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503 people sought child therapy help in Arizona 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 Phoenix.

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 Phoenix, AZ 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 Phoenix, AZ 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?

Therapy for Children and Teens in Phoenix, AZ

Scarlett, a thirteen-year-old facing her parents’ divorce and the daunting transition to high school, began experiencing panic attacks. Recognizing her distress, her father sought help from a child psychiatrist who provided cognitive behavioral therapy to address Scarlett’s anxiety and equip her with coping strategies.

At Thriveworks in Phoenix, AZ, our compassionate team of child therapists and psychologists is dedicated to supporting children and adolescents facing various challenges. We understand the unique needs of young individuals and offer tailored therapy to address their concerns.

To get started with a provider at Thriveworks, simply call us at (602) 932-3336 or go online today.

When to Seek Therapy for Your Child

Children and teens may encounter a range of difficulties, from anxiety and depression to behavioral issues and ADHD. Seeking therapy early can help address these challenges and provide necessary support. Our professionals specialize in treating:

  • ADHD and ADD
  • Autism
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Eating disorders
  • Bullying and cyberbullying
  • Grief and loss
  • Life transitions
  • Communication problems
  • Anger management
  • Substance abuse
  • And more

Recognizing signs of distress or changes in behavior is crucial. If your child’s behavior shifts suddenly or interferes with their daily functioning, seeking professional help is recommended.

Types of Therapy and Treatment

Our therapists utilize various therapeutic approaches tailored to children and teens, including:

  • Family therapy: Involving the entire family to address relational dynamics and improve communication.
  • Play therapy: Allowing young children to express themselves through play, facilitating communication and emotional expression.
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT): Helping children identify and modify negative thought patterns and behaviors.
  • Stress management techniques: Teaching relaxation techniques such as meditation and yoga to manage stress and anxiety.

Book an Appointment with a Child Therapist

At Thriveworks, we prioritize your child’s mental health and well-being. We offer flexible scheduling options, including weekend and evening sessions, to accommodate busy schedules. Additionally, our providers offer ongoing support between sessions via email or phone.

We are committed to helping your child navigate life’s challenges and build resilience. Contact Thriveworks in Phoenix, AZ today to schedule an appointment with a child therapist and support your child’s journey to mental wellness.

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 Phoenix therapists and counselors accept 23 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona | BCBS

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona Medicare Advantage

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

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Brittany C is a wonderful therapist. She is insightful and offers useful and practical suggestions. I really am thankful to have such a good therapist.
Read more Brittany C is a wonderful therapist. She is insightful and offers useful and practical suggestions. I really am thankful to have such a good therapist.
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Phoenix is located at 1110 E. Missouri Ave. #340, Phoenix, AZ 85014 between N. 11th and N. 12th Streets.

Phone number

(602) 932-3336

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