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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 Jackson.

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 Jackson, MS 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 Jackson, MS 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?

Mark is a first-grader who’s been through a lot recently. His dad got into a car accident while taking Mark to school a few weeks ago. It was a bad wreck, and Mark’s dad had to spend time in the hospital –– but he’s ok now. Unfortunately, Mark hasn’t been taking it well. He throws a fit every time he has to get into the car, and he doesn’t want to spend time with friends because he knows he’ll have to drive to the playdate.

Mark’s parents know that the wreck was traumatizing for Mark, but he won’t talk to them about how he feels. Nothing they do seems to help him feel better. Thankfully, there’s an option for parents in this kind of situation: child therapy.

Nothing is more difficult than watching your child struggle. Child therapists are mental health professionals with the skills and training to help children cope with their issues and learn how to move forward. They can help children and adolescents deal with learning disorders, mental illness, changes at home, trauma, and much more.

Do you think your child could benefit from working with a licensed mental health professional? Call our office at Thriveworks Counseling in Jackson, MS, today to get started. One of our team members can help you schedule your first appointment.

Should My Child Work With a Therapist or Counselor?

Sometimes, children have trouble expressing their emotions. Child therapy can help children and teens address their concerns and alleviate their issues. There are many situations where a therapist or counselor could benefit a child, adolescent, or teen, including:

  • Anxiety and depression
  • Suicidal thoughts or ideation
  • Death in the family
  • Learning disabilities
  • Bullying
  • Substance abuse
  • Anorexia or bulimia
  • Autism diagnosis and therapy
  • Trouble making or keeping friends

These aren’t the only situations where a mental health professional can help your child. Contact us even if you’ve noticed a change in behavior but don’t know the cause –– we can help identify and diagnose the issue. Child therapists and counselors can use a wide variety of talk therapies to help children, teens, and adolescents overcome their problems.

Do you think your child could benefit from working with a therapist or counselor? Call our office today to set up your first appointment. Compassionate professionals from Thriveworks Counseling in Jackson, MS, can help your child work through their issues.

Child Therapy: What to Expect

Generally, treatment will be unique to every child’s situation. Your provider will meet with you and your child to ask why you decided to start working with a mental health professional. They’ll use this information to create a treatment plan that will be implemented over future sessions.

Many different therapeutic methods can be used in child therapy, including:

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT): CBT focuses on helping its participants recognize and change cognitive distortions –– negative patterns of thought and emotion. CBT aims to help people change learned behaviors and live healthier lives.
  • Family therapy: Sometimes, sessions involving the entire family can help a child or teen cope with their issues. For example, family therapy can be helpful in treating ADHD –– parents can learn how to respond to behavioral outbursts in a way that doesn’t reinforce the behavior. In addition, family therapy excels at helping family members understand their relationships and improve communication skills.
  • Play therapy: Young children often have trouble communicating their emotions. Play therapy allows a mental health professional to make a connection with a child and help them express how they feel through the experience of structured playtime.

These are just a few of the many different therapeutic methods that can be used for children, teens, and adolescents. Each child’s experience with therapy or counseling will be unique, taking their problems and needs into consideration.

Do you think therapy or counseling could help your child cope with a problem in their life? Consider calling our office today at Thriveworks Counseling in Jackson, MS, to set up their first appointment.

Schedule a Child Therapy Appointment in Jackson, MS

If you’re worried about something going on in your child’s life, a child therapist or counselor can help. Consider scheduling a therapy or counseling appointment for your child at Thriveworks Counseling in Jackson, MS.

Parents know that life can be hectic, and schedules can get tight. Finding time for mental health care can be difficult between work, school, and extracurricular activities. That’s why we make it as easy as possible for children and their families to schedule mental health care. We offer online sessions, evening and weekend appointments, and flexible cancellations.

Check with your insurance provider before you schedule your first appointment to see if your plan includes mental health coverage –– we accept most major health insurance plans to make treatment more affordable.

Compassionate, caring professionals from Thriveworks Counseling in Jackson, MS, can help your child overcome their issues and thrive. Call our office today to get started –– we can’t wait to speak with you soon.

Child Therapy — TherapyLand™

Our Jackson, MS office is a TherapyLand location: A positive, empowering place for kids to get the mental health care they deserve. Equipped with sandboxes, dollhouses, easels, puppets, blocks, basketball hoops, and other tools, our play therapy rooms are designed to help kids explore and express their emotions. Learn more about TherapyLand and how it could help your child.

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 Jackson therapists and counselors accept 20 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi | 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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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Child Therapy Jackson is located at 4811 Old Canton Rd Suite A, Jackson, MS 39211, next to the post office.

Phone number

(601) 202-9114

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