• Kait Towner, LMHC, RPT, CCPT, IMH-E

How to tell your child that they're going to a therapist

One question that comes up all the time when I am working with families is how to communicate to their child that they are going to see a therapist. Young children in particular may not even know what a therapist is! So how do you go about telling your young child that they are going to see a therapist without making your child feel shame or guilt? Today's post will discuss just that!

Be Honest

It's important to be honest to your child about why they're going to therapy. Are they having trouble in school or friendships? Did your family go through a difficult event? Are they having more tantrums than usual? Being direct with your child about the reason they are going to therapy can avoid confusion from all sides.

Frame it Correctly

Child therapy (particularly therapy with young children) includes a large parenting component. It can be a huge buy in for children to know that their parents are going to be doing some work in therapy as well and will be there to support them every step of the way.

Explain What a Therapist Is

Some children don't know what a therapist is or may even confuse a behavioral therapist with a speech therapist, occupational therapist, or doctor. Clarifying what a psychotherapist is for children will make the process much easier for everyone!

So how do you put this all together?

Next week we're going to see a therapist together. A therapist is a person that helps kids and families with big feelings. You know how you can get really angry sometimes? The therapist will teach you, mommy, and daddy how to help each other not be so angry. To work on these feelings, the therapist has some really cool toys and games that we'll play with, activities that we will do, and books that we will read. Do you have any questions about this?

Are you looking for a therapist for your child and family in Rochester, New York? Contact me today at (585) 206-1506 to schedule a consult!

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