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2,062 people sought child therapy help in Maryland in the last year

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

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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 Germantown.

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 Germantown, MD 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 Germantown, MD 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 forget about the difficulties and complications that accompany childhood, but the truth is that this period of life comes with its fair share of problems. And these problems can prove particularly taxing, considering we are not yet equipped to deal with them properly.

“All kids need is a little help, a little hope, and somebody who believes in them.”

–Magic Johnson

That’s where child therapy comes in. Child therapy serves kids and teens who need (or could benefit from) professional assistance. Child therapists specialize in helping young individuals properly deal with the challenges they are met with, from problems at home to those at school and those in their personal relationships. If you think that your child could find value in therapy, consider setting them up with a child therapist or psychologist at Thriveworks Germantown in Montgomery County.

Should My Child Meet with a Therapist?

Child therapy is designed specifically for children and adolescents who could benefit from working with a mental health professional. These specialists help kids and teens handle different issues that threaten their health and wellbeing: from harmful mental illnesses like depression or anxiety to low self-esteem, loneliness, parents’ divorce, traumatic experiences, and so on.

All children are welcome in child therapy, from toddlers in preschool—say, those who exhibit early signs of autism or those who have behavioral issues—to teenagers entering high school—say, those who are struggling to “fit in” or those who don’t know how to cope with their parents’ separation. Regardless of their age and their presenting issue, the therapist will work to help them address said issue and build a happier, healthier life. Now, if you are unsure whether your child should meet with a therapist, look out for the following signs, which signify a problem:

  • Significant changes in appetite
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Social isolation
  • Increase in nerves
  • Unwarranted aggression
  • Falling grades
  • Self-harm

How Can Therapy Help?

The main objective in child therapy is to help these young individuals live a happier, healthier life, whether that means teaching them tools for managing their anger, offering a treatment plan for a diagnosis of a mental health disorder, or simply providing support and guidance as they transition into different phases of life. Here are a few examples of how a child therapist can help a kid or teen tackle the issues they face.

  1. Managing change and making healthy transitions:

It’s easy for us to forget just how troublesome change can be for kids. In reality, these young minds can find processing and managing these changes difficult. Fortunately, a child therapist can help them to make health transitions, whether it’s moving to a new town, starting at a new school, or dealing with another major change in their life.

  1. Addressing low self-esteem and building confidence:

Many children (teens especially) struggle with a low self-esteem. They face immense pressure to look or act a certain way as they get older. And when they feel like they haven’t met these demands, their confidence sinks lower and lower. The good news is a child therapist can help your child to build their confidence back up and better address societal pressures as they grow through life.

  1. Understanding and managing mental illness:

Child therapy is also a great resource for those struggling with the signs of a mental illness. They can receive diagnosis as well as treatment from a child therapist for conditions like depression, anxiety, PTSD, and others. The therapist will talk to them about their symptoms, teach them how to cope, and try to uncover the root cause of the illness (if there is one).

Book Child Therapy at Thriveworks Germantown, MD Today

Do you want your child to grow well through life? Are they experiencing any issues that concern you? Do you think they could benefit from mental health services? Consider scheduling a session with a counselor at Thriveworks Germantown. They can help your child address and manage the issues that come with childhood and teenhood, such as those listed above (loneliness, low self-esteem, bullying, and so on).

To schedule a child therapy session with a therapist or psychologist, all you have to do is give us a call. A scheduling specialist will pick up the phone, ask you a few basic questions, and then get you scheduled with one of our providers at Thriveworks Germantown, MD in Montgomery County as soon as possible. We hope to hear from you soon and we look forward to helping your child live a happy, healthy life.

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 Germantown therapists and counselors accept 21 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (MD) | BCBS

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

  • Humana PPO/EPO/HDHP

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Self-pay costs at Germantown
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

