Starting therapy is a big step, especially if you are unsure whether it is needed. You might be questioning your decision or holding back from beginning this process. Just a little reminder, therapy does not always have to be just for overcoming challenges or problems. Therapy can be a non-judgmental place to unwind, talk about experiences, and discover new ways to approach your life. It can be a place to learn about yourself or for your child to learn about themselves. So how do you know when it is time to start therapy?
Can therapy really help (insert situation here)? Do you worry your child is struggling with behavioral concerns, mental health, social relationships, or regulation of emotions? Are there other issues your child is struggling with something that is affecting the rest of the family? Does your kiddo need support or skills that will help them in school? If the answer is yes, then therapy might be worth exploring.
What Is Therapy?
Therapy involves meeting with a therapist to resolve problematic behaviors, thoughts, feelings, relationship issues, and bodily responses or sensations. Therapy can be an outlet for anyone to learn how to work out their problems, communicate, cope, and improve overall function. It is often very challenging to cope with our feelings alone. Therapy can aid others in learning about their own emotions, what they mean, and how to regulate and manage bigger emotions. Therapy for kids is beneficial to parents as well. It can help you better understand what they are going through and strengthen the relationship with your child.
Where To Start
The first step to beginning therapy is finding the right time in your schedule. Next, pick a day you can commit to so as to stay regular with your visits. Once you have decided on the day, the next step is setting up an initial appointment. When you call, you can discuss your overall concerns with the receptionist, which will help them assign a therapist to best suit your needs. Below is a guide listed with tips on how to start therapy, types of therapy, preparing for therapy, and committing to the process.
What To Expect
Your first appointment is about gathering background information. The therapist will then work with the parent(s) and child to form goals
and objectives for an overall treatment plan. The treatment plan includes what will be addressed based on the child’s and family’s needs. As you get further into the therapy process, there will be check-ins, communication with parents, and, if needed, adjustments to the treatment plan. One thing to remember; therapy is a process not necessarily designed for immediate change. Everyone is different, so the length of time it may take for changes and goals to be established and met often varies from person to person.
The Take Away
The value and importance of mental health and being at our best cannot be underestimated. Take some time to think about your challenges and how therapy can best assist you and your family. Therapy could be a vital step to strengthening this family unit, or it could be the beginning of helping your child learn about themselves. Begin the process with an open mind and give therapy a chance! With summer around the corner and possibly some schedule flexibility, make that call today!