If your child’s anxiety is severe, persists, and interferes with their everyday life, they can benefit from seeing a therapist specializing in anxiety. When hiring a therapist for your child, you need to be sure that the professional is a good fit. Here are some ways to find a good child psychologist near you for anxiety.
Talk to a trusted friend or family member if they have recently hired a therapist. Ask them to describe their experience of working with the professional. Enquire whether the professional schedules sessions with parents. Ask whether the therapist accepts insurance and, if so, what insurances they accept.
Talk to Your Child’s Guidance Counselor
Ask your child’s counselor at school whether they keep a list of therapists (most counselors do). Only consult therapists with extensive experience of working with children. An experienced school counselor should be able to provide you the contact details of reliable referrals with a proven track record.
Attend Parenting Workshops or Lectures
Attend parenting workshops and lectures organized by schools, therapy institutes, parenting organizations, and youth centers in your area. Listen to therapists discussing their work and explaining the therapeutic process to help you form an idea of the type of professional and treatment that would benefit your child.
You will benefit greatly from the questions other parents attending the lecture ask. If you like a therapist’s presentation, contact them for consultation.
Choosing the Right Therapist for Your Child
Ask the Right Questions
Before making an appointment with a therapist, ask them the following questions:
- How frequently do you meet parents?
- Can you provide references?
- What are your specializations?
- Would you work with my child’s counselor or teacher or at least be in contact with them?
- How long do your young patients usually stay in therapy with you?
- What’s your background? How much experience do you have working with children?
Prepare for the Consultation
Before you set up a consultation with your preferred therapist, prepare a list of concerns you have about your child. The more information you can provide about your child, the better. Compile education evaluations and classroom reports in a file. Think about important events such as the first time your child showed symptoms of anxiety or learning difficulties (whatever the problem may be). All of this information will be valuable in helping your therapist find the root cause of your child’s anxiety and begin the path towards healing.
Be prepared to answer important questions, such as – are these struggles recent? Is your family going through hard times?
Interview At least Three Therapists
You have your child’s best interests at heart and may want to get a therapist on board as soon as possible; however, don’t make hasty decisions. Interview at least three therapists to get a good sense of how different professionals operate. Understand their working style and then decide the best fit for your child.
OCD & Anxiety Center is a team of qualified and highly-skilled therapists. We go the extra mile to help our patients, especially children. We are committed to bringing positive changes to the lives of children struggling with anxiety and other disorders. To schedule a consultation with one of our experts, call (630) 522-3124.