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Recent Question from a Reader
Question: I got divorced about a year ago and my kids seem fine, but I’m afraid I might be overlooking something. Do you think I should take them to therapy just to be safe?
Mara’s Response: A good rule of thumb is this: If your kids are talking to you – they don’t need to go to therapy. Above all else, it is important for kids to have a welcoming and nurturing relationship with their parents. Both of their parents. So, if your child is openly talking to you about their feelings – even if they aren’t always telling you the things you’d ideally like to hear, they are probably best off just talking to you.
Of course, if your child is having an extremely difficult time, has changed his or her behavior, or is suddenly getting in trouble at school – those are likely signs of bigger issues. You should offer your child the opportunity to speak with a therapist and see how they feel about it.
Remember – trust your instincts. This is your child – if you think they’re in trouble, you’re probably right.
Mara Wolfsen, LCSW has been a practicing psychotherapist since 1998. Mara believes in a strength based therapeutic approach and tailors treatment goals to meet each client’s individual needs. She has extensive experience with both adolescents and adults who may struggle with a wide array of psychological and or substance abuse issues. Mara specializes in depression, anxiety, body image, trauma/abuse, relationship issues, and maternal mental health, as well as co-dependency and recovery issues. Mara has recently opened up her own practice in the South Bay. For further questions or any additional information, she can be reached at Your Own Way, 2309 Pacific Coast Highway, Suite 103, (310) 483-8300.
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