Child-Parent Relationship Therapy(CPRT)

Child-Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT) therapy is a play-based treatment program for young children (age 3-8) presenting with emotional, behavioral, social, and attachment concerns.  The goal is to strengthen the quality of the parent-child attachment bond as a means of reducing child behavior problems, stress in the parent-child relationship, and promoting a secure parent-child relationship. Through CPRT, parents learn to understand and respond to their children's needs in a way that fosters emotional security and strengthens the parent-child bond.

Uses of CPRT

  • Enhancing Parent-Child Relationships: Child-Parent Relationship Therapy is primarily used to improve and enrich the emotional connection between parents and children. It helps parents understand their children’s behaviors and emotions, promoting a more empathetic and responsive parenting approach.
  • Addressing Behavioral Issues: For children exhibiting behavioral problems such as aggression, defiance, or withdrawal, Child-Parent Relationship Therapy provides parents with strategies to manage and mitigate these behaviors effectively.
  • Improving Emotional Regulation: Child-Parent Relationship Therapy helps children develop better emotional regulation skills. Through guided play sessions, children learn to express their feelings appropriately and manage their emotions in a healthy way.
  • Reducing Anxiety and Stress: Child-Parent Relationship Therapy can be beneficial for children dealing with anxiety, stress, or trauma. The therapeutic play sessions create a safe environment where children feel secure to explore and express their feelings.
  • Supporting Parenting Skills: Child-Parent Relationship Therapy offers practical training for parents, equipping them with tools and techniques to better understand and support their children’s emotional needs.
  • Strengthening Family Dynamics: By improving communication and understanding between parents and children, Child-Parent Relationship Therapy contributes to healthier and more harmonious family dynamics.

Benefits of CPRT

  • Enhanced Emotional Bonding: One of the most significant benefits of Child-Parent Relationship Therapy is the strengthened emotional bond between parent and child. This bond is crucial for the child's overall development and well-being.
  • Increased Parental Confidence: Child-Parent Relationship Therapy empowers parents by providing them with effective tools and strategies to address their children's needs. This increased confidence can lead to more consistent and nurturing parenting.
  • Improved Child Behavior: As parents learn to respond more empathetically and effectively to their children, many behavioral issues tend to diminish. Children feel more understood and supported, which positively impacts their behavior.
  • Better Communication: Child-Parent Relationship Therapy promotes open and honest communication between parents and children. Parents learn active listening skills and how to validate their children's feelings, leading to more meaningful and productive conversations.
  • Emotional Healing: For children who have experienced trauma or emotional distress, Child-Parent Relationship Therapy offers a path to healing. The therapeutic play sessions allow children to process their emotions in a safe and supportive environment.
  • Stronger Family Relationships: The skills learned in Child-Parent Relationship Therapy extend beyond the parent-child relationship. Improved communication and empathy can enhance the overall family dynamic, leading to stronger and more resilient family relationships.
  • Long-term Benefits: The positive effects of Child-Parent Relationship Therapy are long-lasting. The skills and insights gained through the therapy continue to benefit the parent-child relationship long after the formal sessions have ended.


Child-Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT) is a powerful intervention that offers numerous benefits for both parents and children. By fostering a deeper understanding and stronger emotional bond, Child-Parent Relationship Therapy helps create a supportive and nurturing environment where children can thrive. Whether addressing behavioral issues, improving emotional regulation, or simply enhancing the parent-child connection, Child-Parent Relationship Therapy is a valuable tool for any family looking to strengthen their relationships and promote overall well-being.

We offer Child-Parent Relationship Therapy, serving Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, West Palm Beach, North Palm Beach, and surrounding areas. Call us for a consultation and to determine if your child qualifies for Child-Parent Relationship Therapy.