Finding the best child psychologist
One wishes it weren’t so, but sometimes, children do need help from a therapist just the way adults do. For instance, therapy can help a child develop ways to solve personal problems or to seek help when those problems are not readily solved. Just these two skills, if they don’t develop at the right age in a child, can lead to all kinds of problems. A therapist could also help deal with emotional or behavioural problems.
A child doesn’t really need to have had problems all along to be taken to a child psychologist. Things can happen – a parent moving out, the death of a pet, money problems in the family – anything can lead to this kind of situation.
Most of the time, you will find the best psychologist for your child through a referral from your child’s doctor or paediatrician. Any psychologist who works with a child needs to be qualified to work in that capacity with children. They need special experience in the area.
With a child though, not all the education, experience or credentials will take the place of what a good personality can do. Basically, children are not going to work very well with a therapist that they take a disliking in for whatever reason. Since this has a lot to do with how well your child will open up, tell the psychologist things and cooperates. Finding the right personality is the best way to go.
The first step after getting all the referrals you need is to talk to the psychologist and find out if he or she is willing to do a trial run. The therapist should be willing to see that a good personality match with your child is really important. For this reason, they should be willing to do a brief visit to see if everything works out with the child.
Given how busy many of these psychologists are, they might not be willing to make such an arrangement. Or they might charge you something for it. You want to go only with a psychologist who completely opens the door to such an arrangement.
There are a few other basic things you want to look for as well. How qualified they are, the kind of experience they have, whether they are qualified to practice in your state and so on.