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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 Bethesda.

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 Bethesda, 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 Bethesda, 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?

When we think back on our childhood, we tend to remember the good times we had playing with friends, running around at the park, soaking in the carefree fun. We forget that being a kid wasn’t always carefree fun. The truth is that growing up is hard. Childhood and adolescence come with unique challenges that shape our personalities, our views of the world, and ultimately ourselves as adults. This makes overcoming the hurdles we face as kids and teens important to the quality and longevity of our lives.

“You can do the impossible because you have been through the unimaginable.” –Christine Rasmussen

The thing is that overcoming challenges isn’t always easy. In fact, doing so can be really difficult, especially as a child or teenager who is still growing and learning. Fortunately, there is a solution to this problem: child therapy. Child therapists can assist kids and teens with overcoming challenges that threaten their wellbeing and, ultimately, help them grow well through life.

If your child is struggling with the unique challenges that we often face at a young age—say, bullying, making friends, adjusting after the loss of a grandparent—consider setting them up with a child therapist or psychologist at Thriveworks Bethesda. We have therapists and counselors who specialize in helping young individuals grow well through life. And they are ready to start helping your child today. Give us a call at (240) 513-3093 to schedule an appointment or hear more about our services.

Important Conversations in Child Therapy

Watching our children go through difficult challenges and struggle with tough feelings is hard. And the reality is that sometimes we can’t offer them the help that they need. Why? In some instances, because they don’t feel comfortable talking to their parents or close family members about their problems. In other instances, we just don’t have the expertise or experience to help. The good news is that the child therapists and psychologists at Thriveworks Bethesda do have the expertise and the experience to help. Here are a few examples of the children and situations they help with:

  • Kids who are nervous about going to a new school
  • Children who are being bullied by their classmates
  • Teens who feel depressed or anxious
  • Kids who are struggling to make friends
  • Children who act out repeatedly in class
  • Teens who have experienced trauma
  • Kids who just lost a close family member

Child therapy seems like a drastic or last resort kind-of-decision to some, but we don’t think that’s the case. Here at Thriveworks Bethesda, we believe that everybody can benefit from working with a skilled therapist, counselor, or life coach. Even if your child isn’t facing a serious challenge, they can still find value in working with a therapist or psychologist. For example, they could learn tools for communicating more effectively, creating healthy relationships, building confidence, and much more.

Scheduling Child Therapy at Thriveworks Bethesda

The therapists at Thriveworks Bethesda are highly trained mental health professionals with an impressive amount of knowledge and experience related to helping kids thrive. Their primary mission is to help their young clients properly manage the challenges they may be facing and equip them with necessary tools for living a happy, healthy life.

Does this sound like something you think that your child could benefit from? You can call (240) 513-3093 to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists today. A scheduling specialist will answer your call, ask you a few basic questions, and then help you set up an appointment with a child therapist or psychologist near you at your earliest convenience. Keep in mind that we do offer evening and weekend appointments! Because we understand that day-time, weekly appointments aren’t always possible (especially when you throw children into the mix).

We look forward to hearing from you soon and we are excited to get to know your child or teen. You can trust that they are in good hands. Call Thriveworks Bethesda today.

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 Bethesda therapists and counselors accept 21 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Maryland | BCBS HMO

  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Maryland | BCBS PPO

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

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Self-pay costs at Bethesda
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 Learn about verified reviews
★★★★★
I couldn't have asked for a better therapist. Nina Zuriff is such a good fit for me. She is very knowledgeable and compassionate. She has really helped me cope with this very hard time I am currently experiencing and makes herself reachable should an emergency arise. I am very happy I selected Nina. I would highly recommend her to anyone.
Read more I couldn't have asked for a better therapist. Nina Zuriff is such a good fit for me. She is very knowledgeable and compassionate. She has really helped me cope with this very hard time I am currently experiencing and makes herself reachable should an emergency arise. I am very happy I selected Nina. I would highly recommend her to anyone.
Roseann Feb 2024
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★★★★★
Carolina, is a caring and empathetic individual. I felt heard and understood since I walked in to see her. She is helping me grow as an individual l, and for that I am forever grateful.
Read more Carolina, is a caring and empathetic individual. I felt heard and understood since I walked in to see her. She is helping me grow as an individual l, and for that I am forever grateful.
Bethesda Mar 2020
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★★★★★
I am glad that I made the decision to work with Stacey Scott. She is an exceptional listener. Ms. Scott is committed to her clients. Stacey is intentional about ensuring her clients are successful and thrive. Stacey takes the the time to listen and helps with developing strategies that are effective. Stacey Scott is a professional. I am so glad I had an opportunity to talk with her and even happier that she listened.
Read more I am glad that I made the decision to work with Stacey Scott. She is an exceptional listener. Ms. Scott is committed to her clients. Stacey is intentional about ensuring her clients are successful and thrive. Stacey takes the the time to listen and helps with developing strategies that are effective. Stacey Scott is a professional. I am so glad I had an opportunity to talk with her and even happier that she listened.
Bethesda Oct 2019
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Bethesda is located at 4401 E W Hwy #504, Bethesda, MD 20814, near Bethesda Chevy Chase High School.

Phone number

(240) 647-5625

Languages spoken by MD providers

  • English
  • Spanish
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