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I want to help you and your child change your relationship with anxiety. It’s not an enemy to battle. It’s a very normal part of being human.

Anxiety occurs when our brain thinks there might be danger, even when there’s none at all. It responds to the threat by sending out the message to avoid, avoid, avoid.

Some kids avoid uncomfortable situations by shutting down and refusing to try new things or to engage with new people. Others develop very sophisticated negotiation strategies to avoid anxiety provoking situations. 

For many of us, and I’m guessing your child is one of these people, the experience of anxiety is intense and can be physically uncomfortable.

I understand that this anxiety is impacting you, your child, and your family on many levels. You are not alone.

Would​ ​you​ ​like​ ​to​ ​guide ​your​ ​child​ ​or​ ​teen​ ​to​ approach anxiety in a new way​ ​so​ ​they​ ​confidently​ ​do the things​ ​they​ ​want​ ​to​ ​do​ ​(and​ ​what​ ​you​ ​want​ ​to​ ​see​ ​them​ ​do)?

Together, we Can Explore these areas and create your family’s new Relationship with anxiety:

Growing​ ​your​ ​child’s/teen’s​ ​awareness​ ​of​ ​what’s​ ​really​ ​going​ ​on​ ​with​ ​their​ emotions​ ​and​ ​why it’s​ ​all​ ​normal.
​​Creating​ ​an​ ​emotional​ ​language​ ​so​ ​they​ ​can​ ​clearly​ ​share​ ​their​ ​experiences.
Building​ ​a​ ​toolbox​ ​of​ ​techniques​ ​that​ ​guide​ ​them​ ​to​ ​calm​ ​their​ ​body​ ​and​ ​quiet​ ​unhelpful thoughts.
Learning​ ​to​ ​be​ ​kind​ ​to​ ​themselves​ ​especially​ ​during​ ​challenging​ ​moments. ​​ ​​
Partnering​ ​with​ ​anxiety​ ​without​ ​battling​ ​or​ ​trying​ ​to​ ​get​ ​rid​ ​of​ ​it.​ Acknowledging​ ​that​ ​our emotions​ ​are​ ​part​ ​of​ ​us​ ​and​ ​of​ ​the​ ​human​ ​experience.​​
Growing confidence each time they practice things that for them,  create a sense of discomfort, uncertainty or anxiety.
Loving the amazing person that they are.

Hi, I’m Kim,

a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and founder of Growing Up Confident.

So lovely to meet you.

Most likely, your friend or pediatrician, gave you my name, or you stumbled across one of my articles.

Whatever path you took, I’m very glad you’re here.

My hunch is you’ve tried everything you know to help your child or teen with their anxiety and you’re at a point where you want some support and new ideas.

With my extensive training and over 20 years of practice, I can help.

We’ll get to the root of what’s going on and partner to create new solutions.

While sprinkling in warmth and playfulness, I’ll guide your child/teen to befriend anxiety so they can confidently do things they want to do even when they feel wobbly inside.

And you’ll gain the peace of mind that you’re doing everything you can to ensure your child is learning emotional skills they can use for a lifetime.

Here’s how I can help