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2,062 people sought child therapy help in Maryland 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 Silver Spring.

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 Silver Spring, MD 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 Silver Spring, MD 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 Silver Spring therapists and counselors accept 21 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Maryland | BCBS HMO

  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield Maryland | BCBS PPO

  • 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 Silver Spring
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

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Magyarita Anderson is outstanding: establishing struts and openness, offering insight, challenging me to deeply consider different ways to consider my Challenges. 5stars!!
Read more Magyarita Anderson is outstanding: establishing struts and openness, offering insight, challenging me to deeply consider different ways to consider my Challenges. 5stars!!
Walter Mar 2024
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My zoom session was very worthwhile. Counselor was supportive and challenging- what I need! The email reminders very helpful and the zoom connections worked perfectly! 5 stars all around!
Read more My zoom session was very worthwhile. Counselor was supportive and challenging- what I need! The email reminders very helpful and the zoom connections worked perfectly! 5 stars all around!
W Feb 2024
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Alma is the best!!
Silver Spring Feb 2022
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Ive been seeing Stacey Scott for a few months now and she is an excellent therapist. Shes very organized, friendly, and easy to talk to. Ive been having issues with Anxiety and Depression lately, Stacey his been most helpful. Working with her has improved my mood a lot! 10/10 Would recommend
Read more Ive been seeing Stacey Scott for a few months now and she is an excellent therapist. Shes very organized, friendly, and easy to talk to. Ive been having issues with Anxiety and Depression lately, Stacey his been most helpful. Working with her has improved my mood a lot! 10/10 Would recommend
Silver Spring Oct 2019
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Stacey Scott is an exceptional listener. She uses her ability to listen to help you work through your situation and come up with strategies to help you overcome them. She hears what you are telling her. She is intentional with her responses. Stacey's professionalism and committment to her clients is enduring. Stacy is committed to ensuring her clients progress. It was one of the best experiences. I would recommend her with high regards.
Read more Stacey Scott is an exceptional listener. She uses her ability to listen to help you work through your situation and come up with strategies to help you overcome them. She hears what you are telling her. She is intentional with her responses. Stacey's professionalism and committment to her clients is enduring. Stacy is committed to ensuring her clients progress. It was one of the best experiences. I would recommend her with high regards.
Silver Spring Oct 2019
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A'Lisa made the whole required process of alcohol treatment not seem so bad. I should not have had to do it. But her approach to teaching the group made me actually look forward to coming. Her lessons could be applied as whole life lessons, not just in reference to recovery. I was actually so satisfied with her that I began individual sessions with her after program completion. Thanks so much for this experience.
Read more A'Lisa made the whole required process of alcohol treatment not seem so bad. I should not have had to do it. But her approach to teaching the group made me actually look forward to coming. Her lessons could be applied as whole life lessons, not just in reference to recovery. I was actually so satisfied with her that I began individual sessions with her after program completion. Thanks so much for this experience.
Silver Spring Aug 2019
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Judy Upshaw has the years of counseling experience to help those individuals who are burdened with poor mental health and addictive coping styles. Her years of treating individuals from various backgrounds and cultures on our campus counseling center make her an excellent choice. You will find her committed to helping you overcome your personal problems.
Read more Judy Upshaw has the years of counseling experience to help those individuals who are burdened with poor mental health and addictive coping styles. Her years of treating individuals from various backgrounds and cultures on our campus counseling center make her an excellent choice. You will find her committed to helping you overcome your personal problems.
Silver Spring Aug 2019
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A'Lisa Andrade is a most intelligent and knowledgeable counselor. Her insight, compassion, and counseling skills make her a top choice for individuals seeking mental health assistance. Her background, education, and experience make her a great choice.
Read more A'Lisa Andrade is a most intelligent and knowledgeable counselor. Her insight, compassion, and counseling skills make her a top choice for individuals seeking mental health assistance. Her background, education, and experience make her a great choice.
Silver Spring Aug 2019
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Silver Spring is located off Lamberton Drive, across the street from Truist Bank and CVS Pharmacy. We currently share the building with Champion Martial Arts and Ben Yehuda restaurant.

Phone number

(202) 915-2842

Languages spoken by MD providers

  • English
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