PCIT 101

PCIT is a proven treatment method for children between the ages of 2 and 8 years old with disruptive behaviors (e.g.., aggression, non-compliance, defiance, and temper tantrums) and their families. PCIT gives equal attention to the parent-child relationship and to parents’ behavior management skills. PCIT enhances parent-child interactions, improves children’s behavior, and empowers parents to use consistent, predictable, effective parenting strategies that work. The main reason why PCIT leads to behavior-change is the unique dual focus. Parents learn specific behavioral and relationship enhancement methods that make the child WANT to comply. Parents receive immediate feedback in session and are offered support, guidance, and encouragement as they learn to build a better relationship while getting their child’s behaviors under better control.

PCIT has two components that work together to lead to long-term change:

In the Relationship Enhancement component, parents and children are taught and coached how to decrease negative aspects of the relationship and to develop consistently positive and supportive communication.
In the Strategies for Compliance component, parents and children are taught and coached the elements of effective discipline and behavior-management skills. Parents learn and acquire specific skills, practice these skills until they are mastered and the child’s behavior has improved.

Success Stories/Testimonies

Grandfather of Christopher (4 year-old boy with defiance)

The support we received, the consultations with the school, the extra coaching support at home all exceeded our expectations. It gave us what we needed to help Chris. My wife and I are using the skills with each other and we actually had dinner and a movie out! We are making good progress – I recommend PCIT 100%.


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Jeff G, Newport Coast

Parent of Faith, formerly known as “Miss Bossy” (5 year old girl)

Following the second part of the process, I was able to take control back, taught Faith how to respond to limits, and helped her work through her potty fears. Having the direction of the therapist let me do the work that turned Faith around, and I strongly believe with what I learned I will be able to solve future issues that may come. PCIT was truly life changing.
Thank you so much for your great work!


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Wendy T, Irvine, CA

Parents of Jack (6 year-old child with ADHD)

It was a powerful experience for me to see I could accomplish more without the yelling and power-struggles. The “real-time” feedback was so helpful in terms of the live coaching through the ear-piece and ability to be corrected and encouraged with the new tools learned on the spot. The experience was invaluable. Thank you for giving me my sanity back!


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Carol H, Aliso Viejo, CA

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