Parenting a Child Who Struggles with Anxiety and Depression can be Challenging
It is hard to watch your child struggle, and sometimes it is hard to know how best to help. Parent coaching and support is a vital part of treatment for all children. Your child’s clinician will teach you tools and strategies that are consistent with the therapies we are using to help your child. In addition, you’ll be provided with recommendations on how best to respond to your child and methods to minimize your own stress.
At times, parents may require individual therapy sessions without your child present, to request guidance and vent frustrations. Parents can meet for a one-time consultation, a few sessions, or on a weekly basis. We also provide coaching to individuals whose child is opposed to therapy, offering valuable guidance and support for effective parenting. In addition, we frequently offer group parenting classes where you can benefit from a supportive environment with fellow concerned parents.
Parents are an Integral Part of Treatment at The Ross Center
We’ll teach you the skills to more effectively manage your child’s emotional and behavioral challenges. A parent’s first reaction to a child with anxiety can often inadvertently make that anxiety worse, and we’ll provide you with proven strategies and suggestions for more effective responses. You will gain confidence in your own parenting skills and see the positive impact on your child’s moods and behavior.
Specialized Parent Training: Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions (SPACE)
Clinicians in our New York and Virginia offices are offering a new parent-based treatment to address child and adolescent anxiety called SPACE. This novel approach was developed at the Yale Child Study Center by Dr. Eli Lebowitz, and is a systematic program that teaches parents how to supportively and appropriately respond to their child’s anxiety through changes in their own behaviors. By reducing an ‘accommodating’ approach to a child’s anxiety, parents are able to engage in a manner that ultimately enhances the child’s ability to cope with anxious thoughts and feelings.
Parents are taught to calmly accept a child’s distress, while avoiding reactions that exacerbate symptoms, resulting in significant improvements to their anxiety. This new approach was pioneered at Yale and has been clinically found to be extremely effective.
Learn more about SPACE treatment here. Additionally, our New York office will be offering a 7-week (virtual) SPACE group for parents of anxious children later this fall. Find out more about this group.
Ross Center Resources Geared to Parents:
- Is your Child Struggling with Mental Health? Wise Words from an Esteemed Psychiatrist
- Managing Family Stress This Winter