Mental health experts say parents are missing out on children’s therapy

GREEN BAY – Providers participating this summer in school-based counseling throughout the Green Bay School District are urging parents this school year to get involved in their children’s counseling.

It’s a frustration that Joanne Klysen, director of community-based counseling at Foundations Health & Wholeness, says stands out more than most of the issues she observes in her young clients.

Parents, Klysen said, can get involved in several ways: They can ask their child if they would like to share anything they talked about during a session, they can arrange with the provider to attend a parent-child session if all parties agree, or, potentially, they may consider independent counseling by their child.

That last point, Klysen said, tends to get the biggest response and isn’t always handled politely.

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