Because We’re Asked...

Advocates for Children in Therapy is frequently asked what therapy and/or therapists we recommend. Unfortunately, that is not our mission.

But because we feel some responsibility to provide a bit of guidance, we offer the below information about evidence-based treatment and parenting methods which we hope can be helpful.

Evidence-Based Practices:

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

Kazdin Method for Parenting the Defiant Child

Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-up Intervention

Incredible Years

Tips on Improving Your Chances of Choosing a Therapist Who Uses Evidence-Based Practices:

  • The therapist would best be on the staff of a university or hospital-sponsored clinic rather than in private practice.
  • The therapist should be able to describe what reflective supervision they get.
  • The therapist should present an detailed informed consent document.
  • The therapist should be a family therapist, or if the therapist is treating the child alone, he should guide the parent(s) to get at least supportive counseling.
  • The therapist should be licensed and have no history of professional disciplinary actions.
  • If the child is below school age, the therapist should have had university-based training in infant/preschool mental health issues.


"Looking for a Child or Family Psychotherapist? Here's a Great Place to Startby Jean Mercer, PhD, ChildMyths, 26 Aug 2017.

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