Child Specialist FAQs

Our son already has a therapist. Why do we need a child specialist? He already has one.

The role of a therapist and Child Specialist differ in many ways. A therapist may work with a child to develop a different perspective and understanding of a situation, to develop insight, to effect desired behavioral changes or to provide education. The Child Specialist is not the child’s therapist. Instead, the Child Specialist serves as the child’s advocate by:

  • hearing the child’s perspective;
  • helping the child to express his worries, fears, needs and desires to his parents;
  • removing potential loyalty alliances the child may be experiencing when family restructuring occurs.

The Child Specialist also provides information to the parents and the Collaborative Team so that parents can make child-centered decisions while the family takes on a new form.

I talk to my children all of the time, we have great communication. Why would we need a child specialist if we already talk?

When parents separate and decide to divorce, the family that the children have come to know begins to feel and look differently. As this restructuring occurs, children experience a great deal of uncertainty, worry and have a strong need to remain loved and connected to both of their parents. Not wanting to jeopardize their relationship with their parents, children will choose not to talk about what worries them, what they fear most, what they need and what they wish for. Their reluctance and decision not to share only heightens their worries and fears. The Child Specialist can help the children articulate their thoughts and express them to their parents. This information is also shared with the Collaborative Team. Working together, parents are better able to make child-centered decisions for their children.

To schedule a confidential consultation and learn more, contact a professional with Collaborative Law Professionals of Southeastern Pennsylvania.