Teen Counseling Phoenix, Scottsdale Arizona

Counseling for anxiety can be extremely helpful. There are many skills and tools that adults and children can learn to manage anxiety through counseling therapy and coaching in Phoenix and Scottsdale Arizona at www.lifeworksaz.com. Counseling will teach you ways to feel calm and safe during these anxiety ridden times especially with the corona virus pandemic and all the stress with it. www.Lifeworksaz.com can provide phone counseling or video counseling during this challenging time that is secure and Hippa Compliant.

Anxiety and stress manifest itself in different ways. Many avoid social situations due to social anxiety. Some people have panic attacks in public and this is terrifying. Individuals that have experienced past Traumatic events be it: physical or emotional or sexual abuse may experience PTSD ( Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). PTSD is observed frequently with soldiers that have been to war and victims of physical abuse and emotional and sexual abuse. Some people experience phobias and many other anxiety issues as well. Physicians can prescribe medications however most research shows that counseling and therapy is vital in managing anxiety.

There are many psychotherapies or techniques used to address anxiety, stress, and anxiety disorders.

The most important pieces when dealing with anxiety disorders is finding a mental health practitioner/ therapist, that makes you feel comfortable as well as they have experience and expertise working with the issues you are having related to your stress and anxiety.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is one therapy that is used in treating Anxiety Disorders. CBT looks at negative thoughts that are often not rooted in facts and research when individuals are thinking. Cognitive Behavioral therapy looks at the thoughts to see how potentially twisted or distorted thoughts are impacting your feelings regarding a person or activity or event or yourself. By modifying distorted thoughts anxiety and stress can be managed.

VMBR Visual Motor Behavior Reversal Is a technique that is used to create a video that is played in your mind like a short video clip. It can be used to induce relaxation as well as to enhance performance. It could be to create positive performance: playing sports, making a speech, getting on a plane, going into a store, driving a car, attending a club or social event and much more. VMBR is used by elite athletes throughout the world.

Hypnosis is a technique that is used for panic attacks, stress management, and anxiety disorders. Hypnosis is a technique based on mental focus and diaphragmatic or Belly breathing just like other relaxation techniques like yoga or meditation etc. Hypnosis will allow you to relax by focusing your attention more and more narrowly. It could be focus on a single word or a sound or a picture or an image or a sensation. This will allow you to calm your inner dialogue and help your whole body relax as well. Research shows that people with stress and anxiety disorders have the ability to be hypnotized and are good candidates for hypnosis. Hypnosis uses the same process that creates panic to induce peace, relaxing, and a feeling of tranquility.

Another powerful research based technique that is used is progressive Relaxation. Progressive Relaxation was developed by Jacobsen in 1920 so it has been used for almost 100 years. Progressive relaxation inviolves systematically tensing muscle groups from head to toe to induce relaxation in the body. Diaphramatic breathing is also used while using progressive relaxation.

There are many components that can feed anxiety disorders. There may be a genetic component that has been passed down from parents or grandparents or further down the lone in the DNA pool. There are also environmental issues that can contribute to anxiety and stress: divorce, high conflict , abuse, Emotional abuse, verbal abuse, Sexual abuse, Financial issues, Learning disabilities, Medical health issues, Mental health disorders, bullying, past trauma, social issues, self esteem issues, social and interpersonal issues, emotional and behavioral issues can feed anxiety and stress.

There are many research based techniques used in therapy to facilitate mood and anxiety management for adults and children. Not all approaches may be a fit for you or a child or teenager. It is always best to work with someone who has a wide array of approaches in that if one therapy does not work the practitioner can use other techniques in their tool bag of expertise treating anxiety disorders and stress related issues. Some techniques used may be cognitive behavioral therapy, Mindfulness, VMBR, Exposure therapy, Ericksonian Hypnosis, Talk therapy and more.

