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6,431 people sought child therapy help in Massachusetts 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 Watertown.

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 Watertown, MA 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 Watertown, MA 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?

Children: Bright, bubbly, smart, and full of life. At least that’s how they should be. When our kids are going through changes and challenges in their lives, it can affect them in many different ways. Your once outgoing child might start to act out, yell, and retreat to their rooms if they are going through something. As a parent, this can be hard to watch. We want to protect our kids and teens from the stressors and evils of the world but sometimes, it’s hard to avoid. Coping with death, moving to a new city, and learning how to control emotions is hard enough for adults. For young minds, it can be even harder. 

If I could give my child three things, it would be the confidence

to always know their self-worth, the strength to follow their dreams,

and the ability to know how truly, deeply loved they are.”


We want the best for our kids. That’s why if you are noticing that your child is acting differently or going through a challenge, it’s important to reach out for professional help. Thriveworks Counseling in Watertown, MA is here to guide you and your child to your full potential. Our child therapists have the skills and experience needed to work with children and teens of all ages and understand that each situation is unique. If you believe your child could benefit from speaking with a counselor, contact us today and one of our scheduling specialists can get you started. 

Does My Child Need Therapy? 

Children are constantly growing and evolving. Their minds are adapting to the world around them and are soaking up as much information as they can. When a child is experiencing a mentally challenging problem, it can be taxing on their emotional and physical wellbeing. Children experience a multitude of stressors and child therapy can help them address and cope with those concerns. Here are some of the common issues seen in child therapy:

  • Divorce 
  • Grief and loss
  • Behavioral problems at home and in school
  • Anxiety and/or depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Substance abuse or addiction 
  • Signs of a learning disorder
  • Anger or aggression management 
  • Low self-esteem
  • Bullying 
  • Trauma 
  • Major life changes 
  • Change in appetite 
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Concerns about an intellectual disability 

As a parent, you can tell when your child is off. Even if you don’t know the root cause of the changes your child is going through, that’s okay. The child therapists at Thriveworks in Watertown, MA can help pinpoint what is going on and develop a plan of action moving forward. 

Child Therapy: How Does it Work? 

Much like regular adult therapy, child therapy focuses on helping kids and teens work through and manage difficult emotions. Your child’s therapist will spend some time analyzing and assessing your child in order to develop a unique plan of care that is specific to their needs and goals. Once they have done so, they will utilize a multitude of methods to connect with the child on a deeper emotional level. Our child therapists have wide ranges of knowledge and extensive experience in their field. This can ensure you that if one thing isn’t working for your little one, their therapist will have another method lined up and ready to go. Some of the methods you can expect a child counselor at Thriveworks in Watertown, MA to use are: 

  1. Traditional talk therapy 
  2. Play therapy (using play to explore hidden emotions)
  3. Narrative therapy 
  4. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (identifying negative thoughts and behaviors associated with them and replacing them with positive ones) 
  5. Music therapy 
  6. Art therapy (the use of art techniques to express emotions, oftentimes without words)
  7. Developing coping mechanisms 
  8. Practicing relaxation techniques 
  9. Behavioral therapy 
  10. Modeling (actively modeling how to respond in a healthy way to stressors) 
  11. Family therapy 

While we understand that therapy can’t replace the love you give your child, it does provide them with a different type of care that can promote healthy development now and in the future. Even the best parenting can’t avoid uncalled for events and stressors that might enter your child’s life. Our goal is to use our knowledge and background to help them get back to being the fun, loving, and outgoing kid they once were. 

Work with a Child Therapist at Thriveworks in Watertown, MA 

Is your child behaving outside of their normal self? Did your child experience something traumatic and they are having trouble coping? Are they having a hard time coming to terms with a loss? Let us help you and your child tackle these challenges. Thriveworks Counseling in Watertown, MA is dedicated to providing comprehensive care to all of our clients and provide them with the support they have been searching for. 

To get started, visit our online booking portal or call our office. We have flexible scheduling options and also offer online counseling. We can’t wait to work with you! 

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 Watertown therapists and counselors accept 25 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Massachusetts | BCBS

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts | BCBS Medicare Advantage (HMO | PPO)

  • Carelon

  • Caresource

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Compsych

  • Fallon Health

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

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Self-pay costs at Watertown
Talk therapy

Talk therapy

Includes individual, couples, child/ teen, & family therapy

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Talk therapy


Includes reducing symptoms with medication & management

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Thriveworks helped me realize that I do believe people can change. I’m not the person I was three months ago, broken and fearful. I’m healthy and happy and for the first time being kind to myself. Thank you for giving me my life back.
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Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Watertown is located at the intersection of Main St and John Sonny Whooley Way, which becomes Cross St once you pass our office and continue through this intersection. We share a building with Lutheran Child & Family Services and Beaverbrook STEP, Inc.

Phone number

(617) 958-5773

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