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What to Expect with a Good Therapist

What to Expect with a Good Therapist

 

  • Listens carefully to your concerns and ideas.
  • Describes their overall approach for therapy
  • Shares information regarding your child’s diagnosis including their understanding of how your child’s problem developed.
  • Understands the evidence-based treatments and promising practices that are available to treat your child’s symptoms
  • Provides updates throughout the course of therapy. These updates should occur at least monthly (preferably weekly) and should be transparent for everyone to see.
  • Respects your time and commitment
  • Includes you (and your child when appropriate) in decision-making
  • Avoids judgment
  • Respects your family’s culture and values
  • Respects your family’s privacy and confidentiality
  • Talks with you and your child using understandable terms/avoids using jargon
  • Helps to empower you to help your child
  • Holds a positive expectation that your child will make progress
  • Willingly explores new options when needed
  • Communicates with other key members of your child’s team as needed
  • Works to keep your child in the least restrictive environment to meet his/her needs
  • Shares information about other resources, including parent-to-parent support