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Parent-Child Relationship Repair

A therapy for complex family systems.

Parent-Child Relationship Repair (PCRR) is a service provided by licensed mental health professionals to mend relationships between a parent and their child(ren). It was formerly called reunification therapy but has evolved to PCRR to help families adjust to divorce, separation, or custody changes. Sometimes this is needed during a divorce or separation process or even years after a divorce as parents have concern for estrangement, conflict, or alienation in the relationships. This therapy has a structured  process to be able to assess the circumstances for the children involved and meet their needs.

Healthy Relationships

This therapy process prioritizes healthy and constructive relationships between parents and their children within post-divorce or separated families. Central to this approach is the recognition of the profound impact that parental relationships can have on children's emotional well-being and development, even in the wake of significant familial changes. By prioritizing the establishment of positive and nurturing parent-child dynamics, the therapy process seeks to mitigate the potential negative effects of divorce or separation on children. This therapy process empowers parents with the tools, strategies, and insights necessary to prioritize the needs of their children and meet them where they are at emotionally. By prioritizing healthy relationships within post-divorce or separated families, this therapy process aims to promote resilience, stability, and emotional well-being for both parents and children alike.


In the context of this therapy process, the children take center stage as the identified clients, with the overarching goal of promoting their well-being and fostering positive outcomes. However, it's essential to recognize that children do not exist in isolation; they are integral members of a broader family system. Therefore, the therapeutic approach extends beyond individual interventions to encompass the entire family dynamic. By viewing the family as a cohesive unit, we can address the interconnected relationships, roles, and patterns that influence the child's experiences and development. Through this lens, therapy becomes a collaborative endeavor, involving not only the child but also parents, siblings, and other relevant caregivers. By working with the family system as a whole, we can identify and address underlying issues, improve communication and cohesion, and cultivate a supportive environment conducive to the child's growth and flourishing. This holistic approach ensures that interventions are comprehensive, sustainable, and tailored to the unique needs and circumstances of the child and their family.

Future Thinking

​When children arrive at my office for relationship repair therapy, they often carry with them a weight of challenges and adversities they've encountered, stemming from the complexities of their family dynamics, particularly post-divorce or separation. These challenges may manifest in various forms, such as emotional distress, behavioral difficulties, or struggles with adjustment. It's crucial to acknowledge the impact these experiences have had on their lives and well-being. However, while addressing their past struggles is essential, I believe it's equally important to adopt a future-oriented perspective. By focusing on the path forward, we can instill a sense of hope, resilience, and empowerment in these children. Through therapy, we work collaboratively to identify strengths, develop coping strategies, and set achievable goals that pave the way for positive growth and development. By nurturing a future-oriented mindset, we empower children to overcome their past challenges, embrace new opportunities, and thrive in their journey towards healing and well-being.

Conflict Resolution

Many of the children who engage in this therapy process often come from families entrenched in high-conflict situations, where the tumultuous dynamics pose significant challenges to their well-being and development. These families may be grappling with a multitude of complex issues, including alienating behaviors, domestic violence, substance abuse, and intense legal involvement. In such environments, children are often caught in the crossfire, exposed to ongoing conflict, tension, and instability that can have profound and lasting effects on their mental and emotional health. Recognizing the gravity of these circumstances, therapy provides a vital lifeline for these children, offering a safe and supportive space to navigate the complexities of their family dynamics and process their experiences. Through targeted interventions and tailored support, therapy equips children with the tools, resilience, and coping strategies needed to navigate the challenges they face and emerge from adversity with strength and resilience. By addressing the underlying issues driving the high-conflict dynamics within their families, therapy empowers children to heal, thrive, and reclaim their sense of agency and well-being along with promoting healthy relationships within their family system.

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