Meridian Behavioral Health provides therapy for a wide variety of anxiety disorders. A number of our clinicians specialize in treating anxiety in children ranging from very young to adolescence. It is our goal to match you with a therapist that will best fit your needs and provide you with the best care possible. If you would like more information, or would like to request a first visit with a therapist, you can either fill out the contact form on this page and we will get in touch with you or you can also call us directly at (815) 344-5061.

What Does Anxiety Treatment Focus On?

The goal of therapy when treating anxiety is simple: to reduce the symptoms and discomfort and to improve your quality of life. We recognize that finding a therapist that is the right match for you and your child is one of the most important factors in successful therapy and therefore start the process off by mutual relationship and trust building. From there, the focus shifts to your emotions, thoughts, and skill building. The approach is tailored to your individual needs, as well as the type of anxiety you are experiencing. In young children, this is often done through expressive means such as play and art therapies. Step by step, symptoms will be targeted and minimized, decreasing your child’s distress.

What Is An Anxiety Disorder?

Anxiety is complex, and involves an interaction between the brain and the body. Hormones and mechanisms in the body can trigger thought patterns that are experienced as anxiety. Meaning, the way that we think and interpret our surroundings can also trigger responses in the body that make us experience physical symptoms. This interaction between the brain and the body sometimes results in a cycle that is very difficult to break without help, which is where therapy and sometimes medication come in.

Some signs and symptoms of Anxiety are:

  • Physical symptoms: rapid heart rate, trembling, sweating, upset stomach
  • Repetitive thoughts that involve worry or fear
  • Insomnia or other sleep difficulties
  • Fear of dying
  • Avoidance of people or places due to fear
  • Chronic worry over several areas of one’s life

If you have any questions or concerns regarding therapy for anxiety in children, please don’t hesitate to call and speak with one of our therapists. We are happy to answer questions, help look into your insurance benefits, or explain how counseling might be beneficial to you. If you have questions, and would like to speak to one of our mental health professionals, contact us today.