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Parent involvement is always a component of therapy for children and teens.  Typically, you will be actively involved in therapy sessions for your young child (ages birth to eight), and regardless of your child’s age, you will meet with the therapist after sessions or in separate meetings. 

For both children and teens, marriage and family therapists, psychologists and child and adolescent psychiatrists often involve some kind of activity (play, creative expression or sports) or discussion about interests as a way of getting to know your child.  Children’s Health Council therapists use a wide range of methods and evidence-based (proven) practices depending on issues, personality and interests.  Therapy sessions are tailored for the unique needs of every teen or child, but the sequence of steps for marking progress is the same: