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How to Choose a Therapist for Your Teen

By: Shawne Poplar, MA LPC Licensed Professional Counselor

Poplar Counseling & Wellness

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Therapy is very individual, so no one-size fits! It’s important to ensure a good therapeutic match for the best results. Here are a few pointers on how to select a therapist for your teen.


Step 1: Must Haves List

Make a list of things that are important to you when searching for a therapist. Think of your family's beliefs, core values, and your teen to create this life. Common examples include

  • Appointment availability

  • Price range

  • Insurance type

  • Gender

  • Specialty

  • Experience


Step 2: Serch for Therapists

There are a variety of ways to search for therapists. Here are a few! Click the links to learn more.

Step 3: Refine your List

Choose 3-5 therapists that meet the requirements of your “Must Haves” List


Step 4: Teen Review

Allow your teen to review the 3-5 therapy websites. Have them take notes are they learn more about each therapist, practice office, and potential specialty. List:

  • Pros

  • Cons

  • Questions

  • Therapists they would like to try (and a backup in just in case)

Step 5: Selection

There will be a greater likelihood that your teen will like the therapist and buy in because they were involved in the selection process.


Happy hunting!



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