How do You Tell Your Kid They need Therapy?

Some questions we often hear from parents whose children are beginning therapy with us are, “How do I tell my kid that they are coming to therapy?” and “How do I explain therapy to my child?” In today’s blog, we will be breaking down these questions and how to approach these conversations with both younger children and older children. Our hope is that you walk away from this blog feeling educated and empowered to discuss therapy services with your child!

Talking to Young kids about Therapy

Telling younger kids about play therapy can be approached with care and honesty, focusing on reassuring them and providing clear explanations in a language they understand. It’s essential to frame it positively, emphasizing things such such as getting to meet with a special safe person, learning new skills, and BONUS….. TOYS! Just like you, they may be nervous to meet a new person in a new place. Reassure them that it’s okay to feel all sorts of emotions, and going to play therapy is a brave and important step towards feeling better. Encouraging questions and listening attentively to their concerns can also help ease any apprehensions they may have.

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Talking to Older Kids about Therapy

When broaching the topic of therapy with older children, it’s essential to approach the conversation with sensitivity, honesty, and respect for their autonomy. Begin by creating a safe and private space for the discussion, allowing the child to express their thoughts and feelings openly. Start by normalizing the idea of therapy, emphasizing that it’s a positive step towards addressing challenges and improving emotional well-being. Be honest about the reasons for considering therapy, whether it’s to cope with stress, manage emotions, or navigate difficult life transitions. Provide reassurance that therapy is a collaborative process where they can explore their thoughts and feelings in a supportive environment. Encourage questions and active participation in the decision-making process, respecting their preferences and concerns. Emphasize that therapy is a tool for personal growth and self-discovery, and reassure them that seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness. Lastly, highlight the confidentiality of therapy, assuring them that their privacy will be respected. By approaching the conversation with empathy and openness, parents can help older children feel empowered and supported as they embark on their therapeutic journey.

Beginning Child Therapy at Brittani persha Counseling in Houston, TX

Brittani Persha Counseling specializes in working with kids ages 2-12 and their families! We would love to join you and your family on your journey to wellness. If you are interested in learning more about our child counseling services, schedule a free 20-minute phone consultation today to speak directly with our Client Relations Specialist or give us a call at 713-364-8645. Our goal as a Houston, TX, child therapy clinic is to determine if BPC is the right fit for your family. We look forward to hearing from you!

Featured Child Therapist at Brittani Persha Counseling

Victoria McCann, LPC-A is an expert child therapist at Brittani Persha Counseling in Houston, TX. Victoria works with children, teens, and adults. She specializes in working with with clients coping with depression, anxietyADHD, life transitions, relationship distress, family conflict, low self-esteem, identity issues, immigration and assimilation-related stress, and neurodivergence. If you’re interested in scheduling an appointment with Victoria, please give us a call at 713-364-8645 or use the link below to schedule.

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