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1,471 people sought child therapy help in Ohio in the last year

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

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ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Ohio | BCBS, Carelon, +20 more
Anger, Coping Skills, Stress, Women’s Issues, ADHD, +9 more

I am a present-focused, client centered therapist with experience treating anxiety, trauma, substance use disorders, anxiety, depression, Bipolar, and... I am a present-focused, client centered therapist with experience treating anxiety, trauma, substance use disorders, anxiety, depression, Bipolar, and OCD. Read more

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Ohio | BCBS, Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card), +18 more
Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, Self Esteem, Stress, Women’s Issues, +7 more

The key to health and happiness is balance: mentally, emotionally, physically, spiritually; trauma makes it hard to know what balance is and how to bu... The key to health and happiness is balance: mentally, emotionally, physically, spiritually; trauma makes it hard to know what balance is and how to build it, and I'm here to help. Read more

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, First Health Network, Healthsmart, +12 more
LGBTQIA+, Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, Stress, Life Transition, +2 more

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, Cigna | Evernorth, United Healthcare | Optum, +2 more
Anger, Coping Skills, Stress, Addiction, Life Transition, +5 more

As an African American cis-gender female who used to be a silent sufferer, I understand the difficulty, fear, and stigma of trusting a stranger to hel... As an African American cis-gender female who used to be a silent sufferer, I understand the difficulty, fear, and stigma of trusting a stranger to help you explore your feelings. Read more

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Ohio | BCBS, Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card), +20 more
Anger, Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Trauma / PTSD

I personally understand the challenges of mental illness, life changes, managing stress, and needing help, especially in therapy.

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Ohio | BCBS, Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card), +20 more
Coping Skills, Self Esteem, Stress, Women’s Issues, OCD / Obsessive-Compulsive, +5 more

We all go through times in life when we struggle with our mental health- You are not alone and I am here to help you reach your mental health goals.

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Ohio | BCBS, Carelon, +17 more
LGBTQIA+, Anger, Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, Infidelity, +11 more

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Ohio | BCBS, Carelon, +17 more
Coping Skills, Self Esteem, Stress, Women’s Issues, Bipolar Disorder, +3 more

Life can take some unexpected turns and cause some hurt; it is good to talk with someone when feeling ready to heal and finding the root of why we fee... Life can take some unexpected turns and cause some hurt; it is good to talk with someone when feeling ready to heal and finding the root of why we feel hurt and learn to heal from it. Read more

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Ohio | BCBS, Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card), +19 more
Self Esteem, Stress, Women’s Issues, Anxiety, Grief / Loss, +1 more

I believe counseling is a collaborative approach to healing the whole person.

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Ohio | BCBS, Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card), +20 more
LGBTQIA+, Anger, Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, Infidelity, +12 more

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Ohio | BCBS, Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card), +19 more
LGBTQIA+, Anger, Behavioral Issues, Men’s Issues, Self Esteem, +8 more

I am here to meet you where you are, and excited to help you move forward.

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Ohio | BCBS, Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card), +17 more
Anger, Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, Self Esteem, Stress, +6 more

At an early age I became aware that helping others was a passion of mine and something I wanted to share with others.

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 Columbus.

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 Columbus, OH 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 Columbus, OH 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?

Childhood should be a time of popsicle sticks and playing with friends until it gets dark outside. It’s a time of no responsibility and careless fun. So why are so many children hurting? When our children hurt, we hurt. It’s instinctive to protect the bright light of childhood. If we could, we would probably take all of their pain and struggles and put it on ourselves! Although that’s not possible, there is something you can do for your child.

Thriveworks Columbus understands how hard it can be for the entire family when a child is struggling with behavioral, mental, or emotional difficulties. We walk with them as they process, understand, and progress forward in their journey towards that happy childhood.

The brains of youth are unique from the fully formed brains of adults. That’s why it can be confusing or frustrating when your child is exhibiting uncommon symptoms of mental illness. It also means normal therapy techniques won’t always work. When someone sees and processes the world differently, they need an equally different approach. Thriveworks Columbus child therapy can be that bridge and help your child get back to the healthy, happy state they deserve!

What Is Child Therapy?

The goal of Child Therapy is to help your child understand, process, and handle problems that can range from mental illness to trauma to difficult behaviors. In all our years of experience, Thriveworks Columbus has never found two children who are alike. Therefore, every Child Therapy session is unique.

Children’s brains are especially neuroplastic: they can heal from trauma and grow past difficulties easier than adult brains can. The earlier a child sees a counselor once a potential problem is noted, the better the long-term outcome.

Of course, there is never a problem that is too big or too small for our Thriveworks Columbus counselors. We understand that seeing a counselor is a big decision with a lot of opposing factors, and we are more than happy to walk with you through the decision-making process. We can give you tools and recommendations to implement at home, or help you make the next best step. And if you decide counseling is that next step, we would love to walk beside you and your child!

A few of the more common reasons to bring a child to Child Therapy include:

  • Changes in appetite
  • Significant weight loss or gain
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Unwarranted aggression
  • Persistent anxiety and nerves
  • Failing or worsening grades
  • Social isolation
  • Self-harm
  • Expression of suicidal thoughts
  • Recent changes in family (move, loss of a family member, etc.)
  • Traumatic experiences

Thriveworks Columbus strives to optimize every child’s wellbeing while encouraging their unique personality. We would love to meet you and your child today and talk about what might come next!

