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20,925 people sought child therapy help in Virginia in the last year

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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 Virginia Beach.

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 Virginia Beach, 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 Virginia Beach, 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.

Need more help deciding?

Is your child or teen exhibiting rebellious, dangerous behavior? Are they struggling with a mental health issue, like depression or anxiety? Have they expressed or exhibited a need for professional help or support? Consider setting them up with a child therapist at Thriveworks Virginia Beach, VA (Great Neck). These specialists understand how these developing minds work and more importantly what they need.

“Every child is a different kind of flower, and all together make this world a beautiful garden.” –Aastha Kochar

If you think your child or teen could experience benefits from working with a child therapist, reach out to Thriveworks Virginia Beach, VA (Great Neck) at (757) 347-3155. When you call, a scheduling specialist will help you with the simple process, and walk you through your scheduling options, which include evening and weekend appointments. We’re excited for the chance to meet with you and your family!

What Is Child Therapy? How Does It Work?

Child therapy is specifically designed to help kids, teens, and adolescents work through specific challenges, in addition to providing general guidance and support. A child therapist can help their young clients better understand and manage the symptoms of a mental illness, work through the effects of traumatic experiences, and learn how to handle stress.

Many of us forget that kids and teens experience stress and suffer mentally as well as emotionally, just like us adults. They are overwhelmed with emotions, they get into fights with their friends and family members, and they develop mental illnesses. A big difference though is that these young minds are in a crucial developmental stage. And sometimes, they need additional help and support. Therefore, child therapy is meant to help kids and teens manage the challenges they run into.

Thriveworks Virginia Beach, VA (Great Neck) is proud to offer child therapy. Our child therapists have the qualifications and the experience to help children, adolescents, and teenagers in need.

Does My Child Need Therapy?

Deciding to take your child or teenager to therapy isn’t an easy decision. That said, it is an important decision to consider as it can prove incredible valuable to their mental health and wellbeing. The child therapists at Thriveworks Virginia Beach, VA (Great Neck) can assess your child’s specific needs and then design their experience in therapy to best help them. Common challenges that might come up include:

  • Symptoms of a mental illness
  • Relationship issues
  • Bullying
  • Divorcing parents
  • The death of a loved one
  • Low self-esteem
  • Loneliness
  • Suicidal thoughts

If your child or teen is struggling mentally or emotionally, consider setting them up with a child therapist at Thriveworks Virginia Beach, VA (Great Neck). We have child therapists who will utilize their knowledge, their skills, and their experiences to help your child through challenges and live happier.

Schedule Child Therapy at Thriveworks Virginia Beach, VA (Great Neck)

The Thriveworks Virginia Beach, VA (Great Neck) child therapists customize treatment for every child, adolescent, and teen that they see in therapy. That said, the main goal for treatment is to help the child work through their roadblocks and live an overall happier, healthier life.

If you believe your child could benefit from going to child therapy, give Thriveworks Virginia Beach, VA (Great Neck) a call. We will provide you with premium mental health services as well as benefits. These include:

Flexible scheduling options: We offer extended hours, including evening and weekend appointments. Why? Because we know that daytime appointments don’t work for everybody (especially when parents have work and kids have school)!

Major insurance plans accepted: Thriveworks providers also accept most major insurance plans. They also have self-pay options.

Call Thriveworks Virginia Beach, VA (Great Neck) to set your child or teen up with a child therapist. You can reach us at (757) 347-3155.

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 25 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)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

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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

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I really like my therapist Patricia Colby. She is so easy to talk to, and has a flexible schedule. She is understanding and really puts you at ease.
Read more I really like my therapist Patricia Colby. She is so easy to talk to, and has a flexible schedule. She is understanding and really puts you at ease.
Danielle Feb 2024
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★★★★★
John McAnulty is by far the best counselor that I have ever experienced. He is kind, compassionate and caring. He heard every word I would say and gave me so many tools that I use to this day to cope with my past struggles. He takes his time to not only listen, but to respond in the most caring way. I will forever be grateful for all he did for my family and I.
Read more John McAnulty is by far the best counselor that I have ever experienced. He is kind, compassionate and caring. He heard every word I would say and gave me so many tools that I use to this day to cope with my past struggles. He takes his time to not only listen, but to respond in the most caring way. I will forever be grateful for all he did for my family and I.
Virginia Beach Oct 2021
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★★★★★
John McAnulty is a compassionate and caring counselor. Very understanding. I highly recommend him to anyone.
Read more John McAnulty is a compassionate and caring counselor. Very understanding. I highly recommend him to anyone.
Virginia Beach Oct 2021
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★★★★★
I’ve known John McAnulty for several years now. He is a compassionate man and is extremely skilled in putting you at ease in the very first meeting. He helped my husband (and myself) through a very rough time. I am forever grateful to him
Read more I’ve known John McAnulty for several years now. He is a compassionate man and is extremely skilled in putting you at ease in the very first meeting. He helped my husband (and myself) through a very rough time. I am forever grateful to him
Virginia Beach Oct 2021
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★★★★★
John was so kind and compassionate . He thoroughly helped me walk through my grief issues in a sensitive and kind manner . I was so grateful for his caring a and compassion at such a very trying Time
Read more John was so kind and compassionate . He thoroughly helped me walk through my grief issues in a sensitive and kind manner . I was so grateful for his caring a and compassion at such a very trying Time
Virginia Beach Oct 2021
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★★★★★
John has not only been my counselor for many years but a true friend. He has great empathy for others especially people suffering from substance abuse. I have had hundreds of hours of counseling over the years and John would be my unequivocal top pick.
Read more John has not only been my counselor for many years but a true friend. He has great empathy for others especially people suffering from substance abuse. I have had hundreds of hours of counseling over the years and John would be my unequivocal top pick.
Virginia Beach Oct 2021
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★★★★★
It is very easy communicating with John McAnulty. He is empathetic and nonjudgmental. His understanding nature allows a peaceful sense of gratification.
Read more It is very easy communicating with John McAnulty. He is empathetic and nonjudgmental. His understanding nature allows a peaceful sense of gratification.
Virginia Beach Sep 2021
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★★★★★
John McAnulty is extremely compassionate. I couldn't of asked for a better counselor. He really helped put my mind at ease. I just wanted to Thank him again.
Read more John McAnulty is extremely compassionate. I couldn't of asked for a better counselor. He really helped put my mind at ease. I just wanted to Thank him again.
Virginia Beach Sep 2021
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Where to find us

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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Virginia Beach is located at the intersection of Old Great Neck Rd and Kenstock Dr. We currently share the building with Chesapeake Bay Realty and across the street you will find Dominion Insurance Group and the Animal Vision Center of Virginia.

Phone number

(757) 520-1312

Languages spoken by VA providers

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