We are a private pay only child therapy practice. While we do not accept insurance, we offer competitive rates and accept many types of payment.

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Experienced child, adolescent, and family therapists in New City, New York

When should you seek a child therapist?

There are many reasons for seeking child therapy. For instance, your child may be dealing with anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, or any other issue separate from the normal “growing pains.”

However, no matter how well-meaning and loving you may be as a parent or guardian, it’s not always easy to diagnose your child’s mental health problems.

If you feel your child is not functioning well inside their home, school, or social environment, and you can’t get them to open up, then working with child therapists and child counseling can help. The main goal is to define problems in bite-sized pieces that your child understands and can cope with. If you’re seeking child therapy services in New City, NY, then you’ll be pleased to know that at Courageous Kids Counseling, we offer therapy that’s tailored for children and teens.

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You’ve taken the first step toward helping your child triumph

We’re so glad you’re here. It can feel very frustrating and confusing to do this work on your own. And you shouldn’t have to. Let us step in to support your child through their emotional tribulations. It’s first and foremost about earning your trust – and theirs. We are here to listen and help you and your child discover your goals.

We will then provide the language and tools that make change happen. We encourage your child to move ahead instead of looking toward the past. With a new way of thinking and lots of opportunities to practice, problems will seem so much smaller.

Think of us as your partner and guide while you and your child journey through worry and despair in the direction of a happier and more fulfilling place. The excellent news is that change is entirely possible with the right support. By getting started today, your child is one step closer to their best life.

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We offer online therapy

Courageous Kids Counseling provides online therapy that eliminates the need to wait or drive over just to get the help your child deserves. While in-person sessions are just as great, our online therapy sessions also offer many advantages and plenty of flexibility. This is especially so, in this day and age where online communication is the order of the day.

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How can Courageous Kids Counseling help?

By giving your child a new perspective and tools to overcome obstacles, you provide them the space to heal. Therapy is about trying something new. Therapy can be the way to climb out of patterns of worry or despair and to find other ways to face challenges. It’s only by trying something new they will discover how to reach their pinnacle of success.

If you have any inkling that your child is experiencing some of the issues mentioned above, feel free to contact us. Our crucial child therapy services include evidence-based therapy approaches that help to improve your child’s mental health. All our counselors are licensed behavioral health clinicians that can be the partners you need to help your child recover and progress successfully into childhood through our child counseling techniques and behavioral therapy for children.

The excellent news is we provide individual online therapy sessions in New City, NY and once you take the next step forward, here’s how we can help transform your child’s life, one session at a time:

  • We teach them the communication skills they need to express themselves better.
  • We show them how to approach you, the parent, to share their problems and seek the help they need.
  • They’ll learn anger management skills and how to manage strong emotions in a positive way.
  • They’ll also learn how to cope with challenges and be problem solvers, instead of shutting down.
  • Most importantly, your child will learn techniques they can apply in real-world scenarios, not just during sessions.
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Your child is at a low point…

… and you’re searching for a way up. They refuse to go to school. Fear of being embarrassed or rejected consumes them. They hide under the covers, crying for hours. When you ask what’s wrong, they tell you to leave them alone.

It doesn’t matter how long ago the problem occurred.

Your child needs help now through child counseling. Think about how difficult it is to admit when you have a problem. Now imagine how hard it is for your child to tell you how they feel. Through therapy, they will find the courage to explore problems and reach new heights.

We help your child discover the best person they can be, given the circumstances they’re faced with. When it comes to your child’s character and mental development, we can work with you every step of the way, whether you need child therapists, online therapy, teen therapy, or family therapy services.

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Therapy heals old wounds.

By giving your child a new perspective and tools to overcome obstacles, you provide them the space to heal. Therapy is about trying something new. Therapy can be the way to climb out of patterns of worry or despair and to find other ways to face challenges. It’s only by trying something new they will discover how to reach their pinnacle of success. Courageous Kids Counseling offers such child counseling services to overcome such obstacles. Don't wait, contact child therapists services as soon as possible.

Therapy means “keep going,” even if it’s hard.

Through endurance, your child can conquer challenges that keep them trapped in the past. There is a road forward that involves hard work but provides plenty of rewards. The good news is there is hope for healing. We are a group of child therapists that can help your loved one today.

Help Your Child Move Forward
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Family therapy

At times, child counseling should not only focus on the child experiencing difficulties but the family as a whole. This comprehensive approach can do wonders for your family because, in most instances, everyone is affected when one individual is facing difficulties.

Additionally, if your child or teen has gone through negative experiences, such as your divorce, or the death of a loved one, family therapy also helps your family recover and cope with the situation as a group. This helps to strengthen the family unit and teaches you how to support one another instead of facing and processing problems individually.

At Courageous Kids Counseling, New City, NY we can teach your family effective and evidence-based strategies that help you cope with life’s ups and downs. Whether you need to create stronger relationships or adjust to life changes, we are here to ensure your family thrives, enjoys each other, and leads a happier, fuller life. Our child therapists can help you and your family.

