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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 Bedford.

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 Bedford, NH 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 Bedford, NH 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 a parent, there’s no task as important as protecting your child. But despite our best intentions and actions, children are often subject to the same mental and emotional health concerns that many adults face. They may also have additional concerns that correspond to their level of growth and development.

Consider these scenarios:

  • Your middle school son undergoing puberty is suddenly aware of the height and weight difference between himself and his peers. Self-conscious of his smaller frame, he hides in baggy clothing, avoids physical activities, and even starts to avoid his peers.
  • Your kindergartener is having trouble learning the alphabet. When she’s unable to complete her homework, she lashes out at you and your spouse. Her temper tantrums are getting out of control.
  • Your eldest child has just gone off to college, leaving her younger brother behind. He misses his sister terribly and can’t shake the intense sadness her absence brings.

Though the severity and type of illness or challenge may vary, every mental health concern should be addressed with equal care. Our staff at Thriveworks in Bedford, NH is ready to offer support. Once you set up an appointment with our therapists, counselors, or other providers, your child will receive quality, personalized care.

Reasons To Pursue Therapy for Children and Teens

Adolescence is one of the most eventful times in our lives. Because teens and preteens are still in the process of growing mentally, physically, and emotionally, every event during these years is often met with equal parts fear and fascination.

But when the pressures of growing up are compounded by mental and emotional health issues, tackling everyday challenges can become exhausting or nearly impossible. A therapist, counselor, psychiatrist, or another mental health provider can bring clarity to your child’s situation and work with them to create coping strategies that prepare them for their present as well as their future.

Some of the challenges that our professionals commonly address in children and adolescents include:

  • Bullying
  • Body dysmorphia
  • Eating disorders
  • Anger management issues
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Depression
  • Substance abuse
  • Mental and physical abuse
  • Sibling bickering
  • Behavioral problems
  • Life transitions
  • College planning and career coaching issues
  • Self-harm and suicidal thoughts

If your child is dealing with a mental health issue that is interrupting the way they live their life, consider calling us at Thriveworks in Bedford, NH to begin treatment.

A Guide to Child Therapy

The reasons that children and their families pursue therapy may differ from situation to situation, but the process behind adolescent and child therapy follows a similar cadence. The first step involves an assessment. Your child’s therapist will talk to your child and get to know them personally before they unpack their specific concern or condition.

After they have assessed your child’s needs, they’ll set up and begin a treatment program. Treatment often incorporates one or more therapy techniques. Some of the most common types of therapy for children and teens include:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), which teaches children to reframe negative ways of thinking so that they can address problems thoughtfully.
  • Play therapy, which is a popular form of therapy for young children and incorporates play into the therapeutic practices.
  • Family therapy, which addresses concerns within the entire family unit. Because problems for one family member can impact the whole family, family therapy may be needed even if the concerns were originally about one member of the family.
  • Interpersonal therapy, which examines your child’s relationships with others and is often used to treat depression.

Depending on your child’s needs, your therapist may also suggest self-care activities such as painting, mindfulness, and physical exercise. Therapy can be especially useful for children, preteens, and teens who are experiencing emotional and behavioral problems.

Addressing problems as soon as they arise can have a positive impact on your child. Schedule an appointment with a provider at Thriveworks in Bedford, NH to begin their therapy sessions and help them improve their mental wellbeing.

Schedule a Session With a Licensed Child Therapist in Bedford, NH

Many children and adolescents face emotional and mental health challenges. If your child could use some mental health support, do not hesitate to reach out to us for help.

Our counselors, therapists, and other professionals are available online and in person. Sessions can even be scheduled on the weekend or in the evenings. You and your child can review online video content and interact with our Q&A life coaching service. You’ll also have access to a moderated message board where you can connect with other parents who may be dealing with similar issues.

Our generous cancellation policy makes rescheduling easy, and we happily accept insurance from various providers. As a new client, your child may even be able to be seen by a provider within 24 to 48 hours of reaching out.

Reach out today to set up a session with a psychologist, therapist, or another provider at Thriveworks in Bedford, NH. We’re here for you and your family.

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 Bedford therapists and counselors accept 22 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Hampshire | BCBS

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Community Health Options

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

  • Humana PPO/EPO/HDHP

  • JP Farley Corporation

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Self-pay costs at Bedford
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

5.0 Thriveworks Bedford reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
My wife and I had an excellent experience with our amazing counselor Sam. We reached out for help with communication and intimacy issues and he helped us make real positive change in our lives. The strategies we developed with Sam have made a huge difference and we feel more connected than ever. He was always attentive, thoughtful, and accommodating to our busy schedules. The option to meet remotely or in person was a huge plus for us. We highly recommend his services.
Read more My wife and I had an excellent experience with our amazing counselor Sam. We reached out for help with communication and intimacy issues and he helped us make real positive change in our lives. The strategies we developed with Sam have made a huge difference and we feel more connected than ever. He was always attentive, thoughtful, and accommodating to our busy schedules. The option to meet remotely or in person was a huge plus for us. We highly recommend his services.
Bedford Jun 2022
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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling Bedford is located at 173 S River Rd Suite 2, Bedford, NH 03110, at the intersection of Executive Park Drive.

Phone number

(603) 255-5267

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