Many anxiety disorders originate in childhood. In fact, statistics show that 13% of children and adolescents suffer from anxiety. Anxiety becomes a problem when it interferes with a child’s ability to learn, have fun and make friends.
Experts concur that Cognitive-Behavioral treatment (CBT) should always be considered in the treatment of children and adolescents with anxiety. Furthermore, research shows that CBT can be highly effective in reducing anxiety in children, often without the need for medication. In addition to CBT, our clinicians specialize in Exposure/Response Prevention (E/RP), the first-line, recommended treatment for children with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.
At AATC, each child’s treatment plan is customized to fit that child’s specific symptoms and unique needs. Children are treated with a warm and supportive attitude, with the therapist in the role of a coach, providing the child with coping tools to use in challenging situations. Parents are educated about the techniques used so that they may support a child’s progress outside of treatment. Collaboration with pediatricians, psychiatrists, and other community providers is also utilized as needed, with parents’ permission. In situations where anxiety has affected a child’s academic functioning, scheduled advocacy meetings and consultations involving school personnel and teachers may also be part of the treatment plan.
Our focus is on treating the “whole child,” so issues other than anxiety may also be addressed in treatment. In addition to the full range of anxiety disorders and OCD, our team of clinicians is also skilled in treating:
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