I specialise in helping children and teenagers with; low mood, exam stress, panic attacks, social anxiety triggers, insomnia, school phobia and in using social media mindfully. I work 1-1 from a quiet space at home, sessions are 50 minutes long and by the end of the first session we will have looked at triggers and symptoms of anxiety and simple to use exercises to help overcome these worries.
Some clients will only need a couple of sessions, others may benefit from an 8 week course or on going support on an ad hoc basis. Anxious children are often overly concerned with disasters they think may happen in the future or fear dangers that don’t exist in reality. Mindfulness gently brings the anxious child back into reality to see no danger is present, no tragedy is unfolding, and no disaster is lurking beneath their feet. Other benefits of Mindfulness for an anxious child are;
Bringing attention back to the present, away from worries of the future.
Breaking the cycle of worry, where one fear feeds on another until it snowballs into full-blown anxiety or even a panic attack.
Teaching them to identify, become aware of and accept emotions, rather than simply be consumed by them.
Allowing them to practice awareness and acceptance without judgment.
Improving their memory simply by improving their ability to pay attention enhancing their ability to focus and learn.
Letting them experience and understand their thinking process and how their mind works, both of which can lead to a greater understanding of self and their personal experiences in the world