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Aetna, Ambetter by Superior Health Plan, APEX Memorial Hermann, +35 more
Military / Veteran, Behavioral Issues, Relationships, Depression

I do my best to approach every client with a non-judgmental, and inviting approach to identify issues and help work towards long-lasting solutions.


Aetna, Ambetter by Superior Health Plan, APEX Memorial Hermann, +35 more
Domestic Abuse, LGBTQIA+, Anger, Behavioral Issues, Coping Skills, +13 more

When you can't look on the bright side, I will sit with you in the dark.


APEX Memorial Hermann, ARIA | Covenant Management Systems, Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card), +13 more
Behavioral Issues, Addiction, Relationships, Anxiety

I'm a firm believer in the power of positive thinking and a goal of progress as opposed to perfection.

Blaine Stephens

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What is your go-to approach for child therapy?

As a play therapist, the go-to approach for helping kids in child therapy is utilizing expressive arts and play therapy techniques. The preference lies in this approach because it allows children to communicate and process their emotions and experiences in a natural and non-threatening way. Through play, children can express themselves creatively, explore their inner world, and develop coping strategies. The best benefit is found in using play therapy because it fosters a therapeutic relationship built on trust and rapport, which is essential for facilitating emotional healing and growth in children. Additionally, play therapy provides a developmentally appropriate means for children to address and resolve conflicts, trauma, and other psychological challenges they may be facing.

What tools do you teach in child therapy?

In child therapy, the following tools are taught:

  • Expressive arts: Encouraging children to express themselves through various artistic mediums such as drawing, painting, or sculpting.
  • Play therapy techniques: Utilizing toys, games, and role-play to help children communicate their thoughts, feelings, and experiences.
  • Relaxation techniques: Teaching children relaxation exercises like deep breathing or visualization to manage stress and anxiety.
  • Cognitive-behavioral strategies: Introducing age-appropriate techniques to challenge negative thoughts and develop coping skills.
  • Social skills training: Providing guidance on effective communication, empathy, and conflict resolution to improve interpersonal relationships.
  • Narrative therapy: Assisting children in constructing empowering narratives to reframe their experiences and build resilience.

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

A client is making meaningful progress in child therapy when:

  • They demonstrate improved emotional regulation and coping skills in challenging situations.
  • There is an increase in their ability to verbalize and express their thoughts and feelings.
  • They exhibit greater confidence and self-esteem in their interactions with others.
  • Progress is observed in their behavior and functioning at home, school, or social environments.
  • They develop a deeper understanding of themselves and their experiences, leading to positive changes in behavior and attitude.

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

Clients can supplement their time in child therapy with:

  • Engaging in activities that promote self-expression and emotional processing, such as journaling or creative arts.
  • Practicing relaxation techniques taught in therapy, such as deep breathing or progressive muscle relaxation, during stressful moments.
  • Incorporating cognitive-behavioral strategies learned in therapy into their daily routine, such as challenging negative thoughts or using coping skills.
  • Encouraging open communication with caregivers or trusted adults about their experiences and feelings outside of therapy sessions.
  • Participating in social activities or group settings to practice newly acquired social skills and build peer relationships.

What should someone do to prepare for starting child therapy?

To prepare for their first child therapy session, a child can:

  • Talk with a parent or caregiver about any questions or concerns they may have about therapy.
  • Bring any relevant information or materials provided by the therapist, such as intake forms or consent documents.
  • Think about what they would like to discuss or work on in therapy, such as specific emotions or challenges they are facing.
  • Pack any comfort items or special toys they may want to bring to the session to help them feel more at ease.
  • Approach the session with an open mind and willingness to participate in activities or discussions as guided by the therapist.

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 McKinney.

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 McKinney, TX 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 McKinney, TX 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.
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Our McKinney therapists and counselors accept 39 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Ambetter by Superior Health Plan

  • APEX Memorial Hermann

  • ARIA | Covenant Management Systems

  • Auto Club Enterprises (Employers Health Network)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas HMO

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas PPO

  • Buist Byars and Taylor (Employers Health Network)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry McKinney is located in the same building as Center of Pelvic Excellence, Genesis Back & Neck, Landry Odom of Allstate Insurance, and Peggy S, Breeding CPA PLLC Tax Services. We are near the intersection of S Stonebridge Drive and Cascades Drive. We are also near the intersection of S Stonebridge Drive and S Custer Road, and near this intersection is a plaza which contains Texas Pediatric Dentistry, Play Street Museum McKinney, Sweet Art Bakery and Cafe, All About U hair Salon, Stonebridge Cleaners, and Stonebridge Ranch Dentistry.

Phone number

(469) 949-3896

Languages spoken by TX providers

  • English
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