Online Anxiety Counseling for Kids in Illinois (7-12 years old)
You love your child, but lately, you find it harder to reason with them over seemingly minor things. Irrational fears and phobias (germs, getting sick, the dark, refusal to sleep in their own bed or take a shower, etc.) have shown up overnight.
Your child has begun to experience obsessive thoughts or perform compulsive acts in order to keep themselves safe. They’re on edge and anxious, needing constant reassurance from you that they’re going to be okay.
Other days, your child complains of stomach aches or cries over having to go to school due to academic stress and anxiety. They’re unsure of how to interact socially with peers or teachers and fear feeling embarrassed, judged, or rejected.
It’s heartbreaking watching your child lose their confidence. You’re in unchartered waters and you feel helpless. You’ve tried to offer helpful suggestions, but your advice is either ignored or your child is too anxious to follow it. You may even question your ability as a parent. After all, you don’t remember your childhood being this difficult. The world our kids are navigating today looks so different from even 10 years ago.
Common Signs of Anxiety in Kids
While everyone experiences anxiety differently, here are some of the more common symptoms of anxiety in children:
- Sudden fear
- Trouble sleeping
- School phobia
- Separation anxiety
- Headaches or stomach aches
- Anger issues/irritability
- Feelings of sadness and/or hopelessness
- Blaming parents or others
- Changes in social behaviors (not spending time with friends or in activities)
- Changes in appetite
- Thoughts of harming themselves
Online Anxiety Counseling for Kids Can Help!
The good news is childhood anxiety is highly treatable. Whether it’s social anxiety, obsessive-compulsive behavior, or anxiety brought on by a major life transition, I’ve helped many children feel and function better in their lives as well as improve their most important relationship – the one with YOU!
The Briefly Counseling Approach to Anxiety Treatment in Illinois for Kids
In just a handful of sessions, I help anxious kids reduce their anxiety and build resilience so they can become a happier, more confident version of themselves.
I use the Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT) approach exclusively because kids respond so positively to it. Instead of feeling forced to talk to a stranger about their feelings, they’re asked thoughtful and engaging questions that activate their strengths, resources, and resilience.
Simply put, SFBT challenges your child to think and shift their pattern of attention.
As they answer questions they’ve never heard before and in ways, they’ve never heard themselves talk before, new pathways are created that lead your child to notice differences and make changes in their life.
Numerous evidence-based studies have shown SFBT’s effectiveness.
In each session, I help your child to:
- Create a clearer idea of what confidence looks and feels like.
- Develop assurance that they can do what’s needed.
- Identify evidence of recent successes.
- Recognize the resources they can draw upon to succeed.
Begin Online Counseling for Child Anxiety in Chicago and Illinois
You don’t have to watch your child suffer from anxiety and worry. I can help your child reduce their anxiety and rebuild their confidence, resilience, and spark. As an experienced and caring therapist, I love providing online anxiety treatment. To start your child’s counseling journey, follow these simple steps:
- Complete my Contact form or call me at 224-236-2296 to schedule a 20-minute phone consultation.
- If we agree that I’m the right fit for your child, we’ll select a day and time for the first appointment.
- Learn more about me, your child’s new online therapist
- Watch your child gain confidence and feel better
Other Counseling Services at Briefly Counseling
Online anxiety counseling for kids isn’t the only service I offer in my Illinois online counseling practice. Other mental health services provided by Briefly Counseling include teen therapy and Christian counseling. All services are offered via online therapy with a safe and secure platform. Whether you’re in Riverside, Chicago, Champaign, Rockford, Peoria, or Quincy, I can help.