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20,417 people sought child therapy help in Texas in the last year

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

Lisa Cantu

Hear from Lisa Cantu, Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

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What is your go-to approach for child therapy?

My go-to approach for helping kids in child therapy is allowing clients to answer for themselves. I find the best benefit in allowing client to take the lead because this gives them a sense of control and helps clients feel safe.

What tools do you teach in child therapy?

I use the following tools in child therapy:

  • Worksheets that teach emotional regulation skills
  • Coloring pages that help with naming emotions
  • Play therapy, such as arts and crafts projects
  • Board games that teach social skills

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 able to do well in a classroom setting and at home. They are able to communicate to their teachers, parents, and their peers what they are feeling and what they need.

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

Clients can supplement their time in child therapy with help from their parents or guardians in reminding them of the tools they have learned and can use. They can also practice the tools they have learned in their everyday life.

What should someone do to prepare for starting child therapy?

To prepare for their first child therapy session, a child can be reminded to be focused and to ask parents and clinicians questions when they are in sessions.

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 San Antonio.

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 San Antonio, TX 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 San Antonio, TX 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 San Antonio therapists and counselors accept 37 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Ambetter by Superior Health Plan

  • APEX Memorial Hermann

  • ARIA | Covenant Management Systems

  • Auto Club Enterprises (Employers Health Network)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas HMO

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas PPO

  • Buist Byars and Taylor (Employers Health Network)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

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Self-pay costs at San Antonio
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 would definitely recommend Thriveworks to my family and friends. My talk therapy with Nadia Hines has been very helpful. I look forward to our sessions and I leave each one with the belief that I will become better soon.
Read more I would definitely recommend Thriveworks to my family and friends. My talk therapy with Nadia Hines has been very helpful. I look forward to our sessions and I leave each one with the belief that I will become better soon.
LaWanda Jan 2024
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★★★★★
Ms. Hines is as professional as they come. Her voice is calming, and her professionalism is top notch. She will not only tell you want you want to hear, but what you need to hear to help you work through your concerns and issues.
Read more Ms. Hines is as professional as they come. Her voice is calming, and her professionalism is top notch. She will not only tell you want you want to hear, but what you need to hear to help you work through your concerns and issues.
San Antonio Sep 2022
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry San Antonio is located in the same building as University Medicine Associates Dominion Crossing, Behavioral Innovations, Juan Ferreris MD, Courtney Smith MD, Rafael Rosalez MD, Dinah S George MD, Christus Children’s Pediatric Medical Office, and many other doctors’ offices. In the same plaza is Club Pilates, and nearby is Baskin-Robbins, Dunkin Donuts, Rishi’s Beauty Salon, and Rock’s Discount Vitamins N More. Club Car Wash is also nearby.

Phone number

(726) 204-3834

Languages spoken by TX providers

  • English
  • Spanish
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