Tips for treating anxiety in children

Psychologist Alan Yellin, PhD, shares his top advice for parents on treating anxiety in children in order to help your child overcome his or her anxiety
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Tips for treating anxiety in children

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There are several things a parent can do to help their child with anxiety and several treatments that are available. One, I recommend self-help books first, to see whether or not there is something in there that might be able to help the parent, help the child. Secondly, therapy is often very effective in helping children with fears and phobias and anxieties. Within therapy, we find cognitive behavioral therapy. A specific type of therapy where the child is taught very specific kind of tools to help them with their anxiety. As a last resort, and in cases where the anxiety is significant, we will suggest medication. The parent can talk to a pediatrician or a child psychiatrist, to see if that will be helpful for that particular child.

Psychologist Alan Yellin, PhD, shares his top advice for parents on treating anxiety in children in order to help your child overcome his or her anxiety

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Alan Yellin, PhD

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Dr. Alan Yellin is a licensed psychologist as well as licensed marriage and family therapist.  He has been in practice for over 30 years working with children, adolescents and adults. Dr. Yellin did his post-doctoral fellowship at Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles. In his practice, he sees children with learning problems, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, fears and social skills issues. Additionally, he has a sub-specialty in working with children from divorced families as well as helping parents deal more effectively with their divorce. Dr. Yellin’s practice also includes working with adolescents and adults with depression, anxiety, obsessive-compulsive issues as well as issues around life passages. Dr. Yellin believes that therapy works best when the client and therapist have a collaborative relationship as they explore thoughts and feelings and work towards solutions, and uses a combination of scientific data along with humor to help people achieve change. He is in a long-term happy marriage and has two grown children.

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