Raising kids is a challenge, especially in a fast moving city like New York. How do you take on that challenge efficiently and effectively? The focus of my practice is coaching parents on the day to day issues of child rearing. I help parents create the best fit between their children’s natural behavioral style (temperament) and their own communication, conflict management and relationship skills.
I consider parents and parenting to be the most powerful avenue for influencing behavioral change in children. I do not do therapy with kids and families in this practice. Long term, once a week traditional psychotherapy for kids and families is appropriate in some instances, but generally not for the types of issues I encounter with families trying to make their lives a bit less stressful. In simple terms, a family does not have to “be sick” in order to “get better.”
My approach is to work with families in their homes observing and recording how parents interact with their kids. In my evaluation, I produce a coaching strategy for how to deal with short term and long term behavior management and communication issues in the family. My clients also have access to this site which contains information, webcasts, downloadable materials and online child management, parenting education and behavioral incentive tools. All my clients have easy access to me through email so that you never have to wait until “the next session” to get advice and feedback.
This practices focuses on families and kids from two to teens.
Dr. Peter has maintained a private practice in child and adolescent psychology since 1987. He is a New York State licensed psychologist and the author of more than a dozen professional (he is the co-author of a college child development textbook) and consumer books (on child psychology, child behavior management, anger management and conflict resolution. Dr. Peter is also an expert in families going through divorce, called upon by the courts in the New York State system for more than 2o years to help high conflict families. Dr. Peter has lectured all over the world. Dr. Peter is a featured expert on GreatDads.com and mondernmom.com. For a full bio click the About link on the top menu bar.