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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 Kansas 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 Kansas City, MO 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 Kansas City, MO 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 Kansas City therapists and counselors accept 21 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City | BCBS

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • 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 Kansas City
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 Kansas City reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
Shanna is a fabulous counselor. She is personable, caring, down to earth and she has a witty sense of humor. Her patience and warmth empowers her clients to reach their potential.
Read more Shanna is a fabulous counselor. She is personable, caring, down to earth and she has a witty sense of humor. Her patience and warmth empowers her clients to reach their potential.
Kansas City Dec 2020
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★★★★★
Shanna is a consummate professional and a great therapist. She has great insightful , empathetic, gentle, yet firm. She provides practical application, resources and tools needed to become the best version of oneself. She displays a tough love approach and understands areas to work on. She is always prepared, very detailed oriented, responsive and cares about the client journey. and patient. She seems empathetic and kind, but also clear and firm. Her sessions always end with actionable goals and she is willing to move the session toward relevant concerns if need be
Read more Shanna is a consummate professional and a great therapist. She has great insightful , empathetic, gentle, yet firm. She provides practical application, resources and tools needed to become the best version of oneself. She displays a tough love approach and understands areas to work on. She is always prepared, very detailed oriented, responsive and cares about the client journey. and patient. She seems empathetic and kind, but also clear and firm. Her sessions always end with actionable goals and she is willing to move the session toward relevant concerns if need be
Kansas City Dec 2020
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★★★★★
Had a very sympathetic but direct counselor who was tremendous. She helped me see patterns in my own behavior that should change is response to situations that had led to my depression previously. Very compassionate and helpful.
Read more Had a very sympathetic but direct counselor who was tremendous. She helped me see patterns in my own behavior that should change is response to situations that had led to my depression previously. Very compassionate and helpful.
Kansas City Dec 2020
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★★★★★
Shanna is caring and compassionate with excellent communication skills. She is easy to talk with and values genuine rapport and an individual approach. Her years of experience with a variety of clients make her a great choice as a counselor!
Read more Shanna is caring and compassionate with excellent communication skills. She is easy to talk with and values genuine rapport and an individual approach. Her years of experience with a variety of clients make her a great choice as a counselor!
Kansas City Dec 2020
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★★★★★
I worked with Shanna as a colleague for many years. I've noted that people are drawn to her because she is so open and easy to talk to. One of her greatest motivations in life is helping others. She has the ability to lift others up with kindness and support. Shanna is very professional and insightful and I wouldn't hesitate to ask for her help.
Read more I worked with Shanna as a colleague for many years. I've noted that people are drawn to her because she is so open and easy to talk to. One of her greatest motivations in life is helping others. She has the ability to lift others up with kindness and support. Shanna is very professional and insightful and I wouldn't hesitate to ask for her help.
Kansas City Dec 2020
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★★★★★
Julia is an amazing therapist. She is professional as well as personable. Julia works hard to enure the individual needs of each client are met. I highly recommend her.
Read more Julia is an amazing therapist. She is professional as well as personable. Julia works hard to enure the individual needs of each client are met. I highly recommend her.
Kansas City Dec 2020
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★★★★★
I worked with Julia for two years at a community mental health center. Julia was a great colleague and mental health provider for the clients we served! She was empathetic and compassionate. She possesses a client centered and trauma informed approach with the people she works with!
Read more I worked with Julia for two years at a community mental health center. Julia was a great colleague and mental health provider for the clients we served! She was empathetic and compassionate. She possesses a client centered and trauma informed approach with the people she works with!
Kansas City Dec 2020
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
Julia and I were work colleagues. I found her to be very knowledgeable and professional. I highly recommend her!
Read more Julia and I were work colleagues. I found her to be very knowledgeable and professional. I highly recommend her!
Kansas City Dec 2020
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Therapy Kansas City is located at 4010 Washington St, 2nd Fl-STE 201, Kansas City, MO 64111, near West 40th Street.

Phone number

(816) 722-2967

Languages spoken by MO providers

  • English
  • Japanese
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