Childhood Anxiety

Offered in Ithaca, Orchard Park, Saratoga Springs and Binghamton, NY

Childhood Anxiety

Childhood Anxiety

Childhood anxiety is a prevalent concern, characterized by excessive and persistent feelings of fear, worry, or nervousness in children. These emotions can significantly impact a child's daily functioning, affecting their academic performance, social interactions, and overall well-being.

Our team of dedicated professionals understands the impact that childhood anxiety can have on an entire family, and we are committed to providing comprehensive support. Through our evidence-based approaches, we aim to empower children to effectively manage their anxiety and develop the necessary skills to navigate challenging situations.

By working collaboratively with families, we create personalized treatment plans that address the unique needs of each child, ensuring a holistic approach to their well-being. Our team of specialized therapists is dedicated to providing support and guidance to both children and their parents as they navigate through this challenging experience.

We offer a range of therapeutic techniques and interventions that are specifically designed to help children cope with and overcome anxiety. Our therapists are highly trained and experienced in working with children, ensuring that they create a safe and nurturing environment where children feel comfortable expressing their emotions and fears.

We believe in a holistic approach to wellness, which means that we not only focus on the child's emotional well-being but also consider their physical and social needs. Our therapists work closely with parents, providing them with the tools and strategies they need to support their child's journey toward healing and resilience.

We understand that every child is unique, and we tailor our treatment plans to meet the individual needs of each child and their family. Our goal is to empower children and their parents, equipping them with the skills and resources necessary to manage anxiety and thrive in all aspects of their lives. At Whole Wellness, we are committed to making a positive difference in the lives of children and families, and we are here to support you every step of the way.

Signs and Symptoms of Childhood Anxiety

Identifying signs of childhood anxiety is crucial for early intervention. Below are some common indicators that may suggest your child is experiencing anxiety:

  • Persistent and Excessive Worry: If your child frequently expresses intense worry about various aspects of life, including school, relationships, or future events.
  • Physical Symptoms: Noticeable physical manifestations of anxiety, such as restlessness, muscle tension, fatigue, irritability, or complaints of stomachaches and headaches.
  • Avoidance Behavior: If your child consistently avoids certain activities, places, or social situations due to anxiety, hindering normal daily functioning.
  • Sleep Disturbances: If anxiety is causing disruptions in your child's sleep patterns, leading to difficulties falling asleep, staying asleep, or nightmares/night terrors.
  • Changes in Behavior: If there are noticeable changes in behavior, mood, or social interactions that suggest underlying anxiety, such as increased irritability or withdrawal.
  • Impact on School Performance: If anxiety is negatively affecting your child's academic performance, attendance, or ability to participate in classroom activities.
  • Social Challenges: If anxiety is interfering with your child's ability to make friends, engage in social activities, or attend social events.
  • Requests for Help: If your child expresses a desire for help or communicates distress related to their anxiety.
  • Duration and Intensity: If the anxiety persists for an extended period, and its intensity is causing significant distress for your child.

Therapeutic Interventions 

Addressing childhood anxiety requires tailored therapeutic interventions. At Whole Wellness, our experienced therapists employ a variety of evidence-based approaches to support children in managing their anxiety effectively:

  1. Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT): A widely used and highly effective approach, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a therapeutic technique that aims to assist children in recognizing anxiety and questioning irrational thoughts, acquiring coping mechanisms, and progressively confronting situations that provoke fear or anxiety.
  1. Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions (SPACE): SPACE is a parent-based treatment program specifically designed for children and adolescents grappling with anxiety, OCD, and related problems.
  2. Play Therapy: Particularly beneficial for younger children, play therapy allows them to express thoughts and emotions through play, creating a safe and engaging environment for exploration.
  3. Mindfulness-Based Approaches: Techniques promoting mindfulness and relaxation exercises help children stay present in the moment, reducing anxious thoughts about the future.
  4. Exposure Therapy: Gradual exposure to feared situations in a controlled environment helps children work toward facing their fears to diminish anxiety, often integrated into CBT for a comprehensive treatment approach.
  5. Medication Management: In certain cases, medication may be considered as part of the treatment plan, with decisions made collaboratively with parents and healthcare professionals.

It's important to recognize that the choice of therapeutic approach depends on the individual needs and preferences of the child and their family. At Whole Wellness, our clinicians collaborate with families to create a personalized treatment plan that aligns with each child's unique circumstances. Seeking professional support and exploring these therapeutic approaches can greatly help in managing childhood anxiety, fostering resilience, and promoting positive development. Taking the first step towards seeking support is crucial for nurturing a healthy and fulfilling future for your child.