It’s pretty normal for children to have small fears at different stages of their development. However, when these small, seemingly insignificant fears, grow to interfere with the child’s ability to go about their daily routine, then it may be time to seek professional help.

Children can have various worries about many different things. Some commonly known worries include fear of being around people and being judged, worries about the safety of themselves or their parents, worries about specific animals or objects, and sometimes it may seem like they simply worry about everything.

How a Clinical Psychologist Can Help
In order for fears and worries to be treated effectively, it’s important to understand what’s triggering the worry and what’s keeping the worry going. A clinical psychologist will ask lots of questions not only about the worry but also about school and your family so they can understand what started the worry and what keeps the worry going. Once this is understood, specific and targeted goals can be set and an individualised treatment plan for your child can be created.

How are worries treated?
Here at InnerTwist Clinical Psychology a variety of evidence-based frameworks for the treatment of worry are used, with treatment options explained at the end of assessment. Regardless of the type of framework applied, all treatment includes:

  • Education about why people worry
  • Step-by-step strategies on how your child can reduce their worry
  • Step-by-step instructions for parents and guardians on how they can support their child in reducing their worry
  • Skills to recognise if the worry is coming back and how to manage it if it does

We also try, as much as possible, to make sure that strategies and skills are taught in a fun and interactive way through the use of visual tools, games, drawings and role plays. We also show you how to do this at home.

If you have concerns that your child worries too much, and you would like to make an appointment to discuss this, please don’t hesitate to email or call (07) 3371 5558.