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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.

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10 therapists available at Edison
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ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, AmeriHealth, Amerihealth Medicare Advantage, +21 more
LGBTQIA+, Coping Skills, Self Esteem, Stress, Life Transition, +4 more

As a clinical social worker, my therapeutic style incorporates behavioral adjustment, life satisfaction, and mindfulness.

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card), Cigna | Evernorth, +4 more
Anger, Coping Skills, Stress, Addiction, Bipolar Disorder, +2 more

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, AmeriHealth, Amerihealth Medicare Advantage, +21 more
Anger, Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, Self Esteem, Stress, +9 more

As an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), I am determined to be there with you, regardless how bad the da... As an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), I am determined to be there with you, regardless how bad the day is. Read more

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card), Cigna | Evernorth, +12 more
LGBTQIA+, Anger, Men’s Issues, Self Esteem, ADHD, +8 more

As a licensed therapist, and 6th year doctoral PsyD. student in clinical psychology, I have learned to guide and help clients with everyday stressors ... As a licensed therapist, and 6th year doctoral PsyD. student in clinical psychology, I have learned to guide and help clients with everyday stressors as well as complicated psychological pathologies. Read more

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card), Carelon, +19 more
LGBTQIA+, Coping Skills, Self Esteem, Stress, Women’s Issues, +11 more

I am here to be supportive, empathetic, and knowledgeable as you move through difficult times.

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Aetna, AmeriHealth, Amerihealth Medicare Advantage, +22 more
Chronic Illness, Medical / Health Issues, Coping Skills, Addiction, Borderline Personality, +6 more

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, AmeriHealth, Amerihealth Medicare Advantage, +22 more
Coping Skills, Self Esteem, Stress, Women’s Issues, Divorce / Breakup, +5 more

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card), Cigna | Evernorth, +4 more
Anger, Coping Skills, Men’s Issues, Self Esteem, Stress, +6 more

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, AmeriHealth, Amerihealth Medicare Advantage, +21 more
Self Esteem, Sex Therapy, Stress, ADHD, OCD / Obsessive-Compulsive, +4 more

ACCEPTING NEW CLIENTS

Aetna, AmeriHealth, Carelon, +18 more
Anger, Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, Self Esteem, Stress, +4 more

As a youthful clinician, I bring a fresh and modern perspective to the counseling experience.

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 Edison.

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 Edison, 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 Edison, 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.

Need more help deciding?

Cheyenne has expressed no interest in going to school these days. She insists on skipping breakfast and refuses to change out of her pajamas. Cheyenne continues to beg her parents to just let her stay home, but, “She can’t afford to miss another day this week,” they tell her. Cheyenne responds by crossing her arms and pouting in the back of the car all the way to school. When she gets home later in the day, she ignores her mother’s greeting and runs to her room.

Cheyenne is exhibiting signs of a problem at school. She might be struggling to keep up in class; she might be getting bullied; there’s no way to know for sure unless Cheyenne opens up about what’s going on. But she insists that she doesn’t want to talk to her parents about it. Fortunately, there’s another person who can prove helpful in these situations: a child therapist.

Every day in a hundred small ways, our children ask, ‘Do you see me? Do you hear me? Do I matter?’ Their behavior often reflects our response. –L.R. Knost

Child therapists specialize in helping children address mental health challenges and other life issues, from mental illnesses and learning disorders to traumatic experiences or difficult situations with family members. These professionals are well-equipped to help kids, as they understand how these young mind’s work and what they need to thrive. If your child is struggling—say he or she is acting similarly to Cheyenne—consider reaching out to Thriveworks Edison Therapy and scheduling a child therapy session. Our team of child therapists and psychologists want to help your child or children live a happy, successful life for years to come.

Who Should Receive Child Therapy?

Think about some of the mental health battles you’ve faced recently. Stress, fights with loved ones, painful emotions. Now think back to what it is like to fight these battles as kids. Fortunately, child therapy can serve as their guiding light—it’s primary purpose being to support children during tough situations and help them work through challenges that affect their health and wellbeing.

