Hi there @Jac_a_T and welcome to the forums – so happy you found us here!
It sounds like such a tough time for your daughter (and your whole family) to be dealing with right now and as a parent whose teen is also starting high school right now I completely get the demands and added stress that is placed on our kids during this huge period of change for them and my heart truly goes out to all of you.
It seems, from reading your post, that there are factors at play for your daughter that is making this transition especially hard for her like her illness and anxiety around the brand new social environment and the day-to-day logistics of being a high-schooler.
In saying that, what also shines through from your post is how caring, loving and supportive you have been through all of this. The things that you have been doing to help your daughter (from the gradual exposure, to conversations with the school) are really beautiful and I’m sure that the caring, safe and supportive home environment that you are creating is providing her with some levels of comfort during this.
I love that you are considering seeking counselling for your daughter. I think that a conversation with your GP is a really positive first step to take. They will be able to talk you through what options are available to your family. Have you had any conversations with your daughter about taking this step – does she seem receptive to the idea?
Finally, I was wondering if you had seen this article on the ReachOut site. There are some wonderful tips in there at the end of the page that might give you inspiration for additional things to try as well as helping to prepare you for a conversation with your GP.
Many of our amazing, gorgeous and supportive community members have had similar experiences so I am going to loop in @taokat @motherbear and @Zoesplace to get their take on this.
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