individual sessions, parent sessions, and conjoint parent / child session and focuses on psychoeducation, relaxation, affect regulation, cognitive coping, trauma processing, in vivo desensitization, and enhanced safety.
Play Therapy is a relatively expansive term used to describe the use of play as a medium in the therapeutic process. The Association for Play Therapy defines play therapy as “the systematic use of a theoretical model to establish an interpersonal process wherein trained play therapists use the therapeutic powers of play to help clients prevent or resolve psychosocial difficulties and achieve optimal growth and development.” Play therapy supports children with improving communication,learning to deal with distressing feelings, working through emotional challenges, and increasing their internal locus of control.
Play Therapy interventions include, but are not limited to:
- Child Centered Play Therapy
- Sand Tray Therapy
- Directive Play Therapy interventions designed to assist children with self-expression through both verbal and non-verbal mediums, i.e.
- Art Expression
- Age Appropriate Mindfulness Activities
The Association for Play Therapy provides extensive information about play therapy, with two helpful links below:
- Caroline has participated in multiple Play Therapy trainings and has sought clinical supervision in the area of play therapy. She is not a Registered Play Therapist, but incorporates play therapy interventions and techniques as clinically indicated in her practice.
Family therapy is often the quickest and most effective way to decrease conflict, deal with stress, and facilitate positive change in your family. Our therapists are very comfortable and passionate about working with the entire family. Together we will address the way your family’s patterns of communication and behavior are affecting each individual involved in the family system.
Family therapy is appropriate for:
- Stress and adjustment
- Foster care
- Blended families
- Mental health-related issues
- Childhood disorders
- Interpersonal conflict
Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) is an evidence-based program designed to promote positive parenting strategies and give parents simple and practical solutions for managing childhood behavior problems (ages birth to 12). Triple P is an expansive parenting program with different levels of trainings. Restoration Family Counseling currently offers the following Triple Pinterventions: Level 4, Level 4 Stepping Stones, Level 5 Enhanced, and Level 5 Transitions. Clinical areas included in aforementioned levels include:
- Improving parent / child interactions (Level 4)
- Using positive attention to foster positive behavior (Level 4)
- Managing noncompliance and/or disruptive behaviors through step by step and age-appropriate discipline strategies (Level 4)
- Parenting strategies for children with disabilities (Level 4 Stepping Stones)
- Supporting parents through their own symptoms of anxiety/depression (Level 5 Enhanced)
- Engaging two parent families in Partner Support interventions (Level 5 Enhanced)
- Working with separating and/or divorcing parents (Level 5 Transitions)
Triple P sessions are not prescriptive by nature and allow parents to identify specific areas for improvement as well as choose from appropriate strategies to use in different situations. Please visitwww.triplep-parenting.net for additional information and Triple P resources.