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9,797 people sought child therapy help in Pennsylvania in the last year

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

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 Philadelphia.

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 Philadelphia, PA 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 Philadelphia, PA 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.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Philadelphia therapists and counselors accept 41 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • AmeriHealth Administrators

  • Amerihealth Pennsylvania

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Capital BlueCross of Pennsylvania | BCBS Medicare Advantage

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Geisinger Health Plan

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Self-pay costs at Philadelphia
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 Learn about verified reviews
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The therapist we have is always on time/ professional/ and helpful. I am glad we found him.
Michele Dec 2023
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Crystal Sommerville was a TSS to out now 26 year old when she was a young child. Crystal has maintained a professional and therapeutic relationship with both her client and our family. We have watched her develop her professional skills coupled with compassion, patience, understanding, listening and being available. Our family has benefited directly from ALL of the advice, opinions, therapy and personal interest for many years. ANY client who has the privilege of working with Crystal Sommerville WILL only benefit from her!!! We are PROUD to let everyone know CRYSTAL SOMMERVILLE IS AN AWESOME THERAPIST!!
Read more Crystal Sommerville was a TSS to out now 26 year old when she was a young child. Crystal has maintained a professional and therapeutic relationship with both her client and our family. We have watched her develop her professional skills coupled with compassion, patience, understanding, listening and being available. Our family has benefited directly from ALL of the advice, opinions, therapy and personal interest for many years. ANY client who has the privilege of working with Crystal Sommerville WILL only benefit from her!!! We are PROUD to let everyone know CRYSTAL SOMMERVILLE IS AN AWESOME THERAPIST!!
Philadelphia Nov 2021
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★★★★★
Laura is a wonderful counselor. She is compassionate, caring, empathetic and such a good listener. Laura provides thoughtful, non -judgmental advice. I would highly recommend her!
Read more Laura is a wonderful counselor. She is compassionate, caring, empathetic and such a good listener. Laura provides thoughtful, non -judgmental advice. I would highly recommend her!
Philadelphia Aug 2020
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★★★★★
Cecelia is one of the greatest therapists I have ever met. Her expertise and professionalism in working with families shows, and her ability to highlight power, culture, and privilege moves families in directions previously unable.
Read more Cecelia is one of the greatest therapists I have ever met. Her expertise and professionalism in working with families shows, and her ability to highlight power, culture, and privilege moves families in directions previously unable.
Philadelphia Mar 2019
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★★★★★
Cecelia is such a great listener, she makes me feel understood. She creates such a tranquil environment that makes me open up.
Read more Cecelia is such a great listener, she makes me feel understood. She creates such a tranquil environment that makes me open up.
Philadelphia Mar 2019
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★★★★★
Cecelia is one of the most gifted people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Empathetic, knowledgeable, professional and committed to the craft of healing people where they are broken. Blessed to know her and so incredibly happy for the people that will benefit from her service.
Read more Cecelia is one of the most gifted people I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. Empathetic, knowledgeable, professional and committed to the craft of healing people where they are broken. Blessed to know her and so incredibly happy for the people that will benefit from her service.
Philadelphia Mar 2019
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★★★★★
Cecelia is a wonderful therapist who hones in on bringing her skills coupled with personal needs. She is very understand and patient. She has the ability to recognize core themes and challenges while simultanously formulating viable solutions. Her ability to connect quickly is also a bonus.
Read more Cecelia is a wonderful therapist who hones in on bringing her skills coupled with personal needs. She is very understand and patient. She has the ability to recognize core themes and challenges while simultanously formulating viable solutions. Her ability to connect quickly is also a bonus.
Philadelphia Mar 2019
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★★★★★
Cecelia Baldwin is a great therapist. She has truly helped open me up as an individual. Every time I meet with her I feel refreshed and leave with more confidence. It shows that Cecelia has taken the time and dedication to hone her craft. I believe she cares for her clients like friends and family members. Thank you!
Read more Cecelia Baldwin is a great therapist. She has truly helped open me up as an individual. Every time I meet with her I feel refreshed and leave with more confidence. It shows that Cecelia has taken the time and dedication to hone her craft. I believe she cares for her clients like friends and family members. Thank you!
Philadelphia Mar 2019
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Philadelphia is located off of Chestnut St, between the Delaware River and the Schuylkill River. We're within the Jefferson Building, next to The Gold Center and across the street from the Thompson Building. We are neighbored by About Face Skin Care, Group K Diagnostics, and Taco Bell. The closest bus stops to us are 11th St & Chestnut St and Chestnut St & 10th St.

Phone number

(215) 544-2163

Languages spoken by PA providers

  • English
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