Starting therapy can be new to both parents and children and it can be difficult to know how to get the most out of the experience. The following are suggestions to help with increased success.
- Let your child come to you when they want to share about what they are talking about in therapy instead of grilling them with questions. This lets your child know that therapy is a private place and empowers them to be in charge of their own treatment.
- It is okay to remind your child that therapy is a resource to practice new skills and bring up any concerns that come up but try not to bring this up all the time. Otherwise the child may feel like your intruding or that therapy is a punishment for the concern.
- It’s okay to let your child know of any concerns that you think would be a good idea to bring up in treatment. But don’t use therapy as a threat or form of discipline. For example, threatening to tell the therapist if behavior doesn’t improve.