There are several reasons why you may need the services of an expert Child Psychotherapist. Reasons may include medical conditions, early trauma, adoption, or poor social adjustment to school or daycare. There are significant considerations before making the right choice for your family.
It is absolutely reasonable to inquire about the counselling experiences, level of education, expertise, and mental health credentials your psychotherapist has to date.
There are 72 models of Psychotherapy and you have a right to ask questions about what makes them the best option for your child.
There are six professional colleges in Ontario that regulate the practice of psychotherapy. A Child Psychotherapist may be registered with the college of nurses, psychology, psychotherapy or social work.
Pediatric training and/or direct experience with children is a professional practice expectation when offering counselling services to young people.
Mental Health counselling with children is uniquely different from work with adults. Although broad based theoretical models are shared, clinical approaches and engagement strategies are different.
Attachment-Based Child Psychotherapy uses evidence-based strategies that grow emotionally connected family members, healthier relationships, and happier homes.
A primary caregiver is often included for at least part or all of the clinical sessions with children under the age of 12 years. Older children may benefit from individual psychotherapy as well.
Be sure to check out website and professional information online. Review more than one option and decide on the best fit for your child and family. Ask questions about assessment and treatment plans, fees, scheduling, and recommended resources.
Your child’s mental health and wellness is important. Engaging the services of a private practitioner ensures consistent, effective, and longer term treatment models. There are times when children share events with registered social workers, psychotherapists that must be reported to local Children’s Aid Societies. In cases where disclosures happen in individualized contexts, parents are NOT informed about these reports unless directed by child protection professionals.
Where reports are made to Children’s Aid Society due to questions of protection, it is important to remember that the system is designed to ensure the safety and wellbeing of your child. Where CAS workers have to visit your home, child protection advice is also important to learn for parents unclear about what constitutes “abuse” under the law.
Private options ensure flexibility, child-centered planning, and high quality services. Expect only the best for your child and find the right clinician today.
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