Most children are afraid of the dark. Some fear monsters under the bed. But 10 percent of children have excessive fears and worries-phobias, separation anxiety, panic attacks, social anxiety, or obsessive-compulsive disorder-that can hold them back and keep them from fully enjoying childhood. If your child suffers from any of these forms of anxiety, the program in this book offers practical, scientifically proven tools that can help.
Now in its second edition, Helping Your Anxious Child has been expanded and updated to include the latest research and techniques for managing child anxiety. You'll learn how to help your child overcome intense fears and worries and find out how to relieve anxious feelings while parenting with compassion.
About the Authors
Ronald T. Potter-Efron, MSW, Ph.D.
- Help your child practice "detective thinking" to recognize irrational worries
- What to do when your child becomes frightened
- How to gently and gradually expose your child to challenging situations
- Help your child learn important social skills
, is a psychotherapist in private practice in Eau Claire, WI, who specializes in anger management, mental health counseling, and the treatment of addictions. He is author of Angry All the Time and Stop the Anger Now and coauthor of Letting Go of Anger, Letting Go of Shame, and Reclaim Your Relationship.
Patricia S. Potter-Efron, MS
, is an experienced clinical psychotherapist living in Eau Claire, WI. She writes, teaches, and facilitates relationship workshops for the general public. She is coauthor of Letting Go of Anger, Letting Go of Shame, and Reclaim Your Relationship.
Vanessa Cobham, Ph.D.
, holds appointments within the School of Psychology at the University of Queensland and within the Mater Child and Youth Mental Health Service in Brisbane.
Ann Wignall, M. Psych
, is senior clinical psychologist and director of child and adolescent mental health for Northern Sydney Health Service. She founded the Child and Adolescent Anxiety Clinic, Royal North Shore Hospital, and works clinically with children and families with a broad range of anxiety and behavioral disorders.
Heidi Lyneham, Ph.D.
, is currently a research fellow within the Department of Psychology at Macquarie University and deputy director of the Centre for Emotional Health.
"In Helping Your Anxious Child, parents are provided a step-by-step guide for assisting their children in overcoming a panoply of worries, fears, and anxieties. The strategies described are well-established ones, backed by considerable scientific support. Parents will find this book engaging, easy to read, and full of important ideas about how best to help their children."
--Thomas H. Ollendick, Ph.D., University Distinguished Professor in the department of psychology, Virginia Tech