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37,445 people sought child & teen counseling help in Virginia 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 McLean 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 McLean, VA 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?

Not every child grows from infancy through their adolescent years without experiencing bumps along the way. Sometimes children encounter emotions, feelings or behaviors that cause problems in their lives and the lives of those around them. Families often worry when their child or teenager has difficulties coping with things—feeling sad, can’t sleep, gets involved with drugs or can’t get along with family members or friends.

At times, parents may wonder if a change in their child is something that is the normal course of growing up or if it is a problem. Trying to find out what is going on with your child is sometimes a challenge in itself, because they may not want to talk about it, are not able to put their feelings or thoughts into words or are at too young of an age to be able to communicate it effectively.

If your child is experiencing a “bump” along the road of life and it has been going on for weeks, even months, it is wise to seek the help of a therapist or a counselor at Thriveworks in McLean, VA Child and Adolescent Therapy/Counseling. When your child is having difficulties with relationships, a blended family, gender identity or the many other issues that may occur in life, contact the therapists and counselors at Thriveworks in McLean, VA who are professionally licensed and have years of experience in the field.

Reasons to Seek Child and Adolescent Therapy/Counseling

The help of a counselor or therapist for the many areas of difficulties children and teens experience can make a huge difference in their ability to enjoy school, group activities and family events. Whether a child is having difficulties with completing assignments at school, adjusting to life with a blended family or is dealing with challenges from a serious illness, it may be advantageous for them to work with a therapist or counselor.

The following are detailed descriptions of issues children and adolescents may encounter.

Stepfamily Problems

With the high rate of divorce and the changing patterns of families in the country, there is an increase in the number of stepfamilies. New stepfamilies face many challenges, and developing good relationships takes work. Each member of the newly blended family has experienced loss and all face adjustments to the new family dynamic.

The members of new, blended families need to build strong bonds among themselves through:

  • Acknowledging their differences, their personal and family losses and changes.
  • Developing new skills in making decisions as a family.
  • Fostering and strengthening new relationships between the parents, stepparents and stepchildren.
  • Supporting one another.
  • Maintaining and nurturing the original parent-child relationships.

Facing these issues can be difficult, but most stepfamilies find ways to work out their problems. Sometimes it takes one to two years for the blended families to fully adjust.

Parents should consider seeking the help of a therapist or counselor for their child when they show strong feelings of being:

  • Alone dealing with the losses.
  • Torn between two parents or two households.
  • Excluded.
  • Isolated by feelings of guilt and anger.
  • Unsure about what is right.
  • Very uncomfortable with any member of the original family or stepfamily.

Below are other reasons for a child in a stepfamily to seek therapy.

  • Child vents/directs anger upon a particular family member or openly resents a stepparent or parent.
  • One of the parents suffers from great stress and is unable to help with the child’s increased need.
  • A stepparent or parent openly favors one of the children.
  • Discipline of a child is only left to the parent rather than involving both the stepparent and parent.
  • Frequent crying or withdrawal by the child.

Fairfax Child/Adolescent Therapy Techniques

The professional therapists and counselors at Thriveworks in McLean, VA work with children, adolescents and family members in a variety of ways. The therapists and counselors have experience in helping children find emotional support, resolve conflicts with people, understand feelings and problems and try out new solutions to old problems. Goals for therapy may be specific, such as a change in behavior or improved relations with friends or family. More general goals in therapy may include less anxiety and better self-esteem.

Thriveworks has worked with people from all walks of life, in a thousand different situations. The professional therapists work with the child to feel better, make healthy decisions, set healthy boundaries and move from a place of poor to good emotional health, to make connections with others, to replace sadness, anxiety, anger and frustration with happiness, peace and hopefulness for the future.

Therapists use a variety of therapy options depending on the issue. A lot of the time, the choice of therapy will depend on the age of the child and his ability to be able to verbalize emotions. At other times, there is the need to include family members in certain sessions. The following are a few of the methods for child and adolescent therapy used by Thriveworks in McLean, VA.

  • Behavior modification is based on the principles of operant conditioning, which were developed by American behaviorist B.F. Skinner. He formulated the concept of operant conditioning, through which behavior could be shaped by reinforcement or the lack of it. One behavior modification technique that is widely used is positive reinforcement, which encourages certain behaviors through a system of rewards. It is common for therapists to draw up a contract with the child establishing the terms of the reward system.
  • Narrative therapy was developed to separate the person from the problem and encourage individuals to rely on their own skill sets to minimize the problems that exist in their everyday lives.
  • Clinical studies show that relaxation techniques reduce the perception of pain. Meditation has been used as part of the treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Vietnam veterans and to break substance abuse patterns in drug and alcohol abusers. Relaxation techniques can also enhance coping skills in migraine sufferers and reduce stress, as well as to improve mood in some people.

