Child and Parent Sessions

Child Sessions

Although the name Feelings School may connote a group setting, it is, in fact, individual psychotherapy.  Your child will meet weekly for 30-35 minutes with the therapist.  A parent or caregiver joins the session for the remaining time to talk about the skill that was focused on that day. Your child will connect, engage and learn about feelings through art, play, talk, writing, or drama. We suggest following the 8-12 week BE A STAR curriculum which will give your child the opportunity to:

  • Become aware of the intensity of emotions and learn how to modulate them
  • Develop insight around Self-States
  • Acquire mindfulness/grounding skills
  • Increase emotional vocabulary and communication
  • Track homework and skills learned through the use of a “Passport” journal
  • Understand the connection between feelings, thoughts and behaviors
  • Try out new ways of thinking/behaving
  • Participate in positive reward systems
  • Write a narrative to consolidate knowledge about identity, family, and emotions
  • Share the narrative with family members
  • Celebrate gains made with a party at the end!

Parent Sessions

Throughout the course of Feelings School, parents have the opportunity to go through the CALM parental guidance curriculum. Over 4 parent sessions which can be in person or via Telehealth, you will be able to reflect on the past week, identify any concerns and strategize with the therapist about how best to help your child achieve his/her goals.  You will have an opportunity to:

  • Identify environmental factors that contribute to child and family distress
  • Understand your child’s unique temperament, strengths, and areas of difficulty
  • Identify your parenting philosophy
  • Explore your current parenting strategies–what’s working and what’s not
  • Set goals for your child, self and family
  • Identify your own triggers and how to manage them
  • Improve communication with your partner around parenting
  • Develop strategies for managing challenging behaviors
  • Implement new systems to positively reward your child’s progress
  • Learn how to incorporate mindfulness practices into your home
  • Re-connect with your child in a playful way
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