Preparing Children for Therapy

Children and youth are sometimes worried about coming to therapy for the first time. Parents are asked to reassure their child that the initial session will be about getting to know one another and that they will not need to discuss the reason for referral until they feel comfortable with their therapist.

It is important for parents or guardians to discuss with their child why they are being brought to therapy and how they may benefit. This talk can help prevent the child being surprised when these issues are discussed in session. Parents are encouraged to contact their child’s therapist for additional support to prepare their child for therapy.

Please let us know if any member of your family is frightened of dogs as Dr. Bell’s Standard Poodle supports her work with children. In these situations, Lola will be enclosed in another room.