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Counseling Services for Infants and their Parents/Caregivers

   
Infants are amazing people! They think and feel in their own special ways. Babies and small children are aware. They learn by absorbing everything in their environment including us - the adults! Relationships are central to the life of an infant. They cannot survive without healthy relationships! We provide infants with assurance about where they are in space as we celebrate and affirm the importance of their being with us. Infants need moments of our undivided attention when we focus together not only on their physical and mental or educational needs, but also on their emotional and spiritual needs. Infants learn about emotions and spiritual qualities, such as love and compassion, and how to process difficult emotions such as anxiety and anger from us. Early childhood - from pregnancy through the first 5 years of life - is a remarkable and powerful period of transition and growth for infants and parents/caregivers alike. Sometimes families need support, healing, and healthcare that specifically addresses emotional, spiritual and mental health needs of their infant.

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Examples of When to Contact Us For Yourself and Your Infant

  • Physician or APRN has Prescribed Psychotropic Medications for Infant (Call Us Today!)
  • Ongoing Eating or Sleeping Problems
  • Child does not show emotion
  • Adoption Experience
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Divorce or Loss of Parent or Significant Caregiver
  • Challenging Health Care Decisions
  • Separation from Parent or Significant Caregiver (for example -  Military Service)
  • Angry or Destructive Behavior (Such as destroying toys)
  • Child won’t accept comforting 
  • Sudden behavior change
  • Does not self-soothe or adapt easily
  • Does not turn to a known caregiver for comfort
  • Rejects being held, touched or playing with others
  • Fearful, Guarded, or Withdrawn
  • Death of Baby (Parent/Caregivers and Siblings)
  • Absence of communication or language in pre-school child
  • Unusual / Prolonged sadness (Parent/Caregiver or Baby)
  • Excessive Activity or Agitation (Is my infant's behavior ADD or ADHD?)
  • Loss of earlier skills (ex. Toileting and language)
  • Premature Baby and Early Hospitalization
An infant counselor (IC) is a health professional who provides support and care of infants (children ages 0-5) and their parents and primary caregivers. The focus of the IC is first and foremost the infant - their healthy attachment and development (body-mind-emotions-spirit). Taking the perspective of an infant may seem like a simple task at first. Try it! Spend a day pretending to view the world through the senses of an infant. You will be amazed how many day-to-day decisions and actions are made based upon an adult view of the world. The IC helps families to establish patterns of mental and emotional health at the earliest moments in the life of a new child. Infant behavioral health support is a fundamental part of holistic, preventive health care. 

Dr. Martha Libster’s solution-focused, integrative approach to Infant behavioral health care
begins with a very important premise:
Parents Really Love Their Children! What causes infants, parents, and caregivers so much concern are the challenges associated with being able
to
demonstrate the love they feel in a way that fully communicates the message to the baby
or young child. Babies can also find it difficult to communicate their needs in a way that parents
and caregivers understand. Communication is the primary skill that is worked on in infant-parent/caregiver counseling. Although infants do not talk, they do communicate non-verbally
and through vocalizations.They actually understand much and are very wise! 


Dr. Martha helps you and your infant/child to communicate better. She will listen to your
concerns, observe and interact with your child at play, and provide you with an assessment of
the health and behavioral patterns contributing to your child's growth and identified concerns.
She uses many simple techniques to help you to understand your child better and find solutions
to any concerns you have. These techniques include counseling, mindfulness stress-reduction
tips, non-pharmacological gentle remedies, communication with your baby through touch/massage, play, and support groups.


Dr. Martha also provides consultation services for attorneys and other professionals involved in custody and other legal matters involving infant well being.

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FEES AND SERVICES

For more Information and resources about infant behavioral health please see www.zerotothree.org