Middle School and High School Group for Anxious Teens
Six-week education and support group for teens to learn practical and effective techniques to manage anxiety, worry, overcome panic, learn how to turn down the volume on negative self talk, improve self esteem and build social relationships.
During this time, anxious teens will:
–Be able to understand and respond to body’s physical stress response
-Learn why anxiety and worry can’t be eliminated, it is a normal part of life
-Teens will learn how to respond to worry and anxiety when it shows up and why they need to step into situations that trigger anxiety, rather than avoid
Teens often feel alone and that “no one else feels like this, there is something wrong with me”. Through a small group of 4 group members, we will focus on goals, problem solving and making adjustments in thinking and behavior to help your child move forward to live the life they want to live… without being ruled by anxiety and worry.
Group meets weekly for 1 hour. Middle school group is for grades 6-8 and High School group is for ages 14-18.
$225 for 6 week session
Day and Time – to be determined…
Elementary School Aged Children
When younger children are anxious, it affects the whole family and treatment must include the family. I meet with parents and younger children together to provide education about how anxiety and worry operate. Worry feels big and scary but it is pretty predictable and manageable once families understand what it wants and how to respond to it when it shows up. You can learn how to interrupt the patterns that keep it going.
Parent Coaching is crucial to learning how to pay attention to the patterns of behavior that exacerbate worry and help their child respond to worry on a daily basis. This is important for parents of younger children but parents with children at any age can benefit. It is not uncommon for an anxious child to have one or more anxious parents. Working together makes the most sense if other family members also worry.
Patterns of behavior families engage in that make sense, but just don’t work include:
- Reassuring, overprotecting and over-involvement in an attempt to reduce worry.
- Providing certainty and comfort when your child “has to know… who will be at the birthday party, if you will be on time, what will happen if…
- Require family, school and others to accommodate the anxiety by changing the environment. For example, making sure so and so is not in child’s class, avoid eating in cafeteria, child is given warnings by teacher so they know what is coming up next etc. and feeling like you are walking on eggshells to avoid upsetting child.