We Provide Highly Specialized Help


Parent-Child Interventions


Helping parents learn not just to manage but to enjoy and emotionally support their children is at the core of what we do.  Our interventions provide comprehensive and on-going counseling, education, and support to parents and families and are based on decades of attachment and developmental research.  This is because we are committed to using research-based approaches to ensure that families are getting the best possible treatment.  For our specialized interventions, we start with research-based attachment evaluations to help us identify patterns of attachment and caregiving to provide individualized treatment to enhance outcomes. Use of videofeedback is a key component of the Attachment-Based Parenting Intervention.  The Circle of Security Parent Consultation model provides an individualized counseling option for families that require less intensive support. 

Attachment-Based Intervention

Attachment-Based Parenting Intervention


This is an intensive 12-15 month research-based intervention utilizing videotapes from the parent-child attachment evaluation.  Results from the attachment evaluation provide an individualized road map for treatment by identifying key relationship issues.  Video feedback helps parents see themselves and their child with greater understanding and discover increased options for responding.  Experienced Circle of Security® therapists lead parents in this intentionally ordered protocol to help parents build secure attachments with their children.  This intervention is particularly designed for parents that have experienced significant stress, grief and loss, separation from child and Adverse Childhood Experiences. Community CSA funding or Adoption Subsidy is required for this intensive intervention. 

Circle of Security® Parent Consultation


This 15-session parenting consultation model uses the research-based Circle of Security® manual and DVD training series. The Circle of Security® Parenting Program is based on research about how parent-child relationships can be supported and strengthened and has proven effective with parents around the world.   This engaging parent approach uses parent -friendly videos, graphics, and hand-outs to present examples of secure and challenging parent-child interaction and healthy options in caregiving.  Attachment, trauma, and brain research are unpacked in an accessible, step-by-step manner for parents by Registered Circle of Security ® parent facilitators.  The Circle of Security® Parent Consultation model is also available in Spanish.  Community or self-payment is needed to fully cover the costs of this service. 



Evaluating children and parents for psychological conditions and attachment patterns


We have expertly trained psychologists and therapists who offer a range of evaluations for many psychological needs.  Our clinicians are the leading experts in the field of parent-child attachment in the Richmond area and offer empirically validated evaluations to identify patterns of attachment and caregiving as well as thorough assessments of a child's emotional functioning.  These evaluations often serve as an informative first step to identify therapeutic needs for the parents and children.  

Our primary mission is to provide evaluations for children and parents involved with the child welfare agencies.  Because of the complexity and scope of these evaluations they often require community funding or self-pay.    

Evaluations for Parenting Success

Developmental Evaluations

Parent-Child Attachment Evaluation

Full-day research-based evaluation of parent-child attachment patterns, including an individualized report with specific treatment recommendations.


Multi-Systemic Psychological Parent Evaluation

Individual evaluation of parent(s) tailored to specific referral questions (not of parent-child relationship).

Multi-Systemic Psychological Child Evaluation

Individual evaluation of child’s cognitive, academic and/or emotional functioning tailored to specific referral questions.

*Multi-Systemic Parent and Child Evaluations can be conducted in Spanish.

Las evaluaciones de padres e hijos pueden ser realizadas en español.

Young Child Developmental Screening

Developmental assessments of children under the age of 5 to identify those with developmental disorders. 


Autism Evaluation

Utilizes 'gold standard' measures in assessing the individual child:  The Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised and the Autism Diagnostic Observation Scale.   

Some insurance funded evaluations are conducted depending on the psychologists’ availability.  

Teaching parents about parenting and attachment

Parent Groups

We know that parenting can be the most rewarding, but also the most challenging job we will ever have.  It is also the one for which we are often the least prepared.  Our therapists are passionate about supporting parents as they navigate this journey.  We offer an array of engaging parenting groups and classes.  Based on research and a sound theoretical framework our groups provide helpful parenting concepts, often related to the parent-child relationship, and also an opportunity for parents to connect with other parents.  


Topical Parenting Classes

One-time and multiple-session classes on a variety of topics can be provided at our offices or on-site at your agency. Topics can include, but are not limited to, ADHD, grief/loss, navigating adolescence, bullying, new siblings, divorce, etc.   

Attachment-Based Options

Other Options

Attachment-Based Parent Class

Research-based training for prospective foster and adoptive parents.  Six 1.5-hour sessions.


Attachment-Based Parent Group Intervention

Research-based parent education program for families with high-risk children.  Twelve 2-hour sessions. 

Outpatient therapy to support everyone

Outpatient Therapy

Therapy at Partners in Parenting (PIP) is all about relationship – helping individuals and families strengthen their relationship capacity.  This process starts with a trusting, supportive therapeutic relationship with a highly skilled clinician who can help you tell your story, identify areas for focus of treatment, and accompany and guide you through this process.  Healthy relationships can lead to overall well-being – both emotionally and physically.   One of our specialties at PIP, through a range of research-based evaluation and therapeutic services, is to focus on strengthening parents’ capacity to be the best parents they can be with their children. 

We are always happy to discuss your presenting concerns when you make your initial call and, if we cannot meet your needs at PIP, we will make recommendations for other providers or services in our community.

Treatment Modalities

Presenting Problems

Couples therapy

Emotion-focused therapy

Family therapy

Filial therapy

Individual therapy

Play therapy

Trauma-informed therapy

Abuse and trauma
Adjustment to life events
Anger management issues





Developmental Disorders

Family relationships (including parent-child and couples)
Grief and loss

Infant Mental Health 
Social/friendship skills
Stress and coping    
Other issues  

Weaving together a tapestry of support and trainings



At Partners in Parenting, we view ourselves as one part of a much larger tapestry of support for children.  Our clinicians bring years of experience in both mental health and child welfare, providing a unique understanding of what parents and other professionals experience in trying to provide optimum care for children.  We understand that part of what children need is for caregivers to feel encouraged and informed regarding new research and best practices.  When we weave our knowledge of child development, attachment, and relational health together with parents' wisdom regarding their own children, and with other community providers' areas of expertise, we enhance outcomes for all families and build a stronger community.