It is common for children to experience rough patches of temporary or ongoing fears during periods of their childhood. To find ways to deal, many parents try a variety of methods to help their children manage their anxiety, but oftentimes still feel stuck, like a fork in the road. Attending therapy with your children can help kids acknowledge when they are facing challenges early on and can prevent future problems from occurring. By addressing the issue head on, you can also help your child gain a sense of power and mastery over his or her fears.
The highly-skilled professionals at Journeys will work closely with your family to empower you as parents and help your child better understand the contributing factors to their anxiety. This specialized process may include highlighting different thinking patterns connected to your child’s anxiety while teaching your family helpful ways to identify early signs of stress and anxiety in the body. The right path will give your child effective tools for relaxation and stress management, assisting in an increased sense of internal safety and security for your child. By guiding your child through their anxiety, your child may improve their problem solving skills, and empower them toward a more confident view of themselves. Your children may also have the opportunity to express themselves creatively through play, art, puppets, or story-telling. Developing a good relationship with your child in a comforting setting will help them open up during these difficult times.
“Could my child’s anxiety be just a normal phase that they will eventually outgrow?”
If what your child is currently experiencing is causing you concern, you are not alone and it may be to your benefit to intervene as early as possible. Ongoing anxiety can lead to reinforced patterns of thoughts and behaviors that could impact future areas of your child’s life. Consulting with an experienced professional at Journeys will provide an additional perspective on your child’s current struggles and behaviors, and provide you with the resources to get you and your child on the right path.
We generally recommend scheduling a specialized assessment with a trusted Journeys counselor to evaluate what your child or family’s specific needs are, as well as determining best the options for treatment and more precise answers to the questions you may have about the process. The Journeys team strives to provide you with the best fit professionally, and will happily direct you to the counselor with the best personality, expertise and approach for your family.
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