Services

These include CBT for anxiety, anger depression, negative mood

Consultation to schools to intervene at the individual as well as classroom level

Teacher Training (Professional Development)

Anxiety Disorders

All children are afraid of something at one point or another in their development.

But, when worries are excessive or stop children from engaging in their usual activities, an Anxiety Disorder may be present. The anxiety can be about separation, something catastrophic happening, or fear of rejection. An Anxiety Disorder can be present for a long time without anyone realizing what it is. Roughly 6% of children and youth suffer from anxiety that is serious enough to warrant treatment.

Types of Anxiety Disorders in Children and Adolescents

Anger Control

Children experience anger as an emotional state of arousal when plans are blocked, or their needs are frustrated. Aims of anger control therapy are to help children understand, manage and express anger in healthy ways.

Anger in children is often expressed through facial expressions, sulking, yelling, retreating or physical assault. Talking about feelings, controlling impulses, tolerating frustrations, postponing immediate gratification are all included in anger management therapy. Children need guidance from parents as well as teachers as coaches in understanding and managing their anger.

Depression

Depression affects as much as 1 out of 10 children between the ages of 6-12. Children with depression can experience intense feelings of sadness/hopelessness and present with changes in eating or sleeping patterns, fatigue, loss of interest in their everyday activities. Depression may be expressed as irritability, yelling, or aggressive behaviour in kids. CBT helps the child to:

The good news is that Anxiety and other Mood Disorders are effectively treated with Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT). CBT is highly structured and goal-directed and is effective for a variety of mood, anxiety and behavioural disorders. Dr. Tal works collaboratively with the child, often in conjunction with parents, to pinpoint the problem and develop an individualized treatment plan. A child's self-esteem and competence grows as he or she learns and practices new skills using problem-solving tools.

A worried child, for example, learns in a step by step way to challenge their anxious thoughts rather than accept worry thoughts as the truth. Through the therapy kids learn to generate more realistic versions of situations and cope better. Fears are gradually faced (at the child's pace) until he or she gets used to the situation once feared. Because anxious thinking riles up the body, children are taught breathing and relaxation techniques. Most children show a response to treatment within 4-6 sessions.