Once your child is in therapy, it is important to make sure that you maintain a good relationship with the therapist while also respecting your child. While is it important to check in with the child’s therapist separately to discuss any potential concerns or insight, you should not pester your child immediately after therapy. Immediately pushing your child to tell you what they discussed after they leave the session will cause the child to feel that therapy is not a safe space and may cause them to feel that they cannot fully express how they feel.
It is also crucial that you do not refer to the therapist when your child is acting up. For example, when your child is being difficult do not say, “Should I call your therapist?”. Therapy should not be associated with punishment and in anger, it should be about progress and opportunity.
When a patient comes to Michigan Psychological Care, we work with them to create an individual care plan that will address their substance abuse issues in a comprehensive way. Our treatment plans include a combination of individual and group counseling, medication, and follow-up care. Our expert staff is ready to stay with you and your loved ones through every step of the recovery process.