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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 Dover.

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 Dover, DE 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 Dover, DE 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?

Many of us fantasize about being a kid again—about going back to “simpler” days. But many of us also forget about how difficult childhood and adolescence can be. This is a critical period of development, one that comes with many physical, mental, and emotional changes. And often, kids and teens aren’t sure how to navigate these changes. They feel confused, uncertain, even fearful.

Fortunately, there is help and support for children and adolescents who need or could benefit from some professional help. There are counselors and therapists at Thriveworks Dover who specialize in providing this assistance to kids or teens. Whether they’re dealing with identifiable stressors such as their parents’ divorcing or their getting bullied, or they simply need some support during this developmental stage. Whatever the case, the counselors and therapists at Thriveworks Dover will use their skills and expertise to best help your child.

Does My Child Need Therapy?

Think about the last time you felt stressed or challenged emotionally—it probably wasn’t the best day, was it? Now, imagine being a kid and experiencing the same unwanted emotions. Kids and teens have to learn how to deal with their emotions properly, of which child therapy can help with. Additionally, child therapy can help children and adolescents with the challenges presented to them, such as:

  • Adjusting to life after parents’ divorce
  • Moving to a new town and/or school
  • Understanding and coping with mental illness
  • Dealing with a school bully
  • Building and maintaining relationships

The above challenges can prove significant and problematic to your child or teen’s life. The therapists and counselors at Thriveworks Dover can help them to address these problems and equip them with tools to better navigate future challenges that may arise. Ultimately, a child therapist can help their young clients to grow well through life.

How Does Child Therapy Work?

Child therapy is designed to best help each individual client, depending on the problems they present. That said, the ultimate goal is to help children and adolescents to better handle stressors and live an overall happier, healthier life. Here are a couple specific examples of how they might help their clients:

  1. Because childhood and adolescence are often marked with distinct physical, emotional, and mental changes, it is common for kids and teens to suffer with a low self-esteem. If your child is struggling with a low self-esteem, a counselor at Thriveworks Dover can help them to build their confidence. For example, the counselor might teach them about positive versus negative thoughts and help your child to see all that they offer the world.
  2. Life is often challenging for children of divorce, as this separation can bring about feelings of confusion, depression, and guilt in the kids. Furthermore, these feelings can worsen over time if they are not addressed. That’s where a child therapist at Thriveworks Dover comes in and makes a difference. They can talk through these feelings with your child and help them to come to terms with how they feel through journaling or deep-breathing, two name a few examples.

Schedule a Session at Thriveworks Dover

Are you noticing any alarming changes in your child or teen? Are they going through something significant or potentially damaging? Consider setting up an appointment with a child therapist at Thriveworks Dover. To set up an appointment, all you have to do is give us a call at (855) 284-7483. A scheduling specialist will answer your call, gather your information, and then help you book with a provider that can help your child as soon as possible.

Here at Thriveworks, we employ a “no waiting list” policy. We know just how important mental health care is, and we want to get our clients that care as soon as possible. Additionally, we offer flexible hours—if you can’t make it to an appointment during the work or school week, you can come in for a weekend session instead. Our ultimate goal is to help you and your child to live happy, healthy, successful lives. If you think that your child could benefit from our services, make an appointment today.

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 Dover therapists and counselors accept 22 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • AmeriHealth Administrators

  • AmeriHealth New Jersey

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware | PPO HMO

  • Humana Exchange

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Self-pay costs at Dover
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

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I have had nothing but a great results seeing Emily! She has helped me walk through my problems and try different ways to work through them. She is a wonderful listener and person. I would highly reccomend Emily. I look forward to her help with my problems.
Read more I have had nothing but a great results seeing Emily! She has helped me walk through my problems and try different ways to work through them. She is a wonderful listener and person. I would highly reccomend Emily. I look forward to her help with my problems.
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I’ve been searching for the right fit. Had almost given up after 2 unsuccessful relationships with other counselors in the last year. Thriveworks makes scheduling easy, takes my insurance (Aetna), and offers quality, invested care. For the first time, I look forward to counseling sessions and feel so much better after! Hend Salah is helping me see things differently and get my life back on track.
Read more I’ve been searching for the right fit. Had almost given up after 2 unsuccessful relationships with other counselors in the last year. Thriveworks makes scheduling easy, takes my insurance (Aetna), and offers quality, invested care. For the first time, I look forward to counseling sessions and feel so much better after! Hend Salah is helping me see things differently and get my life back on track.
Dover Feb 2020
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Thriveworks is a very significant business for many families around the world the new location is beautiful and the staff is extremely professional and very helpful..A plus grade all day
Read more Thriveworks is a very significant business for many families around the world the new location is beautiful and the staff is extremely professional and very helpful..A plus grade all day
Dover Aug 2019
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Very Professional Staff!...Very Clean offices...and I appreciate the coffee.
Dover Aug 2019
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I am very pleased with Thrive Counseling. The staff there are super helpful and make for a pleasant experience.
Read more I am very pleased with Thrive Counseling. The staff there are super helpful and make for a pleasant experience.
Dover Aug 2019
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Thriveworks is amazing. The owners are such caring and amazing people, always going out of their way to help. The online portal is the best . I highly recommend Thriveworks
Read more Thriveworks is amazing. The owners are such caring and amazing people, always going out of their way to help. The online portal is the best . I highly recommend Thriveworks
Dover May 2019
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I love Thriveworks and was so excited to see this new location in Dover. When I called the number to get info I spoke directly to the owner and she was so sweet and helpful. So much so I felt I needed to leave a review. Cant wait until they open.
Read more I love Thriveworks and was so excited to see this new location in Dover. When I called the number to get info I spoke directly to the owner and she was so sweet and helpful. So much so I felt I needed to leave a review. Cant wait until they open.
Dover May 2019
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Dover is located at 1326 S Governors Ave Suite A, Dover, DE 19904, at the intersection of Fiddlers Green.

Phone number

(302) 365-8761

Languages spoken by DE providers

  • English
  • French
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