Originally Posted by Thing1Thing2
Im looking for a family therapist for us and our DS who has Aspergers, but there are so many different types out there. It's overwhelming! Psychiatrist, psychologists, social workers, counselors, applied behavior and some others that I've seen are covered by our insurance.
Is there a specific type that can help with family issues related to the Special Needs child? I'm looking for someone that can help us with parenting techniques and keeping our family strong, but can also help DS individually.
Wondering what type of therapist other parents of SN children use? And what that therapist does with you/your child.
I'd start by asking the diagnosing doctor for recommendations, and any related people like OTs and STs you work with who may know someone. Working off your insurance list may not work because of things like 1) a provider may have one of their offices outside your search radius, as happened with ds' first psychiatrist; 2) a provider may be in the process of getting on your plan and isn't listed yet, as with ds' developmental ped when she went into private practice; 3) a provider may cost the same for you as private pay as with your deductible as with my ds' social skills group ST.
We're essentially looking for the same thing you are; ds' dev.ped. and psychiatrist recommended a therapist that used play based therapy, and as parents we could use some help. Ds' last therapist was more for him and we did separate parent sessions on occasion without ds, but I'm looking for a therapist that can help us as a family, and is experienced helping ADHD/ASD children/families in particular.
As pp said, a psychiatrist probably isn't it, though if you are working with one they may have a recommendation for you. Ds' first psychiatrist recommended a counselor who worked in her building and we stayed with her for a year until ds didn't need to be seen as much and our schedules couldn't connect for a standing appointment. I asked ds' dev. ped. for help locating a therapist and his psychiatrist; his psychiatrist has someone that just moved into his suite so we're going to try him first; due to city traffic I have a corridor I need providers we see frequently to be in.