Child and adolescent therapy from skilled, caring professionals

Toddlers (1-3 years)

Address concerns like developmental delays or disruptive behaviors, with parent participation and play therapy techniques.

Kids (3-13 years)

Address concerns like learning disorders and anxiety, using hands-on activities as well as verbal communication.

Teens (13-18 years)

Address bullying, depression, social pressures, stress, and more — providing coping tools as well as unbiased guidance and support.

Compassionate, expert help for kids and teens

We have child therapists and psychologists who specialize in working with these young individuals. They’re able to break down the child or teen’s challenges in a way that they can understand and manage.
With the help of a skilled and caring mental health professional, kids are able to:
  • Better understand thoughts and feelings
  • Build up self-confidence
  • Navigate major life changes
  • Manage anxiety, stress, and depression
  • Cope with traumatic experiences
  • Address learning and school-related problems

Only the best care for your child

In-Person and Online Care

Most mental health services offer in-person or online care exclusively. We offer both, with 310+ locations across the US and online providers in 36 states.

Only Top Providers

The search for an exceptional provider can be discouraging. We hire only the top 4% of providers* to join our team and provide the very best care to our clients.

High-Touch Support

On-the-spot support is hard to come by. Our support team is available 7 days a week including holidays, and your provider is available between sessions by phone or email.

Full 50-60 Minute Sessions

Others hide how long your counseling session is, and it’s often only 20-30 minutes. We provide a full 50-60 minute session every time.

No Waitlists

Average wait times for mental health care can be three weeks or more. We provide same- or next-day sessions to new clients.

Evening and Weekend Appointments

Finding a convenient time to get mental health care is a challenge. We offer options that work with busy schedules like evening and weekend sessions.

Flexible Cancellations

Life happens, we get it. We have a flexible cancellation policy that lets you cancel or reschedule your session for free with just 23.5 hours’ notice.

Real, Lasting Relationships

Many online counseling services aren't counseling practices but loosely affiliated directories of therapists. At Thriveworks, we have a full-time, dedicated team who build long-standing careers and lasting relationships with clients.

We give kids the tools to thrive in life

Setting your child up with a Thriveworks therapist is easy

Step 1)

Book online or call us to schedule your first session

Step 2)

Meet your child’s counselor together, in person or online

Step 3)

Watch your child grow throughout therapy

FAQ about child therapy at Thriveworks

We offer both in person and online child therapy. However, some children may benefit more from one or the other. For example, toddlers may benefit more from in person care, given that child therapy at this age often involves play therapy — this allows the provider to observe their behavior. On the other hand, teens may prefer online counseling and feel more comfortable opening up to their counselor from a distance. If you aren’t sure whether you’d like to schedule an in-person or online appointment for your child or adolescent, our team is happy to help.

We offer both in person and online child therapy. However, some children may benefit more from one or the other. For example, toddlers may benefit more from in person care, given that child therapy at this age often involves play therapy — this allows the provider to observe their behavior. On the other hand, teens may prefer online counseling and feel more comfortable opening up to their counselor from a distance. If you aren’t sure whether you’d like to schedule an in-person or online appointment for your child or adolescent, our team is happy to help.

Child therapy, or counseling for kids, is an evidence-based approach to counseling, designed to help children and teens with their challenges. These challenges include mental illnesses, traumatic events, the loss of family members, difficult feelings and behaviors.

Child counselors and child psychologists are well-equipped to work with children and understand how their minds work. This enables them to break down their problems in a way they can understand. There is not an age limit for which children can and can’t receive counseling. All are welcome, from toddlers in preschool to teenagers in high school.

Regardless of the individual’s age, the therapist’s goal is to help them get back on a healthy path. If children don’t receive the mental health treatment that they need, they might experience negative developmental, mental, and emotional effects.

