Written by: Sarah Harris, LMFT-S, RPT, BC-TMH
There was a time when the thought of therapy was only associated with a client laying down on a sofa and a therapist sitting behind them with a clipboard in hand. Over time, that view of therapy has evolved. Especially in the last few years with the development of TeleTherapy/Virtual Counseling/Online Therapy, which involves a video and audio online platform.
There are many articles which provide information about Online Therapy logistics such as which platform to use, lighting, etc. Today, I want to address specifically Child Therapy. There is much to say on this topic, and I have tried to narrow it down to some of the most common questions that I have been asked by other therapists and supervisees.
Ask any Registered Play Therapist and they will probably tell you that when working with minors, it’s necessary to work with the parents at some point. This stays the same for online therapy. Keep parents involved in some way. Some ways that this can be done include:
- in session with the child as in Theraplay;
- at the beginning of the session;
- in a separate Parent session, maybe 1x or 2x a month.
I rarely meet with a caregiver at the end of the session, unless there is a concern that arose in the session. Then, after getting the child’s consent, I may bring the parent in for either the child or myself to share the info. The reason for this is that I don’t want the child to feel like I am reporting back to the parent what we just experienced in therapy. This lessens the trust and safety that the child feels in the therapeutic relationship.