NP0025: Treating Anxiety: Latest Advances

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Parents, Children, and Anxiety: Changing the Family Dance with Lynn Lyons


Treating Anxiety: The Latest Advances: NP0025 – Session 5

Learn the 3-step program to help parents and children deal with anxiety. Join Lynn Lyons as she teaches exercises that help normalize anxiety (de-catastrophize it), externalize it (turn the internal state into external metaphors that can be dealt with more readily), and experiment with it (find innovative, playful ways to deal with it).

After the session, please let us know what you think. If you ever have any technical questions or issues, please feel free to email support@psychotherapynetworker.org.

10.16.2012   Posted In: NP0025: Treating Anxiety: Latest Advances   By Psychotherapy Networker
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  • Not available avatar joanne loftus 10.16.2012 13:16
    I don't work with children too often. I will though send this to my daughters who seem to be overprotective and reaping the consequences. I think perhaps your video might be helpful. Do you think the spinning feelings that Steve Andreas talked about last time could work for kids?
  • 0 avatar Merrilee Gibson 10.16.2012 19:21
    Thank you so much, I DO work with children, and the critical importance of early effective intervention with childhood anxiety has been emphasized in recent years. I have one question. Lynn Lyons talked about writing down the "4B's" and said she would have a slightly different list for older children. I did not hear what those differences would be, and this is something I would appreciate clarification on. Again, thank you. Frequently in commenting after these presentations, I ask how presented ideas relate to children, but I don't believe I have ever received a response. I would REALLY like more presentations regarding treatment of chidren's disorders.
    Merrilee Nolan Gibson, Psy.D., LMFT
  • Not available avatar Lynn Lyons 10.20.2012 08:32
    Hi Merrilee,
    The words I use for older kids (though they like the 4B's, too) are Expect, Externalize, Experiment.
    Expect the worry to show up, externalize it and get some distance from it, and then DO STUFF that allows you to practice handling the worry and retrain your brain. Same concepts, but older kids like "bigger" words. I usually offer both lists.
    For Joanne,
    Yes, I think Steve's ideas would work great. Just adapt as needed to the age of the child!
    Best wishes, Lynn
  • Not available avatar Dina 10.20.2012 15:17
    Thanks for providing so many practical techniques. I found this webinar so helpful.
    There were two points that I was hoping I could get more information about: 1)a more thorough explanation of the "heavy hand" technique
    2)a sense of how you talk to kids about tolerating the distress that their fear may come true when the fear is truly life threatening (like a fear of terrorism.)
    Thanks again.
  • Not available avatar M KELLY 10.21.2012 20:21
    Hi Lynne,

    How would you deal with an older child who has test/exam anxiety?

  • Not available avatar shahida butt 10.22.2012 11:40
    A truly inspirational webinar and Lyn your simple style of connecting to the child and enabling both child and parents to think about how they respond to and the effect of anxiety on all of them. I would like to know from Lyn if she has any similar strategies fo adult anxieties and what would be different in the way she would help them because some adults deal with with anxiety by using alcohol or self injurious behaviour. I would be interested in her ideas, Regards Shahida
  • Not available avatar Linda Dreke 10.22.2012 20:33
    Thank you so much for your informative contribution to this webinar series. I work with children and adolescents and loved your practical approaches and perspective. Just wanted to express my thanks! Best, Linda D.
  • Not available avatar Lynn Mikkelsen 10.23.2012 10:50
    Hello Lynn and thank you for showing us how you externalize anxiety and help children move forward. Do you know of any resources that talk more about "intrusive thoughts?" I am curious where some of these violent thoughts come from. For example, how does a young child who is well loved and nurtured, and who is not exposed to violence, etc. have thoughts about killing and burying her father? Thank you. Lynn Mikkelsen
  • Not available avatar Karen Sullivan 10.23.2012 13:58
    Excellent training. Would love to see Lynn write a book.
  • Not available avatar Rick Shoninger 11.12.2012 19:38
    hi Lynn,
    I work with adults and I found your techniques to be helpful with adults as well as children. Yes, you could write a great and useful book.
    Thanks and Best to You
  • Not available avatar Manon 04.22.2013 09:38
    Thank you! Very informative! I am a child psychologist in Canada and I will be attending Lynn's workshop in Halifax, NB in June. Can't wait to learn more! Thank you!
  • 0 avatar TAMAR STERN 05.13.2013 16:28
    Hi I am a child therapist and I am familiar with many of the concepts Lynn talked about.
    What is the youngest age that you can use the externalization technique? I once saw a four year old with OCD?
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