Childhood is a time of running, jumping, and exploring the world! Naturally, children seem to have endless stores of energy and would much rather run around than sit and pay attention to something. But where is the line drawn between a kid being a kid and a child who has ADHD? Keep reading to find out.
What to Look for in a Child Therapist
You’ve decided to seek out therapy for your child. As a loving parent, you want to feel comfortable with the therapist you choose, knowing that your child is in good hands. What are some things you should look for when finding a therapist for your child?
Things to Look for in a Child Therapist:
When looking for a therapist for your child, it is always good to find out the therapists specialty--both in age range and issues they work with most frequently. Finding someone who specializes in working with children similar in age and concern to your child is an important first step.
Finding a therapist who is not only well-versed, but also compassionate about the work they do is vital. Does the therapist seem interested in the work they do? Is working with children something they are passionate about?
3. Fun spirit
Kids are kids! Therapy with children shouldn’t be like pulling teeth. While work has to be done, more progress can be made when your child is able to have fun in the process.
You want to make sure that both you and your child are comfortable with the therapist you choose. Take your time in your search. If you need help getting started with finding a child therapist, check out this blog here. It is very important for you to feel comfortable with your child going to see them, and for your child to feel comfortable going to sessions!
These are just a few things to look for when choosing a therapist who is right for your child. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to our practice to get connected today!
How to Find a Therapist for Your Child
The search is on to find a therapist for your child. The only problem--you have no idea where to start. Deciding to look for a therapist for your child is one thing, but actually going through the process of finding a therapist is a whole other process. Where do you start and what things should you ask about?
Here are some tips for finding the right therapist for your child:
1. Do a quick search
If you don’t have anyone in mind, either Google search for a child therapist in your area, or head over to Psychology Today. This will let you look into several clinicians in your area and get a bit of background on them.
2. Find out their area of specialty
Reach out to the clinician or practice to get more information about their area of specialty and if they have a certain age range that they work with most often. Many therapists have an age-range that they specialize in (children, teens, young adults, etc.), which is good information to know! Also check out what mental concerns they specialize in. Finding someone who is knowledgeable with both the age group of your child and the issues they are experiencing is the first step toward finding a good match.
3. Chat with them
Many therapists offer free phone consultations. Here at our practice, all of our clinicians offer free 15 minute phone consultations. If you are still unsure about whether a certain therapist is a good fit, take advantage of the phone consultation. Having a quick chat is a great way to get a better understanding of the therapist’s style and whether they will be a good fit for what your child needs.
4. See how their process works
Ask the client liaison or clinician about how sessions work. Does the clinician see parents in a session prior to seeing the child? Are sessions combined? Does the clinician see the child only without the parents? Chat about the options and figure out what you and your child are most comfortable with. If you have any questions or concerns, just ask.
5. Get extra information
Finding someone who connects with your child is the first priority. However, don’t forget to ask about the other information as well. Get an idea of availability, price range, location of their office, and session times. Consistency is key for success in therapy, so make sure that whoever you schedule for your child is someone that you will be able to continue seeing on a regular basis.
Those are some basic tips to help you through the process of finding a therapist for your child. We know that the process can feel overwhelming at times. If you are ever looking for more information or have any questions, feel free to reach out to us and get connected to our client liaison!
Exposed: Myths About Therapists
When you close your eyes and think of the word “therapist,” what kind of image comes to mind? Maybe a therapist you know in your life. Or maybe the stereotypical white-bearded, Freud-esque person. No matter who you thought of, all of us hold our own ideas about who therapists are and what they are like.
Here are common myths about therapists:
Many may think of therapists as having the power to read your mind and know everything about you. This, however, is untrue. Your therapist only knows as much as you tell them. While there may be some extra bits and pieces they pick up on, they aren’t able to dive into your brain and pull out all of your thoughts and experiences.
Another common myth about therapists is that they are constantly analyzing everyone all the time. You’ll hear people say, “Oh you’re a therapist? Don’t analyze me!” Therapists generally do take note of their clients’ non-verbal signs to get a better picture of what is going on and how they are doing. However, they use these signs as only a small piece of their information and do not analyze every single person they come across in day-to-day life.
3. Picture Perfect
When people think of therapists, they may think that they are just the perfect person. They never get stressed, they never struggle, they never mess-up. The truth? Therapists are people just like you. And just like all people, therapists are not perfect.
4. Carbon Copies
Have you gone to one therapist who wasn’t a good fit and you found yourself thinking, “Therapists don’t help, they’re useless!” If this sounds familiar, you’re probably feeling like all therapists are going to be just like the one that you didn’t have a good experience with. However, stop and think for a second about people. Some you like, some you don’t, right? Like all people are different in their own ways, so are therapists. A key part of getting something meaningful out of therapy is to find a therapist that you connect with and feel comfortable talking to.
When thinking about starting therapy, have you ever hesitated because you thought, “Are they really going to keep my secrets or are they going to tell everyone?” You’re not alone in having this concern and we can assure you, your information is safe with your therapist. All therapists are bound by confidentiality, which basically means all of your conversations and information are kept private. There are few times when that confidentiality must be broken, which will be outlines in a future blog and will be covered explicitly by your therapist. So fear not, therapists keep your secrets sealed!
Have you had any of these thoughts regarding therapists? It’s totally normal to have some questions and concerns about your therapist when starting therapy. If any of these questions come up, please feel free to talk openly with your therapist about them so you can work together to help you feel more comfortable. Like this blog, check out our other blog on myths about therapy!