Baby Steps Birth to 5 Years Family Counseling

Baby Steps has trained clinical therapists who understand that the early years for a baby or toddler and their parent and/or primary caregiver can be challenging. These years are filled with tremendous growth and change. We work with you, to build nurturing relationships and healthy development for your child.  We believe in building upon family strengths and cultural values in a sensitive and informed way.

We provide counseling for families who have and/or are dealing with:

  • The loss of a loved one
  • The effects of family violence
  • Divorce
  • CYFD involvement
  • Difficult medical/ health histories
  • Foster care
  • Adoption
  • Family adjustments to a new baby
  • Postpartum Anxiety or Depression
  • Developmental Delays
  • Traumatic Expericences
  • As well as other

Infant Mental Health Counseling

Infant Mental Health emphasizes the importance of healthy social-emotional development in infants and toddlers.

  • Early development always happens through the day-to-day interactions between the baby or toddler and his or her primary care givers (parents and others with whom the child spends a significant amount of the day and has a strong emotional connection).
  • The infant-caregiver relationship is central to social and emotional development and well-being.
  • Anything that affects the relationship between the baby and his or her caregivers can have an affect on the infant’s mental health.

The field of infant mental health works to optimize the psychological, social and emotional well being of infants and toddlers in relationship with their caregivers, environment and culture, and with respect for each child’s uniqueness (The New Mexico Association for Infant Mental Health; Issues Brief No. 1, Infant Mental Health Fundamentals).

At Small Steps, clinicians work within the home of the caregiver and observe, interact and train caregivers on how to meet the mental health needs of the baby and understand their baby in ways that can promote the future healthiness of the baby.

For more information please go to www.nmaimh.org.

To schedule an appointment or inquire about our services please contact us by phone at 505-933-4639 or by email julie@smallstepschildcounseling.net

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