A child might be suffering as the result of his parents’ divorce; a child might be confused about his anxious thoughts or compulsions; a child might be bullied at school and fear going back. The possibilities are endless, but here are a few common issues that can be addressed with a child therapist:

  • Traumatic experiences
  • Moving to a new town
  • Bullying
  • Parents’ divorce
  • Abuse
  • Addiction in one’s family
  • The death of a family member
  • Mental health conditions
  • Learning disorders

Are any of these significant events and challenges prevalent in your child’s life? If the answer is yes, he could likely benefit from working with a child therapist. We have good news: Thriveworks Edison Therapy can help your child as soon as today or tomorrow. Just call to schedule his or her appointment.

Does My Child Need Help?

If your child isn’t going through an obvious mental health crisis or experiencing an apparent problem, it can be harder to determine whether they need some help. Here are some signs that your child might be struggling and could benefit from therapy:

  • Changes in appetite or weight
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Social isolation, loneliness
  • Failing or worsening grades
  • Disinterest in school or other activities
  • Self-harm

If you observe any of the above in your child, try talking to them about your observations. Let them know that you’re worried about them and that you’re there if they need or want to talk. Also, consider setting them up with a child therapist or psychologist. Often, our children and teens don’t want to talk to us about the challenges they’re facing. But they might be willing to open up to a third party like a child therapist.

Schedule a Child Therapy Session at Thriveworks Edison Therapy

You can set your child up with a child therapist or psychologist as soon as today or tomorrow. When you call to schedule your appointment, a scheduling specialist will ask you a few general questions and then help you schedule a session on a day and at a time that works for both you and your child. If you need to come in for an evening appointment or a weekend appointment, we can accommodate that. Additionally, if you’d prefer to do an online session, we can meet that need too.

To schedule a child therapy session at Thriveworks Edison Therapy, simply give our office a call. Our team is here and ready to help.

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 Edison therapists and counselors accept 28 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • AmeriHealth

  • Amerihealth Medicare Advantage

  • 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 Edison
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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★★★★★
Talisha Harrison helped me by giving me the tools to help me navigate some difficult relationships. I also appreciate how kind, sensitive, and empathetic she was as I have been grieving a recent loss of a parent. I have also been recovering from a serious medical condition. Should I feel the need to seek counseling in the future, I would not hesitate to return to counseling with Talisha.
Read more Talisha Harrison helped me by giving me the tools to help me navigate some difficult relationships. I also appreciate how kind, sensitive, and empathetic she was as I have been grieving a recent loss of a parent. I have also been recovering from a serious medical condition. Should I feel the need to seek counseling in the future, I would not hesitate to return to counseling with Talisha.
Mary Feb 2024
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★★★★★
awesome, talisah is awesome and great.
Sandeep Feb 2024
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★★★★★
AMAZING , TRULY THE BEST!
ISHONDA Jan 2024
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★★★★★
I’ve known Dr Peniston for many years. She is very caring and compassionate. She is very thorough. I would highly recommend her
Read more I’ve known Dr Peniston for many years. She is very caring and compassionate. She is very thorough. I would highly recommend her
Edison Sep 2020
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★★★★★
I find Nancy to be a deeply compassionate, caring, mental health professional who takes a strength based approach in her practice. Her heightened mindfulness creates an environment where meaning can be cultivated. Her divergent perspectives and holistic approach transcend the work she does.
Read more I find Nancy to be a deeply compassionate, caring, mental health professional who takes a strength based approach in her practice. Her heightened mindfulness creates an environment where meaning can be cultivated. Her divergent perspectives and holistic approach transcend the work she does.
Edison Sep 2020
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★★★★★
I found Latoya to be extremely helpful in my recovery. Her professionalism and common courtesy made me feel comfortable. She listened to my needs and helped me achieve my goal.
Read more I found Latoya to be extremely helpful in my recovery. Her professionalism and common courtesy made me feel comfortable. She listened to my needs and helped me achieve my goal.
Edison Aug 2020
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★★★★★
Great service, love my therapist and the extended hours available
Edison Nov 2018
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Where to find us

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Edison is located at 7 Lincoln Hwy Suite 224, Edison, NJ 08820, near the shopping center with LouCas Italian Restaurant and Frappe Joe Coffee.

Phone number

(732) 561-5230

Languages spoken by NJ providers

  • Hindi
  • Urdu
  • English
  • Punjabi
  • Spanish
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