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Alexandra Cromer

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What is your go-to approach for child therapy?

My go-to approach for helping kids in child therapy is to create a warm, inviting environment for them, and I make sure to tailor my approach to fit their specific preferences, interests, and needs. I find the best benefit in engaging in an eclectic approach of therapeutic techniques with kids because it keeps them focused and entertained and allows them to retain information in a developmentally appropriate way. I also provide psychoeducation to parents.

What tools do you teach in child therapy?

I teach the following tools in child therapy:

  • Emotion regulation: Teaching children to understand emotions is a primary step in helping them regulate what they're experiencing. I provide psychoeducation on labeling emotions and helping children understand and identify what they're feeling and then using coping skills such as deep breathing (more below) to regulate.
  • Social skills training: It's critically important for children to have and to understand prosocial behaviors, as much of healthy development consists of pro-social and socially acceptable behaviors. Social skills training is applicable in most situations that a child presents with as it enables the child to have healthy interpersonal relationships with adults and peers alike and coincides with healthy emotional regulation skills and capacities.
  • Parent coaching/education: Parents/guardians play a critically important role in child therapy and are an important part of the treatment team. It's important for parents/guardians to be involved in the therapeutic process and have knowledge of coping and emotion regulation skills that the child is learning and be willing and able to replicate those within the home environment.
  • Mindfulness skills: A critical component of child therapy centers around the development of a strong sense of core mindfulness skills. These skills are critical in helping kids regulate their bodies and sense of self in multiple situations.

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

I know a client is making meaningful progress in child therapy when they are reporting an overall decrease in frequency and intensity of non-desired behavior patterns and are reporting overall increases in life satisfaction, healthy coping, and emotion regulation skills.

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

Clients can supplement their time in child therapy by continuing to engage regularly with peers and extracurriculars outside of therapy as well as promoting healthy habits of self-care and emotional maintenance both at home and at school.

What should someone do to prepare for starting child therapy?

To prepare for their first child therapy session, a parent can have a discussion with their child about what to expect and can explain that they will be talking to a professional helper who is there to help and not hurt, helping them learn about themselves and their brain and teaching them skills to help them be the best version of themselves.

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 Richmond.

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 Richmond, VA 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 Richmond, VA 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.

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Child Therapy in Richmond, VA (Shockoe Bottom)—Therapy for Children and Teens

Are you worried about your child or teen? Are they in a tough spot and in need of mental health help or support? Consider setting them up with a child therapist at Thriveworks Richmond, VA (Shockoe Bottom). These professionals specialize in helping young individuals with the challenges standing in their way of a happy, healthy, or successful life.

If you think your child could benefit from child therapy at Thriveworks Richmond, VA (Shockoe Bottom), give us a call at (804) 980-7242. A scheduling specialist will walk you through the easy process of setting up an appointment, and provide you with flexible scheduling options including evening and weekend sessions. We look forward to hearing from you and setting your child or teen up with a skilled, caring child therapist.

What Is Child Therapy?

Child therapy is designed to provide children, teens, and adolescents with professional help and support. It can help these young individuals understand and manage mental illness, work through trauma, and learn how to cope with stress.

Though many of us fail to realize this, many kids and teens face the same issues as us adults. They struggle with difficult emotions, fight with their loved ones, and experience symptoms of mental illnesses like depression and anxiety. The difference, though, is that these young individuals are in a crucial stage of development and often require extra help and support with these challenges. Therefore, the ultimate goal of child therapy is to assist children and teens with managing or resolving the problem(s) at hand.

When Should You Seek Therapy for Your Child or Teen?

Coming to the decision that is taking your kid or teen to therapy is not an easy one. However, it can prove incredibly beneficial, especially if your child is suffering mentally, emotionally, or socially. Child therapists can help your child to identify and understand underlying issues, as well as how they can manage or resolve these issues. Common challenges that come up in child therapy include:

  • The loss of a loved one
  • Divorce or separation of parents
  • Bullying
  • Navigating friendships
  • Depression, anxiety, and other mental illnesses
  • Low self-esteem
  • Loneliness or social isolation

Work with a Child Therapist at Thriveworks Richmond, VA (Shockoe Bottom)

At Thriveworks Richmond, VA (Shockoe Bottom), the child therapists create an individualized experience for each child and teen that they see, based on their unique needs. That being said, the overall goal is to assist kids with the challenges they face and to help them live a happier, healthier life.

