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When you choose a therapist for your child, it's important to find someone that you and your child trust and feel at ease with. This can take some time.
If you can, ask to talk to the therapist or counsellor before you choose. Here are some tips to keep in mind when you prepare for that talk or when you search online for details about the counsellor or therapist.
Ask how many children they have worked with on this type of issue.
Find out what treatment methods they use. Do they use treatment methods that are supported by science such as cognitive or behavioural therapy? You can also ask about their thoughts on medication.
This will help you see how the sessions will fit into your child's life.
And ask how much they'll share with you about what they discuss with your child.
If your child goes to a therapist and it doesn't feel right to them, don't give up on the idea of counselling. Sometimes a different counsellor will fit your child's personality better. Try again with someone new.
Current as of: July 26, 2021
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review:Andrew Littlefield PhD - Psychology, Behavioral Health & Donald Sproule MDCM, CCFP - Family Medicine
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