Child Parent Psychotherapy
Q: What is Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP)?
CPP is an evidenced-based treatment for children birth to five and their caregiver(s)/parent(s) who have been impacted by a traumatic event, such as domestic violence, physical and sexual abuse, death, loss and separation, or other stressful life events.
CPP focuses on helping a family recover from the effects of trauma, while strengthening the family relationships.
Q: How do I know if my child has been impacted by a trauma?
After a stressful life event or trauma, a young child may experience a range of reactions that may interfere with their day to day functioning. Some reactions include:
Nightmares or Intrusive Thoughts (thoughts about the scary thing that happened pop into their minds when they don’t want to think about it)
Difficulty separating from their parent or caregiver
Changes in sleep, eating and toiletting
Sadness, irritability, fear, and worries
Difficult calming down
Tantrums or other behavior issues
Q: Can CPP help me and my child?
If your child is experiencing some trauma reactions and you would like help in supporting him or her in recovering from a scary or painful life event, CPP can help. I strongly believe that parents/caregivers are crucial in their child’s recovery from trauma.
CPP may also be a good fit for your family if you have had trouble connecting with your child and would like to repair or strengthen your relationship with your child.
Often times a parent/caregiver has had their own painful childhood experiences that are stirred up when they become a parent. CPP helps a parent/caregiver reflect on how their own growing up experiences affect how they parent their child now in the present. It supports parents/caregivers in becoming the parent they want to be for their child, and in healing from their own painful past.