Groups Offered at Us Therapy

1. Tuning into Kids: Emotionally Intelligent Parenting

Dounia Crivelli, Psychologist at Us Therapy

Facilitators : Dounia Crivelli; Associate Psychologist and Maheen Hamid;
Counsellor and Parenting Coach

What it is:
At times, all parents feel lost or without a clue about what our child might need from us. Imagine what it might feel like if you were able to make sense of what your child was really asking from you. This is what Tuning into kids is all about! It is a six session parenting program for parents of children aged zero to 12 years old.

Learning Objectives:
You will learn how to: UNDERSTAND your child’s emotional world by learning to read emotional needs SUPPORT your child’s ability to  successfully manage emotions ENHANCE the development of your child’s self-esteem. EXPLORE how your experience of being parented impacts how you care for your child, and UNDERSTAND why sometimes your child’s behaviours cause strong reactions in you REPAIR relationship ruptures.

When parents focus on helping their child learn about emotions, the child is more likely to have higher emotional intelligence. In this parenting program we will teach parents what to do to help these skills develop.

Children with greater emotional intelligence have been shown to:
have greater success with making friendships and be more able tomanage conflict with peers
have better concentration, which means they are more likely to besuccessful academically
be more able to self soothe when upset or angry
tend to have fewer childhood illnesses
have more stable and satisfying relationships as adults; and
have greater career success … emotional intelligence may be a better predictor of academic and career success than IQ!

2. Social Skills Group Age 7-9

Facilitator: Dounia Crivelli; Associate Psychologist

About the Programme:
Aims to help students to develop awareness of their behaviours and learn strategies to help them develop better self-regulation across a range of these behaviours. Lessons are designed to show that kids have the superpowers to manage Unthinkables like Rock Brain, who makes people get stuck on their own ideas. The group will introduce 13 unthinkables, their sneaky imaginary powers, and strategies to keep the team of unthinkables at bay.

Programme Structure:
6 sessions A total fee of $500 (payment of $250 is made twice at the first of the month) for the 6 sessions lasting 60 minutes.

We want you if: Your child is 7-9 years old Presenting with socio-emotional issues such as friendship problems and difficulties managing emotions such as anger and worry.

How will this help your child?
Superflex and the Team of Unthinkables help students understand and become more aware of their own thinking and behaviours. The different Unthinkables help them zoom in on what challenge they may be facing in the moment and the strategies help them learn to overcome that Unthinkable’s powers.

3. Social Thinking and Skills Group for Adolescents

Facilitator: Dounia Crivelli; Associate Psychologist

About the Programme:
We all want our children to have personal problem solving, personal advocacy, and social relatedness skills. These are fundamental in lasting friendships and essential for working successfully with others. This program is created for these young people to explore sharing space with others, thinking about others in the shared environment, and learning to regulate one’s own behaviour to other people’s thoughts or expectations. 

We want you if:
Your child is 13-17 years old
Social thinking can affect the young person’s:

  • Social skills
  • Perspective taking
  • Self-awareness
  • Self-regulation
  • Critical thinking
  • Social problem solving
  • Play skills
  • Reading comprehension
  • Written expression
  • Ability to learn and work in a group Organizational skills
  • Etc.

Programme Structure:
The curriculum is divided into different sections. These include sections such as “Self-awareness and self-monitoring our behaviour in a group” or “how our languages can make others have different thoughts and feelings”.

These sections and lessons will all be useful for the young person to understand social thinking and consequently gain some valuable social skills.