If your child is experiencing anxiety we may be commissioned to provide Therapeutic Support through the use of CBT and other evidence based interventions.
Anxiety is a range of disorders which is best understood when it is broken down into six sub categories:
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
Our service treats Anxiety through Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) incorporating Relaxation and Exposure and response prevention.
CBT as an Intervention
CBT is considered to be one of the most affective evidence based ways to treat anxiety as well as: Depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD, Stress Bulimia Anger Low Self Esteem Pain and Fatigue.
How CBT Works
CBT helps your child look at how they think about himself/or herself, others and the world. How his/her thought affects the way he/she feels, which then determines how he/she behaves. It will challenge your child’s irrational negative and automated thoughts by replacing it with helpful thoughts. This then changes the behaviour in terms of what the person does.
What to expect from CBT
It is an approach where your child and therapist will work collaboratively setting the agenda and working through the planned activity with worksheets or a self help book. Home task will be set each week for child to complete and bring back to the following session. This may include keeping a thought diary.
Who long are the sessions?
The sessions on average can range from 12 sessions to more depending on your child needs.
As a therapist I will work systemically subject to the clients consent to address the concerns.
The actual sessions
When CBT is offered to your child/young person in most cases the appointment will be extended to you the parents. However, your child will be given the option as to whether they want to include you, the parents in their sessions.
An appointment will be offered to ascertain whether your son/daughter is suitable for CBT. These will be done through a series of assessment:
Comprehensive Child and Family Assessment will be undertaken.
Your child will be required to complete a series of Anxiety Assessments Questionnaires to help identify where the focus of the intervention will need to be.
The information gathered from the assessments known as a Formulation will then be fed back to you and your child. Based on the analysis your child will then be asked to identify and set a maximum of three goals he/she would like to achieve by the end of the sessions. Both you and your child will be given psycho-education by the therapist about the disorder explaining how it has been maintained. The objective will be to break the maintenance cycle by challenging unhelpful thoughts and testing it. Your child will be expected to do exposure work. To help alleviate the stress, they will be taught relaxation techniques to help manage the panic/distress they might experience before and during the exposure.
Separation Anxiety Disorder SAD
General Anxiety Disorder GAD
Panic Attack and Agoraphobia
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder OCD