Image of a therapist and client in a counseling session.

8,221 people sought child therapy help in Georgia in the last year

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

Andrew Haynes

Hear from Andrew Haynes, Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

View Andrew Haynes's profile

What is your go-to approach for child therapy?

My preferred approach to counseling children combines client-centered therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). In client-centered therapy, I establish a nonjudgmental environment where children can openly express their thoughts and feelings. This fosters a sense of being heard and understood. CBT techniques are introduced to help children identify and address any distorted beliefs that lead to distorted thought patterns. This combined approach aims to enhance self-awareness and empower children to use beliefs to navigate their emotions, thoughts, and behaviors more effectively.

What tools do you teach in child therapy?

I educate children about the concept of ego personality and its dynamic flow. By understanding that beliefs significantly influence their emotions, thoughts, and behaviors, children begin to recognize the power of their perspectives on situations and people around them. I emphasize to children that small changes in their perspectives can lead to significant improvements in their overall quality of life.

How do you know when a client is making meaningful progress in child therapy?

I can observe a child's progress when they become more confident in their capacity to manage their emotions independently. They also show increased awareness of unhelpful beliefs and develop the ability to choose alternative beliefs that better serve their growth and well-being.

What can clients do in their personal time to supplement child therapy?

I motivate children clients to reference visual representations of the CBT triangle. This aids them in understanding how their perspectives on situations and people directly influence their emotions, thoughts, and behaviors. I encourage them to memorize this framework and integrate it into their daily routine to effectively restructure beliefs to be more helpful.

What should someone do to prepare for starting child therapy?

A child can prepare for their initial therapy session by grasping the counselor's role in providing a secure environment for them to express themselves openly and honestly. Together with the counselor, they collaborate to improve their overall well-being.

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 Duluth.

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 Duluth, GA 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 Duluth, GA 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.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We accept 585+ insurance plans, and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Duluth therapists and counselors accept 21 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia | BCBS

  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia | Medicare Advantage

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

Show more
Self-pay costs at Duluth
Talk therapy

Talk therapy

Includes individual, couples, child/ teen, & family therapy

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Talk therapy

Psychiatry

Includes reducing symptoms with medication & management

First session

$1

Ongoing sessions

$1

Hear from our clients

4.1 Learn about verified reviews
★★★★
My child is a little more relaxed and happy after 5 sessions with Andrew. He will continue the therapy and we are confident he will getting better every day
Read more My child is a little more relaxed and happy after 5 sessions with Andrew. He will continue the therapy and we are confident he will getting better every day
Qingqing Feb 2024
Thriveworks.com verified review
☆☆☆☆
Shame on Thrive works. My partner and I have been seeing a therapist and liked her. BUT both last week and this week we drove to Duluth location (35 minutes from my house), waited in the waiting room, only to find out our therapist wasn’t even there!!! Called to inquire why and basically got no reason. I received both the text message confirming my appointment and the emails. What if we were in crisis??? So disappointed with them.
Read more Shame on Thrive works. My partner and I have been seeing a therapist and liked her. BUT both last week and this week we drove to Duluth location (35 minutes from my house), waited in the waiting room, only to find out our therapist wasn’t even there!!! Called to inquire why and basically got no reason. I received both the text message confirming my appointment and the emails. What if we were in crisis??? So disappointed with them.
Tracy Jan 2024
Thriveworks.com verified review
★★★★★
I am very pleased with my therapist and I have learned much about myself!
Karen Dec 2023
Thriveworks.com verified review
★★★★★
Working with Eboni has truly transformed my life but also the personal love I have for myself. I’d thought I was need of therapy due to stress from my job. After a few months I realize that I was going to be tackling more than just work issues. Eboni was absolutely phenomenal in her quietness when I needed to see myself and determine the truth behind any problems I was trying to work through. I’m so much better because of it and I’m so happy that I made the decision to start. Though I still have a lot to work on;I can already see a difference and so can everyone else! Thank you Eboni!!
Read more Working with Eboni has truly transformed my life but also the personal love I have for myself. I’d thought I was need of therapy due to stress from my job. After a few months I realize that I was going to be tackling more than just work issues. Eboni was absolutely phenomenal in her quietness when I needed to see myself and determine the truth behind any problems I was trying to work through. I’m so much better because of it and I’m so happy that I made the decision to start. Though I still have a lot to work on;I can already see a difference and so can everyone else! Thank you Eboni!!
Duluth Jan 2022
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★
My counselor, Eboni, is amazing and finds different ways using different resources to help me seek better insight. She is highly recommended if you are looking for someone to deal with self-esteem and anger management issues.
Read more My counselor, Eboni, is amazing and finds different ways using different resources to help me seek better insight. She is highly recommended if you are looking for someone to deal with self-esteem and anger management issues.
Duluth Aug 2021
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
Very good
Atlanta Jun 2018
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
I felt better about myself walking out of the session...
Atlanta Apr 2018
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★
Enjoyed my first session.
Atlanta Apr 2018
Review left on Thriveworks.com

Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Duluth is located off of Abbotts Bridge Road, and near Kani House. You will find an Urgent Care Center across the street, and an Extra Space Storage down the road.

Phone number

(678) 679-9918

Languages spoken by GA providers

  • English
  • Spanish
Monday 8:00am - 9:00pm
Tuesday 8:00am - 9:00pm
Wednesday 8:00am - 9:00pm
Thursday 8:00am - 9:00pm
Friday 8:00am - 9:00pm
Saturday 8:00am - 9:00pm
Sunday 8:00am - 9:00pm

Shown in ET

Monday 7:00am - 9:30pm
Tuesday 7:00am - 9:30pm
Wednesday 7:00am - 9:30pm
Thursday 7:00am - 9:30pm
Friday 7:00am - 9:30pm
Saturday 7:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday 8:00am - 5:00pm

Shown in ET

5 photos