Beginning Wednesday, February 22nd, we’ll be hosting a weekly filial therapy group at our center, just south of Denver in Centennial. The first session is absolutely free, with no obligation to continue. To reserve your space or learn more, call our office at (720)222-0550.
Strengthen Your Parent-Child Bond With Filial Therapy
Have you ever wished you had some of the same tools as a therapist to work with your child? Filial therapy is exactly that – a unique modality which incorporates you as a parent or other caregiver as an in-home therapeutic agent for your child. As a result, Filial therapy strengthens the bond between child and caregiver. It can also help children work through specific issues they’re experiencing. Filial therapy is highly effective due to the trusting relationship already developed between caregiver and child.
What Is Filial Therapy?
Unlike traditional therapy where a child is brought to a professional therapy environment, filial therapy takes place in the home and is led by a parent or other caregiver. If that sounds a little daunting, don’t worry – the skills needed for filial therapy are easy to learn. You also don’t need to become a full-time hybrid of parent and therapist. Filial therapy sessions take place in the home just once a week, and you can enjoy very positive results with even a small number of sessions.
“Filial therapy is highly effective due to the trusting relationship already developed between caregiver and child.”
Filial therapy is a variation of play therapy, which employs toys and other playful activities to help your child work through any issues they might be experiencing. Play therapy also fosters the development of life skills like coping and communication. Filial therapy adds you as a parent or other caregiver to the equation, creating an important additional benefit – enhancing the relationship between you and your child.
During filial therapy training, a professional child therapist works with you in our office to provide guidance and teach basic principles of play therapy. We also cover reflective listening, setting limits, acknowledging your child’s feelings, and how to improve the self-esteem of your child – all using specially selected toys in a structured weekly setting. You’ll also learn how to interact without judgment, using understanding and acceptance to further your relationship with your child. You can learn filial therapy privately, or in a group session with other parents and caregivers.
Lastly, we often suggest an initial run of 10 in-home filial sessions with your child, but often times sessions continue as both children and parents love the special one-on-one time with each other. Some parents also start sessions with other children in the household, which we encourage whenever appropriate.
Is Filial Therapy Right For Your Child?
Filial therapy is well-suited for mild issues and behaviors, and as well as improving overall family dynamics. Here are just some of the issues filial therapy can be helpful with:
- Behavioral Issues
- Parent/Teen Relationships
- Social Skills & Communication
- Low Self-Esteem
- Difficulty At School
Learn Filial Therapy In 10 Weekly 2-Hour Group Sessions
Working in a supportive atmosphere with other caregivers, you’ll gain all the skills and practice you need to perform filial therapy at home with your child. Click here to download a PDF about the group, or read below for more information.
Group Filial Therapy At Ballen Medical & Wellness
- When: Wednesdays 6pm-8pm
- First session: February 22, 2017
- Duration: 10 weeks
- Who: Parents of children ages 3 to 12 years old. Both couples and individual parents/caregivers welcome.
- Cost: $50 per weekly session for individuals/$75 per couples. First session free – no obligation to continue.
- Space limited to 10 individuals
What Can You Expect Each Week?
- Week 1: Introduction of participants and their struggles, overview of process, and education of reflective responding and identifying and reflecting feelings.
- Week 2: We’ll review basic principles, goals, and guidelines for parents when engaged in a play session with their child. This week also includes toy lists, demonstrations, education, and role-play.
- Week 3: We’ll start the parent-child at-home sessions including supporting materials, skills, role-play practice, and demonstration.
- Week 4: Video reviews, constructive feedback, and the introduction and practice of limit-setting skills.
- Week 5: Support and encouragement through peer review, as well as continued role-play practice.
- Weeks 6 to 9: Discussion regarding positives and struggles of play sessions and behavioral challenges at home. Continuation of education and practice of parenting skills as well as skills implemented during in-home sessions including: limit-setting, self-esteem building, encouragement versus praise, and implementing skills outside of in-home sessions.
- Week 10: Evaluation and closure.
How To Enroll
Space is limited to 10 individuals, so call us today at (720)222-0550 to schedule a complimentary phone consultation and learn more. We’ll make sure filial therapy is a great fit with your family’s goals and challenges, and go over everything you need to enroll.
About Your Instructor
Carol Wegmann, MS, LPCC, is an adult, couples, adolescent & child therapist with a focus on play therapy and mindfulness. She received her Masters of Science in Human Services with a specialization in Mental Health Counseling and a graduate degree in Play Therapy from Capella University. Carol loves helping individuals of all ages learn and grow in an environment of safety and acceptance.
About Ballen Medical & Wellness
Ballen Medical & Wellness offers the Denver, Colorado area an integrative approach to mental health and emotional well-being. We offer individual, couples, and family therapy, treating children, adolescents and adults alike. In addition to therapy, we offer traditional psychiatry and medication management as well as more holistic alternatives such as IV infusion therapy, massage therapy and reiki.
Guided by our founder, integrative psychiatrist Beth Ballen, MD, we specialize in treating a range of disorders including depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, bipolar mood disorder, addiction, phobias, and OCD among others. Most importantly, we offer a warm and nurturing environment where true healing can take place. Whether you and your loved ones are in crisis, dealing with adjustment and stress, divorce or separation, grief and loss, or parenting issues, we are here for you.
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