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Parent Services

Caregivers are often included in consultation and treatment to support children in the context of their surrounding systems. We view the roles of parents, siblings, and other caregivers as integral. We may recommend initial, periodic, or exclusive parent-only visits for younger children and/or youth with complex histories. 

Additionally, Capital OCD & Anxiety Practice offers specific treatments for children that target change through direct work with parents, including Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions (SPACE) and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT).


Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions 

Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions (SPACE), a parent-focused treatment for children with anxiety or OCD with efficacy demonstrated in research trials. Although the child is the identified patient, parents participate in SPACE without the child present. Child assessment and therapy with the child may be offered alongside SPACE, afterward, or not at all. SPACE is an active, time-limited intervention with evidence demonstrating that its effectiveness is comparable to CBT, the gold standard for treating anxiety and OCD. SPACE has also been adapted for treatment of highly dependent adults are struggling to launch and for children with avoidant-restrictive eating. To learn more about SPACE and connected resources, visit:

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy

Developed for young children (2 to 7) with disruptive behavioral challenges, effective treatment adaptations are available for treating childhood anxiety, toddlers, and older school-age children.




How is PCIT structured?

We currently offer internet-based PCIT (iPCIT) and PCIT in office. Research shows that the gains of iPCIT are as good or better when compared to in-office PCIT. Therapy is provided with the parent and child in their natural environment, with real-time therapeutic feedback and support. Parents wear wireless (or wired) headphones while receiving discreet coaching during the structured child play treatment sections. 


How long does PCIT last?

Treatment can be completed in little as 12-15 weeks, depending on parents' ease with learning the skills and practicing them outside of sessions.

How do we start the process?

After your initial phone call with our clinical coordinator, one of our therapists will complete an intake to determine whether PCIT is the recommended treatment for the concerns that are bringing you into our clinic. If PCIT is recommended, there will be an additional assessment session as part of the PCIT program called the Dyadic Parent-Child Interaction Coding System (DPICS) observation, which will last 45-50 minutes if there is one caregiver and 60 minutes if two caregivers are present.


What materials do I need for this for the DPICS assessment for iPCIT?

  • Stable internet connection with acceptable upload and download speed for Simple Practice videoconferencing (10 Mbps upload, 10 Mbps download, <300 ms latency).

  • Computer or smartphone with video capability

  • Toys (list of appropriate toys to be provided)

  • ​​Charged wireless headphones


Where can I learn more about PCIT?

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