Child Psychologists & Therapists In NYC

Child psychologists specialize in therapy and mental health treatment for children, typically under the age of twelve. Child psychologists see children for anxiety, depression, school avoidance, emotion regulation, behavior management, attachment issues, sleep and toileting issues, and trauma. They use therapy approaches that are uniquely suited to children, such as play therapy, sand tray therapy, parent-child interaction therapy, and family assessment. Because child psychologists receive specialized training in addition to the standard therapist training, many in NYC are not in-network with health insurances, and charge $150+ per session; some therapists who have established practices may charge $300+ per session.

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Child Psychologists & Therapists in NYC

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Do child psychologists in NYC take insurance?

Unfortunately, it can be difficult to find child psychologists in NYC take health insurances. On Zencare, you can find child psychologists who are in-network with Cigna; however, there are few therapists who accept other health insurances due to the extensive training that child psychologists go through and the low reimbursement rates by health insurance companies.

How much do child psychologists charge in NYC?

Most child psychologists in NYC charge $150+ per session; some who have been in private practice for many years, or who have received many years of additional training charge $300+ per session. Because child psychologists receive specialized training in addition to the standard therapist training, many in NYC are not in-network with health insurances.

What ages do child psychologists see?

Child psychologists specialize in therapy and mental health treatment for children, typically under the age of twelve.

What concerns can child psychologists help with?

Child psychologists see children for various concerns, including – but not limited to – the following issues:

  • ADHD

  • Anxiety

  • Depression

  • School avoidance

  • Emotion regulation

  • Behavior management

  • Attachment issues

  • Sleep and toileting issues

  • Trauma

  • Developmental disorders

  • Learning disabilities

What therapy approaches do child psychologists use?

Child psychologists use techniques that are specifically designed to be child-friendly. Unlike traditional talk therapy for adults, therapy for children tends to be more interactive; these include play therapy, sand tray therapy, and parent-child interaction therapy.

Child psychologists may also conduct family assessments and work with parents directly to discuss changes that could be made in the home environment and at school. Also, some child psychologists will work with the child’s school directly (e.g., for accommodations).

Do child psychologists work with parents?

Because children are so affected by their parents and family environments, child psychologists often work with parents in addition to children.

Many child psychologists will dedicate time after the session with the child to speak with the parent. They may work with parents on parenting skills and behavior management, such as: how to use praise and rewards and set limits, how to ignore and do time outs effectively, how to give clear commands and set limits, and how to direct parental attention to increase “okay” behaviors, and decrease “not okay” behaviors.

Also, child psychologists also typically know of many resources and support systems for parents and children with specific needs, and are able to point parents in the appropriate direction for further assistance.