Working it out.
Anxiety will never go away without an actionable plan.
Starting in the first session, your child will get to work learning about how anxiety affects them. Using diagrams and imagery, we will talk about the parts of the brain responsible for anxiety and how it is triggered. This information makes anxiety concrete and foreseeable. It gives children ownership over what is happening in their body.
Once they recognize the triggers, we “retrain” the brain to respond differently to new situations. This is empowering because now your child does not need to succumb to their worrisome thoughts. They can embrace the appearance of anxiety, and plan for its demise.
Most important is practice and repetition. The language to talk back to worry and the positivity we embrace will be the fuel your child will need to face everyday situations.
Just like you can’t become an expert at a sport without practice, you can’t overcome anxiety without the implementation of strategies. Your child will never experience success in managing distressful circumstances unless they face them in “real life.” With your support in and outside of therapy, it becomes easier every time they do it.
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.
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