Care Plus NJ, Inc. (CarePlus) is offering a new therapy group for children and adolescents called Freedom from Anxiety. The weekly sessions use an evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapy model to help children develop methods for coping with anxiety.
CarePlus started Freedom from Anxiety out of an urgent need to help children and adolescents that struggle with anxiety. The Anxiety and Depression Association of America states that, “Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the U.S., out of which only a third of those affected seek treatment.” The National Institute of Mental Health reported that, “A national survey of adolescent mental health reported that about 8 percent of teens ages 13–18 have an anxiety disorder, with symptoms commonly emerging around age 6.”
Symptoms of anxiety in children may include excessive worry most days of the week, trouble sleeping at night or sleepiness during the day, restlessness or fatigue during waking hours, trouble concentrating, and irritability.
“Anxiety is a natural feeling that everyone has. The way we deal with our anxiety can vary from person to person and can affect us physically and emotionally. Stress, anger and feelings of being worried are common symptoms of anxiety. With early intervention, healthier coping skills can be acquired to deal with every day stressors,” stated Sabrina Coppola, LCSW, Assistant Director of CarePlus Innovations.
During the 10 weekly sessions, the children will learn coping skills needed to assist in a variety of anxiety-provoking situations. These include a focus on emotional education, awareness of bodily reactions when anxious, identification and modification of anxious self-talk, relaxation techniques, role plays and reinforcement techniques, and the practice of newly acquired skills in anxiety eliciting situations.
“Freedom from Anxiety provides children in our community with a wonderful opportunity to meet with other children in their age group who may also be struggling with the same symptoms,” Coppola included.
The spring session starts on March 24th, at the CarePlus Fair Lawn Facility, from 5:30 to 7:00pm. Two curriculums are utilized to address the needs of different age groups (6 to 12-year olds, and 13 to 17-year olds). Insurance is accepted for this program. To refer a child, or for more information, call CarePlus Admissions at 201-986-5000.