How to Access Therapy for Your Child

A parent consultation and your involvement improves child mental health, too.

KEY POINTS

  • Since COVID-19, mental health difficulties in children have increased 35% in the UK, and there is a shortage of child psychologists.

  • Instead of face-to-face therapy for a child, which can be hard to access, indirect Parent Consultations are effective and have many benefits.

  • An increase in Parent Consultations could significantly reduce wait times for children to be seen directly for talking therapy.

In the UK, many child psychologists and child therapists are at capacity and there is a shortage of trained professionals. The average published waiting time is more than six months for treatment of children with mental health difficulties on the National Health Service (NHS); but from my own recent professional experience, the wait time can be up to two years.


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