Caring for a child means you have some heavy responsibilities. Those responsibilities are magnified when you are caring for a child diagnosed with bipolar disorder. Seeing a child suffer can wreak havoc on a family and make you uncertain with your decisions and instincts. One of the most important decisions you will need to make determining on who will be your child’s bipolar therapist. In order to choose the right bipolar therapist for your family’s needs, you must ask questions, as many as you need. You should keep asking questions until the answers you get begin to reaffirm your decisions and instincts.
When meeting a therapist for the first time, you need to treat it like an interview as the health of your child is riding on the results produced by the bipolar therapist helping them.
Verify Eligibility to Practice as a Bipolar Therapist:
- What are your credentials?
- What type of training and experience have you had?
- What are your theoretical views on bipolar disorder?
- Can I speak to parents of others you have treated?
Understanding the Bipolar Therapist Policies:
- How do you conduct your therapy sessions?
- How long do appointments usually last and how long will they be?
- What can I expect to pay for treatment and what payment options are there?
- How can you be reached if we have an emergency?
Understanding the Benefits Offered by the Bipolar Therapist:
- What is your recommended course of treatment, counseling, medication, a combination?
- How involved do you keep parents with regards to your therapy sessions?
- What else can we do to help manage the bipolar symptoms?
- Will you work with the counselors at my child’s school?
- How soon can we expect to see results?
- What happens in the event of a crisis with my child?
- What resources do you have to intervene in the event of a crisis?
- Are support groups available?
Getting the Bipolar Therapists Idea on Medication:
- Are there medications that can help stabilize moods?
- If medication is involved what are the side effects of the medication?
- What alternatives to medication are available and do you have any views on those alternatives?
Asking any and all questions is the duty and responsibility of the parent or caregiver on behalf of the child. If you are uncomfortable with the bipolar therapist’s answers or you feel the bipolar therapist is evasive or reluctant to answer, consider that the therapist, no matter how highly qualified, may not be suitable for your child’s needs.