Choosing the right mental health provider for your family can be scary. After all, you'll be trusting this person with the inner workings of your family - so how do you make sure that this person is right for you?
Our short video shares the top five questions families need to consider when shopping for a mental health provider. If you'd like more detailed questions, scroll down to see our full list.
Ready to interview providers face-to-face? Download our question sheet to help guide your interview.
Did You Know?
Connecting for Kids also offers a free How-To Guide to help you through the process of selecting a mental health provider. To download this guide, see our How-To Guide section.
The following questions are examples of what you may want to consider asking when meeting with a mental health provider:
What is your background/training?
Mental health providers come from a number of different specialty areas. These include:
For detailed descriptions of these specialties, see our Mental Health Specialties Side-by-side Comparison.
Do you have any specialty training or experience?
What is your treatment philosophy?
Providers often employ a variety of treatment options when developing the best plan for their patients. These may include:
For detailed descriptions of these therapies, see our Treatment Options Side-by-side Comparison.
How are the families who work with you typically involved in their child's treatment?