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14,733 people sought child & teen counseling help in Georgia in the last year

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

Marleigh Whiteman

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What is your go-to approach for teen counseling?

When working with teens in counseling, I encourage them to be themselves, let them know they are definitely not alone in what they are struggling with, and acknowledge that these years can be both enjoyable and very difficult at different times. I thoroughly enjoy working with the teenage population as this is a critical time in one's life when they are discovering who they are and how to navigate through the world, both inside and outside of school. I want for each individual to know that being unique and authentic is freeing, even if there are some struggles along the way. You're stronger than you know.

What tools do you teach in teen counseling?

I teach:

  • Coping skills: techniques and ways to help you work through and manage your struggles.
  • Self-advocating: standing up for yourself to become successful by asking for help, asking questions, stating what you need, communicating your thoughts and feelings, etc.
  • Communication skills: learning how to share your thoughts and feelings with others, allowing yourself to be vulnerable, learning to ask for help or support, learning how to manage conflict, etc.
  • Positive self-talk: changing what you say to yourself in a positive manner can change how you feel about yourself.

How do you know when a client is making meaningful progress in teen counseling?

I know a teen client is making meaningful progress in counseling when they are becoming more confident, more self-aware, feeling better emotionally, sharing positive things, and taking more pride in who they are.

What can clients do in their personal time to supplement teen counseling?

Teen clients can supplement their time in counseling by disconnecting from social media for a bit and connecting with others or finding other things they enjoy doing.

What should someone do to prepare for starting teen counseling?

To prepare for your first counseling session as a teen, remind yourself you are not alone. We all have struggles and you are going to a safe, caring, accepting, and nonjudgmental environment to get the support you are seeking

Starting Child & teen counseling

What is child & teen counseling?

Thriveworks child & teen counseling in Peachtree City 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 Peachtree City, GA 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?

Children and teens face their fair share of obstacles. The good news is that there are therapists and counselors who specialize in helping young individuals overcome these obstacles and learn tools that will help them live better for years to come.

“Play therapy is based upon the fact that play is the child’s natural medium of self-expression. It is an opportunity which is given to the child to ‘play out’ his feelings and problems just as, in certain types of adult therapy, an individual ‘talks out’ his difficulties.” –Virginia Axline

There are many strategies used to help kids and teens in therapy; play therapy is just one. If you think that your child or teen could benefit from working with a professional, give Thriveworks Peachtree City a call. Our excellent counselors and psychologists are ready to step in and make a meaningful difference.

Mental Health Disorders in Children and Teens

Children experience a significant amount of growth and development during their youth and adolescent years. Child therapy focuses on the growth and changes occurring in your child and their effects on his/her mental health.

During periods of change, children and teens are just as susceptible as adults to develop a mental health concern. Stressors such as moving, school, family separation and relationships with their peers can all contribute to a child exhibiting the symptoms of an underlying problem. Some mental health disorders that are typically prevalent in youth are:

  • Mood disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)
  • Eating disorders
  • Autism spectrum disorders

It can be difficult for parents to identify if their child’s behavior is age and socially appropriate, or if there is a need to seek counseling. Knowing what things to watch for and seeking counseling once they have been detected can ensure that a child receives proper care as soon as possible. Though signs can be unique to each child, there are some overarching signs that young people in turmoil will exhibit. These may include:

  • Loss of sleep or chronic tiredness
  • Loss of appetite
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Intense mood changes
  • Drastic and sustained changes to their behavior

If you have observed one or more of these symptoms in your child then it may be beneficial to seek the guidance of a child counselor. A qualified counselor can use the signs you have observed along with their expertise in the area as a guide to determining the underlying cause of the behavior.

How Can Therapy Help Kids and Teens?

Each individual’s journey in therapy depends on the challenges they face, their needs, and their goals. The therapists at Thriveworks Peachtree City will first get to know your child or teen and then design treatment to best help them. That being said, the following are often used in child therapy:

  1. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques: Therapists often use CBT to help kids and teens. The goal of this form of therapy is to help the client to understand and change negative thoughts. So, for example, if your teen feels like a failure after doing poorly on one test, their therapist would help them understand that it was but one test–it doesn’t reflect their overall performance at school or in life.
  2. Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) techniques: DBT is another helpful approach to therapy in helping kids and teens. This form of therapy helps with emotional regulation. If your kid has trouble understanding or managing their emotions, DBT can prove effective.
  3. Play Therapy techniques: Play therapy uses imaginary situations to help kids process real experiences they can’t otherwise process. For example, play therapy can help a child to explore their emotions related to their parents’ divorce.

Schedule a Child Therapy Appointment at Thriveworks Peachtree City

Our office provides a controlled and safe environment for your child to express their feelings and learn tools to better cope with the stress and change in their life. A licensed and experienced counselor can help develop those skills to work through issues that are specific to your child and their experiences. Through counseling, children can develop resiliency skills that they can build on starting in their childhood and continuing throughout their whole life.

Please contact our Thriveworks Peachtree City office to set up an appointment with a counselor or psychologist to further discuss the signs and symptoms of a mental health illness. A trained professional would be happy to help.

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 Peachtree City therapists and counselors accept 21 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia | BCBS

  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia | Medicare Advantage

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • 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 Peachtree City
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

4.9 Learn about verified reviews
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I had a fantastic experience with Thomas from Thriveworks. He was exactly what I needed! Guiding me at just the right pace with encouragement and confidence! I cant speak highly enough about him!!!!
Read more I had a fantastic experience with Thomas from Thriveworks. He was exactly what I needed! Guiding me at just the right pace with encouragement and confidence! I cant speak highly enough about him!!!!
Craig Jan 2024
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★★★★★
I have known Kathy for several years both professionally and personally and I can honestly say I have never known anyone more dedicated. She is warm, caring and compassionate. Her friendly smile alone will brighten your day!!
Read more I have known Kathy for several years both professionally and personally and I can honestly say I have never known anyone more dedicated. She is warm, caring and compassionate. Her friendly smile alone will brighten your day!!
Peachtree City Dec 2021
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★★★★★
Theresa is one of the most caring, empathetic, good listener, compassionate, and nonjudgmental to name a few. She is over all a wonderful person and to have as an counselor. I have seen her work and the many lives she has changed for better. I recommend Teressa highly for sessions.
Read more Theresa is one of the most caring, empathetic, good listener, compassionate, and nonjudgmental to name a few. She is over all a wonderful person and to have as an counselor. I have seen her work and the many lives she has changed for better. I recommend Teressa highly for sessions.
Peachtree Jul 2020
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★★★★★
Teressa Mathurin is awesome! She knows how to get to the core of the matter. She listens, validates, challenges, and motivates. She is everything that you want in a clinician.
Read more Teressa Mathurin is awesome! She knows how to get to the core of the matter. She listens, validates, challenges, and motivates. She is everything that you want in a clinician.
Peachtree Jul 2020
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★★★★★
I have known Naomi for over 10 years. I admire her strength and determination. She is very passionate about helping others. I would definitely recommend her to my friends and family.
Read more I have known Naomi for over 10 years. I admire her strength and determination. She is very passionate about helping others. I would definitely recommend her to my friends and family.
Peachtree Jun 2020
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★★★★★
I have known Naomi for over 10 years. I admire her strength and determination. She is very passionate about helping others. I would definitely recommend her to my friends and family.
Read more I have known Naomi for over 10 years. I admire her strength and determination. She is very passionate about helping others. I would definitely recommend her to my friends and family.
Peachtree Jun 2020
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★★★★★
I have known Naomi for over 10 years. I admire her strength and determination. She is very passionate about helping others. I would definitely recommend her to my friends and family.
Read more I have known Naomi for over 10 years. I admire her strength and determination. She is very passionate about helping others. I would definitely recommend her to my friends and family.
Peachtree Jun 2020
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★★★★★
I have known Stephanie for over six years and worked side by side with her in a mental health center for part of that time. What comes across first and foremost is her caring and concern for her clients and her determination to see that their needs are met. She brings to her work a wide range of experience and training along with confidence that is reassuring and a comfort to those in distress. She can deal calmly with the most severe issues as well as with problems of daily living. In the time that I've known her, she has been licensed in three different states to practice in a variety of settings. If you come to her in a time of need, in a time of emotional upheaval or difficult questions, I don't think you will find a more competent or more caring therapist.
Read more I have known Stephanie for over six years and worked side by side with her in a mental health center for part of that time. What comes across first and foremost is her caring and concern for her clients and her determination to see that their needs are met. She brings to her work a wide range of experience and training along with confidence that is reassuring and a comfort to those in distress. She can deal calmly with the most severe issues as well as with problems of daily living. In the time that I've known her, she has been licensed in three different states to practice in a variety of settings. If you come to her in a time of need, in a time of emotional upheaval or difficult questions, I don't think you will find a more competent or more caring therapist.
Peachtree Mar 2020
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Peachtree City is located off Westpark Drive, behind Westpark Walk Shopping Centre. We currently share the building with Renaissance Skin Care and Homebridge mortgage lender, among other businesses. Within 1 mile of Hwy 54/ Floy Farr Pkwy and Northlake Dr intersection.

Phone number

(678) 679-9796

Languages spoken by GA providers

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Tuesday 8:00am - 9:00pm
Wednesday 8:00am - 9:00pm
Thursday 8:00am - 9:00pm
Friday 8:00am - 9:00pm
Saturday 8:00am - 9:00pm
Sunday 8:00am - 9:00pm
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Tuesday 7:00am - 9:30pm
Wednesday 7:00am - 9:30pm
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Saturday 7:00am - 6:00pm
Sunday 8:00am - 5:00pm
Monday 7:00am - 9:30pm

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