​​   Dr. Nikki Woller, Ph.D., LCSW & Associates 


Goals of Infant Mental Health Treatment include:

  •  Establishing a trusting relationship, nurturing the parent so that she can nurture the child
  •  Facilitating access to community resources related to ensuring the child and parents needs are being met. 
  •  Providing guidance and support in the resolution of crises
  •  Teaching problem solving and decision making skills
  •  Focusing on the infant within the context of the parent-infant relationship
  •  Providing guidance about the infant's growth and development; uses assessment to indicate infant's capabilities
  •  Encouraging  and reinforcing parents to observe and interact appropriately with the infant
  •  Observing patterns of interaction and defining issues of clinical concern related to the infant, past history and current relationships
  •  Strengthening parent's capacity to provide appropriate stimulation to encourage development
  •  Using clinical skills to enable parent to resolve own and familial conflicts
  •  Assisting parent identify feelings, understand reactions, defenses and copying strategies and develop healthier patterns of interaction
  •  Helping parent to understand need for social support and to connect to information and formal sources of support.

Infant Mental Health Therapy

Infant mental health therapists work with families with young children ages 0-5. The therapist works with the child and the parent together (in a dyad)  in order to offer the parent and child therapeutic support. The goal of this treatment is to improve the parents understanding of the child's problem or situation so that the difficulties that the child is having can be treated by the parent within the home when the targeted behavior is actually occurring. The therapist often acts as a guide or a coach for the parent. Many times, depending upon the cause for the child's difficulty, additional services are needed in order to stabilize the families situation.