Treatment for the Child-Parent Relationship focuses on strengthening the relationship between the child and caregiver, usually the parent. Its goal is for the relationship to become more secured, attached, and to be repaired if needed. Dr. Payan focuses on teaching the child and parent to effectively communicate, use conflict-resolution strategies, and address each other in a respectful manner while building trust and enhancing this important relationship. This treatment is for children of all ages with their mothers, fathers, grandparent, or main caregiver.
For younger children, play therapy will be the main therapeutic treatment. Many parents do not play with their child(ren) on a daily, weekly, or even monthly basis. Despite us living in a hectic, high-stressful, overwhelming society, there should always be time for PLAY.
“Birds fly, fish swim, and children play.” Garry Landreth
Play is the child’s language and their main form of communication. Through play, children can express their emotions when they lack the language skills to do so. Sadly, some parents grow up unable to play with their children because they never played with their own parents when younger. As a result, this intergenerational inability to engage in play and be attuned to their own child’s emotions through play is a barrier that they have difficulty overcoming.
Moreover, as children grow into their adolescent years and later into young adulthood, they play less and less. Research shows that using play therapy with older teenagers and adults yields positive treatment results.