Fears, Anxieties, Phobias

scared child closing eyes and holding ears.Fears…Anxieties….Phobias

“My daughter is terrified of storms!”

“Every night is a struggle getting my son to sleep. He needs me to be with him because he is afraid of intruders coming into the house and taking him. We reassure him constantly, but he still gets so afraid.”

We hear these questions frequently especially with children from ages 6 to 10. It is not uncommon for a child in that age range to experience overwhelming fears or anxiety about something at home or school.

Parents will often try to help by explaining and reasoning, but to little avail. While your child might calm down in the short run, they are usually more upset later, further frustrating you as a parent.

 

What you need to know

What parents need to know is that fears, phobias and anxiety are all rooted in irrationality, and therefore immune to logic. In fact, the more logical we are, the more anxious our child tends to be. Let’s think about it in ‘adult’ terms. A common adult fear is fear of flying. If someone you know has this fear, then explaining to him or her that they are safer in an airplane than they are on their car trip to the airport (which is statistically true) does not help alleviate their fears. In fact, it may even exacerbate it.

The same goes for your child. While it seems logical, explaining and reasoning do not help lessen your child’s fears and anxiety. Instead, a different approach is required to master this dilemma.

How we are different

At Ray Levy, Ph.D. & Associates we have had great success with helping children overcome and master their fears and anxieties in just a few sessions. We use behavioral techniques along with hypnosis and Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) to help them learn better and more effective calming strategies. On average, we are able to help children/adolescents in as few as 4 sessions, often without medication!

Next Step

For the next step, call our office to find out more about how you can help your child learn better coping strategies and calm their own anxieties and fears. Our office manager would be happy to answer your questions and schedule an appointment for you and your child.

Images courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net, David Castillo Dominici (boy with eyes shut) and Chanpipat (intruder).