How to Select a Qualified Therapist


There are many types of therapists who specialize in different types of treatments. The questions below can help you select a therapist who is qualified to work with children, knowledgeable about childhood anxiety, and sensitive to your family’s needs—in other words, a good fit for your family.

What type of license do you hold?

It is important to find a therapist who holds a license to practice therapy or is supervised by a licensed clinician. Therapists should readily share this information with you. For more information about licenses and types of providers, click here.

What type of training do you have in treating childhood anxiety?

Childhood anxiety is a unique challenge, and specific training in the treatment and prevention of childhood anxiety disorders is recommended. Even if a therapist did not get their training in school, they may have sought additional professional training or supervised experience to gain expertise in this field.

How much experience do you have treating childhood anxiety?

It is okay to ask how long a therapist has been practicing and how often they treat children with anxiety disorders. If your child has a specific and targeted area of concern, it can be helpful to ask if the therapist has any experience treating that particular disorder or behavioral issue.

What is your approach to treatment?

In general, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is the most recommended approach for treating childhood anxiety. Some therapists also take a family approach and include the entire family in treatment. Ideally, the family treatment will teach CBT skills to both the anxious child and other family members.

Click here to find a therapist who treats childhood anxiety.