Anxiety disorders affect 1 in 8 children
As a parent, your #1 priority is to protect your child. You want them to feel safe, loved, and secure in the world. Parenting a child who is suffering with an anxiety or mood disorder can be challenging. You may feel unsure how to help, worry you’ll say the wrong thing, or feel stuck between supporting your child and maintaining reasonable expectations.
At NW Anxiety Institute, we’ll help you understand your child's anxiety disorder or other behavioral and emotional problems. We offer supportive training for parents by focusing on relationship-strengthening techniques such as enhanced active listening, empathy-building, and setting and maintaining realistic expectations.
Parenting Through Collaboration
Collaboration between you and your child is essential to overcoming anxiety. We work to encourage this collaboration in several ways. First, we educate parents on the difference between anxiety and normal stress or teenage angst. We also teach recognizable factors that may be contributing to your child’s anxiety (ex. the role of social media and the use of devices).
Your own behaviors, however well-intentioned, may be maintaining your child’s anxiety. Helping to identify those behaviors, even when you think they’re helpful, is critical in reducing anxiety in your child or teen.
Most importantly, we teach you how to communicate effectively, develop greater empathy, and use that empathy to actively listen. Seeing things from your child’s or teen’s perspective is essential to problem-solving. These skills can initiate long-lasting, impactful changes at home that will be integral to your child’s success.
Parent Training Program
We offer an intensive Parenting Workshop four times a year. This immersive, 5-hour course covers all the skills listed above and gives parents the tools to empower their children and support their recovery from anxiety.
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Parent Support Group
When: Mondays, from 1pm to 2pm
Our clinic offers a weekly parent support group that incorporates tenets from the CPS model. Share your experiences with other parents and gain valuable feedback.
Teen OCD & Anxiety Group
When: Wednesdays, from 4pm to 5pm
This group is geared towards teens between the ages of 15-18 who are struggling with OCD or any other form of anxiety.
Tween/Kids Anxiety Group
When: Mondays, from 6pm to 7pm
This group provides younger teens and kids (ages 10 - 14) with OCD or anxiety a place to find support from peers their age struggling with similar challenges.
"NW Anxiety Institute was a tremendous resource to our family as we worked to understand and manage our son’s anxiety disorder. Through exposure therapy and parent education, Kevin was able to help our son develop tolerance and coping skills to handle trigger situations. Our son’s anxiety challenges are complex and nuanced. Kevin worked to connect with our son and encourage him while also pushing him to do the hard work of exposure therapy. Our son continues to do well 1.5 years after completing exposure therapy."
– Parent of Client
– Parent of Client