Parenting an anxious child
is not easy.
Meltdowns, tantrums, tears and worry. These intense, sensitive children and teens are hard to parent.
But what if I told you that YOU can turn things around for your anxious child? Research shows that we’ve been doing it wrong — the intervention shouldn’t start with the child; it should start with YOU.
You get your first 30 days free!
Your parenting isn't the problem;
it's the solution
You may be trapped in a pattern that isn’t working now but you have the POWER to change that pattern FOR GOOD with the right support and information. That’s where the Child Anxiety Support membership comes in!
Weekly course to give you the tools you need to create a personalized, developmentally appropriate, and effective plan
Live events to answer your questions, address your concerns and give you personalized answers so you move forward with confidence
A library of cognitive behavioral techniques, activities and resources to build skills in your family that fit your lifestyle and values, with lots of room for personalization
Other parents who know the rewards and challenges of parenting bright, sensitive, intense kids with anxiety and can offer non-judgmental info and support
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You no longer have to feel trapped.
You’ve come to the realization that something HAS to change but you feel totally overwhelmed.
I UNDERSTAND. I’ve worked with so many families just like yours: loving, caring, highly empathetic parents with intense and sensitive kids.
I know how you got here and I know how to get you out. We’re going to free your family from the grip of childhood anxiety TOGETHER.
Hi, I’m Dawn Friedman MSEd. I’ve been working with kids and families for more than thirty years and I am passionate about supporting parents of anxious kids. I have my masters in clinical mental health counseling and have additional post-graduate training in infant-toddler mental health, postpartum mood disorders, and child anxiety treatment including exposure and response prevention.
I designed this program because I realized that clear, supportive, effective help is difficult to access. Offering the program online allows parents to get the help they and their children need without having to deal with difficult schedules, childcare challenges, or commutes — all at an affordable cost. Learn more about me here.
What's in the Course
How child anxiety develops
How you got here (spoiler alert: it’s not your fault!), why you’re stuck here, and how to get free
The Intervention that WORKS
What the latest research says is actually the most effective in managing child anxiety
What you shouldn't be doing
How commonsense wisdom doesn’t help and can even make things worse
What folks are saying
Still have Questions?
I am a therapist but not your (or your child’s) therapist and this is NOT counseling. When I’m working with clients in the Child Anxiety Support program I am operating as an educator and facilitator. The program is structured and directive and you will feel confident moving forward with clear goals.
Some of the parents in this program are also getting therapy and sometimes their children are getting therapy. And sometimes this program is the only intervention the family needs.
That is a GREAT question! The answer is that child and teen anxiety are a family systems issue. The research shows that around 95% of families with anxious kids have shaped their functioning around their child’s anxiety. Unfortunately they’ve shaped it in such a way that they inadvertently are perpetuating the anxiety. The Child Anxiety Support program helps parents to restructure their response to address their child’s anxiety with supports instead of accommodations so that the family — and the child — can shift to healthy functioning. In other words, YOU hold the keys to your child’s anxiety improving. You just need the right directives, education, and encouragement to make that happen.
The program is effective for little kids, big kids and teens. If you have specific questions about it I encourage you to schedule a consultation with me so we can discuss the specifics of what’s happening in your family to help you make the best decision for yourself and your child.
No, your child does not need a formal diagnosis. We will do a screening at the beginning to explore the nature and shape of your child’s anxiety but that is not a diagnostic assessment. If you feel your child would be best served by getting a formal diagnosis, I encourage you to reach out to a therapist who can offer these services.
Obviously if your child DOES or has ever received an official anxiety or OCD diagnosis, that’s fine, too.
I bring three decades of experience working with children and families to my time with you. My work as a therapist in private practice; parent educator; preschool teacher; family case manager; and family studies university instructor have all given me the skills and knowledge to assist you in changing patterns that no longer serve yourself or your child.
My masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and my post-graduate certification in Infant-Toddler Mental Health, as well as my training in maternal mental health, cognitive behavioral therapy, and dialectical behavioral therapy further inspires our work together.
I’ve been trained on the evidence-based program SPACE (Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions) as well as on exposure response prevention, cognitive behavioral therapy, and play therapy.
All of this informs this psychoeducation and support program.
The cost to enroll is $111/month or $1110/year. Your first 30 days are free so you can explore the site and make sure it’s a good fit for you and your family.
You have the first 30 days in the program absolutely free so you have time to truly assess whether or not it makes sense for you to join the program right now.
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It's time to free your family and free yourself.
Parenting an anxious child or teen takes skills that don’t come naturally. But that doesn’t mean you can’t learn them!
The Child Anxiety Support program teaches you what you need to know to free your family from the trap of your child’s anxiety.