Research shows that having rapport with your practitioner is one of the most vital pieces of what creates change in therapy and counseling for a child or an adult. Research by Miller and other research experts in the field have looked at over 100 years of counseling and what works and what does not work. Obviously someone who is a professional and has experience is important as well as the child or adult being positive and having hope and an expectancy that counseling will help are also very important according to research by Duncan and Miller in Heroic Client

Almost 20 Percent of adults in the USA have anxiety so do not feel alone it is becoming more and more common in our stressful society in the USA. Many teens would like to avoid or not acknowledge their anxiety and this is not the solution. The more the teen ignores the more they find that it is interrupting many areas of life.

The more children and teens open up about: anxiety, panic attacks, OCD, the more we can create strategies and coping mechanisms to manage or eliminate the anxious symptoms.

There are many techniques and tools your child can learn to empower him or herself and feel confident and peaceful and be able to do the things he or she wants to do in life.

There are many factors that can contribute to anxiety or anxiety disorders: obsessive compulsive disorders, Panic disorders, social anxiety, Phobias, general anxiety, Panic attacks, PTSD Post traumatic stress disorders and more.

It is important to look at many elements in an individuals life: medications, factors during inception and birth, environmental factors, Drugs, marijuana, alcohol, Stressors, Trauma from the past ( emotional, physical, mental), sleep, diet, daily habits, negative cognitions daily, genetics in the family from Mom and Dad as well as other family members and their traumas as well.

Many practitioners give meds without addressing the root causes of the anxiety. It is important to look at all the above and more in order to create the best plan to reduce anxiety. I have worked with anxiety disorders for over 15 years and have seen a combination of many elements that exacerbate anxiety disorders. It is vital to look at all the above areas in order to really manage your child’s anxiety or your anxiety as best as possible. Not looking at sleep for example and treating the disorder without a change in sleep will most likely not be very successful since sleep is an important element in mood disorders.

Brain experts believe a diet that is heavy in inflammation food consumption and low in healthy fats affects the risk of obtaining anxiety or anxiety disorders. Anxiety is extremely high in those with high sensitivity to gluten.

Medication is used to treat ADHD , however, research shows that it also leads to anxiety disorders, as well as other symptoms including but not limited to addiction.

There are many tools an anxiety client can learn in order to manage an anxiety disorder be it panic attacks, phobias, generalized anxiety, PTSD, etc.

Some of the research based tools in counseling psychology to manage anxiety are: EMDR, DBT, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Progressive Relaxation, VMBR, Exposure therapy, and mindfulness.

Child anxiety is stressful and painful for families. Activities that once were enjoyable are avoided and parents hear complaints of stomach problems, and various aches and pains, headaches and more. Learning ways to cope with anxiety is important. It is a fine balancing act however avoiding school and avoiding sleeping alone and avoiding new things is not creating a balance for your child or teenager. Forcing a child may be overwhelming and can be a failed approach as well. It is important that parents understand that anxiety can be debilitating and your child may no be manipulating and may not be lazy.

Many children that have behavioral issues like oppositional defiance or conduct disorders also have underlying anxiety that they do not know how to handle or identify. Learning skills to manage anxiety is vital to you child’s success socially as well as academically and behaviorally and emotionally. Most children can not articulate what is going on inside their bodies and minds. They must learn skills and tools to address their anxiety.

Some children can manifest itself in different ways. One way might be to avoid situations that are uncomfortable. Another way might be to escape the situation and this can be seen or perceived as oppositional or defiant when it is really fear based. Behavioral dysregulation is common with children and teens that have anxiety disorders: panic attacks, phobia, social anxiety, PTSD, Post traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorders , obsessive compulsive disorder and other anxiety disorders.

Children that display temper tantrums, behavioral problems at school, throw things at school, throw themselves down and cry and have full blown outburst may have a profound anxiety disorder however this needs to be assessed by a professional. Anxiety disorders need to be assessed and treated by a professional in mental health care.

Academic pressure and demands in the classroom can trigger anxiety and this will look like disruptive behaviors. The child may feel overwhelmed and anxious and not be able to cope with the teachers request or the assignment. The child might be intelligent however he or she may have a learning challenge or trouble with the task and feel overwhelmed hence unable to do the task and act out behaviorally.

Most teachers are not trained in identifying anxiety disorders and a child or teenager typically will end up in suspension or in the Principals office being punished. This does not address the underlying issue that may be an anxiety disorder.

