Do My Children Need A Child Therapist?

Updated November 25, 2022 by BetterHelp Editorial Team

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Are you and your partner struggling in your relationship? Do you and your child seem to fight constantly? Does your child constantly seem to be in trouble? Does your child seem to be withdrawn from their family, friends or things they used to enjoy? Any of these things may be a sign that your child needs a child therapist. A family counseling expert or child therapist can help you and your child better understand what they are going through and overcome their problems. Aside from that, be aware that your child can also benefit from a developmental psychologist if there are no child therapist around. 

What Is A Child Therapist?

Child counseling is recommended for kids going through difficult life situations. A child therapist is specially trained to work with children and better understand the problems they are experiencing and the situations they find themselves in. Life for a child is difficult in general. If the child is going through the divorce of parents, experiencing depression or any other mental health conditions or situations it can become even more difficult and having a child therapist to help with the situation can be a great way to help them. But it would be best if you found someone that's going to work for your child.

Does Your Child Need Therapy?

Children are extremely perceptive, which means that they likely know more about what's going on in your family than you think they do. If you and your partner are fighting, even if it's not around them, the chances are that they know about it. Even if they don't seem to be reacting to it, this is something that can affect them long term, and it's a good reason to seek out professional help. Family therapy may be a good idea, especially if you're having troubles in your relationship and even if you've ended the relationship entirely. It can help you learn to be good co-parents and help your child come to terms with the changes in their life.

If your child seems very withdrawn or seems to avoid things that they once enjoyed this could be another sign of a potential problem. If your child seems angry more frequently or sad or even if their emotions seem to jump around it could be a sign of something. Fights with friends that seem uncharacteristic, spending a lot of time alone and, anything that's out of the ordinary, could be a sign that your child may be crying out for help.

Talk with your child about their thoughts and feelings, especially if things are changing within the family. If they can open up to you, it's a great start, but that doesn't mean that they may not need therapy. The important thing is making sure that you explain to them why you want them to go to therapy and how it's going to help them.

Finding The Right Therapist

If you think that your child may need to speak with a therapist the next step is finding someone that they can talk to and open up with. Keep in mind that your child is a different person from you. That means they're going to have different needs when it comes to a therapist. Just because you find someone with a lot of credentials or someone you really like doesn't mean that your child will feel the same. You need to talk to your child about their options. Narrow it down to a few and then have your child go to a session and get feedback.

Finding someone that your child will talk to mean that they are going to be more apt actually to open up. That means they're more apt to get the help that they need when it comes to the mental health condition that made you think therapy was a good idea. You want to help your child. That's the whole point of sending them to therapy, and as long as they can express themselves, it's going to be a good start. But don't be afraid to let them try out a couple different therapists or types of therapy to find someone that works for them.

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Online Therapy

If your child is busy a lot or even if you're busy a lot, then online therapy can be a great way to go. With this type of therapy, you don't need to go to a physical location because you can get online whenever you have a session. This makes it easier for your child to make it to all of their sessions without anyone having to rearrange their schedules. If your child gets home from school at 3:00 they can have a session at 3:30 without anyone having to drive them there, which makes it easier to make all of the appointments.

Even better, you can get online from anywhere with an internet connection, which means that you don't have to worry about how to schedule that vacation. Your child can also feel more comfortable during their session because they are in a familiar and comfortable setting and they get a much wider range of different mental health professionals to choose from. My Therapist is one place you can find a variety of great mental health professionals that can help your family in some ways, and they can help your child.

This program is completely online and connects you with therapists located throughout the country. Each of these therapists is trained and ready to help you and your child overcome a range of different mental health conditions, traumas and situations throughout your lives. Because it's online you can even talk with a therapist who's located anywhere in the country, and you and your child get more options when it comes to someone you can count on and someone you want to work with. All you need to do is get online and start looking at the options available for you.

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