Child Therapy for Anxiety
When Worry Takes Over
You feel like your child worries more than other kids their age.
And their worries seem to be only intensifying. Getting ready for school is becoming more difficult and there always seems to be something at school that they are feeling nervous about. They tend to be perfectionists and are unable to cope with they do not get things "just right." They are constantly seeking reassurance and rely on approval of others. As a a parent, this can become quite exhausting. Your child may be experiencing more physical pain, such as stomach aches and headaches. You are wonder if these physical symptoms are related to their anxiety.
Your child might be struggling more with separation anxiety.
They are unable to fall asleep without you being with them and sleep is an ongoing challenge at your house. They throw major tantrums when it is time to separate from their parent for school. As a parent, you might feel at a loss of what to do. And feel like you have tried everything.
Maybe your child's anxiety is most problematic in social situations.
They experience intense and unrealistic fear of social situations. The idea of getting called on in class or starting a conversation with a peer feels impossible. You see how sweet and kind they are and it is so hard to watch them struggle to let others see how wonderful they are.
We understand that as parents, watching your child struggle is not easy at all. It is hard to feel helpless and unsure of what your child needs.
The good news is that counseling can HELP children struggling with anxiety!
At BPC, our skilled child therapists are trained a variety of treatment approaches proven effective anxiety treatment. But before we explain our approach, it is helpful to understand what exactly anxiety is.
What is Anxiety and How is it Impacting your Child?
Anxiety is a powerful emotion that can evoke all sorts of responses. The body sends a signal to the brain and the brain's response is to scream: "You are in danger!" This fight or flight mechanism helped us immensely during our caveman days, when we needed these signals to survive an attack from a wild animal. But in most situations these days, this response is a false alarm. But it's a false alarm that can feel very real! Heart racing, shortness of breath, trembling in arms and legs, tingling in fingers are just a few examples of what can happen when anxiety takes over. These reactions - in and of themselves - can be so scary to children that they actually increase the anxiety, making it debilitating.
What's more, often times the anxiety cannot be explained or rationalized away. Our instinct is to tell children:
"You'll be okay. It's just a short book report. Everyone has to do it."
"There is nothing to worry about - Mommy will never forget to pick you up from school."
"We are not going to get into a car accident! I will even drive extra carefully so you won't have to worry."
"Just relax. You will be okay."
But with kids who really struggle with anxiety, these explanations are just not enough.
Help for Children with Anxiety
Fortunately, there is help for anxious children. Children have the ability to gain an awareness of their feelings and become empowered to gain control over this powerful emotion. The counselors at BPC are experts at providing mental health services for children.
As a Houston child and family therapy clinic, BPC uses a blend of play therapy, mindfulness practices, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) techniques, and innovative "brain- based" strategies coming from the latest in neuroscience. Parent-Child Interaction Therapy and Theraplay techniques are also sometimes indicated for children with anxiety.
Child Counseling for Anxiety Can Help Your Child:
- Reduce nervous feelings
- Learn tools to "boss back" their anxious thoughts
- Gain confidence in social situations
- Learn relaxation tools
- Improve sleep habitats and transitions
Anxiety Treatment Will Help Parents:
Parent and family counseling sessions will give you resources and tools to help your child take control of the anxiety. You will be given phrases to use for those times when you just don't know what to say. You will be supported and provided all the tools you need to help your child in all the ways you want to. Parent counseling sessions and anxiety treatment for your child can help your home become a peaceful, happy place again.
Your Child will Benefit from Child Therapy for Anxiety at our office if your child has:
- Excessive anxiety and worry
- Inability to control fears and worries
- Difficulty sleeping due to anxious thoughts
- Physical symptoms such as stomach aches and headaches
- Extreme fears in social situations
- Perfectionistic tendencies and performance anxiety
- Difficulty separating from caregivers
- Irrational thoughts about something happening to primary caregivers
Families who may not be ready for counseling at BPC include, but are not limited to, parents who:
- Do not want to engage in the therapeutic process
- Want a “quick fix”
- View their child as the problem
- Are not able to commit to 6-12 months of care
- Want a therapist to “fix” their child
In these cases, we can provide you with appropriate referrals to other services in the Houston area.
Child Counseling Services for Anxiety in Houston, TX
Your child and your family does not have to live with the constant fear and worry that are currently consuming so much of your life. If you want support in coping with anxiety and live in the Houston and Katy area, we can help! Contact Brittani Persha Counseling today to get connected with one of our skilled child therapists. To learn more about our child counseling services visit our Child Therapy Page. We believe that families can experience a peaceful home environment and you and your child can start feeling less anxious and more in control of your emotions.
Thinking about Anxiety Counseling for your Child, but not sure if we are the right fit for your family?
Still unsure if this is what your family needs. Schedule a free phone consultation today. You will have the opportunity to speak directly with one of our mental health counselors to learn more about our office, the counseling process and any other questions you may have.