Birmingham Child Therapy

Child and Teen Therapy in Birmingham, MI—Oakland and Detroit Child Therapists

There are few greater pains for parents than the physical or emotional suffering of their children. The worry alone is enough to burden the day past the point of endurance. Your mind thinks of little outside of your child’s pain.

The cause of you child’s duress could be some sudden trauma or a lingering, unresolved issue. As days turn to weeks, months or even years, however, your concern builds to the point where you can no longer ignore them.

If your child is struggling in some way, you might believe things will take care of themselves or that you can handle it on your own. We want to believe that we are equipped to handle any issues that our children face. We want to believe that we’re all they need, but sometimes that isn’t the case, and professional care is the best option.

You want your child to recover, and you want them to begin that process now.”

When it comes to emotional and psychological issues, simply sticking on a proverbial bandage is not enough.

Why Pursue Birmingham Child Therapy?

Your son or daughter may benefit from a relationship with a child counselor for any number of reasons. Perhaps your child is having a hard time at school, at home or with friends, and you think there could be a way for him or her to be more relaxed or focused. Or maybe a school guidance counselor has identified some concerns and suggested that you find a professional therapist or counselor for your child to speak with. These types of situations can be challenging to experience, but what’s most important is that you recognize that help is available, and the issue can be resolved.

As your child matures, the reasons they might benefit from child therapy can vary, as will the appropriate techniques. Our trained child therapists, however, have experience helping children of any age, and will communicate with your child, identify potential causes and work toward a solution.

Reasons to pursue child therapy can include:

  • Autism concerns or diagnosis
  • ADHD/ADD concerns or diagnosis
  • Disruptive behavior or poor performance in school
  • Abuse or neglect
  • Violent or criminal behavior
  • Life change, such as parent’s divorce
  • Addictions to drugs or alcohol
  • Eating disorders
  • Loss of a loved one
  • Emotional or psychological problems
  • Anxiety

The above list is by no means exhaustive, and as such, you might not have seen your child’s particular issue mentioned. Thriveworks Birmingham, MI in Oakland County child therapy can still help. Even if you can perceive that something is the matter but can’t quite identify the issue, our child therapists (near Detroit, MI) are still here for you. If you want your child to life a more fulfilling, happier life, therapy is an excellent first step in the healing process.

It may be difficult to clearly identify the problem for you as a parent, but you know your child would benefit from therapy. This is the first step in helping your child live a more full, happy life. Realizing that you and your child need help coping with a trauma, or establishing new ways of communicating, is an important step in the healing process.

Child Therapy Techniques

The activities that are the easiest, cheapest, and most fun to do – such as singing, playing games, reading, storytelling, and just talking and listening – are also the best for child development.”

―Jerome Singer, Yale University professor

As any parent knows, communicating with a toddler is much different than talking with a teenager. A trained counselor or therapist will use several techniques to find what works best for your child, even potentially helping your son or daughter open up in ways that they might find uncomfortable with his or her parents.

These methods of child therapy may include:

  • Traditional talk therapy
  • Behavior modification techniques
  • Play therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Teaching relaxation methods
  • Cognitive and behavioral therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Narrative therapy
  • Teaching coping methods
  • Psychological testing
  • Identifying and treating underlying medical issues
  • Identifying and treating underlying psychological issues

All parents believe that their sons and daughters are unique, and each is correct. There are no two children that are exactly alike. Even identical twins can have wildly different personalities. The professionals at Thriveworks Birmingham child therapy understand that every child is different, and that the therapy approach needs to be customized for each.

A combination of various methods is often implemented as a way to treat the complex interdependency of your child’s issues. We will find the right amalgamation of techniques to most effectively foster communication and achieve progress.

Thriveworks Birmingham Child Therapists, Psychologists are Here to Help

It’s possible that you’ve known for quite some time that your child needs help. You’ve tried doing it alone with limited results, which can cause you to feel embarrassed or even isolated. You don’t think your friends would understand, or perhaps believe they would be judgmental. None of that matters.

What does matter is that you understand that help is available to you and your child. There is truly nothing you or your child can share with us that could shock us — we’ve seen and treated it all. Now is the time for you to seek and secure help, and Thriveworks Birmingham child therapy exists for just that reason.

Expert Clinical Care

Thriveworks Birmingham child therapists are leaders in their field. Our counselors have been featured in many academic journals and reputable news outlets such as CNN, The Journal of Mental Health Counseling, Mashable, Cult of Mac, Bleacher Report, Counseling Today, and The Boston Globe. They have experience dealing with the same issues you have kept hidden for so long. Our clinicians accept most major insurance plans, and are ready to help with whatever struggle your child is dealing with — big or small.

Appointments in 24 Hours

Thriveworks was founded on the belief that people should be able to receive the care they need as soon as they ask for it, not weeks after leaving voicemails and hoping to find out that a particular counselor accepts your insurance. We operate on a strict “zero waiting list” policy, which means that when you call us, someone will answer the phone and help you find a session this week, if not within the next 24 hours.

Contact Thriveworks Birmingham Child Therapy Near Detroit, MI

Your child’s wellbeing is your top priority, so don’t ignore your concerns. Contact a qualified child therapist today to help your child overcome whatever issue they are going through right now. Even if your child is relatively happy and healthy, our counselors will be able to better equip them to deal with the various stressors and challenges they are sure to encounter in life.

Are you looking for therapists or mental health professionals near Detroit, MI? Call Thriveworks Birmingham child therapists and psychologists today. It would be our honor to walk with you and your child on this journey of healing and progress.

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People Love Our Providers!

