Kids & Counseling: when does it make sense?
I was chit-chatting with a friend earlier, and she talked about her 13-yo son and his biweekly counseling sessions. He has ADD, which accompanies a host of other emotional issues for him including anxiety and depression. The counseling sessions really work for him.
We got to talking about my biggest girl and her emotional swings of late, surely a thing of growing up. Then my friend suggested: "Why not have her see somebody" I said, "Like a therapist?" My friend thinks that having someone, a third-party, to have as a sounding board, is a good thing for a youth in their pre-tween to teenage years. But, I thought, aren't her friends supposed to be that "someone to talk to"? What about other close friends who are adults? And, even, how about me, her mother?
There are situations when a therapist makes sense for our children, but - after my friend's suggestion - I am wondering, when *does* it make sense? Has your child gone to counseling or to a therapist? For what goals? And, do you have some suggestions in the Portland-area?