Parent-Child Interaction Therapy is an Internationally recognized evidence-based therapeutic approach provided by specially trained and certified clinicians.

Learning to manage emotions is difficult for young children and even more so for children who may be a little more emotional, strong willed, or easily frustrated, or who have experienced stress, trauma, or attachment difficulties. Parent-Child Interaction Therapy can help support positive emotional and social adjustment.


Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is a specialized therapy provided through The Guidance Center’s Outpatient Department in McKean County to address behavioral difficulties in children ages 2-6.

Through modeling and coaching the therapist helps the parent/caregiver implement behavior
management techniques using play therapy.

Behavior management strategies are specifically tailored to each child’s behavior and personality.

PCIT is billed to your health insurance. Services are offered on a sliding scale for selfpay individuals

PCIT May Help If Your Child

  • Is defiant, and regularly denies adult requests
  • Loses his/her temper or becomes easily frustrated
  • Displays aggression such as hitting, biting, or destroying things
  • Has difficulty staying seated, playing quietly or taking turns
  • Has difficulty getting along with other children
  • Is attention seeking
  • Is disruptive in daycare, home, or school settings

PCIT Child Outcomes

  • Improved listening skills
  • Improved social skills
  • Improved organizational and play skills
  • Improved attention, focus, and ability to complete tasks
  • Increased compliance, ability to accept limits, and willingness to follow directions
  • Improved ability to manage frustration
  • Increased self-esteem
  • Increased sense of safety, security and attachment

PCIT Family Outcomes

  • Improved parent-child relationships
  • Reduced parent stress