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20,417 people sought child therapy help in Texas in the last year

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

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Our therapists in The Woodlands are booked, but we have 54 other therapists in TX available for an online or in-person session.

Hear from our clinicians

What is your go-to approach for child therapy?

Kacie: A go-to approach for helping kids in child therapy is dependent on age. For younger children (ages 3-12), Play Therapy is a beneficial evidence-based practice to identify patterns of behavior, thoughts, and emotions. Play Therapy allows the child to naturally and freely express in a safe, nonjudgmental, space.

Melissa: My go-to approach in helping children reach their counseling goals is cognitive behavioral therapy to help children cope with big emotions such as anxiety, depression, and loss around change.

What tools do you teach in child therapy?

Kacie: Children in Play Therapy can expect to play with a variety of toys and have their own direction of session, which can lead to more empowerment and responsibility over certain behaviors, developing coping strategies, identifying problem-solving skills, self-respect and validation, empathy, expression of thought and emotion, and stronger social skills. Additionally, parents/guardians can expect to gain different tools to work with their child outside of session to further encourage their social-emotional growth.

Melissa: I teach the following tools in child therapy: thought challenging for anxiety, deep breathing for anxiety and sadness, and coping with change by stating what is in their control to do now.

How do you know when a client is making meaningful progress in child therapy?

Kacie: I know a client is making meaningful progress in individual therapy when they are utilizing the safe-space of the session and working through various thoughts and emotions with play. Additionally, it is evident that the work is beneficial when behavioral changes are made outside of the play room.

Melissa: A child is making meaningful progress in therapy when they are able to identify their emotions and complete coping skills with an adult's help to increase emotional understanding and management.

What can clients do in their personal time to supplement child therapy?

Kacie: Parents/Guardians can support the progress of their child's work by collaborating with the clinician on tools to utilize at home and outside of session, since they have more day-to-day contact with the child.

Melissa: To supplement child therapy, parents can encourage positive self-talk, a positive mindset, and problem-solving skills.

What should someone do to prepare for starting child therapy?

Kacie: Let the child know that they will have their own play time with (clinician's name). It is encouraged to acknowledge that the child has big feelings and they get to have a safe-space to play and explore. [Conversely, it is not encouraged to approach therapy as a punishment (e.g. “You have to go because you are ___.”)]

Melissa: To prepare for the first child therapy session, parents can share with children what to expect in therapy and that the information they share is safe with the therapist and will be kept secret unless it is dangerous to them or others.

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 The Woodlands.

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 The Woodlands, TX 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 The Woodlands, TX 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?

Have they gotten out of bed yet? They can’t be late again. Have they eaten breakfast and brushed their teeth? Did they make it to school safely? I hope they’re having a good day. Are they still planning on going to their friend’s after school? I wonder if they’ll be in the mood to watch a movie tonight. Are they going to want to play soccer this year? I hope they know they can talk to me.

When it comes to taking care of our children, the worrying and the planning never stops. We want to make sure that we set them up for success, each and every day, to the best of our ability. This might mean checking that they’ve eaten a good, nutritious breakfast; staying on top of their schedule; ensuring that they’ve made is safely from point A to point B; and reminding them that we’re here for them, no matter what.

Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us by

reason of their innocence and of the greater possibilities of their future.”

–Maria Montessori

Taking care of our children might also mean looking into child therapy. The reality is that our kids don’t always want to talk to us about what they’re going through or what they’re struggling with. In these instances, it’s important that they talk to someone—preferably someone who knows how to help. If you think that your child could benefit from talking to a therapist, reach out to Thriveworks Counseling in The Woodlands, TX. We have counselors who specialize in helping young children, adolescents, and teens.

What Is Child Therapy? Who Is It For?

Child therapy is exactly what it sounds like: It’s therapy for kids! While we might forget this from time to time, kids encounter life challenges and mental health problems just like we do. They develop symptoms of mental illness; they fight with their friends and struggle to get along with peers; they feel stressed; they witness trauma; they grieve. And sometimes, they need help working through these challenges—again, just like we do!

This type of counseling is for any child who appears to be struggling. You might observe concerning changes in your child such as:

  • Isolation from their peers
  • Sudden marked disinterest in going to school
  • Falling grades or performance
  • Symptoms of mental illness
  • Behavior problems

If you do observe these changes, these might be signs that your child could benefit from talking to a therapist. Additionally, if your child is met with a clear obstacle—such as the loss of a loved one, a major life transition, a traumatic event, divorcing parents, or abuse—they can likely benefit from therapy, too.

How Does Counseling for Kids Work?

The primary mission of child therapy (and other modalities) is to help the individual live better. To do so effectively, the therapist must first understand what the child is facing and what they need to manage their current circumstances. So, if you decide to set your child up with a therapist at Thriveworks Counseling in The Woodlands, TX, their therapist will first devote their time to getting to know your child. Then, they will outline the course of treatment, of which could involve:

  • Play therapy
  • Art therapy techniques
  • Deep breathing
  • Journaling
  • CBT techniques

Your child’s therapist will utilize the techniques and practices that they determine will best help your child manage or overcome their challenge(s).

Schedule a Child Therapy Appointment at Thriveworks Counseling in The Woodlands, TX

Thriveworks Counseling is dedicated to helping people live happy, successful lives—this goes for adults, as well as kids, adolescents, and teenagers! It’s important that we all work together to take care of these young individuals and get them the help that they need when they need it. Counseling can help them work through present challenges and also better prepare for future challenges.

If you would like to set your child or teen up with a therapist at Thriveworks Counseling in The Woodlands, TX, please contact our office. We will get you scheduled with an appointment right away.

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 The Woodlands therapists and counselors accept 41 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Ambetter by Superior Health Plan

  • APEX Memorial Hermann

  • ARIA | Covenant Management Systems

  • Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield Federal Employee Program (FEP)

  • Auto Club Enterprises (Employers Health Network)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas Exchange

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas HMO

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas PPO

  • Buist Byars and Taylor (Employers Health Network)

  • Carelon

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Self-pay costs at The Woodlands
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Hear from our clients

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I love my Therapist and all of the guidance she provides!!
Merike Feb 2024 verified review
Love thrive works. Works great with my schedule. And they’re so flexible
Marco Feb 2024 verified review
Fast and friendly help to start . WARNING they have a strict 48 hours cancellation policy things do happen sometimes 24 hours before instead you can’t cancel and will get charged $135 anded It’s hard someone about it. Love my counselor thats it
Read more Fast and friendly help to start . WARNING they have a strict 48 hours cancellation policy things do happen sometimes 24 hours before instead you can’t cancel and will get charged $135 anded It’s hard someone about it. Love my counselor thats it
Alicia Dec 2023 verified review
I’ve worked with Tawnie in the community and school settings and she is a pleasure to consult and work with. Her positive approach to relationships and perspective on how to work with clients help others to feel heard, validated, and acknowledged.
Read more I’ve worked with Tawnie in the community and school settings and she is a pleasure to consult and work with. Her positive approach to relationships and perspective on how to work with clients help others to feel heard, validated, and acknowledged.
The Woodlands May 2022
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Where to find us

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Getting here

Thriveworks Woodlands is located off Woodlands Parkway close to The Cheesecake Factory and Barnes and Noble. There is a 3 story garage behind those two stores and the closest place to park. Leave the garage and head to the back entrance of The Pottery Barn where there is a hallway with stairs and an elevator to the 2nd floor. Come through the glass doors and Thriveworks is the first office on the right!

Phone number

(281) 984-6849

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