Kelly Center Personal Counseling Services
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What to Do If Your Child is Reluctant to Seek Help

It is important to understand that as parents we cannot make decisions regarding our child's emotional well-being for them; and counseling is always a personal choice. But at the same time, you can assist your child who may be reluctant about seeking professional help in a number of ways.

  • Normalize the process of pursuing counseling. This may be especially helpful for those whose cultural backgrounds may include differing views of mental health treatment.
  • Reassure your child by explaining to them that you do not view him or her as "crazy."
  • Let your child know that no problem is too big or too small for treatment.
  • Remind your child that there is no charge for counseling at the Kelly Center and that they can speak to a counselor once without making a commitment to ongoing therapy.
  • Discuss the confidentiality policy that any information shared during their counseling session is kept strictly confidential and that notations of counseling services are not part of their academic record at FHSU.
  • Talk to your child about their fears and concerns about seeking help. Some may feel that counseling is an admission of weakness or failure. Explain that it takes considerable courage and integrity to face oneself, acknowledge limitations and admit the need for help.
  • Suggest that your child visit our Web site to become familiar with the services we offer prior to seeking treatment.

Remember, a caring and concerned approach can often make the difference.