Child & Teen Anxiety Counseling
Stephanie Legendre, LPC-S, RPT-S
Welcome to Katy Child Counseling, where I specialize in providing empathetic support for children navigating the challenges of anxiety. As a dedicated child counselor, I offer a range of therapeutic services, including Play Therapy, Theraplay, LENS Neurofeedback, and Parent Coaching. Let’s explore what childhood anxiety entails, how to identify it, and the comprehensive services available to foster emotional well-being.
Understanding Childhood Anxiety:
Childhood anxiety can manifest in various forms, from separation anxiety to generalized worries and specific phobias. Identifying anxiety in children involves recognizing persistent feelings of fear, nervousness, or excessive worry that significantly impact their daily lives, social interactions, and academic performance. Some children are born with a highly sensitive temperament making them more susceptible to anxiety.
1. Play Therapy:
Through the language of play, children can express and process their emotions in a safe and supportive environment. Play Therapy helps them communicate, build coping mechanisms, and develop resilience, promoting emotional growth. I have created a holistic model to play therapy to help parents stay up to date with their child’s anxiety treatment. In area 1, I help children identify feelings of anxiety in their body and use sensory soothing techniques to help regulate those feelings. Area 2 helps children identify emotions as protectors helping them become “the boss of their brain.” The 3rd area focuses on helping children understand their thoughts and triggers behind these emotions and practice emotional resilience play techniques. The final area integrates the first 3 areas to help the child identify a confident, empowered sense of self.
Theraplay is a dynamic, attachment-focused therapy that enhances the parent-child relationship. Through structured activities, children build trust, improve social skills, and regulate emotions, creating a secure foundation for healthy development. Theraplay is an excellent tool for anxious children since many of them struggle with sensory integration issues. Theraplay can be a great tool for the child to help soothe their nervous system and is a quick and easy tool for parents who have a busy schedule to use at home.
3. LENS Neurofeedback:
LENS Neurofeedback is a cutting-edge therapy that addresses anxiety at the neurological level. By promoting optimal brain functioning, LENS Neurofeedback helps regulate emotional responses, reduce anxiety symptoms, and enhance overall emotional well-being.
4. Parent Coaching:
Empowering parents is integral to supporting children with anxiety. Parent Coaching sessions provide practical strategies for managing and understanding their child’s anxiety, creating a supportive home environment that fosters resilience and emotional stability.
At Katy Child Counseling, I believe in a personalized and holistic approach to nurturing your child’s mental well-being. Through Play Therapy, Theraplay, LENS Neurofeedback, and Parent Coaching, we aim to empower children and families to overcome anxiety challenges. Contact us today to embark on a journey towards building resilience, fostering emotional growth, and promoting a brighter future for your child.