Does your child have anxiety? Try our new Helping your Child service.

Does your child have anxiety? Finding it hard to get support?

Why not try our new Helping your Child service and get the skills you need to support your child.

What’s included?

  • 6 x support sessions (4 x 1 hour either face to face, by phone or web cam and 2 x 15 mins over the phone or via web cam) with an Anxiety UK Approved Therapist trained in our Helping your Child approach.
  • A copy of the evidence-based book, ‘Helping your Child with Fears and Worries: A self-help guide for parents’ by Prof Cathy Cresswell and Lucy Willetts.

What does the service cost?

 

  Anxiety UK member Non Anxiety UK  member What will I receive?
Initial payment prior to allocation to a therapist. £75 £115 ·A copy of the book helping your child with fears and worries.

·Initial referral to helping your child trained therapist

·First two 1 hour sessions.

Payment directly to therapist after the first two one hour sessions.  £75 £125 ·Final two 1 hour sessions

·Two 15 minute follow up and review sessions.

 

Total Cost £150 £240  

Anxiety UK family members:  An initial payment of £75 plus (£75 thereafter, payable to the Anxiety UK Approved Therapist).

Non Anxiety UK family members: An initial payment of £115 for non-members (£125 thereafter, payable to the Anxiety UK Approved Therapist).

 

More about the book:

Your support package includes a copy of Helping your Child with Fears and Worries: A self-help guide for parents by Prof Cathy Cresswell and Lucy Willetts.

Fears and worries are very common among children with around 15% thought to suffer from anxiety disorders; the most commonly identified emotional or behavioural problems among children. However, if left unchecked, they can cause more serious problems such as school avoidance, difficulties in making friends and long-term problems with anxiety and depression.

Written by two of the UK’s foremost experts on childhood anxiety, this extremely useful guide will enable you to understand what is causing your child’s worries and to carry out step-by-step practical strategies to help him or her to overcome them, including:

· Addressing specific fears and phobias as well as general anxiety and ‘worrying’
· Using case studies, worksheets and charts

What is the service?

It is a new evidence based cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) programme designed to support parents struggling to get help with their child’s anxiety. This is done through working with an Anxiety UK approved therapist to work through and put into practice CBT based techniques as mentioned in the helping your child with fears and worries book.

CBT is a practical approach to therapy where your therapist will set you exercises such as thought journaling and different behavioural experiments as well as asking you to complete homework to supplement the work completed in sessions.

How does it work?

You, the parent/carer- are guided by an Anxiety UK Approved therapist through techniques and exercises detailed in the book: Helping your Child with Fears and Worries: A self-help guide for parents by Prof Cathy Cresswell and Lucy Willetts.  The Anxiety UK Approved therapist will be either a CBT, counsellor or clinical hypnotherapist practitioner.

What are the benefits?

By accessing this service you will work with an Anxiety UK approved therapist who has been trained to deliver this service. This provides you with an extra level of support to help you understand the material and be able to raise any queries you may have regarding the techniques with a trained therapist.

Is the service for all children?

The service is recommended for children aged between 5-12 years.

Is the service evidence based?

Yes! Our service has an evidence base from the helping your child with fears and worries manual and the initial paper from Prof Cathy Creswell which you can find below. The evidence in the manual comes from a randomized control trial of almost 200 children between the ages of 7 and 12 years old which shows that children who had received this form of therapy were twice as likely to recover from their main anxiety disorder and three times more likely to be free of all anxiety diagnoses compared to those who had not received any treatment! The research and controlled trials were carried out by the University of Reading under the guidance of Prof Cathy Creswell.

You can read the full paper here – https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanpsy/article/PIIS2215-0366(17)30149-9/fulltext

Can anyone access the service?

The service is available to both members of Anxiety UK and non members, however it is available at a discounted rate of >35% to Anxiety UK family members, click here for more info.

For those based outside of the UK we can offer our helping your child service via phone or webcam based sessions.

Unfortunately at this time we cannot offer this service to those that require British Sign Language to communicate.

Our therapists work in a many locations across the UK, we try to be as accommodating as possible however for face to face based locations if you require any special accommodation please contact our referrals team to confirm if this would be something we could assist with or if our service would have to be provided via webcam or telephone.