Dealing with issues during the helping process
- Listen to the child or teen’s concerns calmly, without passing judgement on the situation. Avoid taking the “side” of either your child/teen or the helping professional.
- Express empathy – note that going for help can be challenging, especially when asked to try out new coping methods or new ways of looking at situations. Being supportive can be very helpful.
- Encourage patience.
- Try to encourage your child or teen to find a different way to express themselves – writing thoughts down or using artwork for self-expression can help communicate issues.
- Ask if you can go together and help share the concerns.
- Take a list of your questions and concerns to the appointment.
- Ask for the professional’s help in making the process flow smoothly.
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