Ages 0-2

Infants & Toddlers

Ages 0-2

Distinctives treating Infants and Toddlers

In the first two years of life, critical brain development is taking place which lays the foundation for future skills and growth. Tremendous developmental milestones are underway as brain and body work on coordination and regulation. Children are discovering their world and developing a blueprint for what to expect in relationships. As they experience fear, pain, and loss, they learn about trust and comfort through their dependence on others. The quality of the connection they are establishing with primary caregivers will have profound impact on behaviors, resilience, and relationships in the challenges they face as they grow.

Reasons for seeking treatment

  • Feeling disconnected from or rejected by your child
  • Parenting a child who is difficult to comfort
  • Postpartum depression or parental anxiety
  • Difficulty figuring out how to meet child’s needs
  • Building a relationship with an adopted or foster child
  • Conflict about parenting decisions
  • Difficulties with siblings or extended family
  • Marital dissatisfaction related to the stress of parenting
  • Child behaviors that concern you
  • Aversion to touch
  • Wanting to learn to parent differently than your parents
  • Finding balance with work and parenting demands

Demands on parenting Infants and Toddlers

Parenting infants and toddlers is one of the most challenging seasons of parenting. We know from both a strong body of research and our own experience how marital satisfaction declines with the demands of meeting children’s needs day and night during these years. Parents often feel inadequate trying to interpret and respond appropriately to their child’s cries and cues.  Fantasies of perfect parenting give way to good enough parenting. Lots of parenting books and well-meaning individuals give advice but parenting, like marriage, is a relationship between unique individuals and what works well for one may not work for another.

How we work with Infants and Toddlers and their parents

We believe working with infants and toddlers can only be done well by working alongside their parents. We don’t subscribe to any single approach to parenting. Instead, we focus on the unique relationship between you and your child and help you develop practical solutions that fit your values, beliefs, and personalities. Helping you make sense of your child’s cues and responses through parent-child work and sharing our knowledge of development, brains, and relationships, we equip you to confidently respond to the challenges you are experiencing in ways that get results.

Therapists for this Age Group

Melody Cline, MA, LMFT, CCTP

Early Childhood Child and Family Therapist

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