Finding the Right Therapist for your Child

“Who can you trust?”

“Do we really need this help?”

“What types of therapy are out there?”

These are just a few of the questions you may be struggling to answer. At Decade2Connect we’re committed to helping each family and child receive the support they need. We’re here to answer the questions with you: how much support do they need? Which form of therapy is best for them? Where are the affordable options? If you’re wondering where to start, check out some factors to consider below:

Therapist Experience

The first step is finding a child therapist with proper experience. There’s a wide variety of specialties and it is possible to find a therapist with specific training for the support your child needs. At Decade2Connect, we deeply value our clinical team’s past experience with children. Therapeutic techniques can be taught but the ability to connect with children is one of the most valuable assets of a child’s experience.

Therapeutic Approach

Different therapies have different goals and methods, so it is important to find a child therapist whose approach aligns with your goals and values. Does your child need a safe space to talk about their emotions? Are they active and benefit from moving their body? Do they express themselves through art? There are many therapeutic modalities and it’s important to consider which approach is the most beneficial for your child.

Your Child’s Comfort Level

It is crucial for your child to feel comfortable and safe with the therapist. It’s important to check in with your child for the first few sessions and ask them how they are feeling about their therapeutic relationship. If they are uncomfortable, don’t be afraid to look for alternative options. In order to truly find hope and harmony in your child’s journey, this is an important step.

Communication and Rapport

Are YOU comfortable with your child’s therapist? Do you feel they are communicating effectively with both you and your child? Have they established a rapport that allows for open and honest discussion? You are equally involved in this process as your child is and it’s important to find a therapist who values the whole family system and communicates effectively.

Cost and Insurance

The unfortunate reality of therapy is: it’s not always affordable. Consider your budget and search for providers in your insurance network. If you can’t find the right fit, however, many providers are open to having conversations for affordable options.

Decade2Connect is currently an Out of Network Provider and can work with your family to find options for affordable treatment. Furthermore, we also offer limited pro-bono slots for our Intensive Outpatient Program.

The search for a child therapist can be exhausting. When you’re looking for support for your child, you just want someone who will advocate for them like you do. While finding proper treatment isn’t always easy, it’s not impossible. If you are feeling completely lost in taking that first step, please connect with a member of our team today. Decade2Connect is here to walk alongside you and your family in seeking the best care for your child. 

Our Intensive Outpatient Program is in-network with United!