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Creative Ways to Help Children Manage Anxiety

Ideas and Activities for Working Therapeutically with Worried Childrenand Their Families

This book sets out therapeutic activities to help children aged 4-12 years and their families to better understand and manage anxiety. It explains how to work with anxious children, providing a framework for assessment and therapy that draws on CBT, ACT and narrative therapy approaches. Lots of practical tips for therapists are included and important developmental considerations are discussed, including adapting therapy for children with developmental difficulties, and working with families and schools. Over 50 playful therapeutic activities are included, which have been developed through the authors extensive work with children, giving children an arsenal of coping strategies. They focus on key areas such as understanding anxiety, managing anxious thoughts, and building resilience and use readily available, inexpensive materials and downloadable templates which are provided in the book. This is the perfect tool for therapists looking for playful and purposeful ways to work with children with anxiety.

Dr Fiona Zandt and Dr Suzanne Barrett are clinical psychologists who each have over 18 years experience working therapeutically with children and families in a broad range of settings. They founded Creative Child Therapy Workshops in 2014 (, providing in person and online workshops for therapists. Fiona and Suzanne both have successful private practices in Melbourne, Australia, and provide clinical supervision. In addition, Fiona works with the Specialist Autism Team at the Royal Childrens Hospital and as a guest lecturer.

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