Early Connections Institute (ECI) is a specialized program aimed at promoting early relationships and mental health for women, infants and young children. ECI offers therapeutic services for individuals of all ages with a specialization working with pregnant mothers, mothers with children ages birth to 7 years and families of all ages. This innovative program incorporates a variety of treatment modalities informed by infant mental health principles, attachment theory and developmental psychology. These relationship based practices are intended to promote optimal growth and development for young children by working on enhancing family relationships as a whole. ECI combines several modalities and has a wide array of flexible treatment options designed to grow with individuals and families which include individual therapy, parent-child therapy, family therapy, play therapy and group therapy to name a few.
Monica Laming is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a dual master’s degree in Social Work and Public Health from the University of Michigan. Monica has a background of working clinically with young children and their families utilizing a relational and attachment framework. After working both clinically within the field and publishing research on Infant Mental Health interventions, Monica became endorsed as an Infant Mental Health Specialist and received specialized training in treatment of perinatal mood disorders and play therapy interventions. Monica has been using her unique scope of practice to support women and young families in the Livingston County area. In 2018 Monica opened up the ECI program in hopes of creating an innovative mental health treatment program specifically designed to support the unique challenges and difficulties facing women, children and young families. In addition to working with families, ECI also works to support local clinicians in the community as Monica has a prominent role in providing supervision and guidance to clinicians with an interest in Infant Mental Health and maternal mental health fields.