A child that is diagnosed with ADHD may have an anxiety disorder instead that looks like: impulsivity, hyperactivity, and inattention however this needs to be evaluated by a professional. A lot of times individuals jump to ADHD diagnosis when really the child or teen is suffering with an anxiety disorder. An anxiety disorder may be primary and for example ADHD is secondary or it may be the other way around. There are a number of other diagnosis as well that may be co-occuring with a child or teens anxiety.

It is important to find a professional that has daily experience working with anxiety and children and teens . Children and teens can learn tools and skills to manage and cope with anxiety and other disorders. Parents can learn skills as well to help create success and balance in your child’s life. David Abrams MAPC, LPC, CAGS www.lifeworksaz.com has over 15 years experience working with families and youth treating anxiety disorders. www.Lifeworksaz.com has testimonials and more information.

There are many other techniques used to manage anxiety disorders however these are some very powerful techniques that are used.

Panic attacks are a form of anxiety and many American Children, teens and adults feel the symptoms of anxiety and stress in life. Balancing school, work, family, sleep, and more can be overwhelming and anxiety creeps in to peoples lives. Anxiety can have a genetic component however anxiety and panic attacks can also have environmental components. Some environmental components can be: family conflict, relationship challenges, bullying, emotional abuse, grief and loss, divorce, academic stressors, stress to find a career, adoption, past abuse, physical abuse, trauma, financial issues, and much more. Changing schools and moving can be a huge stressor for youth and adults as well.

Anxiety and panic attacks can be generated by taking drugs and smoking marijuana. There is a great deal of worldwide research to support the above. Yes many people will state they feel relaxed when smoking marijuana however there are many whom report symptoms of anxiety and panic attacks and they smoke marijuana daily or more.

Receiving adequate sleep and a healthy diet is also very important to managing stress. The body must be treated with exercise and a healthy diet to manage stress. Some clients report feeling anxious from prescribed medications and many have the potential side effects listed on the medication as well.

Teens are taught to keep in their emotions and boys are told not to cry. Stuffing emotions is extremely unhealthy and must be worked on and processed to create best outcomes.

Many children report high levels of anxiety at school. Children as young as five self harm due to anxiety and stress related to school and academics. Many children do not know how to express their feelings and emotions end up turning into aggression, sadness, anger, tantrums, crying etc. It is vital to teach children to express emotions at a young age before it oozes into an imbalance.

There are many factors that can contribute to anxiety or anxiety disorders: obsessive compulsive disorders, Panic disorders, social anxiety, Phobias, general anxiety, Panic attacks, PTSD Post traumatic stress disorders and more.

It is important to look at many elements in an individuals life: medications, factors during inception and birth, environmental factors, Drugs, marijuana, alcohol, Stressors, Trauma from the past ( emotional, physical, mental), sleep, diet, daily habits, negative cognitions daily, genetics in the family from Mom and Dad as well as other family members and their traumas as well.

Many practitioners give meds without addressing the root causes of the anxiety. It is important to look at all the above and more in order to create the best plan to reduce anxiety. I have worked with anxiety disorders for over 15 years and have seen a combination of many elements that exacerbate anxiety disorders. It is vital to look at all the above areas in order to really manage your child’s anxiety or your anxiety as best as possible. Not looking at sleep for example and treating the disorder without a change in sleep will most likely not be very successful since sleep is an important element in mood disorders.

Brain experts believe a diet that is heavy in inflammation food consumption and low in healthy fats affects the risk of obtaining anxiety or anxiety disorders. Anxiety is extremely high in those with high sensitivity to gluten.

Medication is used to treat ADHD , however, research shows that it also leads to anxiety disorders, as well as other symptoms including but not limited to addiction.

There are many tools an anxiety client can learn in order to manage an anxiety disorder be it panic attacks, phobias, generalized anxiety, PTSD, etc.

Some of the research based tools in counseling psychology to manage anxiety are: EMDR, DBT, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Progressive Relaxation, VMBR, Exposure therapy, and mindfulness.

