Treating children, adolescents, and families

Anxiety

Generalized Anxiety Disorder is characterized by excessive and exaggerated worry about everyday life events.  People with symptoms of generalized anxiety often tend to expect disaster and can’t stop worrying about issues such as health, money, family, work, or school.

Social Anxiety is characterized by feeling excessive and unreasonable discomfort in social situations such as in school, at parties, at work, while shopping or eating with others, and so forth.  Intense nervousness arises from a fear of being closely watched, judged, and criticized by others.

Panic Attacks are sudden feelings of terror that strike without warning. These attacks can occur at any time and can mimic the experience of having a heart attack. Often, people experience physical effects such as heart palpitations, muscle tension, fatigue, nausea, chest pain, shortness of breath, stomach aches, or headaches. 

Avoidance of school can lead to a highly volatile home setting with family members often feeling angry at the child or teen.  Fortunately, with careful assessment of the underlying cause, a good behavior plan typically can get the individual to return to school regularly.  Recent research has demonstrated that over 80% of children with school refusal who are treated with CBT attend school at 1-year follow-up. 

"Therapy West was a fabulous resource for my family. They worked with us parents and our 15 year old son separately through two different therapists but in a cohesive, collaborative manner that really reversed the downward spiral our son was in. We were lucky to have this option in NYC when all other options pointed to residential out of state care. It allowed our family to make changes and heal together, rather than on separate tracks. The result is that the changes we made have stuck and helped us make a positive difference on our son’s trajectory."

Former Therapy West Client

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