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.

Licensed Child Therapists in Nyack, New York.

Don't let anxiety, depression or behavioral issues prevent your child from being happy. Learn about the signs your child needs counseling and how therapy helps children thrive.

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When should you seek a child therapist?

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 in New York 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 York then you’ll be pleased to know that at Courageous Kids Counseling, we offer therapy by licensed therapists that’s tailored for children and teens.

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. That's where a child therapist can help.

Through counseling, 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. Our child therapists understand how to help children heal. Let us step in to support your child through their emotional tribulations. It’s first and foremost about earning your trust – and theirs. At Courageous Kids Counseling in New York, we are here to listen to children and help you and your child discover your goals.

Your child’s psychotherapist 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, children’s problems will seem so much smaller.

Think of your therapist 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 with our child therapists in New York, your child is one step closer to their best life.

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We offer online therapy for children

Courageous Kids Counseling provides online therapy by licensed therapists for children that eliminates the need to wait or drive over just to get the help your child deserves. While in-person sessions with a therapist are just as great, our online children's 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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Our process of child therapy.

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. Your child's therapist will understand what they need and give them the skills to be successful.

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

The excellent news is our child therapists provide individual online psychotherapy sessions in NY and once you take the next step forward to schedule an appointment with a therapist, here’s how we can help transform your child’s life, one session at a time:

  • Our therapists teach children 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.
  • Children will 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 therapy sessions.
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Your child may be struggling with depression or anxiety…

… 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 issue occurred. A child therapist can help.

Your child needs help now through child counseling and pediatric behavioral therapy. 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 in their psychological growth.

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, our therapists in NY can work with you every step of the way, whether you need child therapists, online therapy, children’s anxiety therapists, teen therapy, or family therapy services.

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Child therapy near you in New York.

Therapy heals old wounds to help children with mental health difficulties. 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 therapists offers such children's counseling services to overcome such obstacles. Don't wait, contact child therapists psychology services as soon as possible.

Therapy means “keep going,” even if it’s hard. Therapeutic approaches help children practice the skills they need.

Through endurance, your child can conquer challenges that keep them trapped in the past. Our approach to psychoherapy provides 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.

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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 parent child counseling 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 and parent involvement in child therapy also helps your family recover from psychological issues 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 York our therapists 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 cognitive behavioral therapist in 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 therapist approach to teen therapy includes plenty of friendly conversations, compassion, and open-mindedness that encourage your teen to cooperate with psychotherapy.
This ultimately leads to a mentally healthy and happy teen who doesn’t feel judged by their therapist 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 social issues, behavior difficulties, bullies or stress, our therapists can help. We also help children whose parents are going through divorce and help them deal with the changes going on around them.

Take a look at some of the child therapy services we offer.

Online Therapy

Really, in-person therapy is just one way to deliver support. The online option to meet with a children therapist 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. Child therapists know how to talk to children in creative ways.

Therapy for Teens

Teens need a therapist who makes therapy feel as though they’re talking with a friend so they can open up and let their guard down.

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."
- Colleague
"My granddaughter has had some serious issues and always seemed sad and moody. Recently she opened up and told her mother she liked Erica- which was a really good sign. She also has seemed happier - more mellow and confident...a big change. It seems the therapy is helping. We are very grateful."
- Client's grandparent
“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.”
- Client
"Thank you so much!! Allison is the best ever! We couldn’t be happier with her. She is so accommodating and understanding and my daughter just adores her. Thank you."
- Client's parent
"Hi Allison, just wanted to share that today at paret teacher conference, his teacher mentioned how much he has improved in handling his emotions and getting over issues. Thanks so much for your patience, guidance and encourageoment so far...I really appreciate all you have done and continue to do. Enjoy the rest of your day! 🙂
- Client's parent
"Hi Allison, just wanted to share with you this email from my son's teacher. I can't celebrate his success without considering how significant your role has been throughout. Thanks a million for all you have done so far. We all appreciate you more than we can say!"
- Client's parent

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 from a therapist 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 for how to help children.

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. A therapist who understands children 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.

We're Ready for Your Call

Whether you're seeking a child counselor in Nyack, New York or online in New York, it all starts here. Courageous Kids Counseling is a specialized child therapy practice focused on helping children and teens struggling with anxiety, depression, and trauma among other difficulties. We use CBT, DBT, play therapy, EMDR, and other solution-focused approaches.

When your child is struggling, you need a specialist that can help. We are happy to answer any questions you may have as you navigate this process.

Do you take insurance?

We do not accept insurance so we are considered “out-of-network.”

However, if you would like to seek reimbursement on your own for children’s therapy, we are happy to provide a “super bill” with the necessary information.

Insurance companies are too intrusive for our 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.

We’re not comfortable stamping a label on your child’s forehead that will stay with them throughout their life. Just because your child comes into our 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 we promote!

Do you offer online sessions?

Yes, wherever you live in New York, we 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?

Children therapy 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 ours.

Do you work with other treatment providers?

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

Do I come into sessions with my child?

We insist you attend at least the initial session with your child. We will do a full intake, so it’s important to get a clear understanding of why you are bringing your child to see me. We 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. We 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 in-person and online therapy sessions for children.

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