Infant/ Early Childhood Mental Health (0-3 y.o.)

One of my specialized areas is Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health. This work emphasizes the importance of attachment, reflective functioning, promoting infants’ healthy development, and the prevention of mental health problems in infants and young children. I strongly believe that the healthy relationships and attachment between infants/children and their parents/caregivers are extremely important to the development of infants and young children, including their brain development, emotion regulation, cognitive, physical and language development. Infants and young children learn everything about their world through their experiences with their parents/ caregivers. When their physical and emotional needs are met appropriately, they can grow, feel secure, and develop good self-esteem. Especially the first 3 years are very crucial to children’s development of mental health. I believe that what parents/caregivers will do for that period of time will have a significant impact on the rest of their child’s life.

As an Infant Mental Health Specialist, I engage in a relationship-based, reflective practice to promote social/emotional wellbeing of young children and their parents. I am skilled in providing infant/toddler-parent psychotherapy to promote positive attachment between infants/toddlers and their caregivers. I aim to offer the security of a trusting relationship. Together, we can explore the meanings of past events, memories, and relationships, and whether there is an impact on the developing relationship with your baby. I also provide developmental guidance, parenting support, and consultation with caregivers.

"Having a baby is one of the most wonderful things in your life, as well as the hardest thing in your life."

     -Nuno Bettencourt

   Therapy for Children, Adults, & Families
    Mimi Ogasawara, MA, LMHC, IMH-E® (III)    Therapist in Renton, WA