Anxiety is one of the most common mental health problems that children experience. Children are small and vulnerable, which can lead them to feel that the world is out of control at times and they realize how vulnerable they are. They may be experiencing a great deal of stress, had a traumatic experience, or have a genetic predisposition to anxiety. They may be struggling with anxiety with school, social difficulties, or even bullying. Whatever the cause, we can help your child manage and overcome their anxiety to regain their confidence and learn to live their life in happiness.
At the Bay Area Center for Children, we work with families and children to help them to overcome their anxiety. Through conversation with the children and their parents and play therapy with the family, we can help your child to express their internal experience and help parents to learn how to alleviate their children's anxiety. Once we've identified the problem areas, we take a solution focused and strength based approach to helping overcome the anxiety.
In therapy we play games, draw, read stories, and do other creative activities to help the children communicate their feelings and thoughts and teach parents how to be their children's therapist to help the kids feel better. This approach leads to a much more lasting change since both the kids and parents are equipped overcome anxiety. We use a variety of approaches, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing, Narrative Therapy, and Family Therapy to address anxiety. In some cases, medication might be recommended, and our child psychiatrist is very good at working with children and parents.