If you've made the decision that your child could benefit from working with a therapist, how do you go about finding one? It can be harder than you'd think.
First of all, there is a national shortage of child therapists, unfortunately. The pandemic has exacerbated that, as some therapists who previously worked with children moved to seeing clients virtually and weren't comfortable doing so with kids. Second, the pandemic created a bigger demand in the need for child providers, as referrals increased in both quantity and intensity. Here is a step-by-step guide to finding someone:
Does My Child Need A Therapist?
Do you ever wonder if your child needs to talk to a therapist? Some parents want their child to have an existing relationship with a therapist so that if something difficult comes up they're already comfortable with talking with someone. Others want to seek someone out for a specific issue that they hope to get resolved. How do you determine when to seek out additional support? These three questions can help you decide.
Leigh Ellen has been a child therapist for the past 15 years and is now sharing lots of fun and helpful ideas for parents here.