Therapy may not be an easy sell to your teen due to its unknown nature and stigma. On the other hand, it may be quite simple, as they may be yearning to speak with someone. Whatever the case, coming to therapy can be scary, no matter your age. This is why we encourage parents to be patient, supportive, and open with your teens, just as we want our teens to be open to the process.
Before introducing therapy to your teen, it may be best to first understand what your hopes and goals are for your teen in therapy. Educating yourself on what therapy can entail, and researching possible therapists to get an idea of what you and your teen can expect, might be beneficial for when you talk with your teen. These things might make it easier to answer any questions your teen could have about therapy.
It is best to be open and honest with your teen about your concerns and consideration of therapy. If your teen asks a question you cannot answer, reassure your teen that you will find out for them.
There are things you can do that could make the idea of therapy less scary and your teen more open to it. There are also things you can do that could influence your teens’ willingness to consider therapy. Below are some tips.
When introducing therapy to your teen DON’T:
When introducing therapy to your teen DO:
It can take time to get comfortable with the idea of therapy. This is where patience may be needed. Allow your teen to research on their own and be there to supportive, guide, and answer questions. If your teen is still not coming around after some time, set a time frame for them to choose a therapist and appointment time—that is if they wants to choose for themselves. If your teen has a good relationship with another professional, such as their doctor, school social worker, pastor, etc. they may be able to recommend therapy to your teen, which may then lessen their struggle in talking with someone.
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