When parent – child relationships are strained by challenging behaviors such as defiance, aggression and tantrums, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy can help.
PCIT is an evidence-based practice for treating anxiety and trauma in children ages 2 to 7. For young children, anxiety often appears as defiance, aggression and other behaviors caregivers find challenging.
This therapy is focused on learning effective ways to interact with young children. After a brief check-in, caregivers and children play together, while a therapist observes and coaches the caregiver through a headset. Sessions can be done via telehealth using cell phones and blue-tooth headsets (provided if needed). The therapy is also offered in person in Anchorage, with the family in one room and the therapist observing through a one-way mirror.
Therapy sessions have two main components. First, during the child-directed portion, caregivers learn to manage kids’ behavior through positive attention. Then, during the parent-directed portion, the therapist and caregiver work with the child on compliance.
Most families see improvements within a few sessions.
How to Access Services
New clients will need to schedule an assessment by calling 907-561-0954. Current Alaska Behavioral Health clients interested in PCIT should speak with their clinical team.
We bill all insurance, including Medicaid and Medicare. We are in network with Premera Blue Cross Blue Shield.
Meet our PCIT Therapists
Lindsay Coffey, MS, LPC
Lindsay Coffey, MS, LPC is a Clinician at Alaska Behavioral Health. Lindsay provides mental health services to children and families affected by trauma and trains people throughout the state of Alaska on trauma and its impacts. Lindsay is certified in PCIT by PCIT International.
Geri Hernandez, M.Ed., LPC
Geri Hernandez, M.Ed, LPC is a Clinician with the Little Tykes Therapeutic Services at Alaska Behavioral Health. Geri provides mental health services to children and their families that have been affected by trauma.
Polly Parker, MS
Polly Parker, MS, is a clinician at Alaska Behavioral Health working with children, teens, and families. Polly graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a Master of Science in Clinical Psychology and has a Graduate Certificate in Child Psychology. In her free time, Polly enjoys traveling and quality time with her family and dog.
Brie Pinero, MSW
Briana Pinero, MSW, is a clinician at Alaska Behavioral Health working with Little Tykes program. Brie graduated from North Carolina State University with a Master of Social Work. Brie provides mental health services to children and their families that have been impacted by trauma.
Early Childhood Services at AKBH
Our Little Tykes team uses Parent-Child Interaction Therapy as well as other evidence-based practices to work with young children and their caregivers. Little Tykes operates a half-day therapeutic pre-school program for children in Anchorage.