Treatment for Children & Teens

At KCCAT, we provide treatment geared towards helping children and their families overcome interference from anxiety in an effective, efficient, and lasting manner—building practical skill independence and self-confidence along the way.

Our facility setting and team approach allows us to work closely in tailoring services specific to meeting a child's symptoms and developmental needs. When life at home or participation in school, day-care, or community activities is disrupted we have the ability to work with the child and parents directly in these settings in order to maximize learning effects and speed of treatment gains. Our clinicians also work collaboratively with educational, medical, and other mental health professionals involved in your child’s care to help ensure consistency in your plan.

For younger children, or those with more impactful anxiety or behavioral symptoms, significant portions of treatment will incorporate a primarily parent-driven approach. Our staff assist parents in understanding and responding to their child’s challenges more confidently and skillfully, supporting healthy change and reducing symptom avoidance and interference.

Older children will typically work together with their therapist, along with parent education and involvement in setting and supporting clinical goals. While preteens and teens may often work more independently, parents and family support systems are an important part of the treatment plan.

While many anxiety disorders in youth present similarly to those of adults, it is common for child and adolescent treatment to target the following symptoms:

  • Obsessions and compulsions
  • Phobias
  • Chronic worry and reassurance seeking
  • Chronic avoidance of risk taking
  • Perfectionism
  • Shyness, social inhibition, and avoidance of social activities
  • Selective mutism
  • Separation anxiety
  • Inability to sleep or play independently
  • Compulsive hair pulling, nail biting, and skin picking
  • Test-taking anxiety
  • Performance anxiety
  • Poorly developed social skills