Helping Anxious Parents Help Their Anxious Kids

How to Keep Anxiety from Taking Charge

Rich Simon

We’ve all received those frantic calls from worried parents. “We’ve tried everything,” they exclaim, “but our son is still anxious, still thinking obsessive thoughts.” As they go on to detail all the ways they’ve tried to help, their own anxiety is palpable, even through the phone.

It’s important to remember that parents of children in therapy often find their child’s problems just as anxiety-provoking as the child does, says Lynn Lyons, author of Anxious Kids, Anxious Parents. That's why she isn't afraid to lead with a little humor when dealing with them.

When parents come to sessions asking why their children can’t enjoy a social gathering or why they keep losing or gaining weight, it’s the therapist’s job, says Lynn, to help them ask the more constructive question of how they can change their kid’s relationship with anxiety. In the Networker Webcast series A New Road Map for Working with Kids and Teens, Lynn shares the concrete, often playful, treatment strategies she uses to relieve anxiety in parents so they can fully assist in their child’s recovery.

A New Roadmap for Working with Kids and Teens:
Getting Through to Today's Distracted Youth

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Topic: Anxiety/Depression | Children/Adolescents

Tags: children in therapy | kids | Lynn Lyons | parents | teens | therapy

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