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 West Hartford.
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 West Hartford, CT 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 West Hartford, CT 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?
Kids and teens endure difficult changes that can leave a lasting impact on their lives—from moving to a new city and starting at a new school to finding out their parents are separating and adjusting to this new split home. Processing the range of emotions that come with these changes is hard for anybody—especially children who are still developing and acquiring essential life tools. The bottom line is that these young minds can benefit from the help of a professional when it comes to enduring these changes and leading a happy, healthy life.
“Children are not only innocent and curious but also optimistic and joyful and essentially happy. They are, in short, everything adults wish they could be.” –Carolyn Haywood
Are you searching for Hartford therapy for your child or teen? The child therapists and psychologists at Thriveworks in West Hartford understand the trials and tribulations of childhood and adolescence, and they want to help. If your kid or teen is having trouble adjusting to a new city or school, a child therapist can help them to adapt well; if your child is struggling amidst a divorce in the family, a therapist can help them to process this change and equip them with the right tools for processing the difficult emotions they are likely experiencing. Regardless of what your child is going through, a child therapist or psychologist at Thriveworks in West Hartford can prove beneficial to their growth in life.
If you think that your kid or teen could find value in child therapy, reach out to our office in Hartford County to schedule an appointment. Give us a call at (860) 553-3374, and a scheduling specialist will assist you.
Child Therapy: What Is It?
Life is hard for all of us—and it can be especially hard for children and teens, as they are still learning how to respond to daily stressors and process their many emotions. The good news is that child therapy can help guide them on their journey in understanding mental and emotional health. One of our therapists or psychologists can help your kid understand, process, and work through…
- The loss of a loved one
- Divorced parents
- Anxiety or another mental health issue
- Making new friends
- Adjusting to a new normal
The child therapists at Thriveworks in Hartford County are ready to dive right in. They are eager to help your child or teen through the above issues and those alike.
Examples of Success with Child Therapists, Psychologists
At Thriveworks Counseling, one’s experience in child therapy is individualized. Our therapists and psychologists design therapy based on a child’s specific needs. That said, the ultimate mission in child therapy is to help kids and teens experience a healthier, more joyful life. Here are a couple of examples of how child therapy might prove helpful:
- Trauma refers to a distressing event that has a lasting or long-term impact. Whether it’s a bad car accident, the death of a family member, or bullying, children grow scared of what comes next. Often, they don’t yet have the tools to move on from these traumatic experiences. If your child or teen has been a victim of trauma, Thriveworks West Hartford can help. They will encourage your child to talk about their experience, assist them in processing their feelings related to the event, and help them to develop coping techniques that will supplement a happier life.
- When parents decide to divorce, it often has harmful effects on their children. Children and teens must adjust to a new normal: one that involves two homes, a potential move, limited time with one or both parents, and more. A child might feel depressed, unloved, or confused in the wake of their parents divorcing. A Thriveworks West Hartford child therapist would help by walking them through their emotions and teaching them effective strategies for opening up about these emotions, such as journaling.
Set Up a Child Therapy Appointment at Thriveworks West Hartford, CT in Hartford County
Are you concerned about your child? Are they struggling to adjust to significant changes in their life? Are they exhibiting problematic behavior? Do you think they could benefit from Hartford therapy for children? Consider setting up a child therapy appointment at Thriveworks in West Hartford. Give us a call at (860) 553-3374 when you are ready to schedule. We hope to hear from you soon, and we look forward to getting to know your child or teen!