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8,221 people sought child therapy help in Georgia in the last year

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

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 Woodstock.

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 Woodstock, GA 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 Woodstock, GA 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?

There is little that compares to the hurt we feel when our children hurt. When we can’t figure out what is causing them pain it is especially bad. And the truth is, our children will hurt. Depression, anger, anxiety, and behavioral issues can affect a 7-year-old just as much as a 17-year-old or a 77-year-old!

But while we can sit down and have a heart-to-heart with our teenagers, and adults can talk through their problems, there’s an extra level of difficulty when walking a child through a difficult time. For someone who doesn’t even fully understand death, the loss of a grandparent can be confusing and devastating. And it doesn’t matter how persuasive you are, some time kids just don’t understand why they have to listen to their teacher.

Thriveworks Woodstock doesn’t have a quick fix for you, but we do have years of experience working with children and understand how to connect with them in ways that heal. Children see the world differently, and while that is beautiful, it also means traditional therapy doesn’t work as well. But there is hope. Together, you and Thriveworks Woodstock Child therapist can help your child work through their mental and emotional blocks and build a foundation for a healthier, happier life.

What Is Child Therapy?

The human brain isn’t fully developed until around 25 years of age, so you can imagine how much different children’s brains are! The undeveloped brain can make it hard to understand, process, and handle the issues that are causing a child pain. Anything from mental illness to trauma to loneliness will look different in a child than adult and requires a different approach.

Thriveworks Woodstock continue to be a client-centered therapy. It doesn’t matter the age, your child is still a fully formed, unique person. They have different experiences, personality, and goals than other children and deserve a unique therapy strategy as well.

Although it is heartbreaking to watch a child suffer, it can actually be easier for children to recover from trauma and mental illness than adults. The term “neuroplasticity” describes how the brain is more like clay than stone, and the younger the child the more moldable their brain is. So even if your child has gone through incredibly difficult circumstances, they still have a large hope for a happy future.

There is never a problem that is too big or too small for our Thriveworks Woodstock counselors. If you are still unsure if counseling is the right path for you and your child, give Thriveworks Woodstock a call and we can walk you through the decision-making process.

Some of the common issues we see children for include:

  • Change in appetite
  • Significant weight loss or gain
  • Difficult sleeping
  • Unwarranted aggression
  • Persistent anxiety and nerves
  • Failing or worsening grades
  • Social isolation
  • Self-harm
  • Expression of suicidal thoughts
  • Recent changes in family (move, loss of a family member, etc.)
  • Traumatic experiences
  • ADHD
  • Concerns about autism
  • Increase self-confidence

The love you show for your child is undeniable. If they are struggling with one of the issues above or a different issue entirely, know that it is not your fault. Sometimes, life hits hard. Thriveworks Woodstock is here to ensure that you and your child don’t stay down but stand up and grow.

What Does Child Therapy Look Like?

That truly depends on your child and what they are going through. Sometimes, simply having a judgement-free space is all a child needs. On the other hand, children usually don’t have the awareness needed to process their internal thoughts and emotions. There are techniques our Thriveworks Woodstock counselors can use when this happens to keep your child moving forward.

Some examples include:

  • Art therapy
  • Music therapy
  • Play therapy (Using play to explore hidden or misunderstood emotions and memories)
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (identifying negative thoughts and the behaviors associated with them and replacing them with positive ones)
  • Developing coping methods
  • Practicing relaxing techniques
  • Behavioral therapy
  • Modelling (actively modelling how to respond in a healthy way to situations a child might encounter)

All of our Thriveworks Woodstock counselors are trained in methods that will ensure your child is receiving the best care possible. Of course, nothing we can do will replace the love you give to your child, but counseling provides a different type of care that is also important to their development.

Thriveworks Woodstock wants to stress that you are not less of a parent because your child is attending counseling. Even the best parenting can’t keep out all the negative circumstances and emotional, mental, or behavioral difficulties.

Thriveworks Woodstock is honored you would trust us with your child. We are excited to meet you both and begin building a healthy, happy future for your child.

Pricing & insurance

Our therapists accept most major insurances. We accept 585+ insurance plans, and offer self-pay options, too.
Learn more about pricing for therapy and counseling services at Thriveworks.

