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  • Kait Towner, LMHC, RPT, CCPT, IMH-E

How to Pick a Therapist For Your Child

Choosing a therapist for your child can be intimidating. You will find therapists galore when searching through google or psychology today! So how do you find someone that is just right for you and your family? Today’s post discusses how to navigate finding a therapist that will be a good fit for you and your family.


USE YOUR NETWORK

Word of mouth is one of the best ways to get information. Talk to someone that you know and trust, such as family, friends, your child’s school staff, or your child’s pediatrician. You may be surprised how many kids have seen a child therapist.


FIND A SPECIALIST

Not everyone is a “kid person.” This goes for therapists as well! Look for a provider that solely works with children. There are many mental health providers that say they work with everyone, but that doesn’t mean they specialize in child therapy. From a therapeutic perspective, working with a toddler with anxiety versus a teen with anxiety is very different! As the saying goes, “jack of all trades, master of none.” You and your family deserve to work with a child therapist that is an expert in exactly what you and your family are experiencing.


CONNECT WITH POTENTIAL THERAPISTS

Many child therapists provide an opportunity for the parent/caregiver to have a phone call or session with them prior to meeting with your child. This gives you and the child therapist the freedom to ask questions, without worrying about how this would affect your child. Ask yourself if the child therapist is warm and engaging. If you are not connecting with the child therapist, chances are your child won’t either. Child therapists are human and just like people in the real world – you will connect with some and not with others.


These strategies will put you on the right track to finding a child therapist that is a good fit for you and your family! Think that I may be the therapist for you and your family to work with? Contact me at (585) 206-1506 or kaittownerlmhc@gmail.com to schedule a FREE 15 minute phone consultation!