Choosing a Child Therapist

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February 14, 2011

When parents split up, it causes tremendous emotional upheaval for children. Even if the split is amicable, the dramatic change in the family structure and everyday life of the children can cause confusion, anger, sadness, depression, or other emotional difficulties. A child counselor can be indispensable in helping a child navigate the rough emotional waters of a parental separation.

Children of divorce often feel conflicted or even disloyal to one or both parents if they discuss their concerns. A good counselor can help them figure out how to do so in a comfortable and constructive fashion. Tips on how to find a counselor:

• Do your homework – get referrals, check references, look at the person’s experience in counseling  children.

• Remember that not everyone who claims to be a counselor is qualified, and not every qualified counselor is a good match for your child.

• Your attorney can help you in the selection of qualified and talented professionals with experience in dealing with children of divorce.

When children are involved in a divorce, it is always important to put their needs first. A therapist can help to do this by providing an objective outlet for your child’s feelings.