Can a child refuse to talk to a therapist or counselor?

Yes, a child can certainly refuse to talk to a therapist or counselor. Especially in the initial sessions, it's quite common for children to feel shy or uncertain. At the Banyan Tree, we respect a child's feelings and pace, and our skilled therapists are trained to gently engage with children to help them feel comfortable. Building a trusting and supportive relationship takes time and patience, and our team is committed to ensuring that children feel safe and empowered during their counseling journey.