Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is an evidence-based treatment that is shown to decrease temper tantrums that include verbal and/or physical aggression, ADHD symptoms, children with strong emotional experiences, children who have experienced trauma, and so much more.  The treatment uses very specific, step-by-step, live coached sessions with both the caregiver and the child.  PCIT places emphasis on improving the quality of the parent-child relationship while changing negative parent-child interaction patterns.

In PCIT, parents are taught specialized parenting skills to use with their child to establish, improve, or maintain a nurturing and secure relationship while increasing their child's positive behavor and decreasing negative behavior. PCIT is a family centered treatment approach tailored for each parent and child's specific needs. PCIT can include multiple siblings and both parents.



The benefits of PCIT include:

  • Improvement in the quality of the parent-child relationship

  • Improvement in parenting skills, including positive discipline

  • Improvement in parent's attitude about parenting or about their child – the "I love my child but I don't like my child" scenario

  • Improvement in the child's behavior at home, in school, daycare and with peers

  • Decrease in parental stress

  • Lasting effectiveness

  • Useful in treating multiple issues such as negative attention seeking behaviors, oppositional, defiant and other externalizing behavior problems, separation anxiety, depression, self-injurious behavior, ADHD, adjustment following divorce, reunification with a previously absent parent, and attachment disorders

  • Adaptable for variety of populations – effective across gender, socioeconomic status and across a variety of ethnic groups

  • Reduction in risk of child abuse



Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

is available only at our Cranberry Twp. Office


Robyn Crouch is our PCIT clinician. She works well with children ages 2-8.

Mrs. Crouch is currently scheduling appointments.



Please contact Robyn Crouch to discuss your specific needs.


Call 412-486-2948 or email


We will be happy to help you.

PCIT was introduced in the 1970s as a way to treat children with serious behavioral problems. Since then, PCIT has been heavily researched and is proven to be effective across socio-economic status, race, single and dual parent families, and with children ages 2-8. Research has shown that as a result of PCIT parents learn more effective parenting techniques, the behavior problems of children decrease, and the quality of parent-child relationship improves.