When He's Anxious, Hunter's Parents Have the Tools to Help Him | The Village Family Service Center

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When He's Anxious, Hunter's Parents Have the Tools to Help Him

Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Derrick and Ana Olson and their children at The Village

Ana and Derrick didn’t know how to help their toddler son when anxiety fueled his behavior. Daycare drop-off was difficult. At night, Hunter would cry and scream in panic unless Ana, who was in her third trimester, slept on the floor next to him. They didn’t know how they would manage once their daughter, Ella, was born.

“It would have been like having two little babies,” Ana said. “I needed outside help to navigate what was going on with him.”

A friend recommended Parent-Child Interaction Therapy at The Village Family Service Center. PCIT is an evidence-based treatment for helping parents manage their child’s behaviors. Therapist Kya Duttenhefer coached Ana and Derrick through a two-way mirror and earpiece, fostering a positive relationship between Hunter and his parents through play and teaching them how to respond calmly and confidently to unwanted behaviors.

Hunter is now able to describe what he’s feeling, and Ana and Derrick are better equipped to address any issues. Ana isn’t spending all night camped out between two kids’ rooms as she feared could happen.

“What Kya’s done for us, I can’t put it in words,” Ana said.

To learn more about children's therapy options, contact The Village office nearest you.