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37,445 people sought child & teen counseling help in Virginia in the last year

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

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Anger, Coping Skills, Addiction, Anxiety, Depression

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Aetna, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia | BCBS, CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia | BCBS, +20 more
Anger, Coping Skills, Self Esteem, Stress, Anxiety, +1 more

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Starting Child & teen counseling

What is Child & teen counseling?

Thriveworks child & teen counseling in Virginia Beach 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 and adolescents can attend and benefit from therapy.

How does Child & teen counseling work?

Child & teen counseling works by using multiple techniques, tailored to fit the child or teen'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 (CBT), dialectic behavioral therapy, art therapy, and others for varying ages. In any case, child & teen counselors have the expertise and experience to help young individuals at their level.

Is Child & teen counseling conducted in person or online?

Child & teen counseling at Thriveworks is conducted both in person and via Online therapy. We encourage you to choose the option that works best for you.

How long does Child & teen counseling last?

The length of child & teen counseling at Thriveworks in Virginia Beach, VA depends on your child's needs as well as the goals that you and their therapist might have for them. Generally, child & teen counseling sessions will last for several months.

Need more help deciding?

It seems that the time flies by when you have children. One day they say their first word, the next day they are up on two feet taking wobbly steps and then they are making their first friend at the preschool playground. Then, it seems like life is in fast-forward: the first day of kindergarten, the chorus concert at middle school, the high school prom and then the cap and gown at graduation. It is amazing how the years whiz past when a child is skipping from one developmental stage to the next.

When your child is experiencing a difficulty that interrupts their daily routine and causes them—and you—stress, time seems to stop still. Watching your child wrestle with issues that are causing them strife and interfering with their happiness can be distressing to the parents and family. Some children are not able to verbalize what they feel, while others do not feel comfortable talking about their problems. As a parent, you want to ensure that your child is productive at school, enjoying friendships and experiencing the many fun activities that are available to them.

If your child has an issue that is keeping them from a happy and healthy life, it is a good idea to contact a therapist. The experienced therapists, counselors, and psychologists at Thriveworks in Virginia Beach, VA Child and Adolescent Therapy/Counseling will work with your child for depression, stress, grief and loss, addiction, acting out at home and school and many more issues.The therapists and counselors at Thriveworks in Virginia Beach, VA are professionally licensed and have years of experience in the field.

Reasons to Seek Child and Adolescent Therapy/Counseling

There are a variety of issues that bring children and their families to therapy, including:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • School Adjustment
  • Family Conflict
  • Parental Conflict
  • Parenting
  • Temper Tantrums
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Stress
  • Grief and Loss
  • Post Traumatic Stress
  • Bullying and Being Bullied
  • Addiction
  • Acting Out at Home and School
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder

Scenario of a Child who Bullies

Maybe your child teases or puts down other children. Perhaps, you have received a dreaded call from school about your child’s behavior. Your child may seem to spend more time in the principal’s office for threatening other classmates than in class. You are at your wit’s end worrying about your child—and also about the other children that have been the victims of the bullying.

When children bully others, they may feel the need to gain control. It is quite possible they are getting picked on, too. Kids who bully often have difficulty managing their own emotions and getting along with others. It is important to speak with the child and tell them that, as a parent, you do not think bullying is funny, cool or acceptable—and it is not okay to hurt others or make them feel bad. In addition, it is a good practice to calmly talk through bullying incidents, asking what the child did, if it was a bad choice, who the actions hurt, what they were trying to achieve and how they can achieve their goal without hurting other people.

If your child is bullying others, give them opportunities to see people being kind toward each other. When you spend time together, it can be helpful to point out when others act in a caring way. Make sure to show kindness to others, so your child can model the same behavior. It may help to volunteer together, so your child understands how it feels to help others.

Child/Adolescent Therapy Techniques

The professional therapists and counselors at Thriveworks in Virginia Beach, VA are experts in dealing with the many issues that affect children and adolescents, from bullying and being bullied to traumatic events and family conflicts and everything in between. Child and adolescent therapy works to help with symptoms of anxiety, build upon healthy social and emotional skills and make the family and friend ties stronger.

Thriveworks creates a safe setting for children and adolescents to be able to share their feelings and work toward resolving their issues. The therapists and counselors work with the child or adolescent to examine the areas that are causing them strife, communicate their feelings and build the strategies that will help them succeed at home, in school and in their community.

The counselors and therapists use cognitive behavioral therapy, as well as play, activities, art and more to work with the child or adolescent in therapy/counseling. It is important that the appropriate therapy is used for the different stages of development. Young children may not be able to verbalize their issues, but they feel comfortable with using toys or drawing. Thriveworks in Virginia Beach, VA uses some of the following methods for child and adolescent therapy:

  • Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is an evidenced- based treatment for children and adolescents who have been greatly impacted by trauma.
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is used in the treatment of issues, such as anxiety and depression.
  • Play Therapy is ideal for children who are not yet able to communicate their feelings and emotions. They learn to communicate with others, express feelings, modify behavior, develop problem-solving skills and learn a variety of ways of relating to others.

When Your Child or Adolescent is Experiencing Difficulties, Select Thriveworks in Virginia Beach, VA

The therapists, counselors, and psychologists at Thriveworks in Virginia Beach, VA have professional licenses and credentials and are well-versed in the many issues that children and adolescents experience, including divorce, major illness and psychological disorders. The therapists and counselors provide a trusting and secure environment for the child and parent, making it conducive to working together toward a healthy and happy life.

