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Finding a child therapist that will work with your child's personality is crucial. Get info on finding the best provider of child therapy and treatment. This article explains what to look for when finding a child therapist for childhood depression.

Parents may find it difficult to find the right child therapist for their child.  While a therapist may have all the knowledge and experience that you would wish for as a parent, the personalities may not work well together.  This team:  the child, therapist and parents need to be unified in their goals for the child.  It is not always easy to find the right chemistry or "fit" for your family.  A parent and child may need to meet with several child therapists before they find the "fit" that feels just right for them.  Do not get distressed over this.  It is not normal to expect the first person you meet to have all the qualities that you are looking for.  Just remember, this is your child, your family deserves the time and energy it takes to find just the right child therapist for you.

In this article we hope to take some of the mystery out of finding child therapist  that is righ for your child's needs.  After all, the child is the priority at this point.  There are many websites that will try to sell you their services for "finding"  a child therapist for your child.  To this we would tell you to be cautious.  It may be needed as a last resort.  Most likely you can find what you need without giving money to someone online that may never interact with you or your child on a personal level.

One of the first steps to take would be to discuss your child's needs with your pediatrician or family practitioner.  These doctors are a wealth of information and hopefully have a great knowledge of your child and the struggles that you face as a family.  Doctor's can be a great source for referrals and can often arrange appointments that allow you to see the therapist or referred doctor much sooner than if you just called on your own.  Use this resource.  Put your doctor to work for you, that is what they are there for.  As with all things concerning your child, follow your intuition.  You are the leading expert on your child and only you know what feels right for your family.

There are some helpful websites to help you find a child therapist in your area.  Here is a list of a few:

  • Seeds of Hope  - free directory of therapists.
  • Find a Therapist  - Connecting people to the right therapist.

Beyond the web and your family doctor you may want to ask other parents who they would recommend.  Don't be ashamed to discuss what you are going through.  This is a great way to network and to learn some great things about therapists that you may be considering.  You may be surprised by what you are able to learn if you open up to other parents and just ask simple questions.

Call your local Health Department and see who they refer people to for the types of issues your child may have.  The Health Department is a great source of information and they can usually refer you to someone who will keep the costs down for you. 

Your local hospital should also have a great system of referring people.  They know the reputations of therapists and while they may not be able to disclose all that they know, they usually only refer people to the best doctors.

As a last resort you turn to your local yellow pages.  The only problem with this is that you cannot learn much by the small ad that your will find.  Only so much information fits in the yellow pages. 

You may also want to search for online support groups in your area and just ask questions about who people recommend.  Word of mouth is very powerful and you can learn so much. A local depression forum could provide valuable information.

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