4.8 Thriveworks Germantown reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
It's extremely difficult to confront yourself and take steps to change especially when you feel "comfortable" doing what you have been doing for sometime even, if your actions have resulted in symptoms of anxiety, panic attacks and depression. Shani knows how to see past the obvious and get to the core of the issue empowering you to work through tough emotions. Shani does so in a very reassuring manner and calming tone. It's challenging work but Shani's knowledge of CBT techniques have delivered great results and relief from anxiety and depression.
Read more It's extremely difficult to confront yourself and take steps to change especially when you feel "comfortable" doing what you have been doing for sometime even, if your actions have resulted in symptoms of anxiety, panic attacks and depression. Shani knows how to see past the obvious and get to the core of the issue empowering you to work through tough emotions. Shani does so in a very reassuring manner and calming tone. It's challenging work but Shani's knowledge of CBT techniques have delivered great results and relief from anxiety and depression.
Germantown Nov 2020
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★★★★★
My wife and I have been having counseling sessions online (due to COVID) in Germantown. We counsel and get couples therapy from Janet Hawkins Pope. She is a well experienced and excellent counselor. We are very pleased with her. My wife and I highly recommend her not just for couples but for any type of counseling. The counseling sessions and the engagement has been very helpful to us and my family during these tough times.
Read more My wife and I have been having counseling sessions online (due to COVID) in Germantown. We counsel and get couples therapy from Janet Hawkins Pope. She is a well experienced and excellent counselor. We are very pleased with her. My wife and I highly recommend her not just for couples but for any type of counseling. The counseling sessions and the engagement has been very helpful to us and my family during these tough times.
Germantown Sep 2020
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★★★★★
I signed up with Thriveworks at the recommendation of my daughter. We have been thrown quite a few challenges the past few years and especially in recent months. On my first session with Janet I felt a warmth and a connection that usually takes much longer to achieve. She is open and friendly, encouraging and offers guidance. I find that I look forward to our sessions and reflect back on them as well. The additional resources that Janet has provided have been invaluable. I strongly encourage anyone having a tough time these days should reach out to Thriveworks Germantown.
Read more I signed up with Thriveworks at the recommendation of my daughter. We have been thrown quite a few challenges the past few years and especially in recent months. On my first session with Janet I felt a warmth and a connection that usually takes much longer to achieve. She is open and friendly, encouraging and offers guidance. I find that I look forward to our sessions and reflect back on them as well. The additional resources that Janet has provided have been invaluable. I strongly encourage anyone having a tough time these days should reach out to Thriveworks Germantown.
Germantown Sep 2020
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I started seeing Janet in February of this year while I was going through a difficult time in my life. The counseling she’s provided me has helped me tremendously in all aspects of my life including my marriage. Janet has played a big part of the growth in our marriage. Thank you Janet!!
Read more I started seeing Janet in February of this year while I was going through a difficult time in my life. The counseling she’s provided me has helped me tremendously in all aspects of my life including my marriage. Janet has played a big part of the growth in our marriage. Thank you Janet!!
Germantown Sep 2020
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★★★★★
Janet is incredibly knowledgeable and helpful! She is extremely flexible and easy to reach. I look forward to speaking with her and have surely benefited from it. I have, and will continue to recommend Thriveworks and specifically Janet! Thank you for all of the hard work you put in for our benefit. I highly recommend Janet's services!
Read more Janet is incredibly knowledgeable and helpful! She is extremely flexible and easy to reach. I look forward to speaking with her and have surely benefited from it. I have, and will continue to recommend Thriveworks and specifically Janet! Thank you for all of the hard work you put in for our benefit. I highly recommend Janet's services!
Germantown Sep 2020
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★★★★★
My husband and I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Janet in our couples counseling. She has helped us improve our communication, problem-solve reoccurring problems and empowered us to work together as a team!
Read more My husband and I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Janet in our couples counseling. She has helped us improve our communication, problem-solve reoccurring problems and empowered us to work together as a team!
Germantown Aug 2020
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★★★★★
I had a few issues that I wanted to talk through, and Janet Hawkins Pope was a good ear and offered sage advice. I only needed four sessions, but that helped me find peace of mind and clarity on the issues that were bothering me. Thank you, Janet!
Read more I had a few issues that I wanted to talk through, and Janet Hawkins Pope was a good ear and offered sage advice. I only needed four sessions, but that helped me find peace of mind and clarity on the issues that were bothering me. Thank you, Janet!
Germantown Aug 2020
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★★★★★
Thriveworks offers convenient virtual appointments without having to schedule weeks in advance. Janet has provided tools and guidance to help improve communication between my husband and I which has strengthened our relationship. I truly appreciate the work she continues to do with us.
Read more Thriveworks offers convenient virtual appointments without having to schedule weeks in advance. Janet has provided tools and guidance to help improve communication between my husband and I which has strengthened our relationship. I truly appreciate the work she continues to do with us.
Germantown Aug 2020
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Where to find us

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Germantown is located in Executive Park Circle on Executive Park Ct. To find our building, turn either left or right (depending on your direction) into Executive Park Cir. from Wisteria Dr., and turn at the third cross street. Our building is across the street from Germantown Family and Cosmetic Dentistry and Seneca Dental Care, and shared by Potomac Nephrology, among other businesses. The closest bus stop is Wisteria Dr. & 17941.

Phone number

(240) 266-9148

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