Dr. Cynthia Keefe now offers Parent Child Interaction Therapy at The Southfield Center for Development
What is PCIT?
PCIT is a parent education-coaching program that works jointly with the parent and child to improve their relationship and reduce problematic behaviors and parenting stress.
How does PCIT work?
PCIT works primarily by strengthening the attachment between the parent and the child. During the first phase, PC IT teaches parents how to “be in the moment” with the child by becoming a calm, supportive presence during play therapy. During the second phase, PC IT helps parents learn skills to improve child cooperation and behavior through the use of consistent discipline strategies.
What is unique about PCIT?
The therapist coaches the parent from behind a one way mirror, communicating with the parent through a wireless headphone on specific ways of increasing positive interactions and managing their child’s behavior as it occurs in session. By practicing specific techniques with the guidance of the therapist, parents gain increased confidence in independently managing their child’s behaviors at home and in public settings.
Who can participate in PCIT?
PCIT is designed for parents/caregivers of children ages 2 to 7. This therapy is widely used for any parent-child dyad struggling with issues around cooperation and connection.
Who delivers PCIT?
Cynthia Keefe, Psy.D, is a licensed clinical psychologist at the Southfield Center, who is certified in parent-child interaction therapy. Dr. Keefe has held various training positions in both public and private settings including: Green Chimneys in Brewster, NY, Four Winds Hospital in Katonah, NY, Beth Israel Medical Center in New York, NY and Andrus (Mental Health Division) in White Plains, NY. Dr. Keefe received her Master’s degree in Applied Psychology from Fairfield University and her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Long Island University, C.W. Post.