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Considering outside help

Checklist: Questions to Ask Potential Therapists

By Peg Rosen

You’ve decided that your child with learning and attention issues could benefit from emotional counseling. But how do you know who’s right for the job? Start by scheduling a phone or face-to-face interview with a mental health counselor or therapist you’re considering. Most practitioners won’t charge you for this initial discussion. You can use this printable list to help you decide what to ask and consider as you make your choice.

Credentials and Background
Policies and Practice
Finances and Practical Concerns
Questions to Ask Yourself

Choosing a counselor for your child is an important decision. Refer to this checklist during your search. And learn more about the types of emotional help available for your child.

About the Author

Portrait of Peg Rosen

Peg Rosen writes for digital and print, including ParentCenter, WebMD, Parents, Good Housekeeping and Martha Stewart.

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Portrait of Jenn Osen Foss

Jenn Osen-Foss, M.A.T., is an instructional coach, supporting teachers in using differentiated instruction, interventions and co-planning.

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