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1,106 people sought child therapy help in Tennessee in the last year

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

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 Chattanooga.

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 Chattanooga, TN 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 Chattanooga, TN 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.

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 Chattanooga therapists and counselors accept 18 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee | BCBS

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

  • Humana PPO | EPO | HDHP

  • JP Farley Corporation

  • Multi Plan PHCS

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Self-pay costs at Chattanooga
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

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I've been seeing Caitlin since the end of 2023 and she has been great. I would highly recommend her to anyone!
Read more I've been seeing Caitlin since the end of 2023 and she has been great. I would highly recommend her to anyone!
Sydney Feb 2024
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★★★★★
I would recommend Heidi to anyone who is even contemplating this service. She has an innate way of making you feel comfortable in what could be an uncomfortable situation. She is a fantastic listener and extremely intuitive and professional when formatting her questions and offering feedback. She both challenges and affirms your efforts and offers strategies for progressive and documentable progress. Thanks Heidi,
Read more I would recommend Heidi to anyone who is even contemplating this service. She has an innate way of making you feel comfortable in what could be an uncomfortable situation. She is a fantastic listener and extremely intuitive and professional when formatting her questions and offering feedback. She both challenges and affirms your efforts and offers strategies for progressive and documentable progress. Thanks Heidi,
Chattanooga May 2022
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★★★★★
I supervised Austin as a therapist for the last 3 years and can't say enough about talents as a therapist. He is knowledgeable, fosters a great rapport, and caters his approach to the needs of his clients. He is professional and ethical and holds himself to a high standard. It was a joy and honor to have him on my team and I believe he will continue to do exceptional work in the mental health field!
Read more I supervised Austin as a therapist for the last 3 years and can't say enough about talents as a therapist. He is knowledgeable, fosters a great rapport, and caters his approach to the needs of his clients. He is professional and ethical and holds himself to a high standard. It was a joy and honor to have him on my team and I believe he will continue to do exceptional work in the mental health field!
Chattanooga Oct 2021
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I am eternally grateful for Nona Kelly! She has helped my family and I navigate through some of the most difficult phases of life. Her compassion, empathy and wisdom have given me clarity and fresh perspective. I have never felt as safe and comfortable with anyone else. Nona is not only a gifted therapist; she is a beautiful soul who truly cares about her clients. Thank you, Nona!
Read more I am eternally grateful for Nona Kelly! She has helped my family and I navigate through some of the most difficult phases of life. Her compassion, empathy and wisdom have given me clarity and fresh perspective. I have never felt as safe and comfortable with anyone else. Nona is not only a gifted therapist; she is a beautiful soul who truly cares about her clients. Thank you, Nona!
Chattanooga Jan 2021
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★★★★★
I am so thankful that I met Nona. She has helped me navigate through some very difficult times. She has helped me develop plans and holds me accountable. Her kindness and acceptance makes it very easy to relate to her.
Read more I am so thankful that I met Nona. She has helped me navigate through some very difficult times. She has helped me develop plans and holds me accountable. Her kindness and acceptance makes it very easy to relate to her.
Chattanooga Jan 2021
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Therapy Chattanooga is located off E Main St between S Greenwood Ave and S Holtzclaw Ave. Next door to Rogers Quik Mart, we currently share the building with La Guatemalteca and Bill’s Uniform Shop. At the corner of our building is the Main and Greenwood bus stop for Line 9.

Phone number

(423) 403-3732

Languages spoken by TN providers

  • English
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