Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is an empirically-supported treatment for conduct-disordered young children that places emphasis on improving the quality of the parent-child relationship and changing parent-child interaction patterns. In PCIT, parents are taught specific skills to establish a nurturing and secure relationship with their child while increasing their child’s prosocial behavior and decreasing negative behavior. This treatment focuses on two basic interactions: Child Directed Interaction is similar to play therapy in that parents engage their child in a play situation with the goal of strengthening the parent-child relationship; Parent Directed Interaction resembles clinical behavior therapy in that parents learn to use specific behavior management techniques as they play with their child.
Deanna Winner, LCSW
Child/Adolescent Therapist, PCIT Specialist
Are you struggling and feeling distressed? Would you like to feel calm and in control of your struggles? I can help. With 10 years of clinical experience, I have developed a specialization in working with children, adolescents, and families. I am experienced in working with a variety of mental health illnesses to include: depression, anxiety, adjustment disorders, oppositional defiant disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, attention deficit disorder, and others.