Studies show that with consistent practice, relaxation techniques can potentially reduce symptoms or improve outcomes in stress, anxiety, panic disorders, insomnia, hyperactivity in children (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder) and other issues.

Thriveworks in McLean, VA Counseling and Therapy is the Wise Choice for Children and Adolescents

The therapists and counselors at Thriveworks in McLean, VA and the Fairfax area have professional licenses, training, credentials and experience. They are able to communicate with children and adolescents on the many issues they encounter in their lives. The therapists at Thriveworks ensure that the child and their family work together in the surroundings of trust and security, which enable them to best work on the issue that brings them to therapy.

Therapists and counselors at Thriveworks in McLean, VA have an understanding of the physical, mental and behavioral development of children and adolescents and are experts in the specific issues they face. Call Thriveworks in McLean, VA at (202) 478-9619 for child and adolescent therapy and counseling, where you won’t be placed on a waiting list. Appointments are available in 24 hours for most new clients.

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 Virginia therapists and counselors accept 30 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Hampshire | BCBS

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia | BCBS

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia Medicare Advantage

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia | BCBS HMO

  • CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia | BCBS PPO

  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield DC | BCBS PPO

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

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Self-pay costs at McLean
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

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My therapist is great. They aren't pushy and just ask questions that get me thinking. I feel like I am getting a little guidance to help me find my own path rather than being lead in a predetermined direction.
Read more My therapist is great. They aren't pushy and just ask questions that get me thinking. I feel like I am getting a little guidance to help me find my own path rather than being lead in a predetermined direction.
Benjamin Jan 2024
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★★★★★
Anna is incredibly respectful, professional, and compassionate. She has a strong dedication to operational and clinical excellence. Anna has proven successful outcomes for clients that she has treated. Anna is extremely knowledgeable with numerous clinics interventions and modalities. Her drive to help others is unmatched, and I believe she would make an excellent addition to the thrive works community.
Read more Anna is incredibly respectful, professional, and compassionate. She has a strong dedication to operational and clinical excellence. Anna has proven successful outcomes for clients that she has treated. Anna is extremely knowledgeable with numerous clinics interventions and modalities. Her drive to help others is unmatched, and I believe she would make an excellent addition to the thrive works community.
McLean Jan 2020
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★★★★★
Anna is wonderful! She brings her kindness, humor and tons of experience to her counseling relationships, and yet in her kind way she also knows when to call it how she sees it in a way that does not make you feel judged and makes you feel understood. Highly recommend.
Read more Anna is wonderful! She brings her kindness, humor and tons of experience to her counseling relationships, and yet in her kind way she also knows when to call it how she sees it in a way that does not make you feel judged and makes you feel understood. Highly recommend.
McLean Jan 2020
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★★★★★
As a colleague, I cannot recommend Anna enough to anyone looking for a therapist. I have worked with Anna for years and trust her completely. Anna is warm, welcoming, and professional. She also has a multitude of experience working with diverse populations and is eclectic in her approach, getting to know her clients and utilizing tools and skills that she know will work best for their situation.
Read more As a colleague, I cannot recommend Anna enough to anyone looking for a therapist. I have worked with Anna for years and trust her completely. Anna is warm, welcoming, and professional. She also has a multitude of experience working with diverse populations and is eclectic in her approach, getting to know her clients and utilizing tools and skills that she know will work best for their situation.
McLean Jan 2020
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★★★★★
Are you looking for an excellent therapist? I cannot recommend Anna Sihon enough. She's open, patient, non-judgemental, has a great sense of humor, and is extremely culturally competent (especially with the Latinx community).
Read more Are you looking for an excellent therapist? I cannot recommend Anna Sihon enough. She's open, patient, non-judgemental, has a great sense of humor, and is extremely culturally competent (especially with the Latinx community).
McLean Dec 2019
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★★★★★
I have worked with Dr. Jonies Thomas over the years in a professional capacity, and have only good things about her. She has an engaging and patient interpersonal style that resonated with our patients. She brings a wealth of knowledge and wisdom to any interaction, and it is clear that she is passionate about what she does.
Read more I have worked with Dr. Jonies Thomas over the years in a professional capacity, and have only good things about her. She has an engaging and patient interpersonal style that resonated with our patients. She brings a wealth of knowledge and wisdom to any interaction, and it is clear that she is passionate about what she does.
McLean Jul 2019
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry McLean is located off of Dolley Madison Blvd., at the intersection of Old Chain Bridge Rd and Fleetwood Rd., in Building A. We share a building with two real estate agents from Long and Foster Real Estate.

Phone number

(571) 200-5518

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