Choosing a counselor for your teen can be overwhelming. Especially if you have never been to counseling. The process can be a bit overwhelming at first; my goal with this video and the FREE downloadable resource is to simplify it for you.
Whether your teen starts asking to see a counselor or you have decided they need someone to talk to, you notice it's time to hire a counselor for your teen. Often, parents find themselves having no idea where to start to find a qualified, likable counselor for their teen.
I broke the basics of choosing a counselor down into 3 steps that I describe in the video below:
1) Do your research
2) Ask questions
3) Move on
Parents/guardians....expect to be involved in your teen's counseling; you should be. If you are not involved in sessions from time to time then that is a BIG 'red flag'. A qualified, experienced teen counselor will include the parents/guardians in session from time to time. At the very least the counselor should be communicating with you at every session. I know it's tempting but try not to 'drop and go'; what I mean by that is come in to 'drop off' or 'pick up' your teen from their counseling session so your counselor can connect with you. Don't be unavailable to the counselor!
If your teen's counselor is not connecting with you, it is time to ask your teen's counselor for some time so you can get your questions answered and find out how your teen is doing in the counseling process. Your child likely will not make any lasting changes if you are not willing to be involved.
It's important to understand it's not the counselor's job to 'fix' your teen. Your teen is not 'broken', your counselor will help you all build stronger, healthier and more communicative relationships but you have to be willing to participate and do the work.
As always if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to send me a message!!