Cognitive Behavioural Therapy or CBT, is a talking therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave. It is most commonly used to treat anxiety and depression, but can be useful for other mental and physical health problems.
If your child suffers from anxiety, they also may suffer from:
- Pains in their tummy or headaches
- Low self Esteem
- Bed Time routines: not wanting to stay in their own bed at night as is afraid
- Not wanting to attend social events such as party’s or play-dates
- Struggling in School with friendships
- Behavioural Issues at home or in School
- CBT Sessions are normally block booked for 6 sessions initially and then move to once every two weeks or once a month again this is agreed upon in conjunction with therapist and Parents.
Children who have anxiety can worry about many different things. They can be thinking about the “what if’s….what might’s…..what could’s”. They can worry a lot about whether they are good enough at school, have enough friends, etc. They may be apprehensive about trying new things for example going for sleep overs, or may give up an activity that they have started because they don’t think they are good enough.
Out Team’s approach is working with the child and the parents. CBT is a very structured and practical approach to all difficulties a child may experience at some stage in their lives. Parents and children will gain tools to use not just at this time, but also for the future when difficult situations may arise.