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Anxiety Counseling

Anxiety Counseling and Stress Management

Worried about your child’s worry? Some stress and anxiety is normal and even useful, but are they creating so much stress for themselves that they are having difficulty facing the real world, maybe having meltdowns, avoiding school or friends, losing themselves in the digital world? Anxiety disorders affect 1 in 8 American children, so you most certainly are not alone.

Is This Your child?

Your child may suffer from intrusive and unwanted thoughts, stomachaches and headaches, feelings of imminent danger, poor memory and concentration, or inflexible and non-functional routines. They may have thoughts they haven’t learned to detect and counter like self-blame when anything goes wrong, extremism or catastrophising, perfectionism, ignoring the positive and focusing on the negative.

Give Them Tools

It would be nice if you could encourage them to use coping skills; exercise, relaxation methods, replacing unwanted and incorrect thoughts with more helpful and correct thoughts creating feelings of well-being, mapping out how their body signals distress so they can catch it, communicate, and manage the stress responses with categories of thinking, doing, and talking tools. You can learn how not to minimize their feelings, maintain your connection with them while not taking responsibility for making them okay, rather, asking them which of their coping strategies they would like to try to help themselves feel better. You can also take the full video course at

Stop Avoiding

Avoidance or acting out are common methods your child may employ to deal with the problem, but that only makes it worse later. Avoidance patterns are hard to break because they do work briefly. The strategies your child is learning should be written down, well understood and practiced, and sent home with you as a reference. Your child should not have to endure fearfulness on a daily basis. Only half of the 1 in 8 children suffering with anxiety ever get professional treatment. Get and give professional help so they can learn to be happy and free.

See the Anxiety video course here.