Parenting can simultaneously feel like the most rewarding and most challenging experience in one’s life. Challenges in parenthood are normal and expected, but you do not have to cope without support. We find that the best success in working with our child clients comes when we partner with parents to be agents of change themselves. Therapy is most effective in children when we are able to provide parallel support to the parents/support system. Our goal is to help parents navigate challenges as they arise and work to support better understanding of their child’s behaviors. In doing so, we provide the most comprehensive care to both the child and the entire family unit.
How Therapy Can Help
Parenting brings with it a number of role and identity changes. In addition to working with parents to address their child’s challenges and behaviors, we also serve to support you in your journey through parenthood. We provide a caring and warm environment to explore your unique experience as a parent. Some of this includes an understanding of how your own attachments histories connect directly to your parenting styles and approaches. We then partner with you to address your psychological health and wellness in order to promote success in meeting your parenting goals.
In addition to providing parenting support, there are other modalities and assessment tools that can be utilized. This includes formal parent child assessments and therapeutic approaches that involve both the parent and child such as Theraplay ® and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy. Read more about our parent child relational assessments here.
Theraplay® is an attachment-based treatment focused on enhancing the parent-child relationship through play-based, developmentally appropriate activities. The goals of Theraplay® treatment are to enhance the parent-child attachment, improve self-esteem, and achieve joyful engagement. The Theraplay® Institute refers to this therapeutic approach as “building relationships from the inside out.” You can learn even more about Theraplay® here.
Many of our clinicians have completed Level One training of Theraplay® and include Theraplay® techniques in their work with children and families.
Our practice adopts a collaborative approach, which means years of experience in integrating parents into the therapeutic process with children. Many of our clinicians have completed training in Theraplay® and include Theraplay® techniques in their work with children and families. In addition, Dr. Fiore and Ms. Rosenberg utilize the Marschak Interaction Method (MIM), a tool created for and by Theraplay® therapists to assess parent-child relationships.
To schedule an appointment with one of our therapists or for more information about our services, please complete the form here or give us a call on our main line at 703.963.4261. We will respond to your call or email within 24 hours, or on the next business day.