What is Feelings School?

Feelings School is an 8-12 week, psychotherapy program for children and their caregivers. Feelings school includes a course of treatment individually tailored to your child’s needs.

When you begin to work with us, we will first gather information about your child, your family, and the presenting issue. If you choose, we can administer an assessment instrument (questionnaire that you complete about your child) to target areas of difficulty. We then use all of the information you provided us to tailor the course of treatment to assist your child in building specific skills to help improve emotional literacy, frustration tolerance, anxiety management, social skills, and inter-personal communication. Every week, the therapist will meet alone with the child to focus on a different skill. At the end of many of the sessions, the child and caregiver will share what was learned that week and you will practice the skill together throughout the week.

At the end of the program, we will assess whether you feel the goals have been met and will either move to the completion session or schedule further sessions to address remaining issues. Whenever children complete the course of treatment, they receive a Certificate of Completion. In some cases, as children grow and approach new developmental milestones, they may encounter new difficulties. In these cases, we encourage you to return for “booster” sessions.

FEELINGS SCHOOL PHILOSOPHY

We believe that children can best learn about themselves and practice new ways of being in the context of their families.

We believe that most issues children struggle with can be addressed in a short-term model so that your child can get back to playing soccer/violin after school.

We believe that you, as a parent, are the sun and moon of your child’s life.

We believe that you are the agent of change.  Feelings School helps parents become their own family therapists!

Your work with us is just the beginning of a new way of approaching and understanding feelings. We will provide you with  a space to connect and communicate, to explore your relationship, to learn new techniques to address  old problems, and new ways to grow together as a family.

ISSUES ADDRESSED IN FEELINGS SCHOOL

ADHD

Affect Regulation

Aggression

Anxiety (Worries)

Anger

Attachment Issues

Disruptive Behavior

Grief

Low Self-Esteem

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Opposition and Defiance

Sadness

School Refusal

Separation Anxiety

Sibling Rivalry

Sleep Issues

Social Issues