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Monday, November 05, 2012

The Eleven Plus and Your Therapist.

At one stage or another some of may feel that we need to see a therapist. We are not looking for a therapist for our children – but for ourselves. Teachers, parents and tutors alike may need, at some stage or another, the ability to lie down on a couch, in a darkened room, and pour out our problems.

The therapist will endeavour to:

Listen to you eleven plus worries
Reassure you that you are, in fact, normal.
Advise you on responses to your eleven plus child
Give you help with training your child
Suggest ways in which your life can be stabilised and enriched
Help you with verbal reasoning questions
Help you with nonverbal reasoning questions
Help you with mathematics questions
Discuss with you what you are allowed to say to your child’s school.
Understand what the school is saying to you

You will need to take into account your therapist’s background. You may not need any help with marriage guidance or alternative therapies. You may feel that it is unnecessary of your therapist to ask you about you gym visits.  

The last thing you would want is for your therapist to join your group of friends. Imagine if your darkest secrets and fears about the eleven plus were aired to anyone?  

All that you can hope is that you can learn a little more about yourself.