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Teen therapy

Most times, teens are known to be rebellious and a parenting nightmare. Teen therapy can help you navigate the tumultuous relationship between you and your adolescent. While it’s all too easy to be dismissive of your teen’s troubled behavior, the best move you can do as a parent is to get them a child therapist in New City, NY.

Sometimes when relationships are strained it’s easy for you to get overwhelmed, especially if your child is unresponsive to your support and communication efforts. They are in the process of becoming adults and life is not always easy for them.
You can offer them the support and direction they still very much need by having them talk to someone, who’s removed from the situation. It’s normal for teenagers to love their parents, and yet be unable to disclose their feelings or let their guard down. At Courageous Kids Counseling, our approach to teen therapy includes plenty of friendly conversations, compassion, and open-mindedness that encourage your teen to cooperate.
This ultimately leads to a mentally healthy and happy teen who doesn’t feel judged and who has a better relationship with you and who is optimistic about their future.

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It doesn’t matter how long ago the problem occurred.

Some obstacles may be challenging, but the journey is worth the effort, and will make your child stronger. Whether you have a child having problems in school with bullies or stress, we can help. We also help children whose parents are going through divorce and help them deal with the changes going on around them.

Online Therapy

Really, in-person therapy is just one way to deliver support. The online option has numerous advantages…

Therapy for Children

I know it’s upsetting to see your child struggling and not know what’s wrong. You’re not alone.

Therapy for Teens

Teens need someone who makes therapy feel as though they’re talking with a friend.

Family Therapy

Counseling is not only for the individual that is having difficulties but is a group effort within the family.

Our Testimonials

"Erica is an astute clinician utilizing the most current strategies to help your child in both individual and group settings. Her approach is warm and gentle."
- Laura O.
“I have known Erica for many years. She is a very kind and patient therapist who understands the needs of her clients. She is hard-working and dedicated to her field.”
- Jessica B.
“Erica was amazing helping us work through co-parenting issues. She was kind, patient, took her time to listen and help us come up with solution that worked for us.”
- Julia K.

Hi, I’m Erica Smuckler.

You love your child very much and can’t stand seeing them hurt. You’ve tried to fix the problem. You’ve told your child how much you are there for them, given lots of affection, and asked what you can do. Despite your efforts to give your child a happier outlook on life, there is a hollowness in their voice. They’re a shell of their usual self.

It’s time to look for additional support.

Getting help is not a reflection on your parenting abilities. Your child knows how much you care. They’re just in too much pain to accept your solutions. At this point, an outsider can provide a fresh perspective and new ideas.

But you need someone you can trust.

A person who gets how unique and special your child truly is. Who will respond in a caring, nonjudgmental, and compassionate way. Someone who understands and can completely relate to what they are going through.

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Erica Smuckler, LCSW, Courageous Kids Counseling, child and teen therapist, New City, NY.

Do you take insurance?

I do not accept insurance so I am considered “out-of-network.”

However, if you would like to seek reimbursement on your own, I am happy to provide a “super bill” with the necessary information.

Insurance companies are too intrusive for my liking. They want to know all of your personal information, hold the therapist to a lower standard by setting limits on their value, and require the therapist to provide a diagnosis that never disappears.

I’m not comfortable stamping a label on your child’s forehead that will stay with them throughout their life. Just because your child comes into my office does not necessarily mean they have a mental health disorder. In fact, most people come to therapy before they meet such criteria. This is called prevention, and what I promote!

Do you offer online sessions?

Yes, wherever you live in the tri-state area, I offer convenient online therapy sessions from the comfort of your own home.

You can get the care your child needs without all the fuss.

What is the cancellation policy?

Sessions that are not canceled within 24 hours of the scheduled appointment will be charged the full session rate. This is to preserve your time and mine.

Do you work with other treatment providers?

Yes. During your initial session, I will ask you if you have any other providers with whom you would like me to communicate. These might be physicians, psychiatrists, school counselors, school psychologists, former therapists, treatment centers, etc. If so, I will ask you to sign a “Release of Information” form so that I may speak with these providers regarding your child’s care.

Do I come into sessions with my child?

I insist you attend at least the initial session with your child. I will do a full intake, so it’s important to get a clear understanding of why you are bringing your child to see me. I often see similar challenges come up for family members, so you can share any difficulties you might be having as well.

From there, it is beneficial to attend at least parts of future sessions. You are your child’s cheerleader and role model. In sessions, you can help encourage your child when they are having difficulty finding their voice or losing momentum. By being present in sessions, you will also be aware of homework assignments that you can help your child practice. I promise, no tests, but we will have a lot of review.

Want to know where to start?

In our work together, we will uncover what is missing from your child’s life, what’s holding them back in worry and despair, and what are the ways we can help them move toward a place of happiness and fulfillment.

We provide convenient online sessions.

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