Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

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Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is an evidenced based program that gives caregivers the positive parenting skills to manage their child's emotional and behavioral difficulties through positive attention alone using real-time coaching.

Parents/Caregivers will learn…

  • Feel less angry
  • Improve attention and focus
  • Learn to cooperate
  • Strengthen the already warm relationship with their child
  • Obey directions the first time
  • Reduce aggressive or destructive behaviors

Who is PCIT for?

Children ages 2-7 who:

  • Refuse or defy adult requests
  • Lose temper easily
  • Start fights or hurt others
  • Have short attention spans
  • Have difficulty sitting still or waiting their turn

Parents/Caregivers can expect

  • Parents/Caregivers will participate in weekly coaching sessions with their child in the clinic.
  • Therapists will coach parents on implementing positive parenting skills in real time using a bug-in-the-ear device.
  • Parents/Caregivers will learn and implement positive parenting and discipline skills to manage their child's behaviors.
  • PCIT is a two-phase treatment model. In the first phase, parents/caregivers will learn play therapy skills to increase desired behavior and reduce attention seeking behaviors. In the second phase, parents/caregivers will learn specific discipline techniques to help their child obey directions and decrease problem behaviors. Each phase takes between 5-6 sessions, although exact time depends on regular attendance, home practice, and demonstrating mastery of the skills. 

Services are provided in partnership with the County of San Diego. Please call our office at (619) 668-6200 for information on accepted insurance providers and rates per session.

To learn more about PCIT please visit the PCIT International website at

Contact Us


  • Mission Valley

    2655 Camino del Rio N. Suite 450
    San Diego, CA 92108

  • Alvarado

    6386 Alvarado Court, Suite 310
    San Diego, CA 92120

Contact our Family Wellness Center

For more information about our Parent Child Interaction Therapy, please contact:

  • Address

    San Diego Center for Children
    Family Wellness Center
    6386 Alvarado Court, Suite 310
    San Diego, CA 92120

Si necesita ayuda para su hijo(a) o tiene preguntas, llámenos al (858) 277-9550.

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