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Should I take my child to a therapist?

While taking your child to a therapist is optional, without therapeutic treatment such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), habit reversal training (HRT), or other form of psychotherapy, managing behaviors can be challenging. Your child may at first be resistant to try therapy or access therapeutic support for their BFRBs. Being honest and encouraging about how therapy can help them manage their behaviors is a great start. It is extremely important to find a therapist who you and your child both trust, and is knowledgeable about BFRBs.

Most therapists specializing in BFRBs have waiting lists. Be prepared to wait from between two to six months. Be patient and persistent.

While you're waiting to access therapeutic support, register for TLC's health education and community programs, to get connected and learn more.