Providing therapy for families and young children in both office and home based setti

Welcome to Whole Hearts Counseling

Promoting behavior change through positive relationships

Our Treatment Focus

What is PCIT?


Parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT) is an evidence-based treatment for young children with emotional trouble,  challenging behavior, or trauma.  It is a 2-phase modality, with the first phase focusing on fostering attachment, and the second phase designed to give caregivers skills to provide consistency and predictability for their young one. 

We also offer individual therapy and family therapy to address concerning behaviors, parenting challenges and mental health diagnoses such as anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and oppositional defiant disorder. Please contact us to discuss the needs of your family and determine which course of treatment best suits your needs.

Who can we help?


Do you find yourself saying "he never listens to me!", or saying "she does exactly the opposite of what I ask"? Has your young child been expelled from their childcare?  Are you afraid to take your child out in public for fear of their behavior? PCIT can help with attention-seeking behaviors, Autism, ADHD-type behaviors such as hyperactivity, aggression, anxiety, and depression, among other challenging behaviors. PCIT is designed for families with children between the ages of 2-7, although sometimes others outside of this range may be appropriate. We work with parents, foster families, adoptive families, grandparents, and extended families. We accept referrals from Child Protective Services, pediatricians, other therapists, schools, childcares, and families/caregivers. 

Our Expertise


We are certified in PCIT therapy, one of the only evidence-based practices to treat young children.  Our educational background and expertise include Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Circle of Security, Theraplay, the ARC model, and Promoting First Relationships. 

If you feel you and your child may benefit, please call for a free consultation and we will individualize a treatment plan to best meet your needs. We accept most major insurance providers, including Medicaid, CHIP, Blue Cross Blue Shield, United, Cigna, and Allegiance. 

What is Parent-Child Interaction Therapy?

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Who We Are

Tessa Slominski, MSW, LCSW


Tessa received her Masters in Social Work at the Ohio State University. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a certified PCIT therapist. Tessa has experience in crisis intervention and home health social work, before finding her true passion in working with families of young children. 

Alexia Fregoso, MSW, LCSW


Alexia received her Masters in Social Work at Boise State University. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and certified PCIT therapist. She has experience in many roles at both Head Start and Early Head Start, including mental health consultation. Alexia loves helping families reach their full potential. 



We are also available for mental health consultation with childcare centers or other agencies. We have experience teaching parenting courses based on the modalities we use for therapy, as well as teacher trainings regarding social emotional topics in childcare settings. Please contact us for more information. 

Early Childhood Resources


Links to some of our favorite helpful websites

CSEFEL (Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations of Early Learning)

Documents on important topics for both parents and early childhood caregivers 

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Zero to Three

Parenting Resources on many topics, ranging from discipline, health, development, and behaviors

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Centers for Disease Control - Development

Information on developmental milestones for children birth to age 5

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Elevate Montana

Information about early childhood trauma and initiatives currently happening on Montana

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PCIT International

Learn more about Parent Child Interaction Therapy 

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