Overall Rating: 5★★★★★ based on 14 5 1 14 reviews. See all reviews
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Great therapist

Andrea Golden is easy to talk with and goes or of her way to give a balanced perspective.
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Lindsey is great!

I had the honor of working with Lindsey at a previous job and she is one of the sweetest individuals I have ever met. Lindsey listens intently to everyone and is open to people from all walks of life. Lindsey is knowledgeable and passionate about advocating for mental health. This makes Lindsey a great leader and counselor. I would refer anyone I know to Lindsey!
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I’ve known Tammy Wagstaff for quite some time. She was very helpful to me for finding my strengths and improving my working and personal relationships. She is a good listener and is able to “see” my point of view . I would highly recommend this counselor
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Review for Sandra Quigley

*****I have been a patient of Sandra's for nearly 2 years now and I really can't say enough good things about her work with me. She is a true Christian counselor and that was exactly the perspective I needed to guide me down the path God was trying to lead me. She definitely strengthened my faith and made many of life's big problems seem like small speed bumps when looking at the big picture!! I highly recommend Sandra Q. if you are looking for the someone who honestly cares about you and the journey you are on. Remember, there’s ultimately only one way to peace in your life, and that’s to walk daily with the Prince of Peace, Christ Jesus!! *****
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I really enjoyed meeting Melissa.

I really enjoyed meeting Melissa. It was easy to converse with her. She was very professional but completely relatable too. I would definitely recommend Thriveworks!
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Moving with meaning

Much Gratitude Christine, You're helping me become the best version of myself. The self I've always pictured the vision is clear and I am ready to LIVE!!
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I wouldn’t recommend it – one of the worst therapists I’ve ever seen

The doctor (PhD) I saw for therapy decided, on the second session, to pay more attention to doing things on his phone than to listening to me. He thought he was hiding what he was doing behind his portfolio, but he was not. I could see the reflection of what he was doing, and he was looking down more than up. He was pretending to listen but didn't do a very good job of that, because when I stopped talking, he would incorrectly try to restate what I said or, make a comment on what I said which turned out to not be relevant because it was clear he wasn't listening. He did not seem to want to be there. It was a horrible experience. I called the next day to complain to the lady on the phone, and got a sincere "I'm sorry" and that's it. When I got the bill (very expensive, by the way), I have been attempting to call the office to pay it over the phone but I keep getting told that the people that do the billing are currently busy and that I should call back. It should not be that difficult for someone to take a credit card number and apply it to my bill, especially a bill I shouldn't have to pay due to horrible service. I hope the other therapists at Thriveworks are better than the one I selected, and actually have interest in helping their patients.
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Couldn’t be happier

We couldn't be happier with the staff and help we have received for our family at the practice. Christine has been particularly helpful in assisting myself and our family get back on track.
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Comfortable, private space for anyone and everyone in the family to get the personal time and space they need.
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She helped change my life

Dear Marcy, I can't thank you enough for recommending your therapist Dawn Gaden to me. She has helped change my life. I have always struggled with feeling misunderstood. But recently I fell into a deep depression; beyond something I could resolve myself. Therapy was required for my recovery. Since childhood I have been weary of therapists because I would talk through my problems but I didn't get tools and strategies to handle my problems better. Dawn has changed that. For the first time I leave each appointment not only relieved from having talked my issues through, but more importantly with tools to help me move forward. She has introduced me to methods I had considered silly, but now I could live without. I am proud of the person I am becoming and the journey I have chosen to take. Thank you for all you have done to change my life and my family's future.
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She Inspires Hope

I found Sandra Quigley on the web while searching for a Christian counselor. I was having a lot of anxiety about making a career change. She not only helped through the anxieties, she also helped me with concerns in my personal life. Sandra's non-judgmental and compassionate approach, made me feel comfortable and hopeful.
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Karen Waldrop

Ms. Waldrop is an active listener and excellent problem solver. She offers practical resolutions to everyday problems for those suffering with depression, life changes, anxiety, and stress. She provides empathy in a quiet manner with a gentle sense of humor. She is capable to offer a variety of tools for those seeking positive and lasting life changes. If you are seeking someone with whom you can discuss your deepest personal issues in a confidential manner I would highly recommend Ms. Karen Waldrop as your therapist.
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Everything I needed

I found Sandra Quigley in the back of a magazine (Psychology Today). I desperately needed someone to talk to. Newly retired with plenty of time to allow my mind to take over my life, I felt constantly anxious and very out of sorts. Enter Sandra Quigley- compassionate, non-judgmental, kind, and gentle. She is everything that I needed to heal myself. I had never talked to a therapist before, so this was a new venture. It was very important to me that I find someone with whom I could feel comfortable. Right away, I felt comfortable. I did have assignments; I never was prescribed a single drug. She went out of her way to help me specifically with my issues- finding me articles, books, telling stories. I never felt uncomfortable; I felt and still feel that my time with Sandra is valuable. With Sandra’s help, I have unearthed a much calmer, happier, together self that now wakes up each morning looking forward to the day ahead. We all have our baggage- I never once realized that I could unpack that bag and put my crap away. I now get to walk through life so much lighter!!
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So helpful!

I really love the helpful and peaceful approach at Thriveworks. I have known Marcy for a long time and her ability to work through tough spots and discuss personalities makes her a lot of fun for me. Time flies when we chat and that is a good thing for a guy like me who is always worried about time. I also love Dawn Gadens video blogs! insightful and easy to access. I don't see Dawn in counseling but if she is that good on video I have to believe she is great in person. Give a shot...I bet you will love them.
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