Counseling for Anxiety
Does My Teen Have Anxiety?
Sometimes it can be hard to tell the difference between struggling with stress and having anxiety. One important difference is that stress is more temporary and situational. Anxiety, on the other hand is more constant and more intense.
What does anxiety look like in teens? Here are some important signs:
- excessive worry or "feeling stressed"
- avoiding school
- low self-esteem
- irrational fears
- withdrawing from activities
- frequent, sudden panic attacks
- feeling easily irritated and annoyed
- frequent stomach aches or headaches
How Can We Help?
Our approach to counseling teens includes offering support and empathy without judgment, while also teaching important skills to help them cope.
We help teens who are struggling with depression:
- recognize, express and sit with difficult emotions.
- learn to recognize the physical symptoms of anxiety and pay attention to your own patterns and cycles.
- learn how your "stress response system" works and how you can slow it down.
- learn skills for changing negative thought patterns.
- learn daily habits to reduce stress.
- learn cognitive skills like thought-stopping and re-framing to manage racing thoughts.