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Our counselors provide therapy for children and teens in Knoxville, TN

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2,125 people sought child & teen counseling help in Tennessee in the last year

Discover how starting child & teen counseling can support your own journey toward a happier, more fulfilling life.

Starting Child & teen counseling

What is child & teen counseling?

Thriveworks child & teen counseling in Knoxville 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 and adolescents can attend and benefit from therapy.

How does child & teen counseling work?

Child & teen counseling works by using multiple techniques, tailored to fit the child or teen’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 (CBT), dialectic behavioral therapy, art therapy, and others for varying ages. In any case, child & teen counselors have the expertise and experience to help young individuals at their level.

Is child & teen counseling conducted in person or online?

Child & teen counseling at Thriveworks is conducted both in person and via Online therapy. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.

How long does child & teen counseling last?

The length of child & teen counseling at Thriveworks in Knoxville, TN depends on your child’s needs as well as the goals that you and their therapist might have for them. Generally, child & teen counseling sessions will last for several months.

Need more help deciding?

Everyone goes through stages in a normal life cycle. Children and teenagers are no exception. From toddlerhood and through adolescence, children will have multiple changes and challenges on the road to adulthood. Sometimes, a child or adolescent passes easily and naturally through such changes, but at other times, professional help is paramount for success.

Has your son or daughter experienced a traumatic event? Maybe it is something you could not have imagined ever happening in your family. You and your child face many sleepless nights and swollen eyes from crying in the mornings. You are ashamed and embarrassed and cannot talk to anyone about your family’s issue.

Screaming matches, slammed doors, cursing, threatening — these are the things that take up your life with your teenager. Your sweet little son or daughter is nowhere to be found. You cannot believe that the little child you used to tuck in at night and read bedtime stories to has turned into this surly young person. You want to restore your relationship, but you have no idea where to begin.

A professional child therapist at Thriveworks Knoxville can possibly be of assistance in all of these cases. You do not have to walk alone on this journey. Perhaps you are a single parent, or maybe your spouse does not understand what you are going through with your child. Or possibly, both parents are working their hardest to reach or help their child, and nothing has helped. Thriveworks child therapists can help you.

What Kind of Parents Pursue Child Therapy?

There are many reasons why parents may pursue child therapy. As described above, your child may simply be facing a difficult transition such as a new school or their parent’s divorce. Maybe they are struggling in school, having difficulty concentrating in class, or completing tasks.

Reasons to pursue child therapy may include:

  • Autism concerns
  • ADD/ADHD symptoms
  • Eating disorders
  • Obsessive-compulsive tendencies
  • Life transition such as a move
  • Social problems
  • Death in the family
  • Trauma or abuse
  • Past neglect or difficult home life
  • Joining an adoptive family

The reason you are considering child therapy may be on this list, or it may not be. Either way, child therapy can help your son or daughter. It may be difficult to put into words the issues you face with your child. You may just have a feeling in your gut, as the parent, that something is just not right. Do not ignore this feeling. You are the expert on your child and your feelings should not be ignored.

Methods of Child and Adolescent Counseling

There are many methods of child therapy that an experienced counselor can employ to assist your child. Working with a child or teenager is unique and distinct from working with an adult. Some methods may be the same as work with adults but used in a different way. Our trained Thriveworks child therapists will be able to determine what type of therapy will be best for your child’s unique situation.

A combination of methods may include:

  • Play therapy
  • Talk therapy
  • Examining underlying medical issues
  • Discovering serious psychological problems
  • Family therapy
  • Managing obsessive-compulsive tendencies
  • Teaching communication skills
  • Guidance through trouble in school
  • Addiction therapy
  • Stress management
  • Practicing social skills

A skilled adolescent or child counselor will be able to talk with your child in a way that may be different from how you are able to communicate at home. An unresponsive teenager may be more open and honest in a therapist’s office than they are at the family dinner table. A toddler that cannot express the pain or confusion they feel may open up under the inviting environment of play therapy.

Why Do Parents in Knoxville Choose Thriveworks Child Therapists?

At Thriveworks Knoxville Counseling, we are ready and able to help you tackle the difficult situation in your family. There is no problem too large or small to discuss with our therapists. We will not be shocked by whatever you bring to our office. We are experienced professionals, ready to help.

Thriveworks counselors and therapists are leaders in their field. They have been published in leading news outlets and journals. Some of these include The Boston Globe, CNN, The Journal of Mental Health Counseling, Counseling Today, Boston Business Journal, and many others. We are ready and willing to put our expertise to work for your son or daughter. There is no need to face your struggles alone. You know that your child deserves the best, and pursuing therapy for your child may be the best option.

Every parent knows that their child is unique and special. We, at Thriveworks, believe that as well and honor it in our clinician’s offices. We treat every case and every client as different and distinct. No two people are the same and no two problems are the same. Your child deserves to be heard, respected, and helped.

We pride ourselves on not operating with a waitlist. In most cases, appointments are available within 24 hours of the time you call. We understand that it has been difficult for you to make the decision to call us and we want to be ready when you reach out.

