The Center for Early Childhood Connections provides relationship focused, culturally attuned, and collaborative educational, mental health and wellness supports starting from pregnancy through age five for young children and those who care for them. We work to foster connections between children, families, and their communities. We bring together social emotional support, mental health and wellness supports.
The act of raising young children can be stressful even for the most resourced of parents. There are many experiences that can overwhelm the capacity of a young child to cope, and many young children lack the language to communicate with their caregivers what they are thinking and feeling. Fortunately, though children have a very clever way to show us what is happening in their internal worlds. They act out their worries, fears, hopes, and thoughts in the context of their play. Joining young children in their play can open a unique window into their inner most thoughts that have yet learned to share.
Becoming a parent can sometimes bring up painful reminders of the experiences we had as young children. These memories and experiences can affect our relationships with our children in both positive and negative ways. Separating the past from the present and resolving some of these old memories and experiences can free up a parent to create a new way of being with their child that can lead to a more secure relationship with you child.
Our therapists are trained in the unique needs of young children. We typically work together with the parent and child in the room and act almost as a translator to support mutual understanding. Through this mutual understanding increased positive interaction occur and parents begin to feel more effective as their child learns to listen better and develop calming strategies.
The Center for Early Childhood Connections is a full service mental health and wellness group practice. Our three main areas of focus are perinatal mental health, early childhood mental health and social emotional development, and the integration of preschool and mental health.
We offer small social emotional groups for young children, psychotherapy for children and their caregivers, psychotherapy for parents or caregivers, consultation to preschool classrooms, and support for folks who are navigating becoming parents, giving birth, and caring for a new baby. We fully endorse and embrace the Diversity Informed Tenets for work with infants, children, and families. It is our goal to bring these values into the support we provides for families.
The clinicians at The Center for Early Childhood Connections specialize relationships. We work with young children to learn how to make social connections with other children and navigate friendships, sharing, and play. When we work with parents and children, we help parents feel more joy and connection with their children, and help children to use words and play to express their feelings. When we work with preschools we help the school to look at how they can create environments of inclusivity and connection.
We specialize in seeing children in the context of their relationships. For our team this means that we use the relationships children have with those that care for them to heal traumas, reduce worries, and increase the child's sense of safety and curiosity about the world.
At The Center for Early Childhood Connections we have three main values that drive our mission:
1. We fully endorse and embrace the Diversity Informed Tenets for work with Infants, Children, and Families. It is our goal to bring these values into our educational systems, therapeutic services, and our trainings with new therapists.
2. We believe that it is in connection with others that children and families can flourish and bloom even in the most difficult of circumstances.
3. We work to foster inclusive connections between families and their community and believe that children and families need help connecting to the best services, not just a referral.
We are currently completing the contract to be an in-network provider for Beacon. In collaboration with Kaiser Permanente, Beacon provides an alternative resource for outpatient mental health services for Kaiser Permanente members in the Northern California region. We are considered an out of network provider for other insurances and would be happy to provide you with a monthly superbill for our services. We utilize Simple Practice for our Electronic Health Record which allows you to pay for your sessions online or through autopay.
We offer a sliding scale because we have a vision of a more equitable and compassionate world and believe that mental health services should be affordable for all. Our fees range from $150-$200 depending on the provider.
Child mental health - Specialized strategies for common childhood disorders including attention issues, attachment problems, behavioral disorders, learning disorders, autism spectrum diagnoses, and feeding or elimination issues.
Parenting - Helping parents develop and implement strategies to address challenges that arise throughout childrearing; managing stress and increasing support
Pregnancy, perinatal, postpartum mental health - Addressing issues specific to women and families during the pregnancy and postpartum period, including postpartum depression and anxiety
Transition to new parenthood - Working with parents as they adjust to new parenthood
Childhood trauma - Learning how traumatic events in childhood can translate into adulthood; processing through difficult memories with the goal of moving past the experience and lingering symptoms
Clinical supervision - Offering professional supervision services for clinicians