Parent- Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
What is Parent-Child Interaction Therapy?
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is an intervention for young children with behavioral and emotional issues. PCIT focuses on improving the parent-child relationship by fixing the way the parent and child interact. Through parent coaching and quality time spent in play, children improve their confidence and trust in the parent-child relationship. Parents learn effective communication and discipline skills. The result is a child who is better able to control their emotions and solve problems on their own.
Who Is PCIT For?
PCIT is good for any young child (aged 2-8) who is struggling to regulate their emotions. Therefore, they might display “acting out” behaviors such as yelling, hitting, and breaking objects. PCIT is useful for children who are having difficulty in school and other structured settings. PCIT is proven effective in treating ADHD, oppositional behavior, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, autism spectrum disorders, and a number of other childhood emotional and behavioral issues.
How Can PCIT in Virginia, Maryland, or Washington, D.C. Help Me?
Online parent-child interaction therapy begins with the parent attending training or the “teach” phase. I will explain the methods, terminology, and skills we will use in treatment. We will also use role-plays to ensure that you are grasping the skills. After the “teach” phase, we move on to child-directed play. The focus of this phase is interacting with your child in a way that builds confidence, improves the parent-child relationship, and increases the frequency of pro-social behaviors. You will play with your child while I monitor the interactions and provide real-time feedback via a bug in your ear. At the end of the session, we discuss your use of the skills and suggestions for improvement. Once you have mastered the skills used for child-directed play, we will proceed to the parent-directed play phase.
The parent-directed phase focuses on discipline and effective commands. We will have another “teach” session, followed by more monitored play. Since I will be providing feedback through a bug in your ear, the child has little to no awareness of my involvement. This will allow them to be able to just enjoy the quality time spent with you.
How Do I Know If Online Parent-Child Interaction Therapy Will Actually Work?
PCIT differs from other forms of play therapy in a few important ways. PCIT puts the majority of the effort on the parents, not the child, so the parents are much more involved than usual. In fact, you are also getting regular real-time feedback on your use of your new skills. There is a significant homework component, which ensures that you are practicing the skills on a regular basis, increasing the effectiveness of the treatment. PCIT is also backed by several decades of research and is proven to be effective in treating a range of emotional and behavioral issues in young children.
How Long Does PCIT Take?
Multiple factors affect the length of time it takes to complete online parent-child interaction therapy in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C. Treatment length depends on your child’s age, specific behaviors to be addressed, and commitment to therapy. Parents who are dedicated to attending sessions, completing homework, and implementing skills usually complete therapy in 12-20 sessions.
Begin Parent-Child Interaction Therapy in Maryland, Virginia, or Washington D.C. With Me!
Raising children takes a lot of grace and patience, but it can be a very rewarding process. However, when your child is experiencing mood disorders, behavioral and cognitive issues, it takes time to figure out how to communicate with them. If you’re looking for help regulating your child’s emotions in a healthy way, then consider beginning therapy to improve your relationship. In my online Maryland Virginia, and Washington, D.C. counseling practice, you can work with me, your PCIT therapist who specializes in online parent-child interaction therapy, mood disorders, and parent coaching.
To start your online therapy journey, follow these simple steps:
- Contact Managing Motherhood
- Meet with Orlesa Poole, your PCIT therapist.
- Start connecting with your child’s emotional and physical needs in a healthy and effective manner.
Other services at Managing Motherhood
Parent-child interaction therapy is not the only service I offer in my Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. online therapy practice. Other services include postpartum depression, therapy for postpartum anxiety, pregnancy and motherhood, parent coaching, counseling for new mothers, and women’s issues. I also work with birth and reproductive trauma. All services are available via online therapy in Maryland, online therapy in Virginia, and online therapy in Washington, D.C. I look forward to working with you as I help you experience harmony. You can achieve this in your home using positive discipline and respect. Get in touch for online therapy with me!