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2,062 people sought child therapy help in Maryland in the last year

Discover how starting child therapy can support your own journey toward a happier, more fulfilling life.

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Starting Child therapy

What is child therapy?

Child therapy, also known as counseling for kids, helps young individuals better understand and manage the challenges that affect their mental health. Common challenges amongst kids include behavioral issues, trauma, bullying, depression, and anxiety. All ages of children can attend and benefit from child-therapy at Thriveworks Annapolis.

How does child therapy work?

Child therapy works by using multiple techniques, tailored to fit the child's needs based on their age group, their challenges, and the severity of their challenges. It might involve play therapy for younger kids or cognitive behavioral therapy, dialectical behavioral therapy, art therapy, and others for varying ages. In any case, Thriveworks child therapists in Annapolis, MD have the expertise and experience to help kids at their level.

Play therapy vs child therapy

Child therapy is a type of therapy meant for clients within a specific age group, while play therapy is an approach to therapy that helps children with self-expression and stress relief, among others. Play therapy is a technique that is often used in child therapy to help children express what's running through their minds when they do not have the words to express their thoughts and emotions. It can get children to express what's wrong, what might be causing unwanted behaviors or what they might need, in a way that is accessible to them so that therapists can then work to treat the issue.

How to tell if my child needs counseling

It's not always obvious when a child should see a therapist for their behavior, though in the midst of challenges like divorce, loss, bullying, and other mental health conditions, it's often a good idea to seek it out. Common behaviors that can indicate a need for child therapy include separation anxiety, bedwetting (at inappropriate ages), and agitation/excessive irritability — especially if it reaches a point of physical violence.

What type of therapy is best for children?

Cognitive behavioral therapy at Thriveworks in Annapolis, MD is one of the best types of therapy for children. However, it can be administered in child therapy sessions in a variety of ways that are more accessible to young minds, such as play therapy.

Is child therapy conducted in person or online?

Child therapy at Thriveworks is conducted both in person and online by video. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.

How long does child therapy last?

The length of child therapy depends on your child's needs as well as the goals that you and their therapist might have for them. Generally, child therapy sessions will last for several months.

How much does child therapy cost?

At Thriveworks, we take most major forms of insurance, which means that many of our clients only pay a $0-$50 co-pay per session. However, there are also self-pay options that sit around $200 per session, depending on the service and location, for those who are out-of-network.

Need more help deciding?

Julia has always been an intelligent child and very mature for her age. She’s in the middle of her sophomore year in high school and things haven’t been going well. Julia’s having a lot of trouble getting up in the morning and she’s lost all motivation to do her schoolwork. She spends most of her time sitting around her room and she’s lost interest in painting — something that used to be her favorite hobby.

Julia is showing symptoms of major depressive disorder, a mental health issue that can sap a person’s mood and leave them feeling drained. Have you noticed a change in your child? Working with a mental health professional can help children, adolescents, and teens deal with their issues.

Watching your child go through something difficult in their life can be extremely difficult. We want you to know that support is available — consider calling our office at Thriveworks Counseling in Annapolis, MD today to schedule your child’s first appointment with a licensed mental health professional.

Should My Child See a Therapist or Counselor?

Setting up a child therapy or counseling appointment doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with your child or that you’ve failed as a parent. Children have their own struggles, but they are different from what you’ve dealt with in your life. Scheduling a child therapy or counseling appointment can show your son or daughter that you care about their mental health. The mental health habits they learn during sessions can help them develop and grow as they get older.

Our child therapists and counselors can help children and adolescents cope with a variety of mental issues and challenging situations, including:

  • Trauma or loss
  • Mental disorders like anxiety or depression
  • Bullying
  • Behavioral issues in school
  • Moving to a new school or new town
  • Autism testing and diagnosis
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) diagnosis

Your child might be dealing with something else entirely — and that’s ok. Our mental health professionals can diagnose and treat a wide variety of issues and mental disorders. If you think your child could benefit from working with a therapist or counselor, consider calling our office at Thriveworks Counseling in Annapolis, MD today.

Child Therapy: What Should I Expect?

Children process their emotions differently from adults. Your child might not be willing to discuss their issues with you over dinner at your house — and that’s normal. Our child therapists and counselors can act as a neutral third party, helping your child understand what they’re going through and move past it.

Many therapy techniques can help children overcome obstacles in their lives, but here are some of the most common:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT): This type of therapy focuses on helping people uncover and change unhealthy patterns of thought. CBT is effective in treating a wide variety of mental health issues like anxiety, depression, and substance abuse disorders
  • Play therapy: Young children often have trouble communicating their emotions to others. Play therapy helps a child express their feelings through structured play. By observing how a child plays, a trained mental health professional can make a connection and understand how the child feels.
  • Family therapy: Sometimes, involving the entire family in the therapeutic process can help a child with something in their life. Family therapy focuses on helping children and their families understand how their choices impact each other.

We know that children are unique, so care will be individualized to your child and their situation. Working with a 5-year-old who’s dealing with a bully is very different from helping a 17-year-old living with severe anxiety. Our mental health professionals can provide compassionate, personalized care for your child so they can conquer their issues.

We want you to know that support is available for your child. If your child is dealing with a difficult situation or showing symptoms of a mental health issue, consider calling our office at Thriveworks Counseling in Annapolis, MD today.

Schedule a Child Therapy Session in Annapolis, MD

Do you want to set up a session with one of our trained child therapists or counselors? Call our office today at Thriveworks Counseling in Annapolis, MD to get started. One of our team members can help you schedule a session at a time that works for you.

We know that scheduling can be difficult for busy families. That’s why we offer evening and weekend sessions so your son or daughter can work with a professional during their downtime. We also provide online sessions and a flexible cancellation policy.

Historically, finding a provider with an open schedule can be difficult. We do things differently — you can get started quickly.

Call our office at Thriveworks Counseling in Annapolis, MD to schedule your first appointment. Our mental health professionals can help your child learn and grow in a healthy way.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We cover 180 million Americans – and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Annapolis therapists and counselors accept 22 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (MD) | BCBS

  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (MD) Medicare Advantage

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

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Thriveworks helped me realize that I do believe people can change. I’m not the person I was three months ago, broken and fearful. I’m healthy and happy and for the first time being kind to myself. Thank you for giving me my life back.
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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Annapolis is near General Highway and Housley Road. We share a building with The Councourse Group, and are near a Trusit Bank and Fedex Drop Off.

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(410) 498-6595

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