What is PCIT?

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is a powerful, effective, and proven family therapy that supports families with preschool and school-aged children.

Parents often see improvements after just a few sessions.  Numerous studies show that within 15 weeks of family therapy significant changes result, such as:

  • Dramatic improvements in child behavior as reported by caregivers and teachers.
  • Significant decreases in caregiver stress, depression and anxiety.
  • Greater feelings of connection between caregiver and child.
  • Children no longer meeting the criteria for diagnosis such as ODD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder.
  • Have frequent temper tantrums?
  • Whine and/or cry frequently?
  • Have difficulties in school or daycare?
  • Defy adults or have difficulty following directions?
  • Have trouble paying attention?
  • Take medication for behavioral or emotional problems?


  • Constantly seek attention?
  • Engage in power struggles with parents/caregivers?
  • Experience difficulties due to a traumatic event?
  • Have difficulty coping with transitions and life changes?
  • Act out aggressively toward adults and/or peers?
  • Experience sadness and social isolation?

Parenting can be very challenging and PCIT offers support when you need it most.  If you answered Yes to any of these questions then PCIT is likely the right fit for your family.

A program of BAFTS Directed by Keith Kapash MFT License number MFC 46140 © 2012