Being a parent to an infant or small child can be hard. Sometimes all the different challenges you face can seem overwhelming—despite loving your child and wanting what’s best for him or her.
At the Brownsville Child Development Center, our outpatient clinic serves families with infants, toddlers, and children up to age seven. The clinic offers a variety of services to support your child’s development and wellbeing, including:
- Comprehensive evaluations to help you understand the struggles your child is facing
- Individual play therapy and evidence-based interventions such as Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) and Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) to help your family overcome any barriers
- Parent support groups to help parents feel less alone and gain concrete skills
- Collateral/individual therapy for parents to help those parents whose own experiences may be impacting them
Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) is a way to help families with children 0-5 who need help managing and improving behavior, communication, and attachment. A 12-month intervention, it helps encourage a loving, nurturing and safe home life. CPP helps parents and young children who have experienced:
- The loss of a parent and/or caretaker
- Serious injury or illness
- Economic stress or homelessness
Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) is a way to help families with children who have been affected by a traumatic event, such as loss or separation from a caregiver, physical or sexual abuse, witnessing domestic violence, or a man-made or natural disaster. Children who have experienced such an event may exhibit:
- Angry outbursts, nightmares or anxious thoughts
- Avoidance of people and places that remind them of the event
- Temporary loss of skills they have learned, such as toileting
- Repetitive play about the event
This intervention helps children and parents develop coping skills for trauma symptoms, talk about the trauma without becoming overwhelmed, and eventually understand what happened in a new way so that it is less frightening.
Play therapy is to children what talk therapy is to adults. Play is a child’s language. Adolescents and adults use languages like English, Spanish, French to express themselves. However, no matter what verbal language children speak, children express themselves best through their natural language—the language of play.
What Results Can I Expect?
Both CPP and TF-CBT help children gain control over their symptoms and improve their behavior and
relationships. They also help families learn skills that support healthy development. Your therapist will
work with you and your child to:
- Help you build a strong, nurturing, and safe relationship
- Learn more about your child’s needs
- Understand your worries and past experiences, and how they may affect your parenting
- Help your child overcome any barriers to reaching his or her full potential
How Much Do These Services Cost?
The Brownsville Child Development Center accepts most major insurance plans, including Medicaid. We also offer a sliding scale for families without insurance coverage. No family will be turned away regardless of coverage or ability to pay.