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6,431 people sought child therapy help in Massachusetts in the last year

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

Eliza Lila Sorenson

Hear from Eliza Lila Sorenson, Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)

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What is your go-to approach for child therapy?

My go-to approach for helping kids in child therapy is bibliotherapy along with cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT). I find the best benefit in bibliotherapy because it helps meet the child at their level and gives the child something to think about and process together after we finish the book.

What tools do you teach in child therapy?

I teach the following tools in child therapy:

  • CBT triangle (each tip of the triangle represents thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Each of these connect to one another and impact each other).
  • Thought replacement (using the CBT triangle looking at how if you change a worried thought to something else it can impact your feelings and behaviors).

How do you know when a client is making meaningful progress in child therapy?

I know a client is making meaningful progress in child therapy when they begin asking to play the emotion or therapeutic version of the uno game or automatically begin replacing thoughts themselves.

What can clients do in their personal time to supplement child therapy?

Clients can supplement their time in child therapy with practicing talking about worries to trusted adults and continue practicing the thought challenges!

What should someone do to prepare for starting child therapy?

To prepare for their first child therapy session, a child and parent can talk about the benefits to talking about worries or anxieties and how all these feelings are okay!

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 Lexington.

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 Lexington, MA 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 Lexington, MA 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?

Child Therapy in Lexington, MA—Child Therapists and Counselors

We tend to characterize childhood as a fun and playful time. But in reality, childhood isn’t all play—it can come with challenges that shape us for years, even decades to come. The challenges kids and teens might encounter include being bullied, witnesses one’s parents’ divorce, moving to a new town, coping with a mental illness, managing a learning disability, navigating relationships, and more.

If you’ve noticed that your child is struggling with stress or a particularly tough challenge (such as one we mentioned above), consider setting them up with a child therapist or counselor at Thriveworks Counseling in Lexington, MA. We can get your child scheduled with a therapist, counselor, or psychologist, who has particular skills and experience working with this young age group. If you’re ready to schedule, simply call Thriveworks Counseling in Lexington, MA at (781) 786-7267.

What Is Child Therapy and How Does It Work?

Child therapy, adolescent, teen counseling—they all help kids and teens to work through the challenges they are confronted with. In some instances, this is bullying, major life transitions, and experiencing symptoms of a mental illness. Consult the list below, which is more comprehensive:

  • Processing and working through traumatic experiences, such as bullying
  • Understanding and managing symptoms of mental health conditions
  • Adapting to new environments and adjusting amidst other major life changes
  • Repairing strained relationships and building healthy relationships
  • Working through grief and loss

Can My Child Benefit from Child Therapy?

The child therapists at Thriveworks in Lexington, MA provide children and teens with life-changing assistance and support. We want to note that you shouldn’t feel defeated or less than for setting your child up with a child therapist. The truth is that kids often don’t feel comfortable opening up to their parents about what they’re going through. However, they are more likely to talk to a therapist who is unbiased and nonjudgmental. Now, it’s important that you look out for the signs that something isn’t right in your child or teen. These might include:

  1. They aren’t spending time with their friends like they normally do.
  2. They exhibit a change in appetite or weight.
  3. They appear down or depressed—not their usual selves.
  4. They ask to stay home from school, even when they aren’t sick.
  5. They have trouble falling or staying asleep.
  6. They become irritable or display another change in mood.

Work with a Child Therapist at Thriveworks Counseling in Lexington, MA

Many kids and teens can find value in working with a child therapist or counselor. With the right guidance and support, these young individuals can learn to work through present and future issues. A child therapist can also equip them with the skills and tools they need to grow well through life.

If you’re ready to set your child or teen up with a child counselor, reach out to Thriveworks in Lexington, MA today. Just call (781) 786-7267 and we’ll help you schedule your child’s first appointment either onsite or via online counseling therapy services. Either way, we’re here for you and your child in your time of need.

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 Lexington therapists and counselors accept 27 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts | BCBS

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts | BCBS Medicare Advantage (HMO | PPO)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • Fallon Health

  • First Health Network

  • Harvard Pilgrim

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Self-pay costs at Lexington
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 Lexington reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
Sara is a dedicated, compassionate, organized, and kinds therapist. She will work with your schedule and your specific needs as to why you are in therapy. I have had the chance to work with her and love her dedication to this field.
Read more Sara is a dedicated, compassionate, organized, and kinds therapist. She will work with your schedule and your specific needs as to why you are in therapy. I have had the chance to work with her and love her dedication to this field.
Lexington Sep 2021
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★★★★★
Genevieve is a caring and nurturing therapist. She goes out of her way to make sure that she finds the resources her clients need.
Read more Genevieve is a caring and nurturing therapist. She goes out of her way to make sure that she finds the resources her clients need.
Lexington Jul 2020
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★★★★★
Genevieve is an outstanding counselor that always shows her clients compassion and empathy. She's well informed about area resources and has a lot of experience. She is committed to confidentiality and always follows through. With a good heart and the best intentions she provides amazing support to the families and clients she works with. I would highly recommend her!
Read more Genevieve is an outstanding counselor that always shows her clients compassion and empathy. She's well informed about area resources and has a lot of experience. She is committed to confidentiality and always follows through. With a good heart and the best intentions she provides amazing support to the families and clients she works with. I would highly recommend her!
Lexington Jul 2020
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★★★★★
I've met with Francesca at her previous practice, and she is far and above the absolute best. From a personal one on one basics she helped me immensely. I recommend her to anyone.
Read more I've met with Francesca at her previous practice, and she is far and above the absolute best. From a personal one on one basics she helped me immensely. I recommend her to anyone.
Lexington Nov 2019
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★★★★★
Sumio Shinohara has provided me with outstanding counseling, life coaching and consulting services. His information, desire to be of utmost help and advocacy have been extremely valuable.
Read more Sumio Shinohara has provided me with outstanding counseling, life coaching and consulting services. His information, desire to be of utmost help and advocacy have been extremely valuable.
Lexington Jan 2019
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★★★★★
I had a lovely experience meeting with Emily, I’m looking forward to attending another session soon!
Read more I had a lovely experience meeting with Emily, I’m looking forward to attending another session soon!
Lexington Apr 2018
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Lexington is located off of Massachusetts Ave. We share a building with other businesses, including Clay Oven and Limited to Endodontics. Our office is on the second floor. Across the street is a post office.

Phone number

(781) 386-0443

Languages spoken by MA providers

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Mandarin
  • Farsi
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