Children and teenagers who experience anxious thoughts and feelings may not behave the way you imagine when you think of anxiety.
For children and teens, anxiety may manifest as irritability, restlessness, inattention, somatic symptoms (headaches or stomachaches), avoidance, tantrums, crying, meltdowns before school, having high expectations for their school or sports performance.
Dr. O'Keefe utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to assist children in decreasing anxious thoughts and feelings, while increasing coping skills.
Sometimes children and teenagers have difficulty coping with emotions, such as sadness, disappointment, anger, or frustration. These children may need additional assistance in learning social-emotional skills. Examples of social-emotional skills are impulse control, frustration tolerance, and understanding the perspective of others.
Dr. O'Keefe works with children and teens to identify any underdeveloped social-emotional skills, to explicitly teach and practice those skills, and to teach healthy ways to cope with negative emotions.
Dr. O'Keefe has extensive experience working with children who exhibit challenging behaviors. Sometimes children with high frequency or high intensity challenging behaviors benefit from a Behavioral Support Plan, which is created based on the results of a Functional Behavioral Assessment.
If you are unsure of whether your child might benefit from this type of service, feel free to call Dr. O'Keefe for a free 15 minute consultation.
This practice offers traditional therapy for adults and children, as well as, online therapy offered via secure video conference.
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