Is your child having difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep for longer than usual? Do you notice your child becoming more clingy, impulsive or distracted? He is or she having a difficult time making friends or engaging with other children?
Is your child avoiding or dreading going to school? Perhaps you have noticed your child sweating more than usual, complaining of nausea, headaches, accelerated breathing or heart rate, or stomach aches? Your child may be experiencing anxiety.
Everyone feels anxious or fearful at some point in their lives. Anxiety is a normal emotional and physiological reaction to an anticipated fear of something happening in the future. Feeling anxious usually occurs when there is no immediate threat to the individual’s well-being, but rather a perceived threat that he or she may be in danger. Having some fear and anxiety is healthy as it protects your child from danger; however, anxiety and fear may become a problem when it prevents you child from enjoying normal life experiences.
Therapy can can help your child to:
- Learn how to rate his or her fear or anxiety and identify related feelings, thoughts and actions
- Recognize triggers and develop better problem solving techniques to deal with stressful situations
- Practice proven strategies and skills that your child can use to cope more effectively with his or her feelings, as well as future life stressors
- Challenge negative thoughts and encourage positive self-talk and behaviours
- Improve his or her social skills and ways to interact with his or her family members and peers
If you notice that your child may be experiencing signs of excessive anxiety or fear or have questions or concerns, I invite you to contact me to further discuss the ways in which I can help.