Anxiety Management for Children & Teens

Anxiety Management for Children & Teens

Is your child or teen having difficulty concentrating? Are they having trouble sleeping or waking often? Do they have a loss of appetite or appear disinterested in eating? Are they refusing to go to school or participate in other activities?

Are they quick to anger? Are they irritable? Do they often throw out-of-control outbursts? Are they disruptive in class? Is your child or teen constantly worried or having negative thoughts? Are they tense or fidgety? Do they run to the toilet often? Do they often complain of stomachaches or say they feel sick?

Is your child crying a lot over no clear reason? Are they afraid to make minor mistakes? Are they having panic attacks? Do they have specific fears or phobias?

These are all signs that your child could be struggling with anxiety. Anxiety can manifest in a variety of different ways and over different things. If your child or teen is anxious about school work they may only show symptoms leading up to school, after, or while completing work. If their anxiety is more general you may see it in lots of different situations. But, no matter how severe it is important for your child or teen to learn how to manage their anxious feelings.

At Caring Therapists, we work with your child to build a rapport. We are empathetic, caring, and calm so your child feels comfortable and understands they can trust us.  Our counselors will teach your child how to recognize when they are feeling anxious and how to work through those feelings in a positive way. 

Your Child Is Not Alone With Their Anxiety 

Many children and teens struggle with anxiety. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that as many as 4.4 million children struggle with anxiety. The National Institutes of Health reports nearly one in three teens experience some kind of anxiety disorder. 

At Caring Therapists, we work with children and teens to develop anxiety management techniques they can use for the rest of their lives. We give your child a safe space and help them to share—when they might not normally know how—what is really troubling them. We want to see your child succeed in life, just as you do. We offer a caring, supportive, warm, educational environment where they can find trust and learn the tools to process their emotions in the best ways possible. 

Anxiety Management Skills Can Enhance Your Child’s Self-Esteem and Confidence

Facing a situation when you are anxious can be daunting, especially for a child. They might not understand exactly why they feel the way they do but one thing is for sure — they want that feeling to go away. At Caring Therapists, we use talk therapy, play therapy, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to help your child or teen work through situational problems and manage their emotions. CBT is one of the most proven, effective treatments for anxiety. CBT helps your child or teen to connect their thoughts and feelings with their behaviors, building awareness of unhealthy thought patterns, and how they influence actions. 

Once they can recognize patterns, we teach them how to make healthy changes. For example, if your child is struggling with test anxiety in school we help them to recognize the underlying thought patterns — “if I don’t do well on this test then my parents will be mad,” “if I don’t pass this quiz that means I am stupid,” etc. Then we teach them ways to rationalize and manage those emotions. 

We will help them to pick out negative, unproductive thoughts and prove them untrue, so they can, in turn, feel better about who they are and approach stressful situations with more confidence. Our goal is to help your child or teen be happier and more positive in their abilities. 

We understand you might have some questions and here are a few common ones and answers:

Will I be involved in my child’s therapy?

We do often recommend family therapy in conjunction with child or teen therapy. This helps to smooth over things that are happening in the home and improve communication skills. The goal is to maximize the benefit for your child and the family as a whole.

How much does treatment cost?

We offer a competitive private-pay rate and accept most major insurances, both in and out-of-network. We can provide you with a superbill to help get your services full or partially covered. Our office managers are dedicated to helping your child get the treatment they need. They are happy to check your insurance benefits prior to your first visit. 

How long until my child starts to feel better?

We understand that everyone has different needs. That’s why we work with your child to develop a personalized plan that works with their life. It can take an average of 8 sessions to resolve problems and teach them the tools they need to manage their emotions moving forward. We do recommend that children and teens continue therapy for as long as they are able so that we can help them address challenges as they pop up.

Caring Therapists of Broward & Palm Beach offers proven and effective treatments

We are proud to say that our current and past clients have seen much success in their lives since starting with Caring Therapists. We are proud to have highly rated reviews on Google and Facebook. We are committed to helping your teen get back to enjoying life.

Your Child Can Feel Good Again

If you would like to schedule an appointment or have any questions, please call our office at 954-378-5381 or 561-223-1066, or send us an email at info@caringtherapistsofbroward.com 

We service all of Broward County, including Pembroke Pines, Miramar, Hollywood, Cooper City, Davie, Plantation, Southwest Ranches, and Weston. 

We service all of Palm Beach County, including Wellington, Royal Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, Loxahatchee, Boynton Beach, and Lake Worth.