About feelings, about what they look and feel like, about what they make us think and do and why. To listen to them, cherish them, and celebrate them. To gauge the intensity of feelings and to modulate them—bring them down when they are too strong and up with they are too quiet. To express feelings in ways they can be understood by others.
With your child during therapy sessions and throughout the week. The relationship you have with your child is the fundamental building block of the work and therefore this is a critical component of Feelings School. An integral part of the treatment is the parenting component. In individual sessions with the therapist and in conjoint work at the end of the child’s session, you will have your finger on the pulse of what your child is learning and will be guided in supporting them around the theme of the week. Together, you and your child set an intention to practice the skills learned and to continue to explore the world of feelings at home.
In the week between sessions, you will practice new skills and explore the following: you and your child’s identity and social location, contributing factors to your child’s current state, your relationship with your child, the dynamic in your home, new ways of helping yourself and your child find calm amidst big feelings, new language to use to talk about and with your child.
Your child will attain a sense of mastery and pride in understanding feelings and how to manage them. As a parent, you will create a “family manifesto” about your hopes for your child, how you want to raise them and the parent you want to be. This will provide a touchstone through the ups and downs of childhood into the teenage years and beyond.