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20,925 people sought child therapy help in Virginia in the last year

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 Harrisonburg.

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 Harrisonburg, VA 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 Harrisonburg, VA 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 Virginia therapists and counselors accept 28 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia | BCBS

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia Medicare Advantage

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia | BCBS HMO

  • CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia | BCBS PPO

  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield DC | BCBS PPO

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

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Self-pay costs at Harrisonburg
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 Thriveworks Harrisonburg reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
Krystal never failed to impress me with her insights and her kindness. She is insightful and able to assess an issue from all perspectives. I felt safe with her and she always brought me clarity. She was very reliable and I am, without question, a better person for my work with her.
Read more Krystal never failed to impress me with her insights and her kindness. She is insightful and able to assess an issue from all perspectives. I felt safe with her and she always brought me clarity. She was very reliable and I am, without question, a better person for my work with her.
Harrisonburg Nov 2021
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
We have tried several counselors, and Krystle has been the most resourceful, considerate, present, and beneficial counselor, mediator, and role model for our blended family of 6, which includes 2 boys and 2 girls, coming from 2 different backgrounds, all having varying personalities and very different social and emotional needs. Krystle was able to help each child work through their weakness and build upon their strengths, one on one. She also worked with them as a group and helped them with sibling issues and social issues. Krystle provided us as parents, an outlet to be heard and to learn and practice strategies to help each child and the family unit. Krystle genuinely cares about her patients and maintains a calm and present demeanor throughout each patient experience. Without any doubt or hesitation, I highly recommend Krystle for your counseling needs.
Read more We have tried several counselors, and Krystle has been the most resourceful, considerate, present, and beneficial counselor, mediator, and role model for our blended family of 6, which includes 2 boys and 2 girls, coming from 2 different backgrounds, all having varying personalities and very different social and emotional needs. Krystle was able to help each child work through their weakness and build upon their strengths, one on one. She also worked with them as a group and helped them with sibling issues and social issues. Krystle provided us as parents, an outlet to be heard and to learn and practice strategies to help each child and the family unit. Krystle genuinely cares about her patients and maintains a calm and present demeanor throughout each patient experience. Without any doubt or hesitation, I highly recommend Krystle for your counseling needs.
Harrisonburg Nov 2021
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
As a professional working with at-risk youth, Krystle and I have collaborated often in a professional capacity. Krystle is a caring therapist and able to establish rapport with individuals resistant to treatment. Her dedication and expertise is illustrated by the positive changes her clients make and their improved mental health status. She deeply cares for the people she serves. Krystle has worked with adults and juveniles as well as families of all socioeconomic backgrounds. Anyone participating in counseling with Krystle is in excellent hands.
Read more As a professional working with at-risk youth, Krystle and I have collaborated often in a professional capacity. Krystle is a caring therapist and able to establish rapport with individuals resistant to treatment. Her dedication and expertise is illustrated by the positive changes her clients make and their improved mental health status. She deeply cares for the people she serves. Krystle has worked with adults and juveniles as well as families of all socioeconomic backgrounds. Anyone participating in counseling with Krystle is in excellent hands.
Harrisonburg Nov 2021
Review left on Thriveworks.com

Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Harrisonburg is located on Neff Ave. We share a building with Horizon 370 and Visiting Angels. There are many other buildings and businesses nearby, including Mall Center and LunaVita Law.

Phone number

(540) 501-5289

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