Anxiety in Children
Quite frankly, the world is a scary and stressful place right now. Our children are not immune to the turmoil we’re all feeling. For some children, this will fuel the anxiety they are already struggling with.
You may be wondering how to help a child with anxiety feel more grounded and less anxious. Perhaps, you’re still just trying to figure out what’s going on with your child. Is this “normal”? Is this just what we’re all feeling right now? Or, is this chronic anxiety?
Symptoms of Anxiety in Children
Kids deal with anxiety and exhibit their anxieties in a wide range of ways. Some kids will become fearful, have difficulty engaging in activities alone or even struggle with being alone. Often, children with anxiety will have difficulty falling or staying asleep. You may notice hyperactivity or impulsively that is new or unusual for your child. They might not be able to regulate their emotions in a way that matches the situation. Finally, they may start flat-out refusing to do something that they fear and avoiding anxiety-provoking situations.
Anxiety symptoms can also include:
- extreme or intense reactions
- "can't sit still"
- crying spells
The Foundations Family Therapy Approach to Helping Children with Anxiety
Our caring therapists will start teaching coping skills to your child with anxiety. We’ll work through age-appropriate guided meditations and grounding activities. All of these techniques will help your child learn to manage anxiety in concrete ways. They will then be able to apply these strategies to their day-to-day life when anxiety is triggered.
Knowing that your entire family unit might be struggling, we take care to treat the whole family as needed. Family therapy can help you understand your child’s anxiety and reactions. This can help to facilitate change in interactions outside of therapy. In family therapy, you will learn how to identify triggers for yourself and your child. As we explore these triggers further, we can truly engage in skills to reduce anxiety in a healthy way!
In therapy for a child with anxiety, you’ll all feel less fearful and better able to manage reactions. Children who were anxious for a long time will feel more in control of their feelings. Therapy is a safe, comfortable place to explore these feelings. With the help of a skilled, caring therapist, your child will be able to practice coping skills and grounding activities when anxious. In time, your child will be able to more fully engage in activities that once made them anxious.
Online Therapy Can Be a Great Option for an Anxious Child
With a general air of uncertainty in the world, anxiety in children is going to be more of a concern. Plus, as parents, we are all trying to do our best in imperfect circumstances. At Foundations Family Therapy, we would love to connect with you and your family through online counseling in North Carolina. In fact, we can serve the whole state online! What a great option for stressed, scared families. If you are wondering how to help a child with anxiety, online therapy in North Carolina is a great place to start.
Begin Therapy for Anxiety in Children
Your child does not have to struggle with chronic anxiety. Counseling can help you and your family feel connected and strong again. At our Fuquay Varina and Raleigh counseling clinics, (and online throughout North Carolina) our caring therapists listed below specialize in counseling for children and families struggling with anxiety. To start therapy for your anxious child, follow these simple steps:
- Contact us at (919) 285-4802
- Meet with a skilled child and family therapist
- Help your child feel calmer and more comfortable today
Other Counseling Services at Foundations Family Therapy
Our expert team of therapists offers support and counseling for a wide range of concerns. Online therapy in North Carolina or traditional therapy in our Fuquay Varina and Raleigh locations can help you thrive. We provide services for teens and young adults, anxiety, depression, recovery from trauma, and marriage and couples counseling. Take the first step toward a better life by calling today.