What should I know about helping my child with anxiety?
There are 3 typical areas that professionals target when supporting
children with anxiety:
1 – The Physiological Aspect: The physical symptoms related to
anxiety (butterflies, tummy pain, tense body, heart racing,
nausea, perspiration, etc.
2 – Cognitive Aspect: The thoughts associated with the anxiety
(ruminating on trigger, chronic questioning/wondering,
what if’s, etc.)
3 – Behavioral Aspect: The response to anxiety (fight, flight or
freeze). Many children may begin to avoid and/or act out
when feeling anxious.
What does support look like for the Physiological, Cognitive and
Behavioral components to anxiety?
We like to use a simple and convenient 3 C’s method by Stanley Hibbs
1 – The Physiological Aspect: Calming the body.
2 – Cognitive Aspect: Correct the thinking.
3 – Behavioral Aspect: Confront the fear.
What else should I know about my child’s anxiety?
● Knowing about your own emotions and your own anxiety is
important. You play a significant role to the healing of your child,
and your feelings and experiences do matter. When we learn to
better regulate ourselves we can better connect and support our
● Some children can benefit from medication and you may want to
consult with a physician.
By Lisa Hoang, LMHC