Frequently Asked Questions
What is CBT?
CBT is short for Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. It is a widely used therapy for children and adults for many mental health difficulties. There is a lot of research showing how it is very helpful in treating anxiety disorders, both in adults and children and it is increasingly being recommended by National NHS guidelines (NICE Guidelines) to be the first type of therapy to use when helping people with anxiety-based disorders.
CBT focuses on how people’s thoughts (cognitions), behaviours, feelings and physiology all affect one another, which can lead to negative cycles for people. CBT includes strategies to help us to engage in behaviour that will challenge and reduce our fears, to experience calmer and more rational thoughts, develop more skills to calm our bodies down and learn to relax and to feel safer and happier in ourselves.
How do I know if my child is anxious?
Worry is a very normal and at times helpful feeling. It sends adrenaline rushing through our bodies and motivates us to do things to keep us safe, such as avoiding dangers around us. Anxiety is a problem when our internal ‘alarm systems’ become overly sensitive, seeing dangers when they are not there. It is helpful to think about whether your child seems overly worried or sensitive to dangers around them. They may keep thinking about problems from their day, or future feared scenarios, over and over again and struggle to be reassured by you. They may avoid a lot of things which trigger their anxiety. You may feel that this level of avoidance is limiting the good experiences they could be having, or friendships they could be making. You may have noticed that your child has a lot of ‘rules’ they live by which help them feel safe. You may feel that your child is very worried around school and this is affecting their enjoyment and/or attainment. You may notice that your child appears tense a lot of the time, often on ‘alert’, and struggles to relax. Within this context, you may have noticed that your child often complains of headaches or stomach aches a lot, which can’t be explained by a physical diagnosis from your GP.
Will the ‘Nurturing a Calm and Confident Child’ workshop be helpful if I have anxiety difficulties too?
It is common for multiple family members to experience anxiety; therefore, we are aware that some parents who attend this workshop may struggle with anxiety themselves. While this is not a workshop for adults with anxiety and while it is not therapy, the workshop will include a lot of helpful explanations and strategies to manage anxiety which could be helpful to apply to yourself. Most importantly, helping your own anxiety, in which ever way best fits for yourself, is crucial, for your own wellbeing and for modelling this to your children. Children often look to their parents for guidance about how they should be feeling. If you can model calm and confident feelings and behaviour in the face of their anxieties, this will greatly help them.
How do I sign up for a workshop?
We find it helpful to talk to the attendees, to make sure this workshop is right for you and your child and to answer any remaining questions. We would be very happy to arrange a telephone conversation via email, at your convenience. Please let Claire and Georgina know at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to set this up.
Will you run a workshop in my local area?
We are open to suggestions on where to run workshops. We can set up workshops across towns in South East London and Kent, if there is enough interest from parents in that area. Contact us here if you would like us to set up a workshop near you.