We know that looking for a counselor for your child can be incredibly overwhelming. And there is a whole world of information out there… But what exactly should you take into consideration? We want to help you sort it all out. Whether you come see us or go see a counselor at another office – the most important thing is that you find a great fit.
Sometimes it can feel like just finding a counselor who answers the phone (or calls you back) and doesn’t have a waitlist is the one you have to take. Please know that’s not the case.
Finding the right children’s counselor is essential for providing the best support and care for your child’s mental and emotional well-being. Here are some questions to ask when looking for a children’s counselor:
Qualifications, Credentials, Experience
- What is your educational background and professional training in counseling children of ____ years old (insert your child’s age).
- Are you licensed to practice as a counselor for children in this state?
- Do you have additional training in working with children who have concerns like ours?
- Do you have experience working with children of my child’s age and with similar concerns?
- Are you open to collaborating with other professionals, such as teachers, pediatricians, or school counselors, to support the child’s needs?
- What specific issues or challenges do you have experience addressing in children?
- Can you provide references from previous clients or parents of children you have worked with?
- What therapeutic approaches or techniques do you use with children?
- How do you tailor your approach to a child’s developmental stage?
- What is your approach to privacy and confidentiality between children and parents?
- How will you keep me/us informed about our child’s progress?
- How often will we receive communication from you?
- How can we get information to you about things going on at home / school?
- How long are the typical sessions for children?
Assessment, Evaluation, Treatment
- How will you assess our child’s emotional and psychological needs?
- Will you involve parents or caregivers in the assessment and treatment process?
- What is the role of parents in the counseling process?
- Are the opportunities for parent guidance and support?
- How will progress be measured? What is the timeline for achieving goals?
- What is your protocol for handling crisis situations or emergencies involving the child?
- How can parents reach you in case of an urgent situation?
As a parent, please know that your role in selecting and working with your child’s therapist is incredibly important. We welcome all these questions and are always thankful to get them.
*TRUST YOUR GUT*
If someone doesn’t make you feel comfortable, keep looking! You need to feel comfortable with the person you bring your kids to. If you don’t feel comfortable with them, you won’t reach out when something isn’t going right, or when you have a question. As therapists, we want to have a great working relationship with you so that we can do excellent work and help you and your kiddo get back to normal as soon as possible.
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