What Does Child Therapy Look Like?

Children will often not have the vocabulary or insight to talk through what they need to process. They might have difficulty understanding their own emotions and experiences, and most of the traditional therapies might not work as well. The psychology field has progressed immensely and have developed many child therapies that work wonderfully in replacement of or in conjunction with traditional talk therapy. Some of these include:

  • Art therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Play therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Developing coping methods
  • Practicing relaxing techniques
  • Behavioral therapy

Scheduling a Session at Thriveworks Columbus

Our Thriveworks Columbus counselors are trained in many different counseling techniques and have many other tools/strategies that prove helpful.

Finally, we want to stress that anything your child might be struggling with is not your fault! Having a child in therapy does not make you a “bad” parent. You love your child in a way that no one else can, and that is vital in their development and healing. But at a certain point, love alone can’t reach the mental, emotional, and behavioral problems that might be manifesting. Thriveworks Columbus can be that professional bridge to bring you closer to your child and your child to a healthier, happier spot.

If you think your child could benefit from working with a therapist, reach out to Thriveworks Columbus today. Our therapists are ready and eager to help them live better and set them up for greater success.

 

Our Columbus, OH office is a TherapyLand location: A positive, empowering place for kids to get the mental health care they deserve. Equipped with sandboxes, dollhouses, easels, puppets, blocks, basketball hoops, and other tools, our play therapy rooms are designed to help kids explore and express their emotions. Learn more about TherapyLand and how it could help your child.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We cover 180 million Americans – and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Columbus therapists and counselors accept 27 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Ohio | BCBS

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

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Healthsmart

  • Humana Exchange

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Self-pay costs at Columbus
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 enjoy my councilor and she is easy to talk to.
Suzanne Dec 2023
Thriveworks.com verified review
★★★★★
I am honored to recommend Jerome Rivers as a fellow clinician. He is one of the most diligent and proficient counselors that I know. I admire his ability to meet the client where they are whether it’s being silly or serious. You will be drawn to his genuineness and you should be excited to begin a new therapeutic journey with him, trust the process!
Read more I am honored to recommend Jerome Rivers as a fellow clinician. He is one of the most diligent and proficient counselors that I know. I admire his ability to meet the client where they are whether it’s being silly or serious. You will be drawn to his genuineness and you should be excited to begin a new therapeutic journey with him, trust the process!
Columbus Sep 2022
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
I highly recommend Brianna Sheridan and her expertise as a therapist. I have had the pleasure to know Brianna for several years and have worked with her as a colleague. Brianna is very knowledgable and I have often sought her advice and insight regarding counseling matters and concerns. She is a competent, highly skilled, and a very compassionate therapist.
Read more I highly recommend Brianna Sheridan and her expertise as a therapist. I have had the pleasure to know Brianna for several years and have worked with her as a colleague. Brianna is very knowledgable and I have often sought her advice and insight regarding counseling matters and concerns. She is a competent, highly skilled, and a very compassionate therapist.
Columbus Sep 2019
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
I recently started utilizing Thriveworks and my counselor is amazing! I have seen a few therapists over the years, but she is the first that I feel has real tools that work for me. I am an overly analytical person, and she has introduced me to so many new ways to think about various problems, new and old, that have given me a fresh perspective. Today was the second day in my short time here that I left with that "mind blown" feeling, and today I couldn’t believe the positive feelings I had on these new approaches she provided me. Also, which is the best part of course, the office is so peaceful and calming, the staff are all incredible, and just walking in the door makes me de-stress quite a bit. I definitely recommend giving Thriveworks a shot if you are looking for a welcoming place! Go Buckeyes!
Read more I recently started utilizing Thriveworks and my counselor is amazing! I have seen a few therapists over the years, but she is the first that I feel has real tools that work for me. I am an overly analytical person, and she has introduced me to so many new ways to think about various problems, new and old, that have given me a fresh perspective. Today was the second day in my short time here that I left with that "mind blown" feeling, and today I couldn’t believe the positive feelings I had on these new approaches she provided me. Also, which is the best part of course, the office is so peaceful and calming, the staff are all incredible, and just walking in the door makes me de-stress quite a bit. I definitely recommend giving Thriveworks a shot if you are looking for a welcoming place! Go Buckeyes!
Columbus Sep 2019
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
Thriveworks is a great company that meets the needs of all its clients. Their compassion to help people is unmatched.
Read more Thriveworks is a great company that meets the needs of all its clients. Their compassion to help people is unmatched.
Columbus May 2019
Review left on Thriveworks.com

Where to find us

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Child Therapy Columbus is located off of Northwest Blvd, just east of the intersection of Northwest Blvd and N Star Rd. Our building is shared by Schultz CPA, neighbored by Star & Northwest Auto Care, and across the street from Buckeye State Bank. The closest bus stop is Northwest Blvd & Stanford Rd.

Phone number

(614) 739-8926

Languages spoken by OH providers

  • English
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