If you have a child or teen who struggles with anxiety you know how difficult it is to watch them struggle. Anxiety can take many forms. For some kids, they are scared to try new things or be away from their parents. For some they may get nervous going to school and even fight going to school. Some get nervous around their peer group. When kids are required to do the things that make them anxious a melt down may occur. Then there are some kids who are obsessive and/or compulsive. These kids may engage in counting behaviors or they may resist getting dirty and then wash their hands repeatedly. Anxiety often takes over people’s lives and as a result is painful for many people. Children and their families are at the mercy of anxiety and often can feel like anxiety is in more control of their lives than they are. If this describes your child, we can help. We have therapists who specialize working with children as young as four years old through the teen years who struggle with:
- Generalized Anxiety
- Panic Attacks
- Social Anxiety
- Separation Anxiety
We utilize cognitive-behavioral therapy, which research indicates is most effective for treating anxiety. Depending on the age and development of your child therapy is play based, activity based, or talk therapy based. Most of all, we can help you learn how to best support your child through this time in his or her life so as a family you can have greater calm.