Our Approach.

At Collaborative™, our interprofessional team works hand-in-hand with families to navigate the tough times of everyday life.

The Collaborative Approach™ provides families opportunities to discover multiple interpretations of a child’s behavior and interactions. Understanding the underlying meaning of a behavior through observation and reflection during the lived experience, leads to the implementation of targeted interventions. Our joint approach to assessment and intervention has a foundation in infant mental health, developmental theory, and reflective practice.

We believe that positive affective relationships are necessary for children to thrive. The neurobiological make-up of children and family members can often influence a child’s ability to function, relate, and manage demands. Our interventions aim to support parent-child interactions that promote a child’s development while respecting their neurodiversity.

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Who we help.

We believe every child is unique and special.

Diagnostic classifications often list symptoms or clusters of difficulties, yet they do not fully describe the uniqueness and complexities of individuals.  Our strength-based model of assessment and intervention understands the need to recognize every child’s abilities while acknowledging the challenges they face. Our mission is to get to know each child and family, respecting their individual differences, and supporting their strengths.

Very often, families referred to us are experiencing high levels of stress due to one or more identified problems or diagnoses. Regardless of the specific challenges, the majority of families reach us either at the beginning of their journey or when other interventions have not worked.




An integrated interprofessional assessment with the goal of understanding the meaning of observable behaviors in order to guide the intervention goals that meet a family’s needs.

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Our strength-based model has the goal of improving the quality of family time. Intervention involves resolving uncomfortable interactions, discovering relationship patterns, and understanding family dynamics during daily activities through coaching and reflection.

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Individual or group interprofessional mentoring as well as clinical and research consultation with an emphasis on developmental theory, infant mental health, and reflective practice.


With the Collaborative™ team at varied locations focused on reflective processing and dynamic case formulation.


Individualized content based on specific needs of requesting facility (e.g., school, clinic, or organization).


About Us.

Over the course of twenty years working with families developmentally, an interdisciplinary synchrony emerged that allowed the creation of the Collaborative Approach™. For the past ten years, our Collaborative™ team has refined a methodology that centers upon family intervention within the family’s preferred context, with two or more providers simultaneously.

Lorraine Ehlers-Flint, PhD
Developmental and Clinical Psychologist

30+ years of clinical experience
Core Faculty at Fielding Graduate University, Infant and Early Childhood Development PhD Program
Expert Training Leader DIRFloortime®, International Council on Development and Learning (ICDL)
Treating Trauma Master Series Certificate, NICABM
MA in Developmental Psychology, Columbia University Teachers College
PhD in Clinical Psychology, Child and Family Studies, California School of Professional Psychology

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We’d love to hear about your child and your family.