A skilled therapist should be capable of helping you process the thoughts rooted in unresolved issues and also give you a proactive approach using established therapeutic techniques and strategies.
Based on my clients' experiences and treatment outcomes, I would say that it is fair to assert that anxiety and panic attacks respond incredibly well to psychotherapy. In fact, I can confidently state that I regularly treat clients who suffer from anxiety or panic attacks in fewer than four to six sessions. By equipping clients with essential information about the underlying principles and by showing clients how to implement coping skills and strategies designed to quickly and efficiently prevent, deescalate, and eliminate their anxiety or panic attacks, clients can quickly learn how to independently manage their anxiety and panic attacks.
Based on the minor details provided, I would recommend attending parental consultation for assistance in integrating/understanding your son's treatment plan, especially one that includes "differential reinforcement", which is the most effective and appropriate method for addressing this type of behavior.
Most therapists lead sessions and allow their clients to lead sessions to varying degrees. Clients who experience anxiety or need to practice assertiveness or who struggle to make themselves noticeable might benefit from taking the lead within the safe, accepting, and comfortable context of therapy where the therapist can provide constructive feedback and observe the outcome of non-risky trial-and-error practice.
And in each instance, it was my responsibility, as a therapist, to establish my clients' trust and help them overcome their reluctance and resistance. It made working with these clients that much more fulfilling for me and strengthened the effectiveness of therapy for the client.
By personal/developmental growth, I am describing the type of therapy that clients view as a safe place to vent, get outside perspective, and just check in with a neutral 3rd party while working on the more major themes in their lives. Self-actualization or self-exploration is often the goal of this type of unstructured therapy and usually lasts many sessions (often years) at varying frequencies (weekly to monthly to sporadic bursts of attendance after short breaks from sessions).
On the other hand, the goal is diagnosing and treating mental health symptoms, which usually occur over a set period of time that is determined by the insurance or managed healthcare company paying/authorizing services. This type of therapy tends to be briefer and more focused, particularly because clients want to experience relief from their symptoms as quickly as possible. Between Insurance needing to approve authorized number of sessions and research conducted on various disorders, we have been able to establish timelines and standards for the number of therapy sessions a typical client is likely to need to alleviate their symptoms.
So, in short, most likely yes, but it depends on the client, their goals, and who's paying for treatment.
This question is hard to answer as it really depends on
A) state law (for example, CA gives psychologists the authority to determine whether it is in the child's best interest or would not harm the child to disclose confidential information to their parents that was obtained in session and also gives some preteens and teenagers the right to make decisions about their confidential medical or mental health records/information files under certain circumstances.
B) why or under what circumstances am I meeting the child for treatment can be vital information if it sets the context and content of our sessions together. If 1 parent is favored or elicits sympathy over the other parent during a custodial rights hearing.
C) management of parental expectations relative to their child's understanding of confidentiality and the child's wishes with regards to their confidential information being shared. For example, I would find out what the parents are expecting, demanding, or insisting on knowing about their child's session content and progress as well as assessing whether the child understands the implications of disclosing their confidential information or that they are displaying rational, age-appropriate, or developmentally-congruent behavior that does not warrant parental concern or involvement.
In other words, I handle this on a case to case basis but always prefer that parents trust my judgment to inform them about things they absolutely need to know, whether law enforcement or other agency intervention is needed or may become involved, and if there are easy, simple, or largely. inconsequential adjustments they can make to better support their child or improve their lives overall. I believe in transparency and being straight forward and honest with clients, which begins with a sincere effort at advocating on their behalf, especially regarding maintaining confidentiality.
Where at all possible, give your child and your child's therapist the benefit of the doubt.