Stirling Behavioral Health Institute

  Mental Health Services Provider

  6931 Van Nuys Blvd. #102 

  Phone (818) 376-0134 
  Fax (818) 376-1437



Child-Parent Psychotherapy


Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP) is an intervention for children and their parents who have experienced at least one form of trauma (e.g., maltreatment, the sudden or traumatic death of someone close, a serious accident, sexual abuse, exposure to domestic violence) and are experiencing problems as a result. 


The primary goal is to support and strengthen the relationship between a child and his or her parent (or caregiver) in order to repair the child's sense of safety, attachment, and appropriate affect to ultimately improve the child's cognitive, behavioral, and social functioning. The type of trauma and the child’s age/developmental status determine the structure of CPP sessions. For example, if the child is an infant, the focus is on helping the parent(s) understand the trauma’s potential impact on development and or functionality. Older children often take an active role in the treatment, which often involves play to facilitate communication between child and parent. 


Who is it for? What problems does it address? 

1. Children: Birth–5 years old that: 

a. Experienced at least one traumatic event (e.g., maltreatment, the sudden or traumatic death of someone close, a serious accident, sexual abuse, exposure to domestic violence) 

b. Are experiencing behavior, attachment, and/or mental health problems, including posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) because of experienced trauma


2. Parent(s)/Caretaker(s) of a traumatized child