Is Your Child Showing Symptoms of Anxiety?
Do you have an anxious child? Does your child frequently stress out over homework and getting things right? Do they experience a lot of anxiety or dread about something bad happening to them? You may have tried a dozen different ways to comfort them and help them feel relaxed and safe, but it seems like anxiety just keeps taking over.
As a parent, you want to support and comfort them. You may find yourself saying things like, “It’s okay to make mistakes,” and “Nobody is perfect.”
You may try to calm their fears by rationalizing with them. Perhaps you try to explain that yes, something was scary, but it won’t happen again. You might assure them that you’ll always be there to help, no matter what happens.
It hurts you to see that your child is distressed. Perhaps your child seems initially soothed by your words of reassurance, but it doesn't stick. At the same time, it’s important to you that your child learns how to face their fears. You may even fear that if they don’t get help, their anxiety will get worse and lead to health problems.
It’s Normal To See Anxiety In Children
All children experience significant anxiety at some point in their lives. Anxiety in children is especially common before big transitions like changing schools or before a big test. Children often feel anxious when something is challenging to them, like making new friends or trying a new activity for the very first time. These are all normal, developmentally appropriate experiences with anxiety. Sometimes, however, anxiety is in overdrive and your child may be suffering more than they need to.
Your child may benefit from child counseling if they frequently have excessive worry and your attempts to soothe them don’t work. Sleeping problems, tummy aches, crying when overwhelmed, excessive worry over what others think, and perfectionism are all common signs of anxiety in children. As many as 1 in 8 children suffer with an anxiety disorder. The good news is that help is out there and your child can find relief.
As a child therapist, I use play therapy techniques and a child-centered, strengths-based approach. I use toys, drawing, and creative arts to help your child process their anxiety. I will teach them useful coping skills, such as how to recognize when they are feeling anxious and how to calm themselves down so it doesn't take over. I also work closely with parents to help you figure out how to best support your child when anxiety comes up at home.
You may have more questions about child counseling...
How long can we expect to be in counseling?
With children aged 7-11, we typically work together for 6-12 sessions. During the first session, I will help you and your child identify what goals you have so we can have a clear idea of what to work on. Typically, we will have sessions once a week or once every two weeks.
How involved will parents be?
You can expect to have a check-in with me each session. I will explain to you what interventions I’m using and share progress. I also like to teach parents things that they can do to help their child at home.
What experience do you have working with kids?
I have been working with kids and teens for over eight years. Before I opened my private practice as a child therapist, I worked as a school counselor, an in-home family therapist, and a child development parent educator. I love working with kids and they tend to feel pretty comfortable coming to counseling after the first session.
Are you ready to get started?
Finding the right therapist who is a good fit is an important part of this process. I am happy to do a free, 15-minute phone consultation. This is primarily for us to get a sense of each other, and for you to ask any questions you might have. Click here to schedule a consultation.