Do you have an anxious child or teen?
Is your family disrupted by tantrums, meltdowns, tears, and worries?
I offer an education and support program based on the research that shows that working with parents is the most effective way to support anxious children, teens, and young adults
As parents we get STUCK in patterns that make things worse for our kids. This isn’t our fault!
But it IS our responsibility.
Self directed courses to take at your convenience on your computer or via the phone app
Live video events with me to ask questions, get answers. Reach out via private message and get an answer within 24 hours
A library of cognitive behavioral techniques, activities and resources to build skills in your family that fit your lifestyle and values
Connect with other parents who know and understand your challenges and your commitment to your child
I created this program to reach more people in a cost effective, convenient way.
NOTE: this program is NOT HIPAA compliant and I am not using my clinical counseling license in my work in Child Anxiety Support!
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 the Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions (SPACE) program exposure and response prevention. Learn more about me here.
While I am available to schedule one-to-one Zoom sessions for an additional cost once you join the program, most people are able to work the program by working with me in the live events and via private message or community posts. You get to decide what you need.
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, as well as young adults who are still living at home. 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 decide how long to remain in the program and when to leave. Most people work through the main course in about three months. About half elect to stay in the program for longer because they’re enjoying it and continue to get benefit out of it.
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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You’ve got the power and the motivation. Now all you need is the information to support your anxious child or teen to become the best, strongest, most confident version of themselves.