How do I talk to my young child about going to therapy?


Q: How do I talk to my young child about going to therapy?


A: When it comes to discussing therapy with your young child, it's important to approach the conversation with care and understanding. Here are some steps that can help make this discussion easier for both you and your child:


1. Choose a quiet and comfortable setting where you can have an uninterrupted conversation.

2. Use simple language that your child can easily grasp. Start by comparing therapy to visiting a doctor when feeling unwell, emphasizing that it's a safe space to talk about feelings and get support.

3. Assure your child that therapy is not a punishment but a positive step towards feeling better emotionally.

4. Reiterate your love and support for them, emphasizing that therapy is there to help them feel happier and more at ease with their emotions.

5. Encourage questions and open dialogue, allowing your child to express any concerns or uncertainties they may have.


By approaching the topic with patience, empathy, and reassurance, you can help your child feel more comfortable and supported as they navigate the idea of therapy. Remember, we're here to support you every step of the way.

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