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5,871 people sought child therapy help in New Jersey in the last year

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

Tia Davis

Hear from Tia Davis, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

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What is your go-to approach for child therapy?

My go-to approach for helping kids in child therapy is eclectic and tailored to the child's behavior or conduct, self-control and or self-esteem.

What tools do you teach in child therapy?

I teach the following tools in child therapy:

  • Behavior modification
  • Emotional regulation
  • Self-talk

How do you know when a client is making meaningful progress in child therapy?

I know when a client is making meaningful progress in child therapy when they no longer resort to maladaptive behavior.

What can clients do in their personal time to supplement child therapy?

Clients can supplement their time in child therapy with consistently practicing techniques.

What should someone do to prepare for starting child therapy?

To prepare for their first child therapy session, a child can be open and honest.

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 Dumont.

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 Dumont, NJ 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 Dumont, NJ 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 Dumont therapists and counselors accept 25 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • AmeriHealth New Jersey

  • Amerihealth Pennsylvania

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • EmblemHealth

  • First Health Network

  • Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Jersey | BCBS

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Self-pay costs at Dumont
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
★★★★★
Highly recommended.
Cheryl Feb 2024
Thriveworks.com verified review
★★★★★
I am a recently retired licensed clinical social worker with 45 plus years of experience in that field of practice. I attended undergraduate school with Michael Martin and have continued to maintain contact with him since that time. Michael has consistently impressed me as a caring, knowledgeable and empathic individual who has brought these traits into his practice as a psychotherapist. He speaks very positively about his work and his satisfaction in assisting the individuals he provides services for on their behalf. In conclusion, I strongly recommend considering Michael as ones' psychotherapist.
Read more I am a recently retired licensed clinical social worker with 45 plus years of experience in that field of practice. I attended undergraduate school with Michael Martin and have continued to maintain contact with him since that time. Michael has consistently impressed me as a caring, knowledgeable and empathic individual who has brought these traits into his practice as a psychotherapist. He speaks very positively about his work and his satisfaction in assisting the individuals he provides services for on their behalf. In conclusion, I strongly recommend considering Michael as ones' psychotherapist.
Dumont Jan 2021
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
I am a recently retired licensed clinical social worker of 45 + years experience. I have known Michael Martin since we were undergraduate students at the same university and I have followed his career in his practice since its’ beginning. Michael is a caring and sensitive individual. He is knowledgeable about the field of mental health. I can attest to the fact that he will apply his numerous clinical skills along with his empathic self to assist an individual(s) to attain an improved level of functioning on a consistent basis.
Read more I am a recently retired licensed clinical social worker of 45 + years experience. I have known Michael Martin since we were undergraduate students at the same university and I have followed his career in his practice since its’ beginning. Michael is a caring and sensitive individual. He is knowledgeable about the field of mental health. I can attest to the fact that he will apply his numerous clinical skills along with his empathic self to assist an individual(s) to attain an improved level of functioning on a consistent basis.
Dumont Jan 2021
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
As a therapist, I have worked with Michael Martin for the past 5 or 6 years and found him very objective and insightful while working with a diverse population with many issues. I have witnessed his clients' trust and respect for him in his kind approach to them and their needs. Michael is a knowledgeable and skillful counselor who treats each patient with care and consideration.
Read more As a therapist, I have worked with Michael Martin for the past 5 or 6 years and found him very objective and insightful while working with a diverse population with many issues. I have witnessed his clients' trust and respect for him in his kind approach to them and their needs. Michael is a knowledgeable and skillful counselor who treats each patient with care and consideration.
Dumont Jan 2021
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Dumont is located off Washington Ave, between New York Ave and E. Madison Ave. In the complex of apartments and offices, we share the building with the Spinal Rehabilitation and Wellness Center, Bergman Dental Group, and other businesses.

Phone number

(201) 801-7038

Languages spoken by NJ providers

  • English
Monday 8:00am - 9:00pm
Tuesday 8:00am - 9:00pm
Wednesday 8:00am - 9:00pm
Thursday 8:00am - 9:00pm
Friday 8:00am - 9:00pm
Saturday 8:00am - 9:00pm
Sunday 8:00am - 9:00pm

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Tuesday 7:00am - 9:30pm
Wednesday 7:00am - 9:30pm
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Friday 7:00am - 9:30pm
Saturday 7:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday 8:00am - 5:00pm

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