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What Therapist Qualifications to Look for in Treating My Child

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My 10 year old son has been diagnosed OCD. He has all symptoms. I am trying to find a therapist but I don’t know what qualifications or schooling that I should be looking for. (age 41, from US)

What Therapist Qualifications to Look for in Treating My Child

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Depending on how severe his symptoms are, he may benefit most from medication and therapy combined. You can call your insurance company for help finding both a child psychiatrist and a therapist or counselor who would be qualified to treat your son. Your family doctor (or pediatrician) may also have potential referrals you.

But if you want to do the research yourself there are several internet referral services available, such as the one listed on this site and the one hosted by Psychology Today. These sites allow folks to search for specific areas of expertise and ages of clients served, as well as geographic area. You can then peruse the profiles for a therapist you would feel comfortable with.

I would then suggest that you ask for a brief phone consultation just to make sure that they truly are a good match for your son and what their appointment availability is. There are many different types of therapists with various degrees. As long as you find someone who is licensed in their field and has the appropriate experience, I don’t feel that one type is necessarily better than another.

All the best,

Dr. Holly Counts

What Therapist Qualifications to Look for in Treating My Child

Holly Counts, Psy.D.

Dr. Holly Counts is a licensed Clinical Psychologist. She utilizes a mind, body and spirit approach to healing. Dr. Counts received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Wright State University and her Masters and Doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Counts has worked in a variety of settings and has specialized in trauma and abuse, relationship issues, health psychology, women’s issues, adolescence, GLBT, life transitions and grief counseling. She has specialty training in guided imagery, EMDR, EFT, hypnosis and using intuition to heal. Her current passion involves integrating holistic and alternative approaches to health and healing with psychology.

APA Reference
Counts, H. (2018). What Therapist Qualifications to Look for in Treating My Child. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 23, 2019, from https://psychcentral.com/ask-the-therapist/2015/03/15/what-therapist-qualifications-to-look-for-in-treating-my-child/
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