child anxiety

Do you find that your child/teen is struggling with worries? Is the anxiety interfering with his life?

Anxiety is one of the greatest issues facing us today. There are 40 million people who are diagnosed with anxiety and over 2 million are under the age of 18. You might be thinking, “everyone has stress”, “it’s normal”. You are correct, we all suffer from some form of stress. The difference with anxiety is it becomes chronic and causes upset in the daily functioning of your child’s life.

Some indicators that your child or teen has anxiety include: difficulty with sleeping, either falling asleep or staying asleep, experiencing unrealistic thoughts, worried that something bad is going to happen to them, seeking reassurance, being moody, controlling, sad, difficulty maintaining friendships, having obsessive thoughts, fears and being clingy.

Sometimes anxiety occurs surrounding a major transition in one’s life, such as a move, death, divorce, changing schools, arrival of a new sibling, or a parent going back to work.

Anxiety disorders that can impact children and teens include:

  • Adjustment with Anxiety Disorder
  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD)
  • Separation Anxiety Disorder
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Panic Attacks

At Exceptional Wellness Counseling our specialists are trained to work with you and your child to figure out the source of their anxiety, develop strategies that can be used outside of the therapeutic session, teach you and your child how to challenge his thoughts, which will result in improved feelings.

Our team utilizes the following approaches:

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Strengths Based Therapy
  • Sandtray Therapy
  • Family Therapy

If your child/teen is struggling with anxiety please contact us at (908) 415-2042.