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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.

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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 Towson.

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 Towson, 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 Towson, 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.

Need more help deciding?

Everleigh is a bright and outgoing 6-year-old. She loves her family and friends and often asks to go on playdates. Recently, her parents have been arguing a lot more and have decided to get a divorce. Because Everleigh is so young, she isn’t able to comprehend what is going on. To her, one minute her family was happy and eating breakfast together every morning, and the next her dad is in a new home. Everleigh’s parents decide to seek the help of a child therapist so they can give her a safe space to talk about her feelings.

Connor just entered his freshman year of high school. He’s excited to tackle his next four years by joining sports teams, making friends, and working extra hard to keep good grades. Connor is also in the middle of going through puberty and is being picked on at school by upperclassman. Although to them it’s just a light-hearted joke, Connor takes the name-calling to heart and it starts to lower his self-esteem. He decides not to try out for the baseball team and his grades start to slip. Connor’s parents notice the shift in his attitude but he’s unwilling to open up to them about his situation. They decide to schedule him a therapy session.

Connor and Everleigh are at different stages of life with completely different reasons to be struggling with their emotions. Growing up for kids can be hard, especially when navigating through difficult feelings. Children and teens can often benefit from working with a mental health professional during stressful or emotionally strenuous times. If you have noticed that your child is struggling with a particularly tough challenge or feel like there is an unnatural shift in their mood, consider setting them up with a child therapist at Thriveworks Towson Counseling. We can get your child or teen scheduled with a therapist, counselor, or psychologist who has the skills and training to work with this age group. When you’re ready to get started, just give us a call.

When Should I Take My Child to Therapy?

Deciding to seek professional help for your child can be a big decision. As a parent or caregiver, you may be feeling like you should be the only one who can make all of your child’s problems disappear through your un-denying love and support. While we wish that were true, sometimes your kid or teen needs the help of an outside, trusted adult in addition to the love and care you provide. As we touched on earlier, there are many reasons why your child might need the help of a counselor. The list below is more comprehensive of the common reasons why we help children at Thriveworks Towson Counseling:

  • Divorce
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Bullying or being bullied
  • Learning disabilities
  • Hormonal changes
  • Disruptive behavior at home and/or at school
  • Trouble focusing
  • Concerns for the autism spectrum
  • Processing traumatic experiences
  • Learning better communication
  • Grief and loss
  • Trouble making friends
  • Major life changes

This list doesn’t include all of the reasons to seek out the help of a child therapist. In some instances, you may not even know what the root cause of the change in your child is. Here at Thriveworks Towson, not only will we help your child get to the bottom of the challenge they are facing, but help them overcome and grow from it.

How Can Therapy Help?

Child therapy is designed to understand the minds and behaviors of children, adolescents, and teens. The therapists and counselors at Thriveworks Towson have the training, skills, and experience to meet your child on a level that they can understand, no matter what life stage they are in. The main objective of child therapy is to help these young people live happier, healthier lives. To do so, we’ll equip them with the tools and skills to manage their feelings, offer treatment plans for a diagnosed mental health disorder, and/or support and guide them through the different stages of life.

There are many different techniques and methods that our mental health professionals can use to help your child process their emotions. Some include art therapy, play therapy, traditional talk therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), family therapy, management techniques, and coping mechanisms. Here are a few goals that we can help your child accomplish through these methods:

  1. Overcome past trauma or negative feelings
  2. Learn how to better control their anger and stress
  3. Learn effective problem-solving skills
  4. Communicate better to their parents, caregivers, teachers, friends, etc.
  5. Address low self-esteem and build confidence

And much, much more.

Get Started with a Trusted Child Therapist at Thriveworks Towson, MD Today

Do you want to help your child grow well through life? Are they experiencing any issues that are concerning? Do you feel like they could benefit from talking to a mental health professional? If so, consider working with a child therapist at Thriveworks Towson. Our team has open availability and is ready to get started as soon as you are.

When you’re ready, give us a call at (410) 753-2091 and one of our scheduling specialists will help you find a time that best meets the needs of your schedule. You can also book your appointment online through our booking portal. One of the many benefits of working with us is that we do not operate with a waiting list. We can get you into an appointment within 24 hours of reaching out. Also, we offer weekend and evening sessions in addition to our regular daytime hours.

Ready to take the next step? We’re here and can’t wait to meet you and your child.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We cover 180 million Americans – and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Towson therapists and counselors accept 21 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield (MD) | BCBS

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

  • Humana PPO/EPO/HDHP

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Self-pay costs at Towson
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 Thriveworks Towson reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
Karen Osborne has been great to work with. She listens and provides good care. I highly recommend her and Thriveworks! Thank you.
Read more Karen Osborne has been great to work with. She listens and provides good care. I highly recommend her and Thriveworks! Thank you.
Towson Oct 2021
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★★★★★
I worked with Karen Osborn pNP for multiple years and I admire her commitment to her patients and peer staff.
Read more I worked with Karen Osborn pNP for multiple years and I admire her commitment to her patients and peer staff.
Towson Oct 2021
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★★★★★
Karen Osborne is amazing ! Listened and heard to everything I had to share. I felt easy to share. She analyzed and explained. She is a very professional and kind person. She made me feel like I was worthy of more and then, she went one step further and walked me through the process of my recovery. Not everyone can be so lucky to say the same.
Read more Karen Osborne is amazing ! Listened and heard to everything I had to share. I felt easy to share. She analyzed and explained. She is a very professional and kind person. She made me feel like I was worthy of more and then, she went one step further and walked me through the process of my recovery. Not everyone can be so lucky to say the same.
Towson Sep 2021
Review left on Thriveworks.com
★★★★★
Karen Osborne is knowledgeable, compassionate, caring, kind and very intelligent. If you want a provider who listens to you and partners with you on your care, she is the one to see. I appreciated her intelligent and thoughtful approach. A true professional.
Read more Karen Osborne is knowledgeable, compassionate, caring, kind and very intelligent. If you want a provider who listens to you and partners with you on your care, she is the one to see. I appreciated her intelligent and thoughtful approach. A true professional.
Towson Sep 2021
Review left on Thriveworks.com

Where to find us

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Townson is near the corner of York Road and West Road. Near the BMW of Towson and River Church Baltimore, our office building is shared with General Practitioner, Christine Klass, and a few other businesses.

Phone number

(410) 709-7380

Languages spoken by MD providers

  • English
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