Questions to Ask: Choosing a Treatment Provider for Your Child

A therapist should be willing to answer any questions you may have about methods, training, and fees during a consultation. Bring a list of your child’s symptoms to discuss, and be sure to mention any medications for allergies or other illnesses. 

Here are some questions to consider asking:

  • What training and experience do you have in treating anxiety disorders?
  • Do you specialize in treating children? If your child is a teenager, you may want to ask the age limit that your child can remain under this specialist’s care.
  • What is your training in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) or other therapies?
  • What is your basic approach to treatment?
  • Can you prescribe medication or refer me to someone who can, if that proves necessary?
  • How long is the course of treatment?
  • How frequent are treatment sessions and how long do they last?
  • Do you include family members in therapy?
  • How will I know that my child is responding to the treatment and getting better?
  • If my child does not respond to treatment, how will you decide when to change or modify the treatment?
  • As my child ages, will any symptoms change? Will the response to treatment change?
  • What should I explain to the school about my child’s anxiety disorder?
  • How do you approach the topic of alcohol and substance use in teens who take medication?
  • Will you coordinate my child’s treatment with our family doctor or pediatrician?
  • What is your fee schedule, and do you have a sliding scale for varying financial circumstances?
  • What kinds of health insurance do you accept?

If a therapist is reluctant to answer your questions, or if you or your child does not feel comfortable, see someone else.

 

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