Child-Parent Psychotherapy

What is Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP)?

A therapeutic intervention to help young children process trauma.

Who is it appropriate for? 

Young children from birth to 5 years old who have experienced a traumatic event and are experiencing behavior, attachment, and/or mental health problems, including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), as a result.

What are sessions like?

CPP is a dyadic, relationship-based therapy – this means caregivers participate in sessions with the child and the therapist.

How is CPP different from play therapy?

Both play therapy and CPP are effective tools for helping children process trauma. Child-Parent Psychotherapy focuses on promoting and facilitating attachment and healing between the child and caregiver, and play therapy focuses on the relationship between the child and their therapist.

Beginning in March of 2022, I will be participating in an 18 month Learning Collaborative for Child-Parent Psychotherapy along with other clinicians in Northeast Georgia. This fellowship will consist of intensive training, ongoing consultation, and reflective supervision. Contact me for more information.

CPP is an appropriate treatment model for children and their caregivers who have experienced domestic violence, incarceration or separation, sexual abuse, death of a caregiver, perinatal mood disorders, and other significant traumatic events.

Read more:

National Child Traumatic Stress Network: Child-Parent Psychotherapy Child-Parent Psychotherapy

UCSF Child Trauma Research: Child-Parent Psychotherapy