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Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is a form of behavioral intervention designed to improve the relationship between parents and their children. If you want to talk with someone, CARESPACE can help.

Call (519) 208-2273 or book online today.

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy for Kitchener Waterloo

Hossein Kaji

What is Parent-Child Interaction Therapy?

Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is typically used for children between the ages of 2 and 7 who have behavioral or emotional issues. During PCIT sessions, the therapist coaches the parent on specific skills to interact positively with their child, such as praise, reflection, and effective commands. The therapist provides real-time feedback via a “bug-in-the-ear” device as the parent practices these skills during play activities with their child. By improving the quality of parent-child interactions, PCIT aims to reduce problematic behaviors in children and improve family functioning. Studies have found PCIT to be an effective treatment for a variety of childhood behavioral and emotional problems.

CARESPACE offers more than just Parent-Child Interaction Therapy

We all know that health and wellness is important, but with so many competing priorities, it’s hard to stay on top of it. CARESPACE Health+Wellness offers more than just psychotherapy in Kitchener-Waterloo. With functional integrative therapies we help promote a healthier life by using an evidence-based, result-oriented, natural approach to rehabilitation and wellness allowing you to get better quickly and stay well longer. Start living your healthier life today!

Applicable conditions include: Anxiety and stress, depression, PTSD, eating disorders, phobias, obsessive compulsive disorder, relationship conflicts and more.

Get your very own health team

You can achieve your health goals at CARESPACE with your own personal well-trained and dedicated team of multidisciplinary professionals that includes Chiropractors, Physiotherapists, Massage Therapists, Naturopathic Doctors, Kinesiologists, Dietitians, Psychotherapists, Fitness Trainers and more. They will work together to create your personalized comprehensive collaborative health plan to get you fast results.

Your choice of in-clinic or online

It’s your choice if you want to be treated online with TeleCARE or in-person at one of our clinics in Kitchener or Waterloo. With TeleCARE you can attend your appointment from the convenience of your computer, tablet or phone. It’s easy, effective and your first appointment is FREE.

Please call (519) 208-2273 or book online today.

We’re here for you day, evenings and weekends

CARESPACE makes achieving your health goals easy and accessible by offering extended clinic hours with day, evening, and weekend appointments. All are available both online and in-person at our clinics in Kitchener and Waterloo which are open:

  • 8AM–8PM Monday – Friday
  • 8AM–6PM Saturday – Sunday

Your first online appointment is FREE.

Please call (519) 208-2273 or book online today.

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is an innovative, empirically-supported treatment model for young children with emotional and behavioral disorders. This therapy involves a structured and collaborative therapeutic approach where the therapist coaches parents in using specific behavior management and relationship enhancement skills while interacting with their child. The therapist provides live coaching during parent-child interactions, which allows parents to immediately apply skills and receive feedback for future sessions. This process leads to significant improvement in the parent-child relationship and a decrease in negative behaviors. PCIT has shown to be effective in treating a variety of disorders such as Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, and anxiety-related disorders. Additionally, parents report increased confidence in their parenting abilities after completing the program. Through enhanced parent-child communication, trust and understanding between the two can be developed, leading to a more harmonious and well-balanced household.

Parent Child Interaction Therapy, also known as PCIT, is an effective evidence-based treatment that can help improve communication and relationships between parents and their children. This proven therapy has been developed to address disruptive behaviors in children aged two to seven years old, such as aggression, defiance, and noncompliance. During PCIT, parents learn specific techniques to positively reinforce their child’s behavior and effectively manage their child’s disruptive behavior. The benefits of PCIT extend beyond the therapy sessions, as parents can continue to use these techniques in their daily interactions with their child, helping to promote a positive and supportive environment at home. Research has shown that children who participate in PCIT show significant improvement in their behavior, social skills, and overall emotional well-being. Ultimately, PCIT can help strengthen the bond between parents and their children, improving the quality of family relationships and laying a foundation for healthy development in children.

Parent-child interaction therapy is a form of treatment that aims to improve the relationship between parents and children through a structured and consistent approach. The question of whether the outcomes of this type of therapy are permanent is a valid one, and the answer is that it depends on several factors. For starters, the quality of the therapy sessions matters a great deal. Highly skilled therapists who create a safe and supportive environment for both parents and children are more likely to produce long-term positive outcomes. Additionally, factors like the age of the child, the severity of the behavioral problems, and the level of consistency in implementing the therapy techniques at home can all impact the lasting effects of the treatment. Overall, research suggests that parent-child interaction therapy can have enduring effects, but ongoing support may be needed to further solidify these gains.

