Voices of Compassion Podcast
Voices of Compassion Podcast

May 6, 2021

Considering Therapy for Your Child? How to Get Kids and Teens on Board

About The Episode

There could be any number of reasons why one may not be living their best life, especially right now. But if your child or teen is struggling with communication, behavior or relationships, or no longer wants to participate in things that they used to enjoy, it may be time to seek help. How do you convince them that it’s time to take that step? And what can you expect when you get there? We sat down with Dr. Vidya Krishnan, Head of Adolescent Mental Health Services at CHC to find out. Tune in to this episode to learn how to introduce the idea of therapy to your child or teen, overcome reluctance, and get them not just on board, but engaged in their mental health journey.

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Guest Info

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Vidya Krishnan, MD

Head of Adolescent Mental Health Services and Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at CHC

Dr. Krishnan brings a wealth of clinical experience to her role at CHC. She believes in a comprehensive approach to the diagnosis and treatment of mental health issues. She aims to facilitate a mutually collaborative approach to care with a strong emphasis on therapeutic interventions to complement the use of medications. She works to build a team of caregivers with common goals, frequently involving multiple stakeholders with an aim to utilize the various resources available in the community. She is passionate about the importance of improved access to mental health services and strives to work in diminishing the stigma surrounding mental illness at the individual, family and community level.

Prior to Children’s Health Council, she worked for almost 10 years in a group psychiatry practice. There she treated children, adolescents, transitional and college age youth, adults, couples, and families while providing them with appropriate therapeutic support and indicated medications. When not working, Dr. Krishnan can be found immersed in a book (she remains firmly old school in this matter, despite being in the Bay Area). Besides being an avid reader, she enjoys cooking and is always on the lookout for new vegetarian recipes to experiment with. Dr. Krishnan also sits on the board of Taarika Foundation, a Bay Area non-profit working to raise awareness about mental health issues in children and adolescents.

Show Notes

As Head of Adolescent Mental Health Services and Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at CHC, Dr. Vidya Krishnan, sees her fair share of anxious children and parents. But what if the therapy is precisely the thing they’re most anxious about? In this podcast episode, Dr. Krishnan shares ways to introduce therapy to our children: as an opportunity to learn how to use our words better and handle big emotions. By framing it as a safe space to manage hard things, allowing them to set some of their own goals, and creating incentives for them to engage, we can alleviate feelings of blame or shame and help ease any misgivings. The right therapist will take the time to build a relationship with your family, help identify pain points, and — in collaboration with you and your child — develop goals to craft a unique, customized plan towards achieving them. And when you put it that way, it doesn’t sound so scary after all.


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