How to choose a mental health provider for your child
By Heather Shotwell, LCSW
May 12, 2020
Updated Nov 17, 2023
5 min read
Choosing a therapist for your child can be difficult. Often, you’re unsure where to start and what to expect. Also, during COVID-19, many therapists are seeing patients virtually, but that can also be effective. Here are some ideas to help you get started:
This can be hard for many parents. You may experience a wide range of feelings – sadness, frustration, worry, embarrassment, or fear. Please know this is normal and be patient with yourself.
If you have insurance, consider using your mental health benefits to cover treatment.
When you begin to call providers, here are some things to expect:
With any medical provider, a good fit is important. As you’re researching providers, here are some questions to consider asking:
As you prepare for your child's visit with the therapist, consider bringing in notes on specific behaviors or concerns you have.
If your preferred provider has a wait, here are some ideas for options while you wait for your appointment: