Finding a counselor for your child can be a very daunting task. It can feel very risky because your child’s well-being is at stake. We have gathered ten questions to ask possible counselors in order to get a full picture.
- Is the therapist licensed to practice in your state? (You can check with the state board, or check if the license is displayed in the office.)
- What are his/her credentials?
- Is he/she a psychologist, a psychiatrist, or a social worker?
- What is the therapist’s approach to treatment (i.e., theoretical orientation)?
- How long has the therapist worked with children and adolescents?
- Would your child find the therapist friendly?
- What is the cancellation policy if you’re unable to keep an appointment?
- Is the therapist available by phone during an emergency?
- Is the therapist willing to meet with you in addition to working with your child?
- Is the therapist covered by your health insurance plan’s mental health benefits? If so, how many sessions are covered by your plan? What will your co-pay be?
If you cannot find the correct fit right away, don’t get discouraged. Feel free to ask your child’s healthcare provider, other parents, or your child’s teacher for suggestions. Remember to be on-guard if someone claims to have a “cure.” Ask how many people have been treated and do your own research. All in all, be patient and careful. The counselor your child needs is out there!
At New Transitions, we are committed to being the counselor you need. Many parents feel that only the very best will do when it comes to their children, and we agree. Contact us today.