Counseling for Anxiety
CHILDREN AND TEENS WITH ANXIETY
Anxiety is not always easy to identify in children and teens. Many times, it can look like physical complaints such as stomachaches, irritability, and refusal to do things. Children and teens that have anxiety may also struggle to separate from parents and avoid situations they used to enjoy. Their self-esteem is often impacted by not having the tools to work through uncomfortable situations. In counseling sessions, the strategies they learn will build self-confidence and instill the belief that they ARE capable of handling hard things. We also guide parents in how to respond and support their child with anxiety to make long-lasting changes.
Common symptoms of anxiety:
- Nervousness, restlessness, or being tense
- Feelings of danger, panic, or dread
- Rapid breathing or hyperventilation
- Increased or heavy sweating
- Stomachaches and headaches
- Not wanting to separate from parents/caregivers
- Difficulty focusing or thinking clearly about anything other than the thing you’re worried about
- Difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep
- Avoiding situations such as school or social gatherings
ADULTS WITH ANXIETY
Our practice also works with adults that have anxiety. Therapy can help you become more self-aware and understand your anxiety. When treating anxiety, we focus on identifying the triggers for your anxiety, exploring underlying reasons, teach relaxation tools and coping skills, and adopt healthier thinking patterns that reduce anxiety.