action-based approach to learn how to interrupt the process of anxiety to control and manage worried thoughts
Worry is a normal part of learning and growing. But when anxiety becomes bossy in the brains of our fun and happy-hearted kids, it alters their behaviors, actions, and emotional state. Anxiety wants to control everything around us to avoid the uncertain and uncomfortable situations we experience during our daily life. When worry becomes powerful, it can impact a child’s ability to engage in normal daily activities including school, making friends, sleep, developing independence, play, and trying new things. If that sounds familiar, you are in the right place! I teach children and teens to understand the process of worry, retrain the brain, and take action against anxiety! Your child will learn skills to conquer worry and become the independent child you are raising them to be!
Anxiety can show up in so many ways in children. The spectrum is wide...some may have difficulty separating from their parents, sleeping alone, difficulty making friends, some show aggressive or maladaptive behaviors, getting up for school or extra-curricular activities, excessive perfectionism, and more. When you pay attention closely, you may notice a pattern to your anxious child’s words. I have good news! It doesn’t have to stay like this. We will retrain your child’s brain to recognize and interrupt the pattern of worry in the brain so they can be free from the restraints of anxiety.
Your child is avoiding activities and tasks they need to do, want to do, and have previously enjoyed in the past
Your child appears to seek control in various aspects of life such as being a perfectionist, tolerating change, or difficulty sharing with others
Your child's imagination seems to spiral into the worst case scenario situations, whether realistic or not.
Your child struggles with “all or nothing” type of behavior. They “never” get to do anything or “always” get in trouble.
Your child believes and lives like their high level of anxiety will be there forever and there’s no hope for positive expectancy in the future
Your child may become overwhelmed easily, shows strong emotional outbursts whether aggressive, crying, silly, sad
This program is designed to transform your anxious child into an problem solving thinker and independent action taker! You and your child will take action against anxiety by learning to overcome the discomfort, normalize anxious situations, and use effective and simple strategies to rewire the brain for optimal functioning! You and your child will be able to identify when anxiety is showing up, detect what anxiety is telling you and interrupt the process of anxiety to conquer fears, face new challenges, and experience life to the fullest!
A formal diagnosis is not required to begin therapy. I may recommend following a medical professional for management of symptoms, but it is not a prerequisite. Many clients prefer to seek a Neurologist recommendation prior to starting therapy to rule out other factors for symptom onset.
I am a private-pay provider. Because I serve clients throughout the country and across the borders, I do not contract with insurance providers. I can provide you with a monthly super-bill if you would like to submit to insurance for reimbursement. Cost of services is available upon request.
All sessions take place via a secure video chat platform, similar to Zoom or Facetime. Research shows video chat therapy is just as effective as in person therapy, and my clients see great results through video chat sessions. Video chat allows you to remain in your own comfortable environment without driving to and from a physical location.
I prefer at least one family member present with the child during therapy sessions. When the whole family is involved, we see progress a shorter amount of time. My goal is to make the child and parent the experts in the treatment process. I may provide specific strategies for parents to assist the process and help their children reach their highest potential.