Parents often find it difficult to deal with some behaviors of their children. After trying out various ways, they may decide to see a professional like a child therapist or a psychologist. Children are brought in the therapy room. Parents share their difficulty about their child & want a solution to it. There is an expectation that the therapist would "fix" the child, & that the parents would have their solution.
However, this isn't how it works. Parents are an extremely important aspect of the child's therapy & treatment. Parents are an essential support system & have played a role in the foundation of the child's being. Hence, parents' role in their child's therapy for their child's treatment is very important!
Here are 12 ways that as a parent, you could assist in your child's therapy process:
- Have an optimistic attitude & confidence towards the treatment & the therapist who is working with your child.
- Help the other family members to understand the importance of their support for your child. Avoid teasing or discouraging the child for being in counseling.
- Express to your child that you believe in his/her ability to effectively cope & build his/her confidence. Avoid sympathising with your child & viewing him/her as a victim.
- Let your child know that he/she can be honest with the therapist. Due to family secrets, children tend to hold on to their emotions & thoughts. This can affect the child & the treatment greatly.
- Keep away from asking your child about the details of the therapy session.
- Be prepared & available to listen when child wants to converse.
- Whenever child's therapist invites you to be part of your child's counseling sessions, be open to it. There might be certain changes required on the parents' part for a successful treatment.
- If there are any tests that are asked to do for your child, get them done as they are part of the child's evaluation.
- Sustain coping techniques the therapist teaches your child. Avoid being cynical even if you have doubts about the techniques. Encourage & help your child practice the techniques to strengthen his/her stabilization.
- Ask any doubts or questions you have about your child's treatment. You have a complete right to know why the therapist is doing what he/she is doing.
- Whatever is explained or asked to read more about, do the homework, as, it is vital for the child's treatment.
- Anywhere you feel that it is unethical or it may be damaging the child than helping the child, speak to the therapist & end the therapy process.
Parents are an extremely important aspect of the child's therapy & treatment. Parents are an essential support system & have played a role in the foundation of the child's being.