FAQ – What do I tell my child about going to therapy for the first time?
What you tell your child about seeing a counselor for the first time will differ depending on the age and maturity of your child. Be honest about the fact that your family is going to see a counselor. Do not mislead your child in thinking they are going somewhere else. Talk to your child in a positive and upbeat manner about the idea of going to counseling. Let your child know that they are not in trouble and they are not going to see a counselor because there is something “wrong” with them that needs to be “fixed.” Help your child know that we all need a little extra help sometimes to deal with things that are challenging. If your child has previously expressed a challenge with something then, you may explain that they are going to see the counselor for help with that challenge.