Filial Therapy Training for Parents
Atlanta, GA 30317
Testimonials from our Parents:
Understanding how to play with children is not a talent that we are all blessed with. My parents usually expected my sisters and me to play with each other. My mother's and father's interaction with us included visiting the zoo, museums, amusement parks, the pool, or historical sites, etc. They provided plenty of toys, but they never "played" with us. I can see now that playing with my own child is an important part of child development. I really didn't know that I needed to be more than a loving educator. The self-esteem, self-reliance, self-control, and independence that my child is learning through Filial Therapy are priceless, and I am lucky to have taken the Filial Therapy class with Carrie Heller. It has enriched our lives tremendously. -- Client Mom
My 14 year old daughter was diagnosed with ADD in second grade and Aspergers the summer after fifth grade. She really struggled with self-advocating skills, she lacked emotional control (both physically and verbally) and had low self-esteem. I turned over a lot of "stones" on the journey to find help. I was desperate to find something that would help her without requiring her to intentionally change or another medication or another evaluation.
Carrie's Filial Therapy class was a life changer! I was able to learn how to change the way I approached issues and how to spend time with her that made our relationship more positive, much stronger and more loving. Learning how to track and empathize taught her that she was understood. I helped put words to her feelings. She realized that I was listening to her and that others will listen to her. This helped her ability to self advocate. Learning to encourage versus praise taught her to be more confident and self-reliant. Carrie taught me how to set limits and avoid power struggles and this helped everyone feel more in control - focusing on behaviors and feelings made the communication more neutral and less personal. The real treat is what "special time" did for both us. She loved being the center of attention in a non-judgmental way - she loved it that I was just present with her and connected - I wasn't helping or correcting or advising or nagging! What a relief for me too!
Outbursts of some sort, used to be daily (at least). We only experience them now maybe one or two times a month and it's much more mild. My daughter is much more loving now and she can calmly explain her issues and respectfully disagree. I was skeptical about whether or not my daughter would benefit from Filial Therapy but I am a believer that a parent of a child of any age would benefit. The greatest thing is just having a greater awareness of our own feelings and ability to communicate with others. I'm still learning and have lots of skills to improve but I know my whole family is benefitting from what I learned from Carrie in FT.
Carrie, I can't thank you enough for the time and the tutoring. You have made such a positive change in our lives! -Client mom