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6,431 people sought child therapy help in Massachusetts in the last year

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

Ashley Almeida

Hear from Ashley Almeida, Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)

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What is your go-to approach for child therapy?

My go-to therapy with kids is play-based therapy! Play therapy helps to pair symbolic play with verbal expression; it allows us to better understand a child’s internal world.

What tools do you teach in child therapy?

Common skills taught in child therapy are emotional regulation, emotion identification, and skill-building (e.g. asking for help, waiting for a turn).

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

A client can know a child is making progress if the child is demonstrating any improvement in behavior. Caregivers can also ask the child directly, or talk with their therapist or PCP.

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

Clients can supplement child therapy with family therapy!

What should someone do to prepare for starting child therapy?

A caregiver can explain that a therapist is a trusted adult whom the child is seeing to help them with their big feelings!

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 Attleboro.

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 Attleboro, MA 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 Attleboro, MA 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?

As parents, our job is to raise our children to the best of our abilities—this means teaching them about mental and emotional health as well as helping them to maintain it. Sometimes, though, kids need or could benefit from a third party’s help and support. That’s where child therapy comes in. Child therapy helps kids overcome challenges and grow well for many years to come. In fact, there are therapy techniques designed specifically for kids, like play therapy.

“Play therapy is based upon the fact that play is the child’s natural medium of self-expression. It is an opportunity which is given to the child to play out his feelings and problems just as, in certain types of adult therapy, an individual ‘talks out’ his difficulties.” –Virginia Axline

If you believe that your child or teenager could benefit from a professional’s insight and guidance, consider setting them up for an appointment at Thriveworks in Attleboro. Here at Thriveworks Counseling in Attleboro, we have child counselors, therapists, and psychologists who specialize in working with these young individuals. To schedule your child’s first appointment, just call (508) 205-0195. We’ll be happy to get you all set up.

What Is Child Therapy? When Is It Necessary?

Child therapy focuses on meeting the psychological needs of both children and teenagers. As we get older, it’s easy to forget the struggles we went through as kids: navigating social relationships, keeping up with schoolwork, dealing with stressors at home, sorting through new, unexplored emotions. There are times when kids can benefit from a little professional help, just as there are times when us adults can benefit from a little professional help.

The child counselors at our office have completed supervised training working with children. They also have plenty of experience under their belt, which further enables them to help kids of varying ages and with different challenges. Your child or teenager might benefit from a therapist’s help and support if they’re going through one of the following:

  • The loss of a loved one
  • Divorced or divorcing parents
  • Symptoms of a mental health condition
  • Bullying at school
  • A fight with a friend

If your child is suffering as the result of the above (or another issue that didn’t make the list), they might benefit from talking to one of our professionals. We see that kids often feel more comfortable opening up to one of our therapists, of whom provides them with a safe, nonjudgmental space for working through their challenges.

How Does Child Therapy Work?

Child therapy often uses a combination of research-backed therapy techniques. The child counselors at Thriveworks Counseling in Attleboro will likely pull from…

  1. Cognitive behavioral therapy: Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of talk therapy, which has proven effective in treating many problems, including depression, anxiety, PTSD, and more. CBT is based on a few core concepts, including the harmful impact of negative thinking and our learned behaviors based on these thoughts. In child therapy, our professionals help kids better understand their thought processes as well as how they affect their reality. They’ll also relate what they learn to the child’s specific challenges.
  2. Play therapy: Play therapy is another approach to therapy that is often utilized in child therapy. It helps kids explore their thoughts and emotions freely through play! This will typically take place in a playroom, with several toys set up that encourage this free expression and exploration. Meanwhile, the therapist will observe the child. The ultimate goal is to help kids better express themselves and discover new problem-solving techniques.

 If you’ve observed strange behavior that is out of character for your child and you think they might be struggling, consider setting them up with a child therapist. Our professionals are here and ready. They can help your child work through their problems and equip them with tools that will supplement their mental health for years to come.

Book a Child Therapy Session at Thriveworks Counseling in Attleboro, MA

Our office’s child therapy is here to help. Our child specialists have skills, training, and experience that enables them to work so effectively and successfully with these young individuals. They can guide, assist, and support your child as needed. Now, to schedule your appointment, all you have to do is call our office. You can reach us at (508) 205-0195.

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 Attleboro therapists and counselors accept 28 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts | BCBS

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts | BCBS Medicare Advantage (HMO | PPO)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • Fallon Health

  • First Health Network

  • Harvard Pilgrim

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Hear from our clients

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Dave Feb 2024 verified review
It is a very calming and soothing experience, just being able to talk, being able to notice what causes a lot of my emotions. Its been 2 sessions. I feel good! I feel optimistic about my therapy! :) Thank you for your work! :D
Read more It is a very calming and soothing experience, just being able to talk, being able to notice what causes a lot of my emotions. Its been 2 sessions. I feel good! I feel optimistic about my therapy! :) Thank you for your work! :D
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Attleboro is located just off of N Main St. where it intersects with Park St. We currently share a building with Attleboro Friends of Cats among other businesses. Across N Main St. is a larger building where Spooky Games, T & T Nail Salon, and others are located.

Phone number

(508) 406-9434

Languages spoken by MA providers

  • Portuguese
  • English
  • Spanish
  • Korean
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