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Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) is an intervention model for children aged 0 - 6 who have experienced at least one traumatic event and/or are experiencing mental health, attachment, and/or behavioral problems, including post-traumatic stress disorder. The treatment is based on attachment theory but also integrates psychodynamic, developmental, trauma, social learning, and cognitive behavioral theories. Therapeutic sessions include the child and parent or primary caregiver. The primary goal of CPP is to support and strengthen the relationship between a child and his or her caregiver as a vehicle for restoring the child's cognitive, behavioral, and social functioning. Treatment also focuses on contextual factors that may affect the caregiver-child relationship.

Child Counseling
Key Components of CPP
  1. Attachment-Based Therapy: CPP is rooted in attachment theory, focusing on nurturing secure and healthy attachments between the child and caregiver.

  2. Holistic Approach: The treatment integrates multiple psychological theories to address the complex needs of young children comprehensively.

  3. Caregiver Involvement: Caregivers play an active role in therapy sessions, learning strategies to support their child's emotional regulation and development.

  4. Trauma-Informed Care: CPP recognizes the impact of trauma on young children and incorporates trauma-informed practices to promote healing and resilience.

  5. Contextual Considerations: Therapists explore contextual factors that may influence the caregiver-child relationship, such as family dynamics, cultural background, and environmental stressors.

Benefits of CPP
  • Enhanced parent-child relationship

  • Improved child's emotional regulation and coping skills

  • Reduction in behavioral difficulties

  • Increased caregiver confidence and competence

  • Long-lasting positive effects on child development


If you believe your child could benefit from CPP or have further questions about the approach, please don't hesitate to reach out to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced therapists.

What to expect:

In CPP sessions, both the child and their parent or primary caregiver actively participate in the therapeutic process. The approach emphasizes the importance of the caregiver-child relationship as a fundamental element in promoting the child's cognitive, behavioral, and social well-being. Through guided interactions and interventions, therapists work to strengthen this bond, creating a secure base from which the child can explore and heal.

Email us to discuss if CPP is right for you.

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