- Enhancing the relationship that you have with your child
- Improving your child's self-esteem
- Teaching your child new ways to manage and reduce his or her frustration and anger
- Helping your child develop new strategies for attending and organizing his or her work or play
- Helping your child mind you the first time you tell him or her to do something
- Teaching you alternative ways to manage your child's behavior now, and helping you problem solve ways to effectively manage your child's behavior in the future
About Dr. Mann
Dr. Andrea Mann is a Stanford and University of Chicago trained child, adolescent, and adult psychiatrist with expertise in psychopharmacology and psychotherapy. She is double board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology and licensed to practice by the States of California and Illinois.
Dr. Mann attended University of California, San Diego where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Biochemistry and Cell Biology. She received a Master’s degree (M.Phil.) from the University of Cambridge in England in Epidemiology, and her medical degree (D.O. or Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine) at Western University of Health Sciences.
After attending medical school, she trained in adult psychiatry at University of Chicago, where she developed her skills in psychodynamic psychotherapy. She completed her sub-specialty training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Stanford School of Medicine, where she acquired Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Parent Management Training experience. Following fellowship, she completed training in Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Child Adult Relationship Enhancement (CARE), and Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions (SPACE).
Dr. Mann has a collaborative and open approach to her work with individuals, families, and couples. She enjoys providing holistic, integrated treatment to her patients and has experience working with a wide range of ages, disorders, and cultural backgrounds. She has a special interest in providing care for young children with anxiety and behavioral problems as well as parents and young professionals.
With psychotherapy, Dr. Mann helps individuals understand patterns of thinking, feeling, and behaving that can bring life experiences into perspective and inspire positive change. While psychotherapy is a powerful tool for self-knowledge that can render long-lasting change, lifestyle modification, nutritional supplements, and judicious use of medication can be useful adjunct treatments. Dr. Mann works closely with her patients to find the right balance and approach for each individual.
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is a therapeutic treatment designed to improve the relationship between caregivers and their children. PCIT is one of the most effective treatments known for children with behavior problems between the ages of 2 and 6 years, 11 months. The treatment teaches caregivers the skills that professionals (ie. child therapists and teachers) use to improve child behavior.
PCIT is different from other parent training programs because it uses live, interactive coaching. During the hands-on treatment caregivers are guided to implement specific relationship-building and discipline skills. It ultimately focuses on increasing effective parenting skills, decreasing child behavior problems, and improving the quality of parent-child interaction.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What are the goals of PCIT?
How does PCIT work?
There are two treatment phases in PCIT. The first phase focuses on enhancing the relationship between you and your child, increasing your child's self-esteem, reducing your child's frustration, and helping your child with organizational skills. The second part focuses on teaching your child listening and minding skills, using age-appropriate parenting techniques to deal with your child's behavior, and teach him or her adaptive behavior and problem solving.
PCIT is different from other parent training programs because it uses live coaching to provide immediate prompts to caregivers while they interact with their children. During the course of this hands-on treatment, caregivers are guided to implement specific relationship-building and discipline skills. Ultimately, PCIT focuses on increasing effective parenting skills, decreasing child behavior problems, and improving the quality of the parent-child interaction.
How do I know if PCIT is the right fit for my family?
After learning more about PCIT, you will be the best person to decide how well PCIT fits your family. Here are some important things to consider:
- At this time, PCIT sessions are only offered between 10am-3pm. Sessions are weekly, and will last 60-90 minutes.
- PCIT requires an investment of ~12-20 weeks of weekly therapy sessions and daily homework practice for 5-15 minutes.
- Most PCIT sessions focus on parent-child play and therapist feedback on your use of skills.
- PCIT ends when you are confident in your parenting skills and demonstrate them with your child in sessions.
More information on PCIT can be found at: http://www.pcit.org/what-is-pcit.html
If you are interested in this treatment, we will first schedule an assessment (based on parent interview) to determine if it is the right fit.