Children and youth are often uncertain and worried about what to expect when they come to therapy for the first time. It is important that parents reassure their child or youth that the first session will be about getting to know each other. The parent or guardian should share with the child or youth that they do not need to discuss the reason for coming to therapy until they feel comfortable with their therapist. It is important that parents or guardians discuss with their child or youth why they are attending therapy and the benefits of coming to therapy.
This communication time prior to attending therapy can help prevent children or youth from being surprised when issues are discussed in session. Parents are encouraged to contact their child’s therapist for additional support to prepare their child or youth for therapy.