Bringing your Child to Therapy: Tips for Parents
How to Prepare your Child for the first session
Parents who seek therapy for their children often ask how to explain therapy to children. I hope the following examples are helpful. You are welcome to adapt the one you feel is most appropriate to your child’s age and circumstance.
You’re going to see Danyale. Her job is to (help kids with their feelings) (feel better about school) (help kids whose mom/dad have died) (whose mom/dad aren’t living together anymore) (who have been sexually abused) etc. I’ve met her and she’s really nice. You can talk to her about anything. You’ll be doing some talking and some playing with her. Sometimes we will meet with her together.
I know you’ve been through a difficult time lately…We’re going to see Danyale. Her job is to help kids with their problems and worries. She helps kids by talking and playing with them.
Our family has been through a difficult time lately…We’re going to see Danyale. Her job is to help families cope better with…
(adapted from Liana Lowesnstein)