Parenting Anxious Kids
Parenting a child who is suffering with an anxiety or mood disorder can be challenging.
Anxiety disorders affect one in eight children. Many parents are unsure how to help. They worry they will say the wrong thing and feel stuck between supporting their child and maintaining reasonable expectations.
Research shows that children with untreated anxiety disorders are at higher risk to perform poorly in school, miss out on important social experiences, and engage in substance abuse. At NW Anxiety Institute, we help parents understand their child's anxiety disorder or other behavioral and emotional problems. We train parents how to provide support, listen, develop empathy, and set expectations for their child.
Our clinicians have extensive experience working in a variety of psychiatric settings with children, teens, and parents. Our Clinical Director, Kevin Ashworth, studied the effectiveness of Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) in an inpatient setting and is published the role of empathy in the CPS approach. Kevin uses CPS as well as other evidence-based cognitive-behavioral techniques (CBT) to help parents, teens, and children. Our clinic also offers a weekly parent support group that incorporates tenets from the CPS model.
Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS): CPS is a model for working with anxious, depressed, and dysregulated children. CPS helps parents understand their child and teaches them ways to communicate more effectively.
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