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How can I discuss the need for therapy with my child?

By Debra Kissen

The first session of CBT for child/adolescent anxiety treatment at LOA is always parents only. This allows us to provide parents/caregivers with a customized communication strategy to set their child up with a successful starting point to begin the therapy process. 

But see below for a few quick tips to consider when discussing the need for therapy with a child/adolescent:

  1. Make it clear the decision of whether they should or should not attend therapy is not one they need to or should make. (similar to getting a  shot or other medical necessity decisions, it falls on a child’s parents / legal guardians to make this decision).
  2. State that we all need occasional help from the sidelines and having an objective, informed coach assist is a luxury that you feel lucky enough to be able to provide your child with.  
  3. Behavioral health coaching can be short-term and provide tools and exercises that make life easier to manage.  

Dr. Debra Kissen is CEO of Light On Anxiety CBT Treatment Center. Dr. Kissen specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)...

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