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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.

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 Jersey City.

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 Jersey City, 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 Jersey City, 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?

It can be difficult to understand the root of the problem when your child acts up at home, at school, or with their friends. As a parent, it can be crushing to watch your child struggle. We want to help our children but sometimes they have trouble expressing how they feel or may not be able to tell us what is wrong.

Getting to the bottom of any issues our children face can be difficult but we want you to know that support is available.

Children and teenagers face many of the same problems that adults experience –– performance-related stress, anxiety, fear, and trouble forming relationships. Children may find it difficult to express their feelings to adults in their life, including parents and teachers. If your child is coping with a difficult challenge, consulting a licensed child therapist or counselor could help them work through their problems.

Working with a therapist doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong with your child or that you’ve failed in some way as a parent. We all go through difficult times in life. By supporting your child through their problems, you can show them that you care about their mental health and help them learn good habits that they can take into the future.

Do you think your child could benefit from working with a therapist or counselor? Mental health professionals from Thriveworks Counseling in Jersey City, NJ are standing by. Call our office today to schedule your first session.

Should My Child Start Therapy?

Children and adolescents can sometimes have difficulty expressing things that are bothering them. Child therapy involves therapeutic techniques designed to help children and teens effectively address their concerns and learn to deal with life’s challenges.

There are many reasons for a child to work with a therapist, including:

  • Death in the family
  • Substance abuse
  • Trauma or abuse
  • Joining an adoptive or foster family
  • Life transitions like moving or divorce
  • Anxiety or depression
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Autism or other developmental disorders
  • Learning disabilities
  • Eating disorders
  • Difficulties making or maintaining friendships
  • Trouble in school
  • Behavioral issues

Child therapists are professionals with the skills and training to help children and their families cope with stress, mental illness, and change. Your child might be facing adversity from something that’s not on this list, and that’s okay too. Our trained mental health professionals can help children through many kinds of issues.

If your child is dealing with adversity or exhibiting signs of a mental disorder, consider reaching out to a professional from Thriveworks Counseling in Jersey City, NJ.

Can Child Therapy Help My Child?

When it comes to mental health treatment, working with a child, adolescent, or teenager is different from working with an adult. Some of the treatment methodologies, strategies, and medications used for adults won’t work in quite the same way for children.

Plus, every child’s situation is unique. Communicating with a six-year-old who’s acting out at school is completely different from working with a fifteen-year-old who’s dealing with depression. Trained mental health professionals can determine which kind of treatment plan is right for your child’s situation based on their age, concerns, and symptoms.

Some therapy techniques that our therapists and counselors can use include:

  • Play therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Parent-child interaction therapy
  • Supportive therapy
  • Addiction and substance abuse therapy
  • Stress management counseling

Working with a professional from Thriveworks Counseling in Jersey City, NJ can help your child overcome the challenges they face. Call our office today to get started.

Schedule Online and In-Person Child Therapy Appointments in Jersey City, NJ

Do you think your child would benefit from working with a therapist, counselor, psychiatrist, or another mental health professional? Call our office today at Thriveworks Counseling in Jersey City, NJ to get started. One of our team members will answer your questions and set up your child’s first appointment.

We want to make mental health care easy and convenient for all of our clients. We provide evening and weekend appointments so you can fit sessions into your busy schedule. You’ll speak to a real person when you call and we won’t put you on a waitlist. We also accept many health insurance plans.

Historically, getting mental health care has involved long wait times before you can actually see a provider. At Thriveworks, we do things differently –– many new clients can schedule an appointment immediately and can often have their first session within a day or two.

Call our office today at Thriveworks Counseling in Jersey City, NJ to work with one of our child therapists. We look forward to helping your child learn, grow, and thrive.

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 Jersey City therapists and counselors accept 26 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • AmeriHealth New Jersey

  • Amerihealth Pennsylvania

  • 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 Jersey City
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Kory Langton is a grounded, mature and empathic person. She is kind, supportive and a great listener. These skills make her a great therapist!
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Jersey City is located at the intersection of Sip Ave and Bergen Ave. Behind the building is Hudson County Community College Park. We currently share the building with Capital One and Blink Fitness, among other businesses.

Phone number

(973) 529-8926

Languages spoken by NJ providers

  • German
  • English
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