Frequently Asked Questions from Parents
“What if my teenager refuses to go to any of the sessions?”
Just because your son or daughter refuses to come to the session does not mean that you have your hands tied. I will likely encourage you to set up your own appointment and invite your child to join you. If they refuse, there are several things that we could do to help the situation. Often times kids will change their minds when they see their parents pursue help and support regardless and when they realize that they will be absent from discussions and decisions that directly affect them.
“My child swears that she won’t talk or say anything. How do you handle that?”
This is often a tactic to avoid coming in and facing the problem. Don’t get deterred by it or argue the point trying to get them to talk. Just ask them to be open-minded and that he or she can decide on the talking part with me in the room. I’ll find a way to start a conversation about what’s going on.
“How long does therapy go on for?”
This is an understandable question. It is hard to tell, especially without having met a client, but as far as the therapeutic process goes, I think therapists have become more efficient in assessing the problems and being more directive and focused with treatment goals than in the past when therapy was often non-directive and went on for an undefined period of time. Personally, I think that change can happen quickly, in a matter of weeks or a few months. It takes consistency and focused effort on everyone’s part, but change can happen in a handful of sessions or a few months.