Have you noticed that your child avoids certain situations or feels anxious when you aren’t around?
Has your child frequently complained about an upset stomach, the feeling that it is hard to breathe or very sweaty hands?
If you answered yes, then your child may have a phobia.
A phobia is an extreme or irrational fear. Many children are fearful at some point in their lives. Some experience separation anxiety, or fear of strangers in their toddler years, or they are scared of the monster in their closet or sleeping in the dark when they are a little older. School-going kids will even display fears of performance in tests or on the sports field.
For many children, the fears that they have are normal and don’t interfere with their daily lives. For children who are paralyzed by irrational fears however, this impacts their ability to sleep, participate in social activities, their school performance, and it lowers their self-esteem.
Exposure therapy for overcoming phobias
Dr. Lish helps children by treating their anxiety disorders and phobias with Exposure Therapy. This technique has proven to have a significant effect on a child’s ability to manage their fears and levels of anxiety.
Through exposure to the stimulus that causes anxiety and fear in your child, Dr. Lish assists your child to retrain their thought patterns preventing the feeling of fear and the phobia symptoms that accompany it.
With Exposure Therapy, Dr. Lish helps children to implement coping mechanisms that they use once exposed to the fearful stimulus. Exposure therapy with Dr. Lish is done in a safe and non-threatening environment, allowing your child to overcome their phobia.
She gradually helps them to use the tools that they have to become more comfortable in their environment, overcome their fears and participate in a healthy, meaningful and productive life.