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Good mental health is an important part of navigating a serious illness. At times, your child might need the help of a mental health provider to understand and process their feelings about their illness or treatment.
Here are some tips for finding the right provider in your area:
Visit these sites to search for a provider in your area:
Some providers focus on family, couple, and personal counseling. These include:
Some providers can prescribe medicines. These include:
Some children may need a mental health specialist with extra training and experience. Examples include therapy for:
It is important to ask questions to make sure you find a therapist that is a good fit for your child. Be honest about your needs and concerns. Some questions you might ask are:
It can feel uncomfortable to talk to a mental health provider for the first time. If you continue to feel uncomfortable after a few visits, you may want to try a different provider.
The first visit with a new mental health provider helps them get to know your child and their needs. Expect them to ask you a lot of questions. You will also fill out paperwork.
You can support your child by:
Your care team can help you understand your child's mental health needs. Speak with your care team to:
Reviewed: October 2022