It’s hard enough for adults to understand and explain our feelings. Now, imagine what it is like for a child. Therapy can serve as a guiding light for them. Many children and adolescents can benefit from talking to a counselor, from a child suffering amid their parents’ divorce to a depressed teen who’s being bullied at school. The following are common issues addressed in child therapy:

  • Mental health diagnoses
  • Death of a loved one
  • Abuse (sexual, emotional, physical, mental)
  • Addiction in the family
  • Experiencing a traumatic event
  • Moving to a new town
  • Starting at a new school
  • Bullying
  • Divorce

That being said, it’s not always easy to tell when your child or teen might need therapy—even if they are dealing with one of the issues above. Here are some signs that your child is, indeed, having a difficult time and might need (or could benefit from) therapy:

  • Change in appetite
  • Significant weight loss or gain
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Unwarranted aggression
  • Persistent anxiety and nerves
  • Failing or worsening grades
  • Social isolation
  • Alcohol or drug use
  • Self-harm
  • Expression of suicidal thoughts

Child therapy focuses on each child’s specific needs. Child and family therapists are equipped with the skills to cater treatment to each young individual they work with.

Again, a child psychologist’s primary goal is to equip kids with the tools they need to effectively handle the stressors in their life, no matter what those stressors may be. Here are a few examples of how child counseling tackles common issues and helps children flourish again:

1) Dealing with Divorce

Divorce doesn’t simply involve the couple that is separating—it often affects all of those close to them, especially their children. Children of divorce can experience a broad range of emotions, but often they feel unloved, confused, guilty, depressed, or simply distraught about their parents’ split. And these feelings can worsen as time goes on, custody battles worsen, and tensions rise.

A counselor can help them manage all of their thoughts and feelings. They might use play therapy and other techniques to help them communicate these emotions. They can also teach children that it’s okay to feel however they’re feeling, whilst showing them how to better manage those feelings. Effective techniques include journaling, crafting, deep-breathing, and simply opening up about their emotions.

2) Managing Change

It’s easy to forget how impactful change can be on children, but the truth of the matter is that they’re sensitive to significant changes like big moves or school changes. Kids often experience major stress and anxiety due to these changes, which can stick around for an extended period of time, unless properly addressed.

Child therapy teaches them how to cope with change by shifting their focus on the negatives to the positives. Techniques like positive self-talk are learned and the children begin to feel more comfortable with the idea of change being a normal part of life.

3) Building Self-Confidence

More often than not, children suffer with low self-esteem, which can lead to bigger issues down the road like depression, anxiety, and eating disorders. Counseling helps them to see their value and also teaches them how to develop more positive thought patterns.

For example, a teen’s feelings of worthlessness may lead him to believe that he doesn’t deserve the love of his friends and family; a therapist will help him recognize this negative self-talk and turn it into positive self-talk and thoughts.

4) Understanding Mental Illness

Mental illnesses and all of the harmful symptoms that come with them are difficult for anyone to comprehend. But children have a particularly tough time accepting and understanding the diagnosis of a mental illness.

Child therapy gives them the opportunity to ask questions and learn about their disorder, whether it be obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), depression, anxiety, or any other given illness. Whatever the case, counselors help them understand their diagnosis and also cope with the harmful effects that come with it.

5) Coping with Trauma

When children experience a traumatic event, be it abuse or a natural disaster, they often emerge fearful, confused, and upset. And they may even go on to develop post-traumatic stress disorder, which comes with distressing memories, thoughts, nightmares, and flashbacks.

Child counseling helps these kids talk about what they experienced. They learn that it’s okay, helpful even, to talk about the traumatic experience, and they also adopt coping mechanisms. Family therapy might also be beneficial here if family members are involved in the trauma.

If you are worried about your child’s behavior, a child therapist can help. Consider scheduling a therapy appointment for your child where they can open up in a safe space. Have you ever heard of online therapy for kids? If you’re worried about finding the right time to take your child to therapy, online counseling for kids is a great option. There are counselors who can offer online child therapy. This can prove to be the most convenient, comfortable option for many people, including kids. Child therapy online is an effective solution for your child’s challenges.

 

*We only hire the top 3.7% of clinical applicants (data as of 07/21)

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