FAQ's for parents - preparing your child for therapy

1. What is counselling and psychotherapy?

Counselling and psychotherapy are types of therapy that help individuals explore their thoughts, feelings, and behaviours in a safe and supportive environment. I work with clients to address various challenges, develop coping strategies, and foster personal growth.

2. Why might my child need therapy?

Children may benefit from therapy for various reasons, such as coping with stress, anxiety, depression, trauma, family issues, academic challenges, or behavioural difficulties. Therapy can provide a supportive space for children to express themselves and develop skills to navigate life's challenges.

3. How do I know if my child needs therapy?

It's essential to observe changes in your child's behaviour, mood, or academic performance. Signs that your child may benefit from therapy include persistent sadness, excessive worry, difficulty coping with transitions, social withdrawal, changes in appetite or sleep patterns, or sudden changes in behaviour.

4. How can I talk to my child about starting therapy?

Approach the conversation with empathy and openness. Explain to your child that therapy is a safe space to talk about feelings and challenges. Assure them that seeking help is a positive step towards feeling better and overcoming difficulties. Answer any questions they may have honestly and age-appropriately.

5. Will I be involved in my child's therapy?

Yes, parental involvement is often an essential part of therapy, especially for children. Depending on your child's age and needs, I may meet with you regularly to provide updates, discuss treatment goals, and offer guidance on supporting your child's progress outside of sessions.

6. What can my child expect during therapy sessions?

Therapy sessions are tailored to meet your child's unique needs and may include various activities such as talking, drawing, playing, or engaging in therapeutic exercises. I will create a safe and non-judgmental environment where your child can express themselves freely.

7. How long will therapy last?

The duration of therapy depends on your child's specific concerns, progress, and goals. Some children may only need short-term therapy to address specific issues, while others may benefit from longer-term support. I will work with you to determine the most appropriate treatment plan.

8. Is therapy confidential?

Confidentiality is crucial in therapy and it is paramount that your child can trust me and the therapeutic relationship.  However, I am mandated to break confidentiality if there are concerns about the child's safety or the safety of others. I will discuss confidentiality and its limits with both you and your child during the initial sessions.

9. How can I support my child during therapy?

Encourage open communication and validate your child's feelings. Be patient and supportive of their progress, and try to implement any strategies or recommendations provided by me at home. Additionally, prioritise self-care for yourself to better support your child's journey.

10. What if my child is resistant to therapy?

It's normal for children to feel apprehensive about starting therapy. Listen to their concerns and try to address any fears or misconceptions they may have. Encourage them to give therapy a chance and reassure them that the therapist is there to help them feel better.

I hope these FAQs provide you with valuable information as you prepare your child for therapy. If you have any additional questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to reach out to me. Your child's well-being is my top priority, and I am here to support you every step of the way.

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