Community Nights Workshop: How to Choose a Therapist: Navigating Child, Adolescent (Under 18), and Family Treatment Options

Ever since childhood I knew I wanted to work with kids. Well, first I actually wanted to be a dolphin trainer, but soon after it was always something to do with children: a teacher, then a pediatric cardiologist, and finally a clinical child psychologist.

Because I knew I wanted to specialize in treating kids and adolescents, I thought that once I was accepted into a doctoral program that specializes in this area I would have a pretty clear picture of the type of therapist I would become.

This was not the case.

As a graduate student, I was introduced to many different therapeutic theories and techniques. It was up to me to immerse myself in them all and decide which type of practice made the most sense to me. Ultimately, I decided that evidence-based treatments such CBT and DBT were the right fit for the type of therapist I wanted to become. The structured and goal-oriented nature of these treatments fit with my personal therapeutic style and I also had peace of mind knowing that the treatments I provide are proven to effect change in my clients’ lives.

While this process of learning and discovery was enjoyable for me, it was also extremely overwhelming at first. I imagine that finding and choosing a mental health provider is similarly overwhelming and, probably at times, anxiety-provoking. Just like I had to sift through the wealth of therapeutic options, caregivers have to do the same as they try to find the “right” treatment for their family.

With this in mind I’m proud to be leading our upcoming Community Night workshop: How to Choose a Therapist: Navigating Child, Adolescent, and Family Treatment Options. We’ll discuss what therapy might look like – from your initial phone screening to your final session, the parental role in child and adolescent therapy, the meaning of "evidence-based," when considering treatments such as CBT and DBT, and will answer your specific questions regarding finding, beginning, and participating in treatment.

It’s my hope that this Community Night will provide clarity to the world of mental health care and some insight into the therapeutic process. More importantly, I hope that I can help you better understand your treatment options for your kids and family.


See you Thursday,

- Dr. Alison Bellevue


Community Nights are free, open to the public and designed to offer resources and education on a variety of topics that are relevant to New York area individuals and families. Our staff-led workshops address common challenges related to school, development, stress management, relationships, and life transitions. Because the specific strategies and behaviorally-based interventions presented in each workshop may not be widely accessible to those who need them, we are pleased to be able to offer these resources free of charge to our community.

Learn more about Community Nights and register for any upcoming workshop here.


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