Parents often come to us with many questions regarding the therapy journey. As a result, we have started this section to provide some of the frequently asked questions.
You can bring questions and feedback to the therapist on a weekly basis by filling out a parent report form (please ask your therapist for the form).
There is no one way to convince a child to seek therapy; in fact, many children view seeing a ‘shrink’ (therapist) as a bad thing. And it’s normal, so does most of our society! After consulting with a therapist, you can ask him or her what to say to the child. For an Art Therapy service, you can use the following example: “Because things have not been going so well at home (or school, or whatever setting is causing the problem), we thought you might like to have some special art time Amélie. She has a lot of different art materials and toys that you can play with. Amélie will never make you do anything you don’t want to do, and you will be able to choose when you want to say something. Your time with Amélie will usually happen at the same time every week. Sometimes Amélie will have to talk to me/us about how you are doing.”
You can give your child(ren) permission to tell you as little or as much as they would like about the session. Some sessions may be emotionally difficult for your child(ren) to process and there could be an increased difficulty in behaviours before or after a session. This is normal. But if it concerns you, please let me know via an email.
It depends whether your family insurance covers ‘alternative/complimentary therapies’; if your insurance does not cover alternative/complimentary therapies, then you have two choices: either to pay out of pocket or to check with your municipality (‘Gemeente’ in Dutch) to see if you can get a ‘Persoonsgebonden budget’ (PGB) to pay for the service. Please go through this route BEFORE consulting with any therapist as it will reduce the amount of waiting time (for you and us) to begin therapy.