A good place to start is asking your child's healthcare provider for a referral. Most pediatricians know mental health specialists who work with children. You might also talk with people you know and ask if they can tell you about a good therapist.
You may need to meet with a few therapists before you find the one who works best for your child. Most therapists welcome the chance to meet for one session to answer your questions. Some charge a fee for this meeting so be sure to ask if there is a charge for the session when you set the appointment.
To help you decide on the right therapist for your child, you may want to ask the following questions:
You and your child must be comfortable with the therapist and trust him or her. If, after a few sessions, you don't feel comfortable, talk with the therapist about your feelings and consider finding a new therapist.
Children benefit most from therapy if they develop a trusting relationship with their therapist. The relationship that you and your child have with the therapist is the most important factor to consider in your decision.