Ask questions and get referrals from people you know and trust. You could check with:
There are many types of mental health professionals. Each type has its own training, techniques, and area of expertise. For example, psychiatrists are medical doctors who can prescribe medicines as well as provide therapy. Psychologists are trained in counseling, therapy, and testing. Licensed counselors usually have a master’s degree, and may specialize in an area such as substance abuse or family therapy.
Think about the kind of therapist your child would feel most comfortable with. You may prefer someone of a certain age, gender, cultural background, or religion.
You and your child may need to meet with a few therapists before you find the one who works best for your child. Most therapists welcome the chance to meet for one session to answer your questions. Some charge a fee for this meeting so be sure to ask if there is a charge for the session when you set the appointment.
To help you decide on the right therapist for your child, you may want to ask the following questions:
Training and experience questions
Above all, are you and your child comfortable with the therapist? Children benefit most from therapy if they develop a trusting relationship with their therapist. The relationship that you and your child have with the therapist is the most important thing to consider in your decision.