Workshops to Promote Psychological Wellbeing for Children and Families

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Parenting Children with Anxiety

Parenting Strategies to Support Children with Anxiety with the help of our Clinical and Coaching Psychologists

Our Vision

Create an accessible, affordable programme where parents can feel empowered and equipped to be the first line of defence against the fears that keep their child from feeling resilient, creative and at peace in their own mind.

Background

Supporting a child who is suffering from anxiety is no small task. Parents want to do everything they can to help their child through a difficult time, though sometimes (through no fault of their own) parents may be inadvertently encouraging avoidance or other negative coping strategies that reinforce a child’s fears.

 After working with many children and families, we saw a gap between parents feeling completely on their own and seeking clinical therapy. There is a middle ground, and we believe that begins with equipping parents with the right tactics. We believe that with a little education and a little practice, parents are creative, resourceful and the best people to help their child.  Just as parents can see when a child is physically unwell, they can notice when a child is feeling emotionally poorly.

With training, parents can learn to take an emotional temperature and prescribe accordingly. We are committed to helping caregivers develop the tools to restore healthy coping strategies, resilience and a sense of calm in their family. Research evidence suggests that coaching parents in this way can be just as effective as direct therapy with a child. We support you so that you may better support your child.

Goals

-Help parents to empathise with the child's worries to create a safe space for conversation

-Explore the root of the worry by asking the right questions

-Problem-solving with the child

-Empowering  a child to face their fear

-Learn Mindfulness and Simplicity Parenting techniques to create a more present and serene home environment

-Creating a structure of positive reinforcement and encouraging confidence in the child to experiment with strategies and challenge negative beliefs

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Structure

In a series of four, 90 minute meetings, we will:

  1. Complete questionnaires together to better understand your child’s anxiety, and help you set your goals

  2. Look at the psycho-educational aspects of anxiety in children (i.e. what is happening in that growing little mind when they experience worries, how they learn, and what is being reinforced)

  3. Identifying our values as parents and how we can help our children to engage in challenging their thoughts and behaviour.

  4. Explore the idea of ‘Soul Fever’ and the impact of modern lifestyle on the young, impressionable mind

  5. Helping children face their fears and creating confidence and resilience

  6. Introducing Mindfulness techniques to support both parents and children

  7. Troubleshooting - Putting these tools into practice

  8. Review your goals and make a ‘staying well’ plan

We draw upon several therapeutic modalities, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Simplicity Parenting Coaching and Mindfulness to create a dynamic, flexible model that is adaptable and considers each unique child, but can be applied broadly.

Outcomes

Parents will learn the skills they need to manage their child’s anxiety. They will develop a deeper learning and understanding of how fears and worries become ingrained in a child’s mind and how to empower the child through curiosity to challenge and overcome these problems. They will learn techniques that they can apply to themselves and their other children. They will learn to recognise and intuitively support the needs of their children to ensure they are living their happiest lives.

The Need-to-Knows:

  1. Sessions are made up of a series of four consecutive, 90 minute meetings in North Oxford.

  2. Sessions are held on Wednesday evenings

  3. Sessions are £175 per individual and £250 for couples (we encourage, where possible, both caregivers attend to implement the knowledge learned together)

  4. Sessions are audio recorded if you need to miss a session

  5. The group agrees to a pact of confidentiality and is supportive and non-judgmental.

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