You’ve noticed some changes in your child’s mood and they seem to be keeping them from thriving.

It’s hard watching them hurt and you’re ready to find some help.

Studying for tests, winning championships, and turning in homework on time, are challenges that all children face. And those challenges can bring pressure and stress.

You’re starting to notice your child is crumbling under some of this stress. They’re withdrawing from the things that used to bring them joy and they’re isolating themselves from friends and family. Suddenly, their life went from happy to crying or getting angry over the smallest things.

The child you know seems to be hiding since all these changes started happening

You know they have so much more growing to do and so much potential, but it seems like their negative outlook is keeping them stagnant and stuck in place.

Every kid will go through ups and downs. But you had no idea yours would stop coming out of their room and participating in life. You never thought your child would struggle at school, and you certainly didn’t expect them to feel depressed.

So far, your child’s depression has been manageable, but you don’t want it to become something that holds them back from becoming who they’re meant to be.

When You Seek Help for Your Child’s Depression

  • Your child will seem like themselves again
  • Your child will show interest in school, friends, and extracurricular activities
  • Your child will understand the causes and triggers behind their mood changes
  • Your child will be able to communicate their thoughts, feelings, and emotions
  • Your child will develop better coping skills to help them remain focused and accomplish tasks

Who Benefits Most from Child Therapy?

Counseling for children is best for those who are 8 – 17 and looking to for ways to cope with their depression on a day-to-day basis. Counseling helps your child process their thoughts and feelings in a more open way, so they can feel more stable and secure.

Your child will benefit from therapy sessions if:

  • They cry more often and have trouble regulating their emotions
  • They are having emotional or angry outbursts
  • They no longer want to spend time with friends or participate in their favorite activities
  • They have very little appetite and aren’t sleeping, or they are over-eating and over-sleeping

There are certain situations where your child might not be ready for counseling sessions with Urban Wellness. These situations include, but are not limited to:

  • Instances of severe mental illness
  • Ongoing substance abuse

If your child is experiencing a severe mental illness, we recommend you seek outpatient services at a local program like Thresholds. If you are currently experiencing substance abuse or dependence, please see our other specialized service.


What The Counseling Process for Children Looks Like

Therapy for children and teens is meant to help your child identify why they are feeling sad or upset more often. Together with a counselor, your child will strive to regulate their emotions and learn what triggers their depressed mood, so they can seek more happiness in their life. They will discover ways to label what causes them to sadness and control their responses to it.

Your child and their therapist will meet together weekly for 55-minute sessions. Therapy is best done with at least an 8-week commitment. We find that clients who cannot commit to at least 8 weekly sessions and meet less than weekly tend to have more difficulty in establishing a relationship with their therapist and often spend their sessions recapping the previous weeks instead of focusing on forward movement. After 8 weekly sessions, you and your therapist can discuss the movement toward your treatment goals and whether reducing sessions to biweekly or terminating therapy is the next step.

Here’s what to expect:

WEEK ONE: Intake

During this initial session, you and your child will meet with your therapist to define the counseling relationship and discuss the details of informed consent. Your therapist will gather information about your child and their biological, psychological, and social history and how this is impacting their current situation. You will also discuss the goals of therapy going forward together.

WEEK TWO and Beyond: Counseling for Children

Together, in each subsequent session, your child and their counselor will use evidenced-based therapy to treat the struggles they are experiencing. In therapy, your counselor will use a combination of CBT, DBT, mindfulness, art therapy, dance/movement therapy, storytelling to ensure the sessions are meeting your child’s unique needs.

Therapists at Urban Wellness focus on providing a safe space for your child to process and discuss anxiety and the consequences of living with constant worry. During their work together, your child will learn skills to help them regain interest and motivation to participate in things they love.

TERMINATION: 1-2 Final Sessions

In your child’s final sessions, you, your child, and the therapist will review the treatment goals to ensure you are satisfied with your child’s counseling experience and that the work with your therapist has met your expectations. You will also outline a plan going forward so that your child is able to retain what they and their counselor have worked on together and implement all they have learned outside of session.

More About Urban Wellness

Urban Wellness Helps the Members of Our Community Thrive

Our practice is designed to meet the needs of everyone in our community by offering a variety of counselors with diverse backgrounds and specialties. Our counselors vary in their expertise, working with clients across the lifespan with a wide range of issues and it is our goal to find the therapist that is the right fit for you and your loved ones. We are constantly growing our specialties through education and supervision so that we can continue to help our clients and provide therapy for the whole family.

We have several therapists who offer counseling to children and teens which is perfect for those aged 8-17. Whether your child’s depression is causing changes in their eating and sleeping patterns, preventing them from interacting with friends, or seem sad or angry all the time, mood changes can have a dramatic impact on their quality of life. Overcoming depression can help your child thrive when it comes to meeting academic standards, enjoying their life at home, and creating lasting social relationships.

At Urban Wellness we believe childhood is a time for your child to safely explore themselves and their boundaries and to find their place in the world.

What Will You Pay for Counseling?

Counseling for Children is a fee for service program and Urban Wellness accepts all major forms of payment.

Initial sessions cost $170 and each follow-up session costs $145 and we recommend at least an 8-week commitment.

Urban Wellness accepts insurance and offers in network and out of network benefits. We accept BCBS PPO, Humana, and United Healthcare insurances, at their contracted rates. For your convenience, we will do a benefit check on your behalf and notify you of our in network or out of network benefits. Copays, deductibles or any out of pocket costs are due at the time of service.

Your Next Steps

It is entirely possible to have your happy child back. To have a child who wants to actively engage in their life and to be excited about the things to come. They no longer have to burdened by the pressures in their life and they can find joy in relationships with others.  

A positive and engaged attitude might seem a long way away, but that doesn’t mean their life has to glum and depressing. In the end, it’s about making sure your child can thrive no matter what comes their way. Urban Wellness can help.

Call +1 (773) 774-4444×0, email, or fill the form out below to schedule your child’s counseling session today.