Our Woodstock therapists and counselors accept 22 insurance plans

  • Aetna

  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia | BCBS

  • Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia | Medicare Advantage

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield | Anthem (Blue Card)

  • Carelon

  • Cigna | Evernorth

  • Cigna | Evernorth EAP

  • Cigna | Evernorth Medicare Advantage

  • Compsych

  • First Health Network

  • Humana Exchange

  • Humana HMO/POS

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Self-pay costs at Woodstock
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 Woodstock reviews are collected through Thriveworks.com.
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My 16 yr old daughter had been struggling with mood swings and depression/anxiety for a few years. We tried talk therapy first with a therapist but as she got older, the issues persisted. I contacted Thriveworks to seek out further help and everyone I engaged with was very helpful, very clear about the billing process and the psychiatry care schedule. We have had three sessions now with provider Melissa Gray and the care has been awesome. My daughter's mental health has been great and she is coping with things much better. It had been challenging to find the psychiatric care my daughter needed with other facilities either not taking new patients or being limited in the care provided. Thriveworks answered my call immediately and were able to get our first telemed appt within a few days. I strongly recommend Thriveworks!
Read more My 16 yr old daughter had been struggling with mood swings and depression/anxiety for a few years. We tried talk therapy first with a therapist but as she got older, the issues persisted. I contacted Thriveworks to seek out further help and everyone I engaged with was very helpful, very clear about the billing process and the psychiatry care schedule. We have had three sessions now with provider Melissa Gray and the care has been awesome. My daughter's mental health has been great and she is coping with things much better. It had been challenging to find the psychiatric care my daughter needed with other facilities either not taking new patients or being limited in the care provided. Thriveworks answered my call immediately and were able to get our first telemed appt within a few days. I strongly recommend Thriveworks!
Woodstock Jun 2022
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★★★★★
Very updated website, easily accessible. Basic info is quite informative, highly recommended.
Woodstock May 2022
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Amazing people!
Woodstock Feb 2022
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Outstanding service! Very attentive and caring. Provided very useful information.
Woodstock Feb 2022
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I am so thankful to have found counsel with Ms. Porter. She has given me great coping strategies and is diligent in helping me walk through challenges and finding viable solutions. I started counseling in September and believe that I would not be able to navigate through the recent challenges had it not been for extensive counseling with Ms. Porter.
Read more I am so thankful to have found counsel with Ms. Porter. She has given me great coping strategies and is diligent in helping me walk through challenges and finding viable solutions. I started counseling in September and believe that I would not be able to navigate through the recent challenges had it not been for extensive counseling with Ms. Porter.
Woodstock Jan 2022
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★★★★★
DeShawn provided world-class support for me during a time of transformation and confusion. He sat patiently with me and guided me to better understand my triggers, my strengths and my weaknesses so I can be a more formed person and more importantly, a kinder being to my self. Definitely recommend DeShawn for any therapeutic needs.
Read more DeShawn provided world-class support for me during a time of transformation and confusion. He sat patiently with me and guided me to better understand my triggers, my strengths and my weaknesses so I can be a more formed person and more importantly, a kinder being to my self. Definitely recommend DeShawn for any therapeutic needs.
Woodstock Jan 2022
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★★★★★
I was skeptical about doing therapy online but Ms. Parker made everything really welcoming and it has helped so much. I only write this so that anyone who is also skeptical knows how much Thriveworks has made this a positive experience and maybe they won't hesitate either
Read more I was skeptical about doing therapy online but Ms. Parker made everything really welcoming and it has helped so much. I only write this so that anyone who is also skeptical knows how much Thriveworks has made this a positive experience and maybe they won't hesitate either
Woodstock Oct 2021
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★★★★★
My 16 yr old daughter has been with Raven for a short time and already has had success in behavior and emotional healing. Raven is very brilliant, nurturing and caring, an excellent therapist. We are so thankful she is guiding our daughter in a healthy direction.
Read more My 16 yr old daughter has been with Raven for a short time and already has had success in behavior and emotional healing. Raven is very brilliant, nurturing and caring, an excellent therapist. We are so thankful she is guiding our daughter in a healthy direction.
Woodstock Jun 2021
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Where to find us

Getting here

Thriveworks Counseling & Psychiatry Woodstock is located in the same building as PDQ Services Inc. and RTD Construction Inc. Nearby is HC Supply Hotel. We are right by the intersection of Churchill Ct and Route 92. Nearby is Strawberry Blonde hair salon and GA Auto World of Woodstock.

Phone number

(770) 284-9092

Languages spoken by GA providers

  • Spanish
  • English
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