Therapists and counselors at Thriveworks in Virginia Beach, VA have an understanding of the physical, mental and behavioral development of children and adolescents and are experts in the specific issues they face. Call Thriveworks in Virginia Beach, VA at (757) 317-4315 for child and adolescent therapy and counseling, where you won’t be placed on a waiting list. Appointments are available in 24 hours for most new clients.

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 Virginia Beach therapists and counselors accept 27 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia | BCBS

  • Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Virginia Medicare Advantage

  • Behavioral Health Systems

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • CareFirst Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Virginia | BCBS

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

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Self-pay costs at Virginia Beach
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

4.7 Thriveworks Virginia Beach reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
★★★★★
I have been seeing Sharyn Ingrum for a couple months now, she is very kind and welcoming and has helped me so much. I have seen great improvement in myself since seeing her. 10/10 recommend her, she makes therapy engaging and you can feel that she truly cares about her patients.
Read more I have been seeing Sharyn Ingrum for a couple months now, she is very kind and welcoming and has helped me so much. I have seen great improvement in myself since seeing her. 10/10 recommend her, she makes therapy engaging and you can feel that she truly cares about her patients.
Virginia Beach Dec 2021
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★★★★★
I’ve known John McAnulty for a few years, and I have to say he’s the most compassionate counselor I’ve encountered so far! He helped my husband and I through a very rough time and I’m eternally grateful. His skills and empathy for his clients is evident!
Read more I’ve known John McAnulty for a few years, and I have to say he’s the most compassionate counselor I’ve encountered so far! He helped my husband and I through a very rough time and I’m eternally grateful. His skills and empathy for his clients is evident!
Virginia Beach Oct 2021
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★★★★★
I would definitely recommend Thriveworks. Rarely can you reach for a counselor online and be able to take practical and progressive steps to work toward personal goals, growth and healing. John McAnulty Is a consummate professional, lending compassionate attention and assistance to clients as they navigate the path to well-being. I could not be more appreciative of his service.
Read more I would definitely recommend Thriveworks. Rarely can you reach for a counselor online and be able to take practical and progressive steps to work toward personal goals, growth and healing. John McAnulty Is a consummate professional, lending compassionate attention and assistance to clients as they navigate the path to well-being. I could not be more appreciative of his service.
Virginia Beach Sep 2021
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★★★★★
Nikol is top tier when it comes to professional counselors. She has the ability to connect with individuals while providing sound therapy. I have interacted with Nikol personally and professionally, and would most definitely trust my loved ones and friends in her care.
Read more Nikol is top tier when it comes to professional counselors. She has the ability to connect with individuals while providing sound therapy. I have interacted with Nikol personally and professionally, and would most definitely trust my loved ones and friends in her care.
Virginia Beach Jun 2021
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★★★★★
Don is an incredible human being who is right where he needs to be helping people regain balance in their lives. I lost mine. My husband lost his. We lost our marital balance. Don helped us face hard truths and taught us how to acknowledge our negative communications and replace it with the knowledge of how to break the cycle. We learned how to healthfully detach, accept & grow. We are forever thankful to Don for his guidance.
Read more Don is an incredible human being who is right where he needs to be helping people regain balance in their lives. I lost mine. My husband lost his. We lost our marital balance. Don helped us face hard truths and taught us how to acknowledge our negative communications and replace it with the knowledge of how to break the cycle. We learned how to healthfully detach, accept & grow. We are forever thankful to Don for his guidance.
Virginia Beach Sep 2020
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★★★★★
Great session,fair priced and mr. Costigan is very friendly and knowledgable. Great help
Virginia Beach May 2020
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★★★★★
This is a review for Mandy Donnelly at the Virginia Beach location. I worked with Mandy for more than one year in community mental health and she is the real deal. Mandy was able to build strong relationships with her clients and had a great impact with with children, adolescents, and adults. Mandy is also highly ethical and respectful. I would strongly recommend Mandy and would take my own children to her.
Read more This is a review for Mandy Donnelly at the Virginia Beach location. I worked with Mandy for more than one year in community mental health and she is the real deal. Mandy was able to build strong relationships with her clients and had a great impact with with children, adolescents, and adults. Mandy is also highly ethical and respectful. I would strongly recommend Mandy and would take my own children to her.
Virginia Beach Apr 2020
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★★★★★
I started seeing Don in Feb. of this year. I have several behaviors I am currently dealing with. Don is compassionate, knowledgeable, sympathetic and easy to talk to. He is like a friend and has helped me with so many things I'm currently dealing with.
Read more I started seeing Don in Feb. of this year. I have several behaviors I am currently dealing with. Don is compassionate, knowledgeable, sympathetic and easy to talk to. He is like a friend and has helped me with so many things I'm currently dealing with.
Virginia Beach Sep 2019
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Where to find us

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Virginia Beach is located off of S Independence Blvd, in a shopping center right by Lake Trashmore. As you enter this shopping center, you’ll pass Making a Difference Foundation, Inc. on your right. We currently share a building with Interm Healthcare of Virginia Beach, VA, and Bug-Masters.

Phone number

(757) 520-0827

Languages spoken by VA providers

  • English
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