Kelly Center Personal Counseling Services
Parent Information
Guidelines for Helpful Interactions

Once you identify that your child is experiencing a pattern of symptoms, you must decide whether or not to confront them.  Below are some guidelines if you choose to speak with your child about your concerns:

  • Make them feel comfortable by talking in private.
  • Express your concerns in a direct, straightforward manner.
  • Listen carefully to your child's concerns.
  • Avoid criticizing or sounding judgmental.
  • Determine whether a referral to the Kelly Center would be beneficial.
  • Remember that your child has a right to accept, think over or refuse your recommendations.

If your child resists help and you are still concerned, it may be helpful to discuss your concerns with a member of the Kelly Center staff.