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Choosing a Counselor
When you have a troubled teen choosing a counselor can be imperative to their response to treatment. Therapy for struggling teens requires a connection between the teenager and the counselor. Keep reading for professional counseling options and types of counseling available.
When a teen needs help, a parent’s best move may be to take him or her to see a counselor. Parents may be overwhelmed, however, by the number of counselors available. Because a good counselor can be crucial in getting help for a struggling teen and his or her family, it is important for parents to choose the right counselor for their situation.
There are many types of counselors available to help parents and teens, and it is helpful for parents to understand what the different types of counselors and therapists do to help them know which counselor to choose.
Some of the professionals who provide counseling services can include:
In addition to the many types of counselors to choose from, there are also many types of counseling. Often a counselor will have a specialty in one or several types of counseling, such as:
Therapy often occurs in an outpatient setting once a week for about 50 minutes, but the circumstances may change depending on the person's needs. Everything said during a therapy session is kept confidential, except in certain cases such as if a person says they are planning to harm someone else.
Before choosing a counselor for their teen or family, parents should ask a lot of questions, like:
Don’t be afraid to ask questions about the person's training and methods, and to shop around for a counselor everyone feels comfortable with. This may include one whose gender, ethnic background or race, and/or religious beliefs make the teen and his or her parents feel comfortable.
Child Welfare Information Gateway, "Selecting and Working with an Adoption Therapist" [online]
SAMHSA's National Mental Health Information Center, "Choosing the Right Mental Health Therapist" [online]
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, "Finding a Therapist" [online]
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