Child and Parent Sessions

Child Sessions

Your child will meet weekly for either 30 mins or 45 minutes with the therapist.  Your child will connect, engage and learn about feelings through art, play, talk, writing, or drama.  Through these sessions, your child will have 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, there will be about 4 parent sessions.  In these sessions, 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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