A well-trained and skilled mental health counselor can provide your child with the support that they need to cope with the problems they are facing. However, there are a variety of therapists that work with teens so, as a parent, it’s good to know what you should be looking for (e.g., should you get a Black counselor or someone from a different ethnic background) to make sure they are the best fit for your child.
As a professional provider of mental health care in North Carolina, we at Breaking Barriers Wellness & Counseling are here to enumerate a couple of important factors to consider when choosing a therapist that can support your teen.
When deciding on who you want to work with your child, consider:
- Choose someone who has experience in dealing with teens
- Ask a professional for their referrals and recommendations
- Carefully review your teen’s prospective therapist’s resume — look them up online if possible
- Make sure that the therapist is a licensed mental health professional
- Consider what therapeutic approaches and training the prospective therapist uses
- Think about your teen — consider the type of therapy that will best fit them, considering your child’s attitudes and characteristics