Our expert says:
What you would see would almost certainly be signs of grief, the normal emotional response to loss, rather than Depression. If she seems to be coping well right now, don't dig around, but keep an eye on things should she later start to show more usual grief. And for her to be able to talk comfortably about things associated with him sounds healthy. I don't see any reason why she should HAVE to see a psychologist.
And I must say it sounds to me very highly bizarre for a psychologist seeing a normal little girl dealing apparently very well with a normal grief, to insist on a minimum of 2 years of twice-monthly appointments is ludicrous --- it would be weird in a child with a serious illness which your child does not have. And booking them at 12, disrupting school, is likely to cause more harm than it could do good. Sounds ominously like exploitation, and this is NOT normal professional practice. I would cancel all such appointments and leave things as they are for a while. If the child doesn[t seem disturbed or unually unhappy, leave well alone, Should she show consistent distress, let her see a different shrink, practising in a more normal and less greedy fashion, for a second opinion.
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