Parenting & Parent Training

When children are young, it is common for therapy to include the parent. Sometimes therapists work with the parents alone. Older children may meet with a therapist alone as well. Some types of therapy include working with the whole family or other important adults in the child’s life (for example, a teacher).

Parent-focused approaches typically mean that parents talk with the therapist about the child’s behavior and feelings. Psychological therapy with children can include talking, playing, or other activities to help the child express feelings and thoughts. Therapists may also observe parents and children together and then make suggestions for finding different ways to react.

Psychological therapy for children can be done one-on-one or in groups. Sometimes, a combination of therapies is the most effective for helping a child.

Why Parenting is So Important

When parents become trained in behavior therapy, they learn skills and strategies to help their child succeed at school, at home, and in relationships. Learning and practicing behavior therapy requires time and effort, but it has lasting benefits for the child and the family.

Parents typically attend eight or more sessions with a therapist. Sessions may involve working with groups of parents or with one family alone. The therapist meets regularly with the parents to review their progress, provide support, and adjust strategies, as needed, to ensure improvement. Parents typically practice with their child between sessions.


Parents have the greatest influence on their young child’s behavior. Some therapists may use play therapy or talk therapy to treat young children. Play therapy provides a way for children to communicate their experiences and feelings through play. Talk therapy uses verbal communication between the child and a therapist to treat mental and emotional disorders.

Amiel Segal works with parents and their children while using home-based solutions throughout towns on Long Island, NY such as Seaford, Wantagh, Lynbrook, Valley Stream, Bellmore, AmityvilleMassapequa, Massapequa ParkWilliston Park, Long Beach, Garden City, Uniondale, Merrick, Woodmere, Oceanside, Hempstead, FarmingdaleCopaigue, Island Park, Bethpage, Syosset, New Hyde Park, Hicksville, Levittown, East Meadow, Great Neck, Westbury, Glen Cove, Rockville Centre, Manhasset, Freeport, Cedarhurst, Plainview, Melville, Franklin Square, Lawrence, Hewlett, and Lindenhurst.

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