Child anxiety is stressful and painful for families. Activities that once were enjoyable are avoided and parents hear complaints of stomach problems, and various aches and pains, headaches and more. Learning ways to cope with anxiety is important. It is a fine balancing act however avoiding school and avoiding sleeping alone and avoiding new things is not creating a balance for your child or teenager. Forcing a child may be overwhelming and can be a failed approach as well. It is important that parents understand that anxiety can be debilitating and your child may no be manipulating and may not be lazy.

Many children that have behavioral issues like oppositional defiance or conduct disorders also have underlying anxiety that they do not know how to handle or identify. Learning skills to manage anxiety is vital to you child’s success socially as well as academically and behaviorally and emotionally. Most children can not articulate what is going on inside their bodies and minds. They must learn skills and tools to address their anxiety.

Some children can manifest itself in different ways. One way might be to avoid situations that are uncomfortable. Another way might be to escape the situation and this can be seen or perceived as oppositional or defiant when it is really fear based. Behavioral dysregulation is common with children and teens that have anxiety disorders: panic attacks, phobia, social anxiety, PTSD, Post traumatic stress disorder, generalized anxiety disorders , obsessive compulsive disorder and other anxiety disorders.

Children that display temper tantrums, behavioral problems at school, throw things at school, throw themselves down and cry and have full blown outburst may have a profound anxiety disorder however this needs to be assessed by a professional. Anxiety disorders need to be assessed and treated by a professional in mental health care.

Academic pressure and demands in the classroom can trigger anxiety and this will look like disruptive behaviors. The child may feel overwhelmed and anxious and not be able to cope with the teachers request or the assignment. The child might be intelligent however he or she may have a learning challenge or trouble with the task and feel overwhelmed hence unable to do the task and act out behaviorally.

Most teachers are not trained in identifying anxiety disorders and a child or teenager typically will end up in suspension or in the Principals office being punished. This does not address the underlying issue that may be an anxiety disorder.

A child that is diagnosed with ADHD may have an anxiety disorder instead that looks like: impulsivity, hyperactivity, and inattention however this needs to be evaluated by a professional. A lot of times individuals jump to ADHD diagnosis when really the child or teen is suffering with an anxiety disorder. An anxiety disorder may be primary and for example ADHD is secondary or it may be the other way around. There are a number of other diagnosis as well that may be co-occuring with a child or teens anxiety.

Many adolescent teens are feeling worthless, unhappy, inability to focus or concentrate.

Teens are reporting more problems sleeping and are not receiving adequate sleep.

Children and teens are slow to talk about their distress to parents and parents tend to be slow to respond once finding out their child or teen is suffering.

Parents are not to blame for a child’s mental health issues. Children can have excellent parenting and still suffer from mental health issues.

In colleges and universities throughout the United States the following research was done and this was the mental health results :

The American College Health Association surveyed 100,000 college students at 53 US campuses and found that 84 percent of US students feel unable to cope, 79per cent are exhausted, 60 per cent feel very sad and more than half are experiencing overwhelming anxiety.

Obviously teens and college students need to learn coping and stress management tools to address : school, peers, family, work, grades, social situations and much more.

Many teenagers and adolescents as well as college students fear failure and are fearful of their future and need a direction and support to reach their goals. Children as young as 10 are worried about finding a job in many homes and are stressed and anxious.

Cyberbullying and social media can be a stressor and many teens are concerned about their body image with such a huge emphasis on waif models being the norm when most adults know this is not reality. Technology does not create the bully or the poor body image it may magnify the problem. Removing all media may not solve the issue because it is the negative distorted and unhealthy thoughts inside your child or adolescents head that is feeding the negative behaviors and mood. Media can affect our moods however it is up to parents and children and teens to set limits on use and be able to turn it off and find a balance in other activities above and beyond social media and or video games and technology.

I have worked with children , teens and adults over fifteen years at  www.Lifeworksaz.com  and many times it is more than just one issues that a child is suffering with it could be: social, self esteem, bullying, relationship with family, and grades. All of these need to addressed so your child can find balance, happiness, and success in their life.

Articles are not to be taken as a substitute for professional advice or counseling.