We would be honored to walk this journey with you and 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 Knoxville therapists and counselors accept 22 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee | BCBS

  • BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Medicare Advantage

  • Caresource

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

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Self-pay costs at Knoxville
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

4.6 Thriveworks Knoxville reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
I saw Justin for assistance with OCD. He showed me how to look at things in a way that did not allow my OCD to take over. I will would highly recommend him.
Read more I saw Justin for assistance with OCD. He showed me how to look at things in a way that did not allow my OCD to take over. I will would highly recommend him.
Knoxville Feb 2020
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
I have been taking my 7 year old grandson to see Justin. He had horrible anxiety. It saddened us to see how bad it was. He had developed tics. Justin was absolutely wonderful with him. He has overcome most of his fears and tics have went away. I would highly recommend Justin.
Read more I have been taking my 7 year old grandson to see Justin. He had horrible anxiety. It saddened us to see how bad it was. He had developed tics. Justin was absolutely wonderful with him. He has overcome most of his fears and tics have went away. I would highly recommend Justin.
Knoxville Sep 2019
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
Going to Thriveworks for the past year and a half has been the most rewarding counseling experience I’ve had. Seeing Lindsey has had the single biggest impact on my emotional and mental health, especially in healing from past childhood abuse and trauma, and ongoing PTSD. Out of multiple counselors in two states, Lindsey Chandler is by far the one with whom I’ve felt the most accepted, supported, and encouraged by. I am grateful for the Thriveworks space, as it is not at all clinical nor intimidating, but entirely warn and welcoming. It is nearly a scent-free environment, which is vital for the comfort of any highly sensitive persons. I choose to drive an hour from home each visit specifically to stay loyal to a place where I finally feel safe and valued—where in the past commuting five minutes from home to work with a therapist felt like a chore and an ordeal—and I will continue to do so as I work further toward a healthier me.
Read more Going to Thriveworks for the past year and a half has been the most rewarding counseling experience I’ve had. Seeing Lindsey has had the single biggest impact on my emotional and mental health, especially in healing from past childhood abuse and trauma, and ongoing PTSD. Out of multiple counselors in two states, Lindsey Chandler is by far the one with whom I’ve felt the most accepted, supported, and encouraged by. I am grateful for the Thriveworks space, as it is not at all clinical nor intimidating, but entirely warn and welcoming. It is nearly a scent-free environment, which is vital for the comfort of any highly sensitive persons. I choose to drive an hour from home each visit specifically to stay loyal to a place where I finally feel safe and valued—where in the past commuting five minutes from home to work with a therapist felt like a chore and an ordeal—and I will continue to do so as I work further toward a healthier me.
Knoxville Jan 2019
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
Dr Neal has helped me more in the last 2 months than any other therapist in the last 5 years. Therapy has become a joy instead of a chore. :)
Read more Dr Neal has helped me more in the last 2 months than any other therapist in the last 5 years. Therapy has become a joy instead of a chore. :)
Knoxville Dec 2018
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
Justin Hall is an excellent therapist. Very easy to talk to and genuinely concerned with the patient.
Read more Justin Hall is an excellent therapist. Very easy to talk to and genuinely concerned with the patient.
Knoxville Nov 2018
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
Amanda Gilliam has been such a blessing in helping my daughter deal with her anxiety issues. My daughter is much stronger and confident now thanks to Amanda's expertise,dedication, and just willing to talk about whatever my daughter wants to talk about! Great person to call if you in know someone dealing with anxiety!
Read more Amanda Gilliam has been such a blessing in helping my daughter deal with her anxiety issues. My daughter is much stronger and confident now thanks to Amanda's expertise,dedication, and just willing to talk about whatever my daughter wants to talk about! Great person to call if you in know someone dealing with anxiety!
Knoxville Oct 2018
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
My son saw “Mrs. Amanda” as he affectionately called her shortly after my marriage ended in a high conflict divorce. My son was 6 years old at the time, so it was difficult for him to process his feelings without knowing how to communicate with us. Amanda Gilliam was always there to listen and provide outlets for him to speak openly about his feelings in a way that could be understood. She is top knotch in my book and I would highly recommend her as a professional!
Read more My son saw “Mrs. Amanda” as he affectionately called her shortly after my marriage ended in a high conflict divorce. My son was 6 years old at the time, so it was difficult for him to process his feelings without knowing how to communicate with us. Amanda Gilliam was always there to listen and provide outlets for him to speak openly about his feelings in a way that could be understood. She is top knotch in my book and I would highly recommend her as a professional!
Knoxville Oct 2018
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
I was in sessions with Justin for about a year and highly recommend him. He has a deep grasp of psychology that he is constantly refreshing and renewing, and he was able to help me a lot in understanding what was driving the emotions and feelings of myself and close family members. He was a great help.
Read more I was in sessions with Justin for about a year and highly recommend him. He has a deep grasp of psychology that he is constantly refreshing and renewing, and he was able to help me a lot in understanding what was driving the emotions and feelings of myself and close family members. He was a great help.
Knoxville Sep 2018
Review left on Thriveworks.com

Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Therapy Knoxville is located off of N Peters Rd and Market Pl Blvd, across the street from Market Place Shopping Center. Our other neighbors include Block Advisors, Geosyntec Consultants, Carrabba’s Italian Grill, Red Roof PLUS+ & Suites Knoxville West - Cedar Bluff. The closest bus stop to our building is N Peters Rd EB @ Market Place Blvd.

Phone number

(865) 290-2278

Languages spoken by TN providers

  • English
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