PCIT / Parent Management Training for Behavior Problems
Having a child with behavior problems immensely impacts the entire family dynamic. It can add tremendous tension to the parents' marriage, incite a host of unfavorable sibling reactions, and makes it difficult to have a high quality relationship with your child when times together often end in tears or tantrums. Waking up every day becomes a stressful experience because you just don't know what kind of hardships that day will hold.
As difficult as it is to be going through this kind of hardship, there are extremely effective behavioral treatments that can greatly improve behaviors and shift the entire family dynamic. As a nationally certified Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) provider, Dr. Leiter is deeply passionate about helping families struggling with their children's behavior problems (tantrums, oppositionality, defiance, aggression). PCIT is a short-term, specialized behavior management program designed for children experiencing behavioral and/or emotional difficulties. Treatment focuses on teaching caregivers powerful tools to reduce their children’s difficult behaviors and reduce parental stress. It is an exceptionally effective treatment backed by over 30 years of research. One of the main ingredients in the "secret sauce" that makes PCIT so powerful is the live coaching: in each session, the therapist observes the caregiver and child practicing PCIT skills in order to provide live, in-the-moment feedback.
Unique Advantages of the Live Coaching Therapy Format:
Skills are acquired rapidly by caregivers, as they practice in the moment with therapist support.
Therapist provides caring support as caregivers gain confidence and master their skills.
Therapist provides immediate feedback about strategies to manage the child’s challenging behaviors.