Infant mental health refers to a child’s healthy social emotional development from birth through age 5. When all goes well, the child builds a healthy, secure attachment to a primary caregiver and develops competencies in three primary areas. These include the abilities to:
experience, regulate, and express emotions,
form close and secure parent-child relationships, and
explore the environment and learn.
The primary goal of infant mental health therapy is to strengthen the parent child relationship, allowing the child to build a healthy foundation for future growth and development. Infant mental health therapy helps parents to understand the meaning behind challenging behaviors and to construct a framework for responding in a developmentally appropriate and productive way. Infant mental health therapy can provide emotional support for the challenging task of parenting as well as practical parenting support and developmental guidance.
I provide infant mental health services from an attachment based perspective, using Child Parent Psychotherapy. Child Parent Psychotherapy is an evidence-based practice intended to support and strengthen the parent-child relationship as a means to restore the child’s sense of safety, attachment, and regulation. This ultimately leads to improvements in cognitive, behavioral, and social functioning.
All of my therapy services are provided in the client’s home.
If you have questions about whether this intervention is a good fit for your family, please contact me.
Relevant Education and Training:
- Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) (2015)
- 2 year post-graduate certificate in infant mental health from the Barnard Center for Infant Mental Health and Development (2013)
- Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist (2015)
Resources for Babies:
Fussy Baby Network Warmline: 1-888-431-BABY (2229)
Online Fussy Baby Support Group (erikson.edu)
The Period of Purple Crying: 1-800-4ACHILD
Online information (purplecrying.info)