If you think your child could find value in working with a child therapist, reach out to Thriveworks Richmond, VA (Shockoe Bottom). You will experience premium mental health services and benefits here, of which include:

  1. Evening and weekend appointments: We understand that the normal daytime appointments don’t work, especially for working parents and children that are in school. We offer evening and weekend appointments so that you can find a day and time that works for you.
  2. Major insurance plans: Additionally, we accept most major insurance plans. Our providers also have self-pay options, if they do not work with your insurance company or you prefer self-pay.
  3. Flexible cancellations: Here at Thriveworks, we also have a flexible cancellation policy, which allows you to cancel or reschedule with short notice.

Call Thriveworks Richmond, VA (Shockoe Bottom) today to schedule a child therapy appointment and experience our premium benefits for yourself. You can reach us at (804) 980-7242.

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 Richmond therapists and counselors accept 25 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • 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 PPO

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

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Self-pay costs at Richmond
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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I had reached out to several therapists to find one that would fit. My therapist Noel, reached out and explained on what methods she uses to help with certain issues. She is a great fit for me and I am looking forward with working with her.
Read more I had reached out to several therapists to find one that would fit. My therapist Noel, reached out and explained on what methods she uses to help with certain issues. She is a great fit for me and I am looking forward with working with her.
Lynn Feb 2024
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★★★★★
She is absolutely the best and she makes my life so much better thank you very much!
Robert Jan 2024
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Ms Gooden is an excellent clinician, always very helpful and punctual. The office staff are always helpful and professional. I will recommend them to my family and friends
Read more Ms Gooden is an excellent clinician, always very helpful and punctual. The office staff are always helpful and professional. I will recommend them to my family and friends
Maria Jan 2024
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★★★★★
My husband and I are very pleased with our therapist, and she's not only Christian, but she is also knowledgeable, honest, direct, and committed to assist us in any way she possible can. She's introduced us to written and verbal exercises that have helped us better understand each other and ourselves. I whole Heartly recommend her and Thrivesworks.
Read more My husband and I are very pleased with our therapist, and she's not only Christian, but she is also knowledgeable, honest, direct, and committed to assist us in any way she possible can. She's introduced us to written and verbal exercises that have helped us better understand each other and ourselves. I whole Heartly recommend her and Thrivesworks.
Maria Dec 2023
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★★★★★
Natalie is an incredibly compassionate therapist who really takes the time and effort to help you towards healing and recovery. The help and guidance that she has provided for me has changed my life. She is truly great at what she does.
Read more Natalie is an incredibly compassionate therapist who really takes the time and effort to help you towards healing and recovery. The help and guidance that she has provided for me has changed my life. She is truly great at what she does.
Richmond Feb 2022
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★★★★★
Natalie makes me feel comfortable and is easy to talk to. She has helped me work through multiple triggers and highly recommend her if you need a trustworthy therapist.
Read more Natalie makes me feel comfortable and is easy to talk to. She has helped me work through multiple triggers and highly recommend her if you need a trustworthy therapist.
Richmond Feb 2022
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★★★★★
Ms. Shamika Pender has a great love for people and is full of knowledge and wisdom. She has assisted me on many occasions with locating resources for church and family members in need. She is a strong advocate for the community.
Read more Ms. Shamika Pender has a great love for people and is full of knowledge and wisdom. She has assisted me on many occasions with locating resources for church and family members in need. She is a strong advocate for the community.
Richmond Sep 2021
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Shamika Pender is an experienced Clinician who administers services with empathy and professionalism. There is no doubt that she will be an incredible asset to your agency.
Read more Shamika Pender is an experienced Clinician who administers services with empathy and professionalism. There is no doubt that she will be an incredible asset to your agency.
Richmond Sep 2021
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Richmond is conveniently located in Shockoe Bottom at the intersection of N. 19th St. and E. Franklin. We share a building with The Superior Production Exchange and Uni Shippers. Across from us, on the other side of E. Franklin is Shockoe Center.

Phone number

(804) 331-2570

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