Parent-child interaction therapy, also known as PCIT, can be incredibly beneficial for families experiencing various challenges. This therapy modality focuses on strengthening the relationship between parent and child while teaching positive communication and behavior management techniques. Children between the ages of 2 and 7 who struggle with behavioral problems, such as defiance or aggression, and their parents are the primary targets of this evidence-based intervention. Additionally, children who have experienced trauma, anxiety, or depression can also benefit from the techniques used in PCIT. As a result, this therapy can improve the overall functioning of the family system, decrease stress, and promote positive parent-child relationship building.

Choose Your Therapist

Hossein Kaji BSc, MA, MA, RP (Qualifying), PhD


Weber North

Have you suffered from such things as anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, addiction, loneliness, or anger? As a psychotherapist interested in existential themes, Hossein has worked with clients who have experienced these issues.

Joe White, MA, MACP, RP


Weber North

Joe will help you develop and implement strategies to manage your anxiety, depression, stress, relationship challenges, trauma and much more.

Sarah Jackson, BBA, MACP, RP (Qualifying)


Weber North

Sarah is a natural empathetic listener who focuses on the critical components of the therapeutic relationship by providing an unbiased and safe environment to explore your issues.

Alexia Liargovas, BA (Hons), MA (SPC), RP (Qualifying)


Victoria North

The stressors and uncertainties we face in our daily lives can be overwhelming. Alexia’s goal is to work with each client to explore why they may feel stuck and then together find a way to move forward.

Sophia Sharara, BTh, MDiv, MA, RP (Qualifying)


Weber North

If you are feeling lost and can’t find a way out of a stressful situation in life, sit back and relax. Sophia creates a warm and welcoming environment for her clients to feel safe and heard.

Nada Jarmakani, BA (Hons), DIPT, MACP (C), RP (Qualifying)

Student Therapist

Victoria North

The narrative we tell ourselves has the power to greatly impact our lives, either by providing a sense of purpose and direction or by limiting our potential and preventing us from living a fulfilling life.

You're only 15-minutes away from better mental health!

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Live-answer Reception

Please call us at (519) 208-2273 to talk with our live-answer Reception Team who will be happy to book, reschedule appointments or answer any of your questions, or book online now.

Please call us at (519) 208-2273 or book online today.

  • 8AM–8PM Monday – Friday
  • 8AM–6PM Saturday – Sunday

CARESPACE Health+Wellness – Victoria North

1373 Victoria Street North, Unit 4A
Kitchener, Ontario N2B 3R6 →

CARESPACE Health+Wellness – Weber North

564 Weber Street North, Unit 12  
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 5C6 →

How TeleCARE online works

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Who should use TeleCARE?

It’s your choice. Most CARESPACE services are available both in-person at our clinic or online with TeleCARE (with the exception of acupuncture and massage). TeleCARE is convenient, easy and and highly effective.

We recommend that all new clients have a FREE no-obligation TeleCARE visit before coming to the clinic to discuss your health goals and objectives.

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  1. Your first appointment is FREE
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I was suffering from neck pain And numbness Dr. Shannon Webster, BA, DC Chiropractor, is helping me. Acupuncture helps me with pain, enhances my mood. She's fantastic, Dr.
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I cannot recommend Dr. Shannon Webster and Dr. Michael Torreiter enough. Both are super friendly and understanding and it has been an absolute pleasure to have met them and been treated by them.

I have been receiving treatment from Dr. Webster for a few months and I've been feeling much better. I had sever knee, shoulder and back pain. I couldn't squat or do push ups without my joints screaming at me. But now I'm not able to only do all those but also feel stronger. The most important piece is that she listened and took my history of many injuries into consideration. And as a dancer, I couldn't have asked for a better chiropractor who not only helped me feel better but also understood my needs.

I also brought my grandmother to Dr. Torreiter for her back pain for acupuncture. He was extremely kind, understanding, compassionate and everything that I could ask for. He made her feel comfortable and explained every step during each treatment. He made sure that she was well taken care of and also made other important referrals that lead to her recovery.

So far I have referred my whole family to these two wonderful individuals and everyone's experience has been equally great. Thanks to them we all are doing much better!