Assessment for emotional support
If your child is being assessed for emotional support and therapy, they will be seen alone ( (if they are old enough) and with you. Depending on the child’s age, they or you will be asked about how they have been feeling and about their mood, relationships, participation in school, social and recreational activities, sleep, appetite, and other worries or changes in their life.
The psichologist may also ask your child’s teachers to fill out some questioners to get an idea of how everyone thinks your child is doing.
Sometimes, the psichologist may diagnose a specific mental health difficulty such as depression or anxiety. It may then be helpful for your child to see a psichologist or mental health therapist (such as a counselor) for a number of sessions. They can listen to your child, help them understand why they feel this way, and give some ideas about things your child can do, or say, to help change the way they feel. They also discuss these ideas with you or with other important people in your child’s life (such as their teacher) so that everyone understands and can work together to help your child.
In some instances, medication might be recommended for older children, who may also need to see a psichiatrist or adolescent medicine doctor for an evaluation and monitoring.