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Anxiety is present in all of our lives, but for many children, it’s more than a passing phase. Anxiety disorders such as generalized anxiety, separation anxiety and phobias, are estimated to be more common than any other childhood mental health issue.

The licensed mental health professionals at CATS are highly trained to provide compassionate and effective treatment that helps reduce the effects of anxiety disorders in children and teens.

“Shy to loud, small to big. All because of my CATS counselor. She has made a huge impact on my life by helping me with confidence, trust and openness.”

Treatment Developed from Proven Research

Anxiety focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is an evidence-based practice drawing upon rigorous scientific research to treat children who are suffering from anxiety disorders. Evidence shows that CBT may improve the immediate consequences of anxiety, as well as help prevent other mental health issues.

Left untreated, children with anxiety disorders are more likely to experience:

  • Depression
  • Social phobias
  • Panic attacks
  • Compulsive behaviors
  • Physical health consequences
  • Poor school performance
  • Social/relationship challenges
  • Substance abuse

Learning Skills to Manage Anxiety

Through individual therapy and joint child/caregiver sessions, CBT helps children, adolescents and young adults reduce anxious behaviors and find new ways to manage them. They learn skills to modify thinking patterns and practice new responses. Length of treatment depends on individual needs, but 12–16 sessions is the average.

Techniques may include:

  • Recognizing anxious feelings & responses
  • Preparing for anxiety-provoking situations
  • Assessing unrealistic thoughts or expectations
  • Altering anxious self-talk
  • Practicing relaxation & breathing skills
  • Evaluating progress of coping strategies

Contact our intake team if interested in counseling:

If your child is under age 18 and in crisis, call
CARES 716.882.4357.
If you are 18 years old or older and in crisis, call
Crisis Services 716.834.3131.
If you are in crisis and live in
Niagara County, call 716.285.3515.
If it’s an extreme emergency, call the police 911.