Helping Kids Who Worry About Bad Guys

Helping Kids Who Worry About Bad Guys

One of the most common worries I see in my therapy practice, is the worry about bad guys. What if someone breaks in? What if someone kidnaps me? What if someone murders me? What if I get attacked while I’m in the backyard? What if someone is hiding in my closet?

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Helping a Socially Anxious or Shy Kid Make New Friends

Helping a Socially Anxious or Shy Kid Make New Friends

Don’t feel alone raising a child with anxiety or OCD. Tell me your biggest struggle and I will give you a video tip and resource guide based on your particular needs. YES! PLEASE HELP Helping a Socially Anxious or Shy Kid Make New Friends I sat there quietly. Maybe it looked like I was sad, angry or annoyed. Regardless of how I looked, it definitely […]

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Helping Kids Who Worry About What Other People Think

Helping Kids Who Worry About What Other People Think

Don’t feel alone raising a child with anxiety or OCD. Tell me your biggest struggle and I will give you a video tip and resource guide based on your particular needs. YES! PLEASE HELP Helping Kids Who Worry About What Other People Think Are they staring at me? Are they texting back and forth…about me. Did I just see that kid whisper while looking at […]

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Helping Kids Who are Nervous to Go Back to School

Helping Kids Who are Nervous to Go Back to School

For some kids there is a growing feeling of dread and doom as the first day of school looms closer. Is your child nervous to go back to school? They are not alone.

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Teaching Kids to Accept the Worst Case Scenario to Reduce Anxiety

Teaching Kids to Accept the Worst Case Scenario to Reduce Anxiety

What if I throw up? What if I get sick? What if I fail that test? What if they don’t like me? Kids with anxiety have tons of what if’s. More often than not, to help reduce anxiety we reassure them that these “bad” things aren’t going to happen.

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How to Help Kids When OCD Tells Them Things Might Be Poisonous

How to Help Kids When OCD Tells Them Things Might Be Poisonous

It often starts off with a question. “Mom if I touch my mouth after I touched the Clorox wipe, is that safe?” It might pick up steam from there… “Mom if the shampoo gets in my eyes, will I go blind? From there the questions can be endless and never ending.

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How to Help Your Sensitive Child Cope When People are Angry

How to Help Your Sensitive Child Cope When People are Angry

Are you upset? Are you mad? Are you mad at me? These are the questions that many anxious kids desperately ask when people around them aren’t happy. There is good reason for it, sensitive children feel people’s emotions. I mean really feel them. So how do you help your sensitive child?

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Teach Kids How to Take the Power Back from Anxiety or OCD

Teach Kids How to Take the Power Back from Anxiety or OCD

Anxiety and OCD want to rule the show. They want to be in control. They wants to make all the first moves. But it doesn’t have to be that way. You can teach your kids how to take the power back. How to not only react to anxiety or OCD, but how to purposely poke back.

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What to Do When Your Child Thinks OCD is Keeping Them Safe

What to Do When Your Child Thinks OCD is Keeping Them Safe

I often hear, “I can’t do that exposure, OCD is keeping me safe!” Unfortunately when a child believes OCD is keeping them safe, it makes it almost impossible for them to agree to exposures.

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Helping Your Kids See How Summer is the Time to Work on Anxiety or OCD

Helping Your Kids See How Summer is the Time to Work on Anxiety or OCD

Ahhh. You finally have a nice break. Your child is curled up on the couch with little to no plans of ever moving. And frankly, you feel the same way. It might have been a tough school year of stress, anxiety and challenges. But ironically, there is no better time than the summer to work on anxiety or OCD.

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How to Help Kids Handle Downtime with Anxiety or OCD

How to Help Kids Handle Downtime with Anxiety or OCD

Summer is here and most kids are ecstatic. But kids with anxiety or OCD can feel some dread. Dread over the downtime. Dread over the slow pace that invites anxiety or OCD to take center stage.

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Helping My Child Understand OCD Intrusive Thoughts

Helping My Child Understand OCD Intrusive Thoughts

“Why on earth did I think that?!” – that is at the heart of many OCD Intrusive thoughts. The fear of the thought itself. Having disturbing thoughts is….disturbing. But what is even more upsetting is that you had the thought at all.

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How to Help Kids with Just Right OCD

How to Help Kids with Just Right OCD

Your child is stuck. They are on a permanent loop that will not end. They have to do it again and again and again. Time passes but they cannot move on. Your child is not trying to make it perfect. They are not trying to do their best. They are just waiting until it feels “just right.” Welcome to the world of Just Right OCD.

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PSP 118: What it is Like Growing Up with OCD with John Tessitore

PSP 118: What it is Like Growing Up with OCD with John Tessitore

Have you ever wondered what your child with OCD is going through? What their life is like growing up with OCD?

I had the pleasure of talking to John Tessitore, the founder of the JCK Foundation. He was willing to get raw with me and share some personal details of what life was like growing up with thoughts he hid from the outside world.

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Teaching Anxious Kids to Back Burner Future Worries

Teaching Anxious Kids to Back Burner Future Worries

Does your child worry weeks and months in advance about things that are happening in the future? Anxious kids are consumed with future worries. It keeps them up at night and gives them stomach pain during the day. Teaching anxious kids how to deal with these worries can significantly reduce their stress.

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