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

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

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Good news! We have 36 therapists in Massachusetts available for an online or in-person session.

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 Brookline.

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 Brookline, 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 Brookline, 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?

Brookline, MA Child Therapists and Counselors—Child Therapy, Adolescent Counseling

If you think that your child or teen could benefit from working with a child therapist, reach out to Thriveworks Counseling in Brookline. We have child therapists and psychologists on our team who are more than happy to help your child or teen navigate life’s challenges.

These professionals know just how to break down their bigger-than-life issues into manageable pieces—pieces that your child can better understand and address. Call us today at (617) 958-5912.

What Is Child Therapy?

Child therapists have specific training and experience working with children. They understand their developmental needs as well as signs that your child or teen might need a little extra support.

The child therapists at Thriveworks in Brookline, MA utilize a range of evidence-based treatment methods to help their young clients. These include:

  1. Cognitive behavioral therapy: Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of treatment rooted in the concept that our thoughts rule our lives. A child therapist might use CBT to teach kids about their thinking patterns and help them to better cope with uncomfortable feelings. It can also be used to address specific behavioral, emotional, and/or social problems.
  2. Play therapy: Play therapy is another popular approach to child therapy. This is often used to help kids open up about how they’re feeling and what they’re struggling with. It can also supplement their learning of new skills, which then help them to process their emotions.

If you think that your child could benefit from working with a professional in child therapy, we are here for you. We have child therapists and psychologists on our team who have the specific skills and training to help and support your child.

Common Reasons for Child Therapy

Sometimes, kids act out and exhibit an irritable mood as well as rebellious behavior. Often, this behavior is due to their struggle with difficult feelings that they don’t know how to process or express properly. The child therapists at our office know how to help your child better understand and articulate their emotions. Additionally, they can help your child manage or cope with the following:

  • The death of a loved one
  • Divorce
  • Bullying
  • Mental illness
  • Social problems
  • Learning disorders

If your child is struggling with any of the aforementioned, consider setting them up with a child therapist. Thriveworks Counseling in Brookline has a whole team of child therapists and psychologists who are here and ready to help.

Schedule a Child Therapy Appointment at Thriveworks Counseling in Brookline, MA

Child therapy at Thriveworks in Brookline, MA is here to meet your child’s needs. We want to ensure that your child has the necessary skills and tools to grow well. Our child therapists and psychologists can help them work through challenges like the death of a loved one, bullying, and even mental illness.

If your child or teen is struggling in any way, consider getting them professional support.

To schedule a session with one of our child therapists, contact our office at (617) 934-1974.

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 Brookline therapists and counselors accept 29 insurance plans

  • Aetna

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

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts | BCBS

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • Fallon Health

  • First Health Network

  • Harvard Pilgrim

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Self-pay costs at Brookline
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 Brookline reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
Selina is a kind and capable counselor who knows how to get quickly to the heart of the matter without wasting a clients time. She is knowledgeable, compassionate and helps her clients move to a place of increased self awareness and overall improved wellness.
Read more Selina is a kind and capable counselor who knows how to get quickly to the heart of the matter without wasting a clients time. She is knowledgeable, compassionate and helps her clients move to a place of increased self awareness and overall improved wellness.
Brookline Dec 2020
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★★★★★
My therapist has been amazing, patient, non-judgmental and flexible in her techniques that have helped me be more open to trying new methods.
Read more My therapist has been amazing, patient, non-judgmental and flexible in her techniques that have helped me be more open to trying new methods.
Brookline Oct 2018
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★★★★★
Responsive, timely and friendly customer service. My first appointment with my new therapist was great. I like how the staff was knowledgeable with insurance and the types of treatments each therapist specializes in to help me make the right decision in choosing my own therapist. Thanks Thriveworks!
Read more Responsive, timely and friendly customer service. My first appointment with my new therapist was great. I like how the staff was knowledgeable with insurance and the types of treatments each therapist specializes in to help me make the right decision in choosing my own therapist. Thanks Thriveworks!
Brookline Jul 2018
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★★★★★
We are off to a good start.
Brookline Jun 2018
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Brookline is at the corner of St Paul Street and Beacon Street. We are across the street from the Public Library of Brookline, and next to Mass General Brigham Urgent Care.

Phone number

(617) 958-5912

Languages spoken by MA providers

  • Turkish
  • English
  • Spanish
  • Farsi
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