Child and Adolescent Therapy

The most common types of fears and anxiety problems exhibited by children and adolescents are listed below:

Is my child anxious?

Anxiety is a normal human experience; it helps protect us by alerting us to danger, and can even help us perform better in stressful situations. All children experience some anxiety, and most kids have some specific fears that differ in content as they grow older. Many childhood fears disappear naturally over time. However, if anxiety is beginning to disrupt a child's ability to function, it is important for the child to learn skills to manage these feelings so that he/she can continue to move through the many challenges and tasks of childhood. You may want to consider treatment if your child is experiencing:

  • Fears that persist beyond the age when they are appropriate
  • Fears that are interfering with their functioning (sleep, school performance, social activities, family life)
  • Constant or pervasive fears that are more general; feeling "keyed up", highly alert, or even hypervigilant. Most children's fears are associated with avoidance, discomfort, and physical complaints like a rapid heart rate, upset tummy, sweaty palms, tense muscles, or shaking/trembling