team collaboration

The Center for Connection's integrative, collaborative network of independent professionals represents a unique model in direct response to the needs expressed by families.  Our interdisciplinary approach alleviates the tension of running around to far too many different locations, professionals, and specialists.  By collecting the best of the best in various fields and offering them all in one location, we greatly improve the overall quality of care each person receives, while significantly reducing the stress and anxiety on the individual and family.

Current clinical models make communication among professionals difficult or nearly impossible, despite the obvious advantages of having specialists from different disciplines working together. That's why the CFC's connection-based model is based on providing more comprehensive services for families, with independent professionals ranging from psychotherapy to parent education to neuropsychological assessments, from physical health and educational therapy to occupational therapy, and more.  Our independent therapists meet weekly to learn together and work in an integrated manner, which allows us to assimilate various approaches and better assess, understand, and address the challenges facing the whole child and the whole family.

We’ve assembled some of the best and most capable professionals in Southern California, from a wide assortment of fields, and we’re all here to help. Working from a whole-child, Whole-Brain perspective that relies on the latest research and emphasizes the importance of relationships and development, our various approaches can help you and your family not only survive what you’re going through, but learn to thrive in ways you probably haven’t even imagined.
— Tina Payne Bryson PhD, Founder/Executive Director Center for Connection

brain, mind, relationships 

The scientific lens through which we view the world is interpersonal neurobiology (IPNB), a term coined by Daniel J. Siegel, M.D., whose work very much influences what we do.  IPNB studies how a person’s brain, mind, and relationships interact to shape who that person is.  As opposed to merely helping parents and kids learn to “manage” their problems, we want to educate them about these dynamic interactions and help them understand that to a great extent, they can affect the way they view and feel about and interact with their world.  

The various professionals at the CFC approach with curiosity a child’s problematic behaviors and struggles in order to set aside assumptions or diagnoses that can get in the way of seeing what the child’s behavior is communicating.   Many behaviors are a child’s best attempt at adapting; they are showing us that they need better strategies to navigate their world.  Behavior and reactivity are communication, showing us the areas in which kids need skill-building.  Looking through the behavior and viewing the nervous system from many different perspectives is essential to creating a plan of action to change a child’s brain and alter how they function in the world—allowing them to be free to be themselves and free to just be kids.  

At the Center for Connection, we strive to be completely and utterly intentional with every individual, and with every family, we work with.  We strive for the highest quality in our approach as we help families go beyond merely surviving and move toward thriving.


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