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 Maitland.
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 Maitland, FL 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 Maitland, FL 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 or counseling are evidence-based approaches designed to help children and teens process their issues. It can help children living with mental illness, coping with traumatic events, or facing difficulties in school or at home. Child therapists and counselors have the skills and knowledge to help your son or daughter deal with their problems and learn good mental health habits.
Working with a mental health professional can help your son or daughter get back on a healthy path. If you think therapy or counseling could benefit your child, call our office today or schedule online with Thriveworks Counseling in Maitland, FL.
Should My Child See a Therapist?
Mental health services for children are designed specifically to help children cope with mental health challenges and other issues they face in life. There are many situations where therapy or counseling can help, including:
- Behavioral issues
- Anxiety or depression
- Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
- Parental divorce
- Substance abuse or addiction
- Autism testing and diagnosis
- Trauma and abuse
- Starting at a new school
- Moving to a new city
Your child might be dealing with something else entirely, or you’ve only noticed a change in behavior without understanding the underlying issue –– that’s ok. Our mental health professionals are experts in working with children, uncovering the problems they’re facing, and developing competent treatment plans to help your child move past what’s bothering them.
These are just a few of the issues where a professional can help. Our specialists have a wide range of skills and knowledge, allowing them to help children overcome their problems.
Child Therapy: What Should I Expect?
We understand that children and their families have unique needs, so care is individualized to each child and each situation. For example, helping a teenager dealing with self-esteem issues is very different from supporting a second grader who just changed schools. Your child’s mental health professional will create a treatment plan with their specific situation in mind.
There are many therapeutic techniques that a mental health expert can use to help your child cope with whatever they’re facing, including:
- Family therapy: Generally, family therapy helps families understand their internal dynamics and examine how everyone interacts. Sometimes, working with the entire family can help a child overcome an issue in their life. For example, family therapy can help the parents of a child with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) understand healthy and unhealthy ways of responding to problem behaviors.
- Play therapy: Young children often have trouble expressing how they feel. Play therapy allows a therapist or counselor to build a relationship with a child and understand the emotions they’re experiencing.
- Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT): CBT is a therapeutic method used to treat various mental health issues and disorders. It focuses on helping people identify and change unhealthy thought patterns. Changing these patterns of thought can help individuals gain insight into their lives and see themselves more accurately.
Mental health professionals from Thriveworks Counseling in Maitland, FL, can help your child deal with the issues in their life and learn good mental health habits. Call our office today to schedule your first appointment.
Schedule a Child Therapy Appointment at Thriveworks in Maitland, FL
Would your child benefit from working with a therapist or counselor? Consider calling our office today at Thriveworks Counseling in Maitland, FL or schedule online to get started.
Child Therapy — TherapyLand™
Our Maitland, FL 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.