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  • Writer's pictureAlyssa Zajdel, PhD

How Do I Support My Child While They Are in Therapy?

Updated: Jun 21

Watching your child go through therapy can be difficult and bring up a wide range of emotions, such as worry, guilt, and hope. Parents often struggle to know how to support their children in therapy, especially when they are not attending most sessions.

 

Here are ways to support your child through their therapy journey:

 

Open Communication

 

Talk to your child about therapy. Emphasize that it’s a safe space to talk about feelings and experiences. Encourage openness and let them know that sharing whatever they're comfortable with is okay.

 

Respect Privacy

 

While open communication is vital, respecting their privacy is equally important. Let your child share what they’re comfortable with and avoid pressuring them to divulge details they're not ready to discuss. Trust that the therapist will let you know if there are any issues regarding the safety and well-being of the child.

 

Maintain Routine

 

Keep your child's routine as consistent as possible. Therapy can be a new addition to their schedule, so maintaining stability elsewhere can provide a sense of security.

 

Be Supportive

 

Encourage and support your child's efforts in therapy. Acknowledge their bravery and the steps they take to improve their well-being. Celebrate their progress, no matter how small it might seem.

 

Remain Patient

 

Healing and growth take time, so be patient with the process. Understand that changes won't happen overnight, and support your child consistently. Help your child grow patience as well.

 

Practice Active Listening

When your child wants to talk about their therapy experience, listen actively. Offer empathy and understanding without judgment. Sometimes, just being heard can be immensely helpful.

 

Ask for Guidance

 

If you're unsure how to support your child in therapy, don't hesitate to ask the therapist. They can offer insights and guidance on creating a supportive home environment.

 

Avoid Overreacting

 

Some of the things your child discusses in therapy might be difficult to hear. Try to remain calm and avoid overreacting, which might discourage them from sharing more in the future.

 

Model Self-Care

 

Show your child the importance of self-care. Take care of your own mental health and well-being. This sets a positive example and normalizes seeking help when needed.

 

Stay Involved, but Respect Boundaries

 

Stay involved in your child's therapy journey, but respect their boundaries. Let them take the lead in discussing their therapy experiences.

 

Normalize Therapy

 

Discuss therapy in a positive light. Normalize the idea that seeking help for mental health is as important as seeking help for physical health. It can also be helpful for parents to seek their own therapy!

 

Be Their Cheerleader

 

Show unwavering support and encouragement. Let your child know you're there for them, cheering them on every step of the way.

 

CONCLUSION

 

Supporting your child in therapy is about creating a nurturing and understanding environment, being there to listen, and encouraging their growth without pressure. Remember, your support and understanding can make a difference in their therapeutic journey.

 

If your child could benefit from therapy and you are ready to support them on this journey, use the button below to get started.

 


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