Home-Based: Using the Natural Environment
During pregnancy and early-childhood, often the most relaxed space for dialogue is in the home. In this context we can best reflect, identify the needs, and create new patterns for relating.
Promoting First Relationships: 10-week course
PFR is a training program at the Barnard Center for Infant Mental Health and Development at the University of Washington. The focus is parents and their young children (ages birth-3). The program includes: videotaping caregiver-child interactions; reflection on competencies in parenting; focus on the emotional feelings and needs underneath caregivers and children's stress and behaviors.
Infants, Toddlers, and Early-Childhood (ages birth-6)
Working with young children to express big feelings before they have words involves work with the body, its senses and the imagination. Depression, anxiety, trauma, and adjustment disorders are known to be present in children as early as a few months old. These concerns are treated at this age in the context of relationship and often through play, art, and movement.
Individual Women (pregnancy, postpartum, general identity as woman and or mother)
Whatever your relationship was/is with your mother, becoming a mother yourself is a journey and shift in identity and body. With difficulty in labor and delivery, the experience of self and mood after pregnancy can be disorienting and difficult. These sessions will provide space to reconnect with yourself - mind, body, and spirit - as you define and refine yourself as woman and mother.
Parents (Women/Men, Single/Partnered)
What happens to your mood when you reflect on your experience as a parent? Are you anxious about your child leaving your side? Overwhelmed when they come to you in need? In these sessions, we discuss your experience of being parented, your identity as parent, and the rhythms and rituals for you to calm yourself as you search for those to care for your child.
Parent and Child Sessions
Counseling session are used to scaffold the relationship of the parent and child, to provide reflection and education about patterns of relating, and to practice new ways of responding to each other. The stress of the relationship can be shifted in allowing the child to lead play, in altering the language of the parent, or in the therapist's presence to balance the interaction differently.