Has your child experienced an extremely upsetting event? Maybe it was a divorce, an illness, an accident, bullying, a dog attack, a death, abuse at the hands of another?
And now they are displaying behavior issues, anxiety, or depression?
Or perhaps you have a “worrier” on your hands. Their anxiety prevents them from participating in childhood activities and enjoying family life. They tire you out with questions and need constant reassurance that everything will be okay. Life can be so complicated and difficult when you have to work around anxiety. If your child is struggling with anxiety or has been affected by an adverse life experience, I urge you to seek professional help. Untreated anxiety and trauma in children can lead to depression in adolescence and impairment in adulthood. Early treatment can mitigate these effects.
Fortunately, there are great anxiety treatment strategies for children that help families deal with worry patterns that are so debilitating. I utilize a combination of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and EMDR, if indicated. I adjust the treatment to their developmental level and utilize a workbook that they can take home with them. At the end of treatment, they have the skills and resources to keep their anxiety at bay for the rest of their lives. If you are concerned about your child’s anxiety and would like some guidance, please give me a call. I will listen